Victoria Martinez

Email
victoriamartinez@yale.edu
Phone
+1 312 852 3492

About

2021

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist who honors her Mexican-American ancestry through textile-based projects including installation, painting, and printmaking. Her work is inspired by public art, ancient sites, architecture, and the urban environment. 

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Yale University Art Gallery, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Northwestern University, and through the Perrotin Gallery viewing salon. Her work has been supported by The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship and The MacMillian Center Field Research Fellowship through Yale University, the Actos de Confianza Grant through the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the Career Development Grant through the American Association of University Women, and a travel grant through Theaster Gates Rebuild Foundation. 

Martinez holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in Painting and Printmaking. She currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upcoming projects include an artist feature in New American Paintings and solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and The Chicago Cultural Center.

Education

2020

Yale University School of Art, Master of Fine Arts in Painting / Printmaking

2010

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

2008

California College of the Arts, Semester Study in Community Arts

Awards + Residencies+ Fellowship

2020

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Actos de Confianza Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), San Antonio, TX

Micro-Grant, Red Bull Arts, Detroit, MI / New York, NY

Impact Fund Grant, Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL

2019

Materia Abierta Summer Program, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, MX

MacMillan Center Field Research Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Career Development Grant, American Association of University Women, Washington, D.C.

2018

Artist-in-Residence Travel Grant, Theaster Gates Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, IL

2017

Artist-in-Residence, Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Acting Up Award, The Chicago Community Trust and Goodcity, Chicago, IL

2016

Julie Reynolds Shaw Memorial Award, Recipient, written with Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL

Planeterra Foundation Visiting Artist Residency, Ccaccaccollo, Peru

2015

Elastic Arts Residency, with Logan Square Neighborhood Association youth, Chicago, IL

2014

ACRE Artist Residency, Steuben, WI

ACRE Marwen Alumni Scholarship, Chicago, IL

Multiuso Artist Residency at Mana Contemporary / Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL

2012

Chicago Artists Month featured Artist, Chicago, IL

Spudnik Press Cooperative Artist Residency, Chicago, IL

2011

Arquetopia Foundation for Development Artist Residency, Puebla, Mexico

2010

Community Service and Professional Development Grant/AmeriCorps, Baltimore, Maryland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

Title TBD, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

2018

Celestial House, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

2017

Channeling Ollantaytambo, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2016

Wizard Can, Dittmar Memorial Gallery at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2015

Eleven Eleven, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

2013

Secret Gardens, Open Gallery, Nashville, TN

Street Puzzles, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago, IL

2012

Other Side Breathing, Cobalt Studio, Chicago, IL

2011

Pills Posted, Golden Stone, The Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Yale Painting & Printmaking MFA 2020, Perrotin Gallery, New York, NY

Shifting sights, A R E A Gallery, Boston, MA

Only When You Are Called: MFA Thesis, Yale University Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT

2019

Odds and Ends Art Book Fair, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Second Year exhibition, Green Gallery at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

Beginning to See the Light, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2018

Run What You Brung! : MFA 2020 First Year Exhibition, Green Gallery at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

Carrying A Place Called Home, University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL

Moments in Between, LVL3, Chicago, IL

DOCK 6 Design & Art 11, DOCK 6 Collective, Chicago, IL

Peeling Off The Grey, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Expansive Threads, Latino Arts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Queer Tropics, Transformer, Washington, DC

2017

Prints of Unusual Size, Hoofprint Workshop, Chicago, IL

Outside Jokes, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL

Flatfiles, Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL

Queer Tropics, Pelican Bomb Gallery, New Orleans, LA

From Pilsen to Pluto, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

¡Sí, Se Puede!, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

Code Switch, Yeah Maybe Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Luscious Saturn, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL

Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation, GBU Gallery at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Memoria Presente, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Bibliography

2018

Hyde Park Herald (Aaron Gettinger) “New Arts Incubator exhibition opens following artists’ residencies” – July 25, 2018

Chicago Tribune (Morgan Smith) “Reclaimed art steals the spotlight at Loyola University Museum of Art’s summer exhibitions” – July 6, 2018

Sixty Inches From Center (Lynnette Miranda) “Unwavering Motivation: Victoria Martinez’s Mark on Chicago” – June 22, 2018

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