Artist Statement:

My work weaves together themes of my rural Midwest upbringing, a conflicted relationship with my Mexican heritage, and the human body as a social and cultural signifier. Within my mixed media practice, I traverse a multitude of subject matter and media by collecting, integrating, and juxtaposing visual information. Building on a foundation of autobiography; I look to better understand the complexities and preconceptions of brown male identity in the United States. Multiplicity functions as a thematic compass for both process and concept in my practice, and diversity develops in the varied visual languages of representation and abstraction. Through a layering of form and meaning I continually examine a sense of belonging between the figure and ground. Symbols and references reappear throughout the surfaces of my work inviting viewers to explore humorous, exaggerated, and uncanny chapters of an ongoing personal mythology. It is my belief that through a consistent practice of depicting natural light, form, and color I can best discover and describe new ideas in my studio. Painting has centered and grounded my approach to image making where familiar and unfamiliar subjects may coexist.

Artist Bio:

b. 1993

 

Hector Acuna is an artist and educator from Kenosha, Wisconsin, he studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he earned his BFA in 2015 before completing an MFA from Michigan State University in 2020. He has had small group and solo exhibitions at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Scarabocchio Art Museum, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Kresge Art Center, and Noel Fine Arts Center. His work has also been juried into exhibition spaces throughout the US including Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Baton Rouge Gallery, South Haven Center for the Arts, 440 Gallery, and Wheaton College. In 2018, he was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and in 2020 was a Teaching Artist in Residence at the Saugatuck Center of the Arts. Hector has received various awards including the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2D BFA Arts Bash Scholarship, James R. Hill Award, and the Hipstamatic Entrepreneurship Award.

CV:

 

Education

2020     Master of Fine Arts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2015      Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2D Emphasis, Psychology Minor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 

Teaching Experience and Professional Employment

2022     Lecturer/Assistant Professor, ArtS 3310 (remotely), University of Minnesota Morris

2020     Instructor of Record, STA114 3D, Michigan State University

2019      Instructor of Record, STA113 Color and Design, Michigan State University

2018      Gallery Assistant, August 2018- December 2018, MSU Union Art Gallery, Michigan State University

             Instructor of Record, STA110 Drawing, Michigan State University

2017      Instructor of Record, STA110 Drawing, Michigan State University

2016      Screen Printer, Point Embroidery and Screen, Stevens Point, WI

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

2022      Instructor, Mastering the Value Scale Workshop, Cedarburg, Cultural Center, 6 Hour Lesson

2021      Co Chair, Paint Cedarburg Plein Air Festival Committee, Cedarburg Artist Guild

             Board Member, Cedarburg Artist Guild

2020     Artist in Residence/Featured Artist, Growing Young Artists Program, Fennville Public Schools, SCA, July

             Instructor, Adult Portrait Painting Workshop, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, MI, 3 Hour Lesson

             Lecturer and Visiting Artist, Self-Portrait Puppet Project, Fennville Middle and High School, 

             Holland Middle School, Paw Paw High School, Black River Middle School, 300+ students, organized through               

             Saugatuck Center for the Arts, MI

2019      Graduate Representative, Graduate Committee, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

             Lecturer, Artistic Practice and Teaching, STA 893 MFA Professional Seminar, MSU

             Guest Lecturer, HA 254 Latin American Art, Professor Laura Smith, MSU

             Guest Lecturer, TE 430 Teacher Education, Professor Karenanna Creps, MSU

             Co-Curator, Innerworkings, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

             Co-Curator, Home, Broad Art Lab, East Lansing, MI

             Advisor, Brushstrokes, MSU Undergraduate Student Organization

             Lecturer, Storytelling, MSU Broad Art Lab

             Mural Assistant, to Artist Johanna Unzueta, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum

             Graduate Representative, Critical Race Studies Artist-In-Residence Search Committee, MSU

2018      Juror, 2019-2020 Open Call, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

2015      Art Teacher, Point of Discovery School, Stevens Point, WI 4 hr/Week + Led Student Mural

             Graduate Committee Member, Graduate Advisory Committee, Michigan State University

             Treasurer, Carlsten Gallery Student Advisory Committee, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

             Vice President, Student Art League, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2014      Private Instructor of Portrait Painting, Stevens Point, WI

 

Awards and Fellowships

2021      Sunshine Award, Paint the Towns En Plein Air, Plymouth, WI

             First Place, Paint the Town Barrington Plein Air Festival, Barrington, IL

             Award of Excellence, Between the Bluffs Plein Air Festival, La Crosse, WI

             Third Place, Between the Bluffs Plein Air Quick Paint, La Crosse, WI

             Grand Champion, WI State Fair Plein Air Festival, West Allis, WI

             Grand Champion, WI State Fair Quick Paint, Plein Air Festival State Fair, West Allis, WI

             Best of Show, Port Wing Plein Air Festival, Port Wing, WI

             Honorable Mention, Paint Cedarburg, Cedarburg, WI

2020     2nd Place, Best Use of Medium, November Self Portrait Challenge, New Masters Academy

2019      Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of Arts and Letters, MSU

             Research/Professional Development Fellowship, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

2018      Summer Support Fellowship, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU 

             2nd Place, Teenage Merit, Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

             Research/Professional Development Fellowship, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

2016      Excellence Award, Marshfield Art Fair, New Visions Gallery

2015      2D BFA Arts Bash Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

             Hipstamatic Entrepreneurship Award, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 

             First Place, Portrait of the Poet: Emmitt James, Gamblin Torrit Grey Competition

2014      Best of Show, Self Portrait, UWSP Student Juried Show

             James R. Hill Award, Model With Hoop, UWSP Student Juried Show

             Chancellor’s Citation for Artistic Achievement, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

             Juror's Choice, The Passing of Greed, Visions XVI Juried Art Show

             Honorable Mention,  Restoration 1A, Visions XVI Juried Art Show

             Best of Show, The Passing of Greed, CGSAC Student Juried Show at UWSP

             COFAC Dedication Scholarship, UWSP

 

Solo and Small Group Exhibitions 

2021      Shoulder to Shoulder, Solo Exhibition, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI

2020     The Barn, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Group Exhibition, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI

             Alien Nation, Solo Exhibition, Corridor Gallery, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI           

2018      Súper Duper, Solo Exhibition, Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

             Hector Acuna, Solo Exhibition, Re:Vision Gallery, Kenosha, WI

2017      The Desert and the Farm, Solo Exhibition, University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County, Marshfield, WI

2015      Tracings of Now, Two-Person Show with Ryan Weisenfeld, Stevens Point, WI

2014      A Portrait Of Place-Stevens Point, WI, Scarabocchio Art Museum, Stevens Point, WI

             Recent Work, Two-Person Show with Megan Bloesch, The Coffee Studio

 

Group Exhibitions 

2022      Wisconsin Artist Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI Jurors Dan Gun, Phyllis McGibbon, John Salminen

2021      Flat Rate Contemporary 11, Artist-Juried Flat File Exhibition

             Annual Winter Juried Show, Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI Juror William Doug Singsen

             Teeny, Tiny, BOLD, Rountree Gallery, Platteville, WI Juror Frank Juarez Artdose Magazine

             Water, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

             Artdose Magazine Exhibition, Honey and Ace, Sheboygan, WI, Juror Frank Juarez Artdose Magazine

             Richeson75 Figure & Portrait, Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, WI, Group Jury

             The Skin I’m In, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI, Juror Donna Jackson

             One Square Mile, Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI, Juror Evelyn Patricia Terry

2020     Art Show, Pop-up Gallery, Downtown Leslie, MI

             Surreal Salon 12, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, Juror Dan Quintana

             Drawing, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror Olga Valle Tetkowski 

2019      15th Annual Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror John Gagné

             Art in Legislature, Selected works for Michigan Legislature, Lansing, MI

             Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI 

             Brush Coat Cover, 2019 Wheaton Biennial, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Juror Cade Tompkins

             Art Market, MFA Group Exhibition, Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI

2018      Art Market, MFA Group Exhibition, Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI

             Coincide Partially Wholly Not At All, MFA Group Exhibition, Kresge Art Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI

             “Dew”, Painting Selected for Viewing in College of Arts and Letters, Summer Rotation

             Michigan Collegiate MFA Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

             Moving, MFA Group Exhibition, Cedar Street Art Collective, Lansing, MI

2017      New Works For A Live Audience, Group Exhibition, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI

             Flux, MFA Group Exhibition, Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

2016      Clark Cultural Art Center, Neillsville, WI

             Phantom Gallery Party, Group Invitational Exhibition, Create Portage County, Stevens Point, WI

             The Art of Landscape, Invitational Show, Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum, Stevens Point, WI 

2015      Living and Growing, Group Show, Central Wisconsin Cultural Center, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

             BFA Senior Exhibition, Group Show, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

             Arts Bash, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

2014      Student Juried Show, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

             Fine Art Gift Gallery, Invitational Group Show, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI

             Student Group Show, Plein Air Painting, Schneider Gallery, Stevens Point, WI  

             Student Pop-up Gallery, Stevens Point Community Insurance

             Visions XVI, Juried Art Exhibition, Riverfront Arts Center, Juror Susan Morrison

             Watercolor Boat Series, Student Show, Scarabocchio Art Museum

Gallery Representation

2021-     Pink Llama Gallery, Cedarburg, WI

Fairs and Festivals

2021      November Art Fair, Red Oak Restaurant, Bristol, WI

             Paint the Towns En Plein Air, Plymouth, WI

             Paint the Town, Barrington, IL

             Between the Bluffs, La Crosse, WI Plein Air Festival

             Thirst For Art Fair, Cedarburg Art Museum

             Wisconsin State Fair Plein Air Painting Festival, West Allis, WI

             Port Wing Plein Air Festival, Port Wing, WI

             Paint Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Festival, Cedarburg, WI

2017      Featured Artist, Chandler Art Walk, Chandler, AZ

2016      Marshfield Art Fair, Marshfield, WI

2015      Featured Artist, Hidden Studios Art Tour, Red Sky Studio, Almond, WI

             Featured Artist, Stevens Point Art Walk, Stevens Point, WI 


 

Public Art

2021      Life in Lansing, Mural, Lansing Art Path, Juried by Lansing Art Gallery

2019      Collaborative Mural, MLK and Pasadena St, Flint Public Art Project, Flint, MI

             Robin, Mural, Lansing Art Path, Juried by Lansing Art Gallery, 

             (Sponsored by Dan and Bonnie Warmels, located under Cedar St and Elm St. Lansing, Michigan

             Life is a Groovy Opportunity, Collaborative Mural, East Lansing, MI 

 

Residencies

2021      (forthcoming) Cedarburg Cultural Center, Artist in Residence, Cedarburg, WI February

2020     Growing Young Artists Program, Saugatuck MI, Teaching Artist in Residence, July

             Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck MI, Low Residency January - February

2018      Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, August Session

 

Press/Features

2021

Artists ‘Paint the Town’ of Barrington in open air art competition, Pioneer Press Staff, October 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/barrington/ct-bcr-plein-air-paint-town-competition-tl-1014-20211012-z2bm2rwgrzhrpc4gm7f2advkby-story.html 

City Pulse “The Arts Issue” September 2021 (Cover)

https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/september-15-2021-issue,18184 

Hector Acuna Leaves Mark on City with Mural - Lansing ArtPath Profiles, June 4th 2021, Sophia Saliby, 

https://www.wkar.org/arts-culture/2021-06-04/hector-acuna-leaves-mark-on-city-with-mural-lansing-artpath-profiles 

2020

SCA Live Community Conversation with Hector Acuna, Podcast Interview, Saugatuck Center 

for the Arts, https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=309123813775350

Issue 11, Portraits and Figures, Artit Magazine, July 2020

https://artit.net/shop/product/artit-voice-of-artists-issue-11

EXAMINING A SENSE OF BELONGING BETWEEN THE FIGURE AND GROUND, Pikchur Magazine 

https://www.pikchurmag.com/post/examining-a-sense-of-belonging-between-the-figure-and-ground-artist-hector-acuna

Oh, the Humanity, Marla R. Miller, Revue Magazine, January 28, 2020.

https://revuewm.com/arts/visual-arts/item/4715-oh-the-humanity

2019

Mural titled ‘The Groovy Opportunity’ Painted on the Corner of Division and Albert, Haley Sinclair, 

The State News, May 16, 2019. https://statenews.com/article/2019/05/mural-titled-the-groovy-opportunity-painted-on-the-corner-of-

Division-and-albert

Lean In and Stand Back, Lawrence Cosentino, City Pulse, March 7, 2019. 

http://lansingcitypulse.com/stories/lean-in-and-stand-back,59

2018

Artist Hector Acuna displaying works at Re:Vision Gallery Kenosha, Kenosha News, June 7, 2018. 

https://www.kenoshanews.com/get_out/arts/artist-hector-acuna-displaying-works-at-re-vision-galler

y-in/article_c84c661b-99ed-5fb7-8da2-078b2051b13e.html

Student Artwork Displayed, College of Arts & Letters, MSU, March 16, 2018. 

http://www.cal.msu.edu/news/student-artwork-awarded-display-lansing-art-gallery

2017

Portrait of a Young Artist, Stephanie Sparer, Modern Times Magazine, June 17, 2017, 

http://www.moderntimesmagazine.com/page19/170620-Art-Portrait-Artist-Column/170620-Art-Portr

ait-Artist-Column.php 

2014

Student Artwork Featured in Juried Show, Stevens Point Journal, December 11, 2014.

https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/life/2014/12/11/student-artwork-featured-juried-show/20

259779/

UWSP Student Creates Paintings of Local Sites, Stevens Point Journal, August 12, 2014. 

https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/life/2014/08/13/uwsp-student-creates-paintings-local-site

s/13709493/