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Join TANA in kicking off the fall quarter with a celebration of Ruby Chacón’s solo exhibition. Chacón’s beautiful large-scale paintings depicting friends, family, community members, and cultural resilience have filled TANA’s space with vibrant color. A native of Utah, Chacón now calls Sacramento home. She has participated in numerous public arts projects and was cofounder of the Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA) located in Salt Lake City. Please see TANA’s interview with Chacón to learn more about her background and the inspiration behind her moving images.
As always, our opening reception will feature delicious food, great music, and community coming together to share in culture and in support of its local artists. We look forward to seeing you there!
Previous Exhibitions: 2015
TANA is pleased to feature two Southwest printmaking collectives, Horned Toad Prints from El Paso, Texas, and YayBig Prints from Tucson, Arizona. Last year, TANA artists Malaquias Montoya and Maceo Montoya participated in the 2014 International Print Exchange, which has traveled from Mexico across the Southwest and now California. Featuring over 50 artists working in a variety of printmaking mediums including intaglio, lithography, relief, and serigraphy, all three print workshops celebrate the communal aspect of printmaking: creating multiples to share, distribute, and exchange. A special thanks to Manuel Guerra of Horned Toad Prints and Karl Whitaker of YayBig Prints.
When the framed prints arrived at TANA in early May, TANA artists were inspired to create their own 8” x 10” silkscreen prints. We’re excited to exhibit these for the first time and look forward to participating in future print collaborations.
Friday, February 20th from 5:00-8:00pm: TANA Exhibition featuring prints and drawings by Juan Carrillo and Esteban Villa
TANA is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2015 featuring prints and drawings by Juan Carrillo and Esteban Villa. For the past three years Juan Carrillo has worked at TANA to produce a portfolio of screenprints based on the life of his mother. He has now collaborated with TANA staff to organize this special two-person exhibition. Juan Carrillo is an artist, activist, organizer, and arts administrator who has served the state and the greater Sacramento region for decades. Carrillo, a longtime member of the Royal Chicano Air Force, was an early contributor to the seminal 1960s Chicano Journal, El Grito. He retired as Deputy Director of the California Arts Council and has since concentrated on personal work. Esteban Villa, professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, was a co-founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force and an early Chicano activist who contributed drawings to many 1960s Chicano newspapers and publications, including El Plan de Santa Barbara. This exhibition will feature past and recent work created by Carrillo and Villa and will launch the 2015 year of programming at TANA. This special event will serve as an informational opportunity for those interested in participating in TANA’s 2015 community screenprinting workshops. We hope that you will join us in celebrating an evening of food, music and art. The event is free and open to all.
Previous Exhibitions: 2014
On Friday June 6th TANA will be hosting the annual TANA Graduation Exhibition featuring the work of three local community youth who have participated in TANA’s quarterly workshops: Eddie Lampkin, Andrew Ruiz, and Devika Sen. Eddie has been working with TANA since 2008, on a few community mural projects that were conducted in the run-up to TANA’s opening and from the very first day of it’s opening has been a participant in the workshops. Andrew Ruiz has been working at TANA for the past four years since he was a freshman at WHS and is now graduating with a scholarship to attend the California College of the Arts. Devika has been working at TANA for two years and is going to be attending Pratt in the Fall. This is a special evening that will coincide with the TANA Spring Open House featuring the artwork of community youth and members who have participated in the past Spring workshop session. We hope that you will consider joining us in celebrating the accomplishments of our TANA participants in a night full of food, music and danza by Kalpulli Telpochkalli.
Previous Exhibitions: 2013
On Saturday, November 2nd from 5-7pm, TANA Welcomes all interested community members, students, and TANA participants, to this year’s annual Dia de los Muertos event.
Dia de los Muertos at TANA will be a celebration featuring music, spoken word, and a series of community altar installations in the gallery. Juan Carillo, longtime cultural worker, activist, and Royal Chicano Air Force member will serve as Master of Ceremonies, sharing a rememberence of the late Jose Montoya.
Poets Joseph Rios and Javier O. Huerta will be reading from their recent publications and providing some background on the influence of Jose Montoya on several generations of aspiring Chicana/o poets. Joseph Rios was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley. His chapbook “shadowboxing” is forthcoming fro Achiote Press. His poems have been published in New Border, Poets responding to SB1070, BorderSenses, and elsewhere. Recently, he was a finalist for a Willow Books Literature Award. He studied literature at UC Berkeley and Fresno City College. Javier O. Huerta is the author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic (Arte Publico 2012). Currently he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at UC Berkeley.
Rudy Cuellar, longtime Royal Chicano Air Force member will have an interactive screenprinting installation for guests.
Our Spring Open House, will feature the works conducted in our Spring 2013 Silkscreen Workshop. We invite participants and community members to bring their families and friends to view and celebrate the artwork created by our workshop participants. We also encourage community members interested in learning more about TANA to join us for this event, as this is a great way to learn more about the work that we do.
The TANA Graduation Show, Nothing to Lose But Our Chains, will feature silkscreen prints by TANA workshop workers Olivia Hernandez, Brian Rojas, and Chucha Marquez. The show will also include works from TANA interns Marco Garcia, Corey LaRue, Kara Fleshman, and Noah Wachtel. All of these artists have been an influential and integral part of the work done at TANA. These workers have played a vital role in the workshops and events offered at TANA throughout these past two years. We invite you to come honor and celebrate their hard work with us on June 8th.
We invite you to our 2013 TANA Winter Open House & Dignidad Rebelde Exhibition Opening Reception. March 15th from 5-8pm, we will be hosting our Winter Open House to welcome the community youth and families who have participated in the Winter community screenprinting workshop from January-March. The Winter Open House will coincide with the opening reception for TANA’s latest exhibition titled Dignidad Rebelde: Prints for the People, which features the artwork of Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza. Dignidad Rebelde is an Oakland-based artist/ activist/ graphic arts collaboration that has been prominent in many nationwide and international civil rights struggles centered on community self-determination for historically marginalized and at-risk communities.
Please join TANA on March 15th for an evening featuring artwork from the TANA Winter Workshop and Dignidad Rebelde: Prints for the People, along with a guest lecture by Greg Morozumi of the Eastside Arts Alliance and Danza by KAPULLI TLAYOLLOTL.
Previous Exhibitions: 2012
Previous Exhibitions: 2011
We cordially invite you to attend TANA’s Fall Open House and the opening reception for our new exhibition which features the paintings and prints of Jaime Montiel, TANA’s 2010-2012 Artist-in-Residence.
The Fall Open House will be an opportunity for community members and youth who have participated in TANA’s Fall Silkscreen Printing workshop to display their artwork for family, friends, and visitors. The Fall Open House is also an opportunity for anyone in treated in TANA to see the workshop and some of the creative works produced during the past three months.
“Jaime Montiel: New Works” is the newest art exhibition at TANA. The opening reception for this exhibition will coincide with the TANA Fall Open House. For the past two years Jaime Montiel has served as the TANA Artist-in-Residence by developing special art projects and helping to instruct the youth and residents who have participated in the quarterly community silkscreen workshops. Jaime Montiel will be exhibiting new paintings and silkscreen prints. He was raised in Winters, California where he currently resides and manages his studio. Jaime Montiel attended UC Davis where he attained his B.A. in Studio Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design where he attained his M.F.A. in Painting.
Please join TANA on Saturday December 3rd to celebrate the work of the community youth who participated in the Fall Silkscreen Workshop and of Jaime Montiel who has been serving TANA and the community for the past two years.
TANA is pleased to announce the upcoming Dia de los Muertos celebration at Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA). Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) is a community art center located in Woodland and managed by the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.
This year TANA will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos featuring over 10 altars created by over 15 altar makers. These altars are presented by local community members and this Wednesday, November 2nd, there will be a reception featuring spoken word, dance and visual storytelling. Wednesday’s celebration is part of a series of events happening in Woodland at the Woodland Public Library and Woodland Community College.
On Friday, June 3rd 2011, from 4-7pm TANA hosted 150 attendees for the Spring Open House and the opening reception for the 2011 TANA Graduation Exhibition. The Spring Open House was an opportunity for family and community members to joint the students who participated in TANA’s spring community silkscreen printing workshop. The Open House coincided with the opening reception for the 2011 TANA Graduation Exhibition featuring the silkscreen prints and posters of Gilda Posada, Roque Montez, and Selin Coleri.
Installation photos of the TANA Graduation Exhibition and copies of the exhibition cards for Gilda, Roque, and Selin are located on the gallery page of this blog. The 2011 TANA Graduation Exhibition will be on view through August.
First Student Exhibition, 2011
On February 25, 2011, TANA hosted an opening reception for its 1st Annual Student Printmaking Exhibition. This exhibition featured a selection of the artwork created by students, community members, and participants in the quarterly silkscreen workshops held at TANA. Over 150 people attended the opening reception on February 25th to honor and reward the various participants at TANA during its inaugural year. Below are a selection of images related to the exhibition and the opening reception.
June 4th, 2010: TANA hosted the opening reception for the exhibition titled Mural Drawings: 35 Years of Community Muralism. This exhibition featured the final mural preparatory drawings for projects painted through the Chicano Studies Mural Workshop. These workshops were led by Professor Malaquias Montoya through courses at the California College of Arts and Crafts or at the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis. Murals featured in this exhibition ranged from community centers, schools, and neighborhood spaces throughout the Bay Area, Solano County, and Yolo County.
This opening reception also included the unveiling of the 2010 Chicana/o Studies Mural Workshop that featured a mural painted for the Pacific Coast Producers Tomato Cannery. The Pacific Coast Producers facility is half a block from TANA where workers could easily visit and view the mural in progress.
200 attendees visited TANA on June 4th to join in the Spring celebration of the exhibition and mural unveiling. Below are some images from the opening and of the drawings featured in the exhibition.
Inaugural Exhibition, 2011
The Inaugural Exhibition at TANA featured the artwork of TANA co-founders and directors, Malaquias Montoya and Carlos Francisco Jackson. Montoya and Jackson selected recent screenprints from their work to demonstrate various approaches to community printmaking/postermaking being employed at TANA.
This exhibition was on view from December 2009-April 2010
TANA Grand Opening: December 2009
For immediate release
Dec. 9, 2009
WOODLAND – University of California Davis faculty and students, local residents and government officials gathered today to celebrate the opening of a community art center dedicated to reinforcing Chicano culture through silk-screening, mural painting and other classes.
The TANA center, conceived and operated by the UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies, represents the culmination of a six-year quest to establish the type of community art workshop that existed in many urban settings decades ago. TANA stands for Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn.
The center will operate out of a former Yolo County Housing Authority warehouse that has been renovated with $342,000 in federal grants. It is located across the street from a large working class neighborhood and is designed to appeal to teen-agers and other youth who live there and throughout the community.
Through silkscreen printing and mural painting, the center will attempt to cultivate the cultural and artistic life of the community, while encouraging participants to seek higher education and self-determination, supporters say.
“I want to congratulate the Department of Chicana/o Studies and the Woodland community on this remarkable achievement,” said Jesse Ann Owens, dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies. “As the daughter of a sharecropper who was the first in his family to go to college, I know first-hand the power of education.
“But access is crucial and TANA is a terrific way of bringing the university to the community and the community to the university.”
The funds that financed the conversion of the 3,600-square-foot maintenance shed into a freshly painted studio were awarded by the City of Woodland from its allocation of federal community development block grants.
Woodland Mayor Skip Davies said the project provided “a great opportunity for the city to strengthen our partnerships with UC Davis and the Yolo County Housing Authority” to benefit Woodland youth.
“The opportunity to create and study art will be a lifelong asset for those who choose to participate,” Davies said.
Lisa Baker, executive director of the housing authority, said the opening of the TANA center will be one of the year’s highlights for the agency and greater Woodland area. The housing authority provided the building under a $1 a year lease.
“The center is an opportunity to bring art education to the ‘front door’ of our housing community, while helping to engage older youth and teens,” Baker said. “It will also offer a way to improve awareness of opportunities through the arts, advanced education and UC Davis.”
UC Davis Professor Malaquias Montoya, an artist who has taught mural painting and poster making for the past 40 years, was the driving force behind the project.
“The idea is to bring people in to work together,” Montoya said. “Have young kids work with older kids. Those who have advanced can actually do work for the community, if some organization needs a poster.”
In addition to an art studio, the center will serve as an extension of the university where other UC events open to the community can be held, said Montoya and Carlos Jackson, an assistant Chicana/o Studies professor who will serve as director of the center. Community groups also will be able to use the center, Jackson said.
“You hope some kids catch on with the art, that they find an outlet for themselves and to talk about their community,” Jackson said. “But the main thing is creating community, bringing people together. This is a space that belongs to this community in Woodland and especially the immediate community, which is subsidized housing.”
The center includes a silk-screen studio and exhibition space. Classes are expected to start in mid-January and will be guided by Jackson, an artist and author of a book about Chicano art, Montoya and Maceo Montoya, a former visiting assistant professor of Chicana/o Studies.
Earlier classes conducted through the Chicano Studies Department produced existing murals at Pioneer and Woodland high schools; Beamer, Freeman and Dingle elementary schools. Additional murals located at the Carleton Club and on the side of Taqueria Guadalajara were completed by the Chicano Studies Department in cooperation with the Yolo Family Resource Center and the Woodland Coalition for Youth.
In addition to the federal grants, the TANA center received funding from UC Davis, the California Department of Education, the California Arts Council, and the Yolo County Arts Council.
About UC Davis
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The TANA Gallery in 2009