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JURIED BY VICENTE ORTIZ CORTEZ @ GALLERY X
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
In times of uncertainty, it can be easier to look for faults, point fingers, and lose our focus from what matters most, what keeps us going. Colors of Hope invites artists to explore the meaning of hope in their lives today, and the various ways that translates into color and form.
As part of COVER-19%, a call to action campaign, DVAA is donating 19% of all sales from Colors of Hope to Juntos. Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia, fighting for human rights as workers, parents, youth & immigrants. During Covid-19 Juntos has been providing resources, consulting, food, art, community, and much more to some of the most vulnerable populations in South Philadelphia. COVER-19% is a promotional campaign to highlight the impact of giving, calling for creative individuals, businesses, and organizations to work together in this time of urgency.
ABOUT THE JUROR:
Vicente Ortiz Cortez is a queer Mexican artist based in Philadelphia, USA. He is the 2020 Michelle Angela Ortiz Curatorial Fellow at Da Vinci Art Alliance. His work addresses themes of sexuality, identity, and anthropocenic anxieties, informed by his Catholic upbringing in the macho culture of rural Mexico.
He has exhibited in the USA and abroad in South Korea, Egypt, and Italy, with a 2020 solo exhibition at The Beach Museum in Alagoas, Brazil. His awards include the 2019 Juried Art Exhibition Award from the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, and the 2019 Highly Commended Award from Red Line Art Works in Bath, United Kingdom. He serves in the Gallery Committee at University City Arts League in Philadelphia.
Ortiz Cortez received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and also attended Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.