EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION
University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)
MFA Painting, 1993–1995
The Graduate School of Figurative Art, The New York Academy of Art (New York City)
Emphasis in Painting, 1992-1993
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Skowhegan, ME, 1992
Corpus Christi State University (Corpus Christi, Texas)
BFA Painting, 1989–1992
El Paso Community College (El Paso, Texas)
Emphasis in Painting, 1987–1989

HONORS & AWARDS
Artist in Residence at Buena Vista Projects, Buena Vista Projects is a studio/gallery located in rural Marion County, GA. Summer 2015
Assisted with painting conservation of art environment created by Eddie Owens Martin, known as St. EOM. The site Is located in western Georgia near Buena Vista. Project made possible by Parma Conservation (located in Chicago, IL) and funded by Kohler Foundation, Summer, 2015, Pasaquan, GA.
Coming Up Taller Award (accepted on behalf of Yollocalli Arts Reach) A project of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts & the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2009
Nominated for 3Arts Artist Award in the category of Visual Arts, 2008
Ragdale Foundation Artists Residency: Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL. Winter/Spring Season 2008
Community Arts Assistance Grant: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Grants Program, Chicago, and IL 2005
Community Arts Assistance Program Panelist: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Grants Program, Chicago, IL, 2003
Presidents Fellowship: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, and 1993–1995
Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship: The New York Academy of Fine Arts, New York City, 1992–1993
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship: Skowhegan, ME, 1992
National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Recipient: 1999
Vaughn Scholarship: Corpus Christi State University, Corpus Christi, TX, 1989–1991
El Paso Community College Award of Excellence in Painting: Purchase Award, 1989

ART EDUCATOR
Saint Xavier University (Chicago, Fall 2014 -Present)

Drawing I
Visiting Artist at American University in Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Spring 2014)
Mixed Media Drawing and Printmaking Practices
South Chicago Art Center (Chicago, Summer 2013)
Mural Painting and Design
Prison + Neighborhood Art Project (Cresthill, IL Spring 2013)
Visiting Artist, Mural Painting & Design at Stateville Prison
Triton College: (River Grove, IL 2011 –2013)
Drawing I & II & Painting I – Fall & Spring Semesters
National Museum of Mexican Art: (Chicago 2005 – 2011)
Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth initiative of NMMA
National Museum of Mexican Art: (Chicago 2006-2011)
Co Curator for the Kraft Foods Chicago Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art: (Chicago 2004)
Schools Program Educator
Marwen: (Chicago 2004)
Marwen’s Teacher Program Educator
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago 2004) Visiting Artist, Winter Quarter, Chicago, IL 2004 Hyde Park Art Center: (Chicago 2003)
Visual Learners Program: Columbia Explorers
Project A.S.T.R.O (Public Guardians Office of Chicago): (Chicago 2003)
Mural Workshop
Yollocalli Youth Museum (Chicago 2003)
Painting and Drawing: East Morton High School
Gallery 37 Lead Teaching Artists and Co-Lead Positions: (Chicago 1999 – 2003)
Experimental Drawing and Painting: Ray Graham Training Center, Summer School Program
Studying the Masters: Bowen High School, Schools Program
Printmaking: Ray Graham Training Center, Summer Schools Program
Retablo Painting: Bogan High School
Mural Painting: Summer Program
Ceramic Tile Design: Farragut Career Academy High School
Painting: Alexander Graham Bell Elementary
Mural Painting: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
Fundamentals in Art: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
El Paso Community College: (El Paso, Texas, 1996)
Design I
Painting I
Drawing I
University of Delaware: (Newark, Delaware 1994)
Foundation Drawing and Painting
Painting II: Teaching Assistant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Flayed: A collaborative Installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Jimenez and Gabriel Villa, Zhou B. Art Center, Second Floor Gallery, Chicago IL, November 2015
Figure Devices: Printmaking by Gabriel Villa and Ryan Quigley, Hoofprint Workshop, Chicago, IL, April 2015 Lineas Borrosas: Selected works by Gabriel Villa, National Museum of Mexican Art, Kraft Gallery, Chicago IL, August 2014-January 2015, Solo Exhibition
Visiting Artist at American University in Dubai, Rotunda Gallery, Department of Visual Communication at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University in Dubai, Spring 2014
My Home is my Brain, Paintings and Drawings by Gabriel Villa, Triton College Gallery, Triton College, River Grove, IL, Fall 2013
Black and White: Wall Paintings by Gabriel Villa, Cobalt Studios, Chicago IL, Summer 2012
Personal Profound, Works on Paper by Jennifer L. Lambert and Gabriel Villa, President’s Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL, Two-Person Exhibition, Summer 2011
Recent Deposits: 2008-2011 Works by Gabriel Villa, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL, Solo Exhibition, Fall
Corazon Grafico/Corazon Urbano: Mix media works by Gabriel Villa, Co Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL Solo Exhibition, Fall 2010
Oppressed By Figures of Beauty: Gabriel Villa, Exhibition and Visiting Artist Program, Elmhurst College Art Department, Elmhurst, IL Solo Exhibition, Fall 2010
Spirituality and Surveillance: New Works by Gabriel Villa, Antena (formerly known as Polvo), Chicago, IL Solo Exhibition, Fall 2009
El Arte Es La Salvacion: A survey of works by Gabriel Villa Governor’s State University, Visual Arts Gallery, University Park, IL Solo Exhibition, Fall 2009
Image and Human Value: Works by Gabriel Villa, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas. Solo Exhibition, 2008
Painting by Gabriel Villa, Visual and Performing Arts Department, Harold Washington Library Center, 8TH Floor, Chicago, IL. 2007
The Privilege of Being Lost: Solo Exhibition, Mestizarte, APO Building, Chicago, IL, 1999
Artist on Art: El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, Solo Exhibition, 1996

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
STRATA: A Glimpse Into South Chicago, Duk Ju L. Kim, John Salhus & Gabriel Villa, Almquist Gallery North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, IL Winter 2010
Artists of Pilsen: Works by Gabriel Villa and Rene Arceo, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two Person Exhibition, Spring 2009
Landscape of Experience and Imagination: Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. Group Exhibition, 2008
Raskauche: Betty Rymer Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Group Exhibition, 2008
Pedagogo, The Teaching Artists of Yollocalli Art Reach: Yollocalli Art Reach, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. Group exhibition, 2007
Latin American Prints From the Collection of Erasmo Salgado: Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI. Group Exhibition, 2006
The Journey Home: Dia De Los Muertos: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL. Group Exhibition, 2005
Art At War-The Artist’s Voice: Aldo Castillo Gallery, Group Exhibition, Chicago IL. 2004
Fourth International Biennial of Drawing Plzen: The Union of Visual Artists of Plzen Area of the Czech Republic, Plzen, Czech Republic 2004
Contemporary Hispanic Painting: Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, Michigan, Group Exhibition, Sept. 2004
Women Within Our Community Contracting Aids: a mono-print group exhibition focusing on Aids, Co-organized by Self-Help Graphics and Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 2004
Chicago en Mexico: Muertos Galeria Indigo, Centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico 2003
Intercambio Mestizarte en Paris: Au Studio del Ermitage, 8 rue de L, Ermitage Paris, 2003
Xicago: Group Exhibition, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL, 2002
The Corpus Connection: University of Delaware Gallery, Newark, DE, Group Exhibition 2001
Cristos del Mundo, (Christ’s Of The world): Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI, Group Exhibition, 2000
Same Path, Different Origins: Galeria de Mexico, Chicago, IL, Group Exhibition, 2000
Indiscreet Austerities: Group Exhibition, Hothouse, Chicago, IL, 2000
Lost and Found: Group Exhibition, Gallery7000, Chicago Contemporary Art Space, Chicago, IL, 1997
Close to the Border: Group Exhibition, University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 1996
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: Solo Exhibition, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1995
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art: Wilmington, Delaware, Group Exhibition, 1995
Graduate Painters from the University of Delaware: Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
Figurative Works: Group Exhibition, The New York Academy of Art, NY, NY 1993
Selected Works: Corpus Christi Center for the Arts, Weil Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas, Group Exhibition 1991
Juntos y Unidos Aids Awareness Exhibition: University of Texas at El Paso, Center for the Arts, El Paso, TX, Group Exhibition, 1991

ART CURATOR
Guest curator, Gabriel Villa:
Artist and Adjunct Professor at Triton College
Summer 2012, Triton College Galley, Triton College, River Grove, IL
Mindstreams: Contemporary Painting in Chicago Mindsteams features a selection of paintings by eight Chicago based artists. Over the years these artists have built a complex and compelling set of approaches to creating abstract and figurative works while remaining firm and steadfast to their artistic vision. These paintings depict broad, diverse and at times personal investigations that surface as depictions of resilience, humor, drama, nature, absurdness and social/self criticism. Artists include Duk Ju L. Kim, Ryan Quigley, Javier Chavira, Rebecca Wolfram, John Salhus, Ricardo Santos Hernandez, John Himmelfarb and Tom Torluemke
Co-Curator of the Kraft Foods Chicago Gallery at The National Museum Of Mexican Art
All exhibitions curated by the Kraft Foods Chicago Gallery Committee: Gabriel Villa, Jose Luis Gutierrez and Oscar Sanchez 2006-2011
Cabeza de Barro / Clay forms by Nicole Marroquin & Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves January 21 – June 1, 2011
This exhibition, by two Chicago-based artists, explores a spectrum of visual ideas through original and provocative works. The pieces transform perceptions and ideas of human anatomy, identity, and social/cultural structures through depictions of natural and man-made forms. Jointly their works transform the space to depict personal and figurative forms, which reveal psychological elements that position portraiture beyond the traditional.
Millas y Kilómetros / Contemporary Art from Chicago & Chiapas July 23rd through November 28, 2010
This exhibition offers an international audience, the art communities of southern Mexico and mid-western United States, the opportunity to view a body of work that addresses an array of issues and themes pertinent to artists of Mexican descent currently working in Chiapas and Chicago. This traveling exhibition previously opened in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico at the Centro Cultural Jaime Sabines October 2009
Milagos y Santos de Todos Los Dias by Juan Carlos Macias October 19, 2008 -January 9, 2009
Chupacabras! Artists Reinterpret the Myth Artists explore a transnational figure defying real and imaginary borders January 25 – July 20, 2008
In this exhibition, Chicago Artist re-explore the lasting impact that Chupacabras sightings have had on the Latin American and North American psyche.
Dialogo / An installation by Maria Gaspar, Esmeralda Baltazar and Adriana Baltazar July 27-November 18, 2007
An interactive domestic space created to bring women together within a replicated home environment, where discussions about identity, gender, tradition and aspirations take place.
De La Tierra y Los Cielos Contemporary Icons Works by Javier Chavira March 15, 2007 – July 8, 2007
Using a fusion of Mexican Catholic iconography and other aesthetic and cultural influences, Javier Chavira connects the viewers with the mission of humanitarian visionaries through contemporary art.
En Tus Manos October 12, 2006 Exhibition continued through February 4, 2007 The Instituto of Latin Studies, University of Notre Dame, sponsored this project.
A unique display of silkscreen monoprints by Chicago artists who explored the present reality of Latinos and Aids. All prints were created through collaboration with Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles, California.
Common, Goals, Common Struggles, Common Ground February 11, 2006 Exhibition continued through September 3, 2006 CHASE, Sara Lee Foundation, and Boeing made this project possible.
This interactive exhibition presented a balance account of historical issues that are common to both the Mexican and African American communities in Chicago. It identified struggles shared by both communities such as the ones found within the civil rights movements of the 1960’s and the current gentrification of Maxwell, Brozeville, and Pilsen Neighborhoods. There was also an interactive component that allowed visitors to respond to the exhibition The African Presence in Mexico, the discussions of current events, and the overall issue of race Chicago.

PUBLIC ARTWORK
“American Painting” Acrylic on Concrete, Approximately 70 ft. x 15 ft., 18th Street and S. Oakley, Chicago, IL, 2014
“Spirituality and Surveillance” Outdoor mural 40 x 10 ft. commissioned by Immodest Proposals Version 2009, Chicago, IL. Destroyed by Graffiti blasters by orders of 11th ward Alderman Balcer in the Community of Bridgeport, 2009
“Festivals of Mexico and South America” Indoor mural 90 x 15 ft. created with Yollocalli Arts Reach students. Mural is located at Nettlehorst Elementary School
“La Naturaleza, La Familia, y La Comunidad”: This is an indoor mural 29x6ft created with Yollocalli Arts Reach students. It is located at the Rauner Family YMCA Chicago. “Unity”: This is an indoor mural 16x12ft created with Yollocalli Arts Reach students. It is located at Dvorak Park in Chicago.
“Timeline of the Sciences” This is an indoor mural 25×3.5 ft., located on the third floor Science department at the University of Chicago Laboratory School
“Blues Review” Installation: This is an outdoor mural (100x15ft.), created out of mosaic tile; sponsored by Special Assistant Grant and Illinois Arts Council and located at Stone Academy.

PUBLICATIONS
Blue Canvas, International online Magazine, Artist VS. System by Margarita Korol, Issue # 5, 2011
The Leader, Elmhurst College Newspaper, Artist in the Frick: Villa talks social commentary, volume 45, p. 14, Oct. 5, 2010
Huffington Post, Internet Newspaper, Alderman Orders Mural with Police Imagery Painted Over, May 16, 2009
National Public Radio (WBEZ Chicago), Alderman Destroys Bridgeport Mural by Robert Wildeborg, Archived May 15, 2009
National Public Radio (WBEZ Chicago), Bridgeport Mural Sparks Censorship Debate, Archived May19, 2009
The Phoenix, Newspaper of Governors State University, Volume 10, Issue 3, Spirituality and Surveillance, Art by Gabriel Villa, page 7, by Barbara Hogu, Nov. 2009
El Paso Times, Spotlight, Borderland Section, Exercising expression, page 2B, Friday June 1, 2009 Juarez Life, Cultura and Tourismo, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico/Edicion 10/P.26, 2008
The Art of Gabriel Villa: Works 1990-2006: Self-Published, printed in Hong Kong by Everbest Printing Co. LTD. Essays by Fred Camper, Art Reviewer for the Chicago Reader; and Christian J. Gerstheimer, curator of the El Paso Museum of Art.
The Chicago Art Scene, 68 Contemporary Artists: Ivy Sundell, Crow Woods Publishing, 1998
The Herald: Palladium, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Michigan, Krasl features Latino artwork, Section D, page 6D
Thursday, September 9, 2004