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MARU GARCIA

b Puebla, Mexico

EDUCATION

Master in Fine Arts. Design and Media Arts (2019) University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Thesis: ‘Eco-aesthetics: From relationship to remediation.’ Advisors: Rebeca Méndez, Victoria Vesna, Erkki Huhtamo

Leaders in Sustainability Certificate (2019). University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Master of Science. Biotechnology (2009). Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, México. Thesis: ‘Metabolic Phenotypes generated by changes in H+pyrophosphatase (AVP1) expression in Arabidopsis thaliana Ecotype Columbia’. Advisor: Rocío Diaz

Bachelor of Science. Chemistry (2005). Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, México. Thesis: ‘Extraction of flavonoids present in the mandarin Citrus reticulata peel.’ Advisor: Elsa Guajardo

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

‘Membrane tensions’ (Mar 2021). Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

‘The Culture’ (Sep 2019). Galeria Dual. Guadalajara, Mexico.

‘Vivarium’ (May 2018). Art-Sci Center, California Nanosystems Institute. Los Angeles, California.

‘Vivarium’ (May 2018). Broad Art Center,  UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

‘Projecting possibilities’ (Feb 2021) Helms Design Center, Los Angeles, California 

‘Compost-ables’ (Oct 2020). Olderbrother, Los Angeles, California 

‘Eco consciousness’ virtual exhibition (Sep 2020). Ecoartspace, Santa Fe, New Mexico

‘Telluric Vibrations’ (Sep 2020). Art-Sci Center. ARS Electronica Festival.

‘Phytopia’ Virtual Exhibition (Aug 2020). Science Gallery Bengaluru, India

‘Phenomenology of Hope’ Virtual Exhibition (Aug 2020). Supercollider Gallery, Los Angeles, California

‘Artificial Ecologies’ Virtual Exhibition (Jul 2020). Supercollider Gallery, Los Angeles, California

‘Artificial Ecologies’ Virtual Exhibition (May 2020). Culture Hub, Los Angeles, California

‘Re-Fest’ Virtual Exhibition (May 2020). Culture Hub, Los Angeles, California

Technosphere ‘Spring Break’ Art Show (Feb 2020). Skylight ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, California

‘Beyond embodiment’ (Jan 2020). Brand Library & Art Center. Glendale, California.

‘Bio-cultures’ (Nov 2019). The Nook Gallery, Beacon Arts Building. Los Angeles, California.

‘Atenea’ (Oct 2019). Las Naves. Valencia, Spain

‘An unreal unity’ (May 2019). New Wight Gallery. Broad Art Center, Los Angeles, California

‘Convolution’ (Oct 2019). New Wight Gallery. Broad Art Center, Los Angeles, California

‘Vibrant Matter’ (July 2018). The Nook Gallery. Los Angeles, California.

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Co-curated ‘The emergent’ (Sep 2020). Supercollider Gallery. Los Angeles, California

Co-curated ‘Bio-cultures’ Group Exhibition (Nov 2019). The Nook Gallery. Los Angeles, California.

Co-curated ‘No time to waste’ for ‘Touch the future is here’ Exhibition (Aug 2019). Fab-Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Co-curated ‘Art + Environment’ Exhibition (Dec 2018). Counterforce Lab.  UCLA, Los Angeles, California

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

‘Playing with SCOBY’ Workshop (Mar 2021). Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

‘Membrane tensions’ Artist Talk (Mar 2021). Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California

‘Ecoaesthetics: from relationship to remediation’ Guest lecturer (Feb 2021). University of California Santa Barbara. 

‘Biomaterials: working with kombucha’ Guest lecturer (Feb 2021). University of California Los Angeles

‘The art of becoming animal’ Guest lecturer (Nov 2020). Occidental College. Los Angeles, California

‘The rescue cookbook’ Panel (Aug 2020). ARS Electronica. Virtual event.

‘Biomaterials’ Workshop instructor (Summer 2020). Atenea Mentors Program, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Conference Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Sciences (AWMAS). (Feb 2020). University of California Santa Barbara. Artist talk: ‘Ecoaesthetics: from relationship to remediation’

‘National Brownfields Conference 2019’ Invited artist (Dec 2019). Los Angeles Convention Center. Los Angeles, California.

‘Taboo, Transgression, and Transcendence in Science and Technology’ (Nov 2018). International Conference, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

Artist talk: “Becoming-with the other”: Expanding the spectrum of relationships through art and science. Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) (Nov 2018)

Art-Sci Center, California Nanosystems Institute. UCLA, Los Angeles, California. Artist talk: “The culture”. Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) (May 2018)

Art-Sci Center, California Nanosystems Institute. Los Angeles, California. Artist talk: “Vivarium place of life”

RESIDENCIES

Lucid Art Foundation, Inverness CA (2022)

Pando Populus, Monrovia CA (2021)

‘The Sustainable Artist Handbook’ Assembly leader. Navel. Los Angeles, CA (Jan 2020)

CNRG. National Center of Genetic Resources, Mexico (2015)

AWARDS

Grant, Pacific Standard Time Art x Science x LA, Getty Foundation (2021)

Fellowship Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative (2019)

Clifton Webb Scholarship for the Arts (2018- 2019)

Fundacion Jumex Scholarship (2017- 2019)

PUBLICATIONS

Science-themed ‘Pacific Standard Time” for 2024 takes shape with Getty art grants

Getty Grants Offer First Look at 2024 Pacific Standard Time: Indigenous Science, Environmental Racism, and More

Can Art and Science Solve the Most Complex Challenges of the 21st Century?

Local Artist Maru Garcia Harnesses The Power Of Science To Create Remarkable Art

Interdisciplinary art installation displays symbiosis of people, nature

MEMBERSHIPS

Supercollider Gallery

Art-Sci Center

Counterforce Lab

Eco-artspace