Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Beatriz Cortez

Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts and a PhD in literature and cultural studies from Arizona State University. Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She has had solo exhibitions at Storm King Art Center, New York (2023); Williams College Museum of Art (2023); Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2022); Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA (2022), among others. Cortez is the recipient of the Borderlands Fellowship at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in New York (2022-2024); Atelier Calder artist residence in Saché, France (2022); California Studio Manetti Shrem artist residence at UC Davis (2022); Longenecker-Roth artist residence at UC San Diego (2021); Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016), among others. She teaches in the Department of Central American and Transborder Studies at California State University, Northridge.

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