Living on Your Mind

May. 16, 2023

May. 16, 2023 @ 12:00 pm May. 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

About the Workshop

Akins High School

The 16th amArte workshop, “Living on Your Mind,” was led by master artist Juan Carlos Escobedo at Akins High School for Mr. Eric Cannon and Mr. James Monfries’ advanced art and sculpture classes. The workshop focused on students creating two styles of headwear that they could use as their canvas to evoke feelings of past homes and dream homes. Cardboard was the primary medium used. However, students could use any additional material to portray their desired sculptures inspired by Juan’s work.


About the Artist

Juan Carlos Escobedo; explores his identity as a queer, brown, Mexican-American, raised in a low-socioeconomic community along the US/Mexico border. His work addresses residual class and race shame that arises from living in a predominantly white structured United States which favors light-skinned individuals and middle-class and above socioeconomic classes.

Escobedo received his BFA from New Mexico State University and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has recently been exhibited in San Antonio at Blue Star Contemporary, Centro de Artes, and The Southwest School of Art; in Boston at MassArt X SOWA; and in Darmstadt Germany at Darmstädter Sezession for The World Heritage Festival.

His work has been recognized through awards,including a Collective Futures Fund Grant from Tufts University Art Galleries: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as a consultant; and an Actos de Confianza Grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Residencies include the Casa Lü Artist Residency in Mexico City, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency, and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Artist Residency facilitated by CONTEMPORARY at Bluestartech startups, and design studios.