Paulina Asturias

She is a young Guatemalan artist. She works with portraits in a variety of art forms, specially photography. She has experience with documenting Mayan tradi​tions and curating exhibits of Mayan textiles in Guate- mala. She is currently majoring in Psychology and Visual Arts with a minor in Computer Science at Duke University.

Alexandria Canchola

She is a Texas-based designer and illustrator whose work is often inspired by a fondness for storytelling, color, letterforms, and filmmaking. Her career in the arts was not quite a straight-line path, but instead included detours in the fields of journalism and film- making. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Government and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in 2D Design from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Josie Del Castillo

She is an artist who was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, a small border city located across Tamaulipas, Mexico. In 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and is currently continuing her education with a Master of Fine Arts in 2D Studio Art. Her work focuses on portraits influenced by the visual culture of Southern Texas and Mexican-American iconography. Del Castillo has exhib- ited across the Rio Grande Valley, the state of Texas, and Los Angeles, CA and has also been a recipient for several scholarships. Most recently she attended her first artist- in-residence in Centrum at Port Townsend, Washington. Del Castillo is an active member and supporter of the art community in Brownsville. She works as a gallery assistant as well as a teaching assistant in painting at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-Brownsville.

Monica Lugo

She is a Texas-based graphic designer that specializes in typography, lettering and illustration. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley and is currently working in her Master of Fine Arts in design concentration in the same school. Lugo’s work is inspired by order, geometry, the inclusion of vibrant colors. She has over 10 years of experience and has been nominated and recipient of three American Advertising Awards.

Clarissa Martinez

She is a Mexican-American artist and illustrator from Brownsville, Texas where she graduated with a B.A. in Art from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017. She is in her thesis year of the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. A majority of her work carries a narrative about her personal life, social issues, her Mexican heritage, her Tejano culture and community.

Natalia Mesa

She is from Medellín, Colombia, and there is nothing she holds closer to her heart than her love for Colombia and her family. She is a junior at Duke University and studies a double major in neuroscience and Philosophy, a unique combination of majors that is the product of a passionate curiosity for learning about the brain and the mind. Whenever she’s not engaged in her studies she finds herself drawing and hoping to find time between her research and a prospective PhD to go to art school and truly push herself to engage with art.

Ana Nuñez

She grew up on the US-Mexico border of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Tx. She currently lives in Baltimore and is a graduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the Illustration Practice program.

Samantha Rawls

She is a Latina artist, born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. In 2009, she enlisted in the Army, where she trained in photography and videography. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2016 and is currently continuing her education for her Masters in Fine Arts. Rawls creates a representational surrealistic artwork with a diverse media such as watercolor, inks, markers and oil. Through her work, Rawls illustrates different women to demonstrate the variety and uniqueness of each female figure to repre- sent that everyone has the right to be comfortable in their own skin.

Claudia Rodriguez Finelle

She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and moved with her family to nYC in 1978, at the age of 11. Growing up in Flushing, she had easy access to some fantastic galleries, art museums and schools just a subway ride away. She studied at the Art Students League and later at the national Gallery with Sam Adoquei. There, she met her husband Dominick and they moved to north Carolina shortly after the birth of their three children. Claudia is a teaching artist, teaching from her home studio as well as the Halle Cultural Center in Apex, north Carolina.