Beatriz Vasquez is a visual ARTIVIST, whose work experiments with the conceptual use of Papel Picado, a Mexican Folk Art. With the manipulation of paper materials she transforms layers of intricate cut paper into murals, creates wearable sculptures, and exhibits large scale installations. Her work focuses on her Mexican-American ancestry, cultural memory, border culture, and current social issues on immigration, human rights and climate change advocacy. Vasquez received her BFA in 2006 from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design.
Beatriz has recently collaborated with the Indiana State Museum on Cause and AEffect: Art that Speaks Out; a collaborative exhibition focused on the invisibility of migrant workers to advocate for health and safety for all workers during the pandemic with the California Domestic Workers Coalition; and the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ El Tendedero Project where Vasquez featured her paper installations Stop the Violence against Women and Children and NO Means NO! to bring awareness of sexual violence and abuse. Vasquez is one of six Indianapolis artists participating in the Arts for Learning, Third Space project, a fellow of the U.S Arts in Embassies under Ambassador Maria Brewer in Sierra Leone, Africa, a fellow of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Root Division in San Francisco, CA. Beatriz is a recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Grant and the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award,a fellow of CICF, the National Latino Association of Art and Culture, IU Traditional Arts Indiana, the Migrant Leadership Program of Southern Indiana and the Center for Climate Power Oakland, Ca. Vasquez is a fellow of IUPUI Arts & Humanities and a member of the Create Indy Advisory Council for the city of Indianapolis, IN.
Recent work includes 2020 solo exhibitions Feminine Bloodlines: Mexican Womanhood at the Arts Council of Indianapolis Gallery 924, and Immigration: An Elegy of Hope and Loss at the Herron School of Art and Design.
Upcoming Exhibitions: 2021, Arts for Learning Third Space, DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award Exhibition, The Janet Flanner Visiting Artist Series Park Tutor Solo Exhibition, Women of Color Exhibition Indiana Central Library.
Vasquez’s work is part of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum and the Eskenazi Health Hospital 60onCenter.