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Peeler Center Curator's Book on Chicana and Chicano Art is Published

Peeler Center Curator's Book on Chicana and Chicano Art is Published

October 29, 2002

October 29, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, Education by Kaytie Johnson, curator of the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, along with Gary D. Keller, Mary Erickson and Joaquin Alvarado has just been published by the Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe at Arizona State University. The two-volume work covers the artistic production and biographies of nearly 200 individual artists from across the United States as well as Chicano/a artists residing in Mexico and elsewhere.

The unique work is being published both as a full-color, coffee-table-quality set of books, produced to exacting standards, and electronically, with its own separate Internet site that will provide bibliography, indexing, artists' statements, new works by the included artists, and other information that will be continually updated. It was produced with the support of the Center for Latino Initiatives of The Smithsonian Institution, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, and numerous art organizations around the nation.

"This is a major accomplishment, the definitive study of contemporary Chicano and Chicana art," notes Mitch Merback, chair of DePauw's Art Department. "I've seen the volumes and they are beautiful. It's truly an amazing work-- our congratulations to Kaytie."

“Chicana and Chicano artists have developed a visual vocabulary based on longstanding interest in community life," according to Gilberto Cárdenas, executive director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. "This book, the most comprehensive and lavish that has been conceived, advances the goals and accomplishments of Chicana and Chicano artists to a new level of sophistication and significance.”

Kaytie Johnson came to DePauw this year from the Phoenix Art Museum, where she also served as curator. You can read more about Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, Education at the publisher's Web site by clicking here.

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