Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer: A community-based art center managed by the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis

Graduation Exhibition: Semillas Nuevas | New Seeds

Posted on June 6, 2018

Exhibit Dates:

Opening: Friday, June 8, 2018   5-7pm

Ends: Friday, August 31st, 2018

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New Seeds | Semillas Nuevas is an exhibition of recent posters created by Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer interns. Their work reflects a broad range of individual and collective concerns that include struggle, resistance, empowerment, and community growth.

Intern Statements:

Our exhibition reflects the time that we the interns have spent at TANA, and how this experience has influenced our individual work. The growth that we have all gone through during this past school year can mostly be attributed to the relationship we have with the community members that attend workshop and interact with us. Within the workshop it is our responsibilities as interns to interact with the community members and to aid in their journey of creating political posters. Sometimes this includes holding discussions of events that plant the seed of resistance in our participants that we hope blooms into a poster aimed at addressing a troublesome subject in our society and/or community.

Estela Tejada : 2nd year double major in International Relations and American Studies

The work that I am showcasing deals with themes of empowerment. My inspiration stems from the people who have helped nurture my identity and power as an individual. All of my prints are an homage to those who have helped me and a hope that I can impart my knowledge to others.


Jose Quintero : 1st year transfer with a double major in Studio Art & Chicanx Studies

As an intern I have been able to express my personal views on the struggle and resistance of students, educators and community members. Being at the shop is a constant reminder that the world is bigger than anyone’s capitalist agenda. The making of art has never been so moving.

Aurelia Montoya : Graduating with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chicanx Studies

The prints I have created during my time as an intern at the shop center community growth and empowerment. I try to pull inspiration from my experiences and from events that affect me and those around me. I think centering community is important and teaching ourselves and others that creating art is a powerful contribution to the community.

Spring Session Update!

Posted on May 16, 2018

With the sun bright and warming us up, we welcome the sunshine into our studio when we can bear the heat! This session has brought new students in with a bunch of beautiful ideas.

This Spring, Yolo County Office of Education asked TANA to participate at the first ever Youth Empowerment Summit. This event is to teach and help youth understand why civic engagement is important and how they are a strong voting block. Two of our high school participants created a logo to be up for vote to be the official logo for next years event. Long time participant, Miguel Alonso, was the winner!


We also invite ya’ll to come join us at the end of this quarter for our Intern Exhibition June 8th, so that we may also support our up and coming young artists! Stay tuned for more details about this event.


Spring Session 2018!

Posted on April 19, 2018

Hello all! It has been awhile since we have given you an update on here!


We start studio for Spring Session today, Thursday April 19th, from 3-6 pm! We will also be open Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm this week. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Drucella Miranda at damiranda@ucdavis.edu.


There is exciting news about what has occurred over spring break though! TANA currently has a show up in Santa Cruz, CA at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. Appropriately titled Intersections, the show combines work from our studio with the work created in 1401, which is the silk-screening studio at UC Davis, that covers a diverse set of identities and issues people may face due to the intersections of their varying aspects of their lives. If you find yourself in Santa Cruz, feel free to stop by and check out the work Mondays-Thursdays from Noon – 4 pm! The show will be up until May 22nd.



La Huella Magistral: Homage to Master Printmakers

Posted on March 15, 2018

Friday, March 9th, was TANA’s opening reception for La Huella Magistral: Homage to Master Printmakers. This is the theme for the newest portfolio for Consejo Gráfico, which is a network of print studios around the nation continuing the legacies of Latinx printmaking. TANA co-founder Malaquias Montoya and Artist-in-Residence Jaime Montiel created prints to honor Rini Templeton. It was a great turn out with good company, good food, good music, and great art! You can come by until the last week of May to check out the exhibit!

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Please contact Drucella Miranda at damiranda@ucdavis.edu if you would like to come during the month of March, as we will be preparing for Spring Session.

Novato High School

Posted on March 3, 2018

We kick started March with a very busy Friday. High school teacher, Roxana Leiva, brought 10 of her students from Novato High School. The students were able to view a demonstration of how to create a silk-screen poster, learn about the political legacies of the poster, and discuss student art that was important to them. With the help of our TANA interns Estela Tejada and Jose Quintero, the students were able to work in groups to co-create three original posters to take back with them to the Bay Area.

It was a beautiful way to start the weekend as we all enjoyed lunch provided by nearby taco trucks and danced some cumbia! The youth were more than capable in making their vision a reality through a print, even if they had no prior knowledge of printmaking. If they can do it, you can do it too! Stay tuned, as Spring Session will begin at TANA so you can begin learning how to print.

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Transformación at Syracuse, NY

Posted on February 6, 2018

This last fall, UC Davis was chosen to host Imagining America (IA) for the next 5 years. IA is a national consortium of one hundred universities and community partners working towards supporting one another’s work. Through TANA’s involvement with IA and their last national conference, we were able to connect with the IA board members. One of which was Kal Alston, who is faculty at Syracuse University and the interim Executive Director of the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC).

CFAC along with TANA have a similar mission to create a space where emerging artists with important messages can showcase their art to create and engage in dialogue. Kal was ecstatic about our studio and gallery when she came to visit. We were able to collaborate and plan out an exhibition of our posters created by students, interns, and professional artists. Over 60 of our posters created in Woodland are now being shown in Syracuse, NY at the CFAC. This is the first time our art has traveled outside of California! With a lot of preparation and work from our Associate Director and Chief Curator, Jose Arenas, he was able to work with our student interns to mat, frame, and build crates to carry our art safely to the east coast.


The opening reception was January 26th with a gallery talk the following day. Co-founder Malaquias Montoya, Associate Director Jose Arenas, and Workshop Coordinator Drucella Miranda were able to fly to the east coast to participate for the opening weekend. The show will be up until March 23rd! We hope this show will travel some more, so follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out where it might end up next!

The theme of this exhibition is Political Art in the Age of Protest. We were able to fill CFAC’s beautiful gallery with art along the themes of feminism, war, culture, and much more!


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Sanctuary for Mr. Kong

Posted on January 2, 2018

Holly Cooper, Co-director of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic, reached out to TANA about making a poster in support of Davis client, Mr. Kong, who had been arrested by ICE and faced deportation. We connected Holly with talented TANA artist, Elyse Doyle-Martinez, who rose to the challenge. Elyse has been doing phenomenal and important work here at TANA and sharing it with her community. We asked her a few questions to get her insight on the importance of her work.


TANA: Why did you decide to take up this project?

Elyse Doyle-Martinez: The rights of undocumented Americans are in jeopardy, now more than ever. When TANA asked if I would like to contribute art to Mr. Kong’s campaign, I was more than happy to do so. After reading more about his story, and others like his, I knew this was something I needed to stand behind. This is my home, it has been for almost 30 years, and it is for Kong and so many other undocumented people. In my opinion, a piece of paper isn’t what makes us American.

TANA: How did you choose what imagery to use for the poster?

Elyse Doyle-Martinez: The image of Kong and his family was the one that I related to, and thought others would too.. There are immigrants and refugees from all over the world who should feel safe to find sanctuary for themselves and their families in our communities. Especially when our government has contributed to the chaos and violence that made them flee in the first place.

TANA: Are there any other projects you are currently working on:

Elyse Doyle-Martinez: Always. Unfortunately, there is always someone or something that needs advocacy. If I can create imagery that will make people aware, start a dialogue, and inspire change – that’s how I contribute. I was never the person yelling into a megaphone at marches, but art has given me my voice in these movements.




With the support of this cultural work alongside the endeavors of the Immigration Law clinic, Mr. Kong was granted a reprieve from deportation. His reprieve is only temporary for now until a hearing is conducted. You can read more about it here.


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