Wed, Oct 19, 2022

2 PM – 4 PM CDT (GMT-5)

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Celebremos juntos! - Let’s celebrate together!

Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) is excited to continue the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by partnering with the Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces (DEPS) in our first Artist Talk of the year. All are invited to view Cecilia Beaven's art exhibition, Piece of Consciousness on display in The Glass Curtain Gallery. Afterward, Cecilia Beaven will share what inspired this collection and how her identity has influenced her art. This project is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

In Piece of Consciousness, Cecilia Beaven thoroughly investigates the imagination, absurd humor, and the cartoonish playfulness that are characteristic of her work. Consisting of paintings, comics, animation, ceramics, and sculpture, she uses fictional storytelling with a stylized graphic visual language to reference pre-Columbian iconography and mythical realms.


2–3 PM Viewing of Cecilia Beaven exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery
3–4 PM Artist talk, Conaway Center (next to gallery)


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Cecilia Beaven

Cecilia Beaven is a visual artist from Mexico City based in Chicago. Cecilia holds an MFA in Studio from SAIC which she coursed as a Fulbright scholar and a BFA with honors from ENPEG La Esmeralda (Mexico City). Cecilia’s multidisciplinary artwork— which includes murals, painting, drawing, animation, comics, and sculpture—has been shown in solo shows in Mexico City, Houston, and Chicago, and in group exhibitions in Mexico, the US, Colombia, Sweden, Italy, and Japan. She has painted murals in several cities such as Hiketa, Paris, Houston, Chicago, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Pachuca, Tepoztlan, and Tijuana, where she was commissioned to paint a segment of the border wall between Mexico and the US. Cecilia develops a speculative mythology with unique visual narratives questioning who gets to tell stories and define culture. The artist affirms her creative agency by modifying existing tales and mythology and seamlessly adding fiction and personal anecdotes. Through analytical and ludic experimentation, Cecilia brings a unique perspective on Mexican identity that goes beyond folklore and mainstream ideas of Mexico. Cecilia has been awarded distinctions such as the Fulbright Scholarship, the Leroy Neiman Foundation Fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art, and the Radicle Studio Residency at Hyde Park Art Center.

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