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L.A. muralist Judy Baca receives 2010 Public Art Network Award

June 24, 2010 |  5:46 pm


Los Angeles muralist Judy Baca has devoted her career to bringing together the visual arts and social activism. On Thursday, Americans for the Arts announced that Baca is receiving the 2010 Public Art Network Award that recognizes "innovative and creative contributions and commitment in the field of public art."

Baca is co-founder of the Social & Public Art Resource Center, a Venice-based organization committed to using public art as a means of bringing communities together. Baca has had a hand in creating numerous murals, but her most famous remains the Great Wall of Los Angeles, a 2,735-foot long historical mural in the San Fernando Valley that the artist designed in 1976 and that was executed by various community groups.

She is a full professor at UCLA in its Chicano studies department and world arts and cultures department. Her current projects include the Cesar Chavez Memorial at San Jose State University, the Robert F. Kennedy monument at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel and the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in San Diego.

On Sept. 30, Baca will participate in a re-dedication of her mural "La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra: California 1996" at the University of Southern California.

-- David Ng

Photo: Judy Baca in 2001. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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It's so refreshing to read an interesting article about an amazing woman who is NOT a Hollywood starlet, boring ex-TV sitcom star who still whines about a man (you know who)! or a reality star hungry for attention. Ms. Baca has made a difference with her passion for art and devotion to community organization. Bravo and please, more articles about non-entertainment heros!

Excellent! A well deserved award. Working at the community level rarely gets the thanks they deserve. It is hard important work that brings people together in ways that gives young and old a sense of pride in where they live and who they are. A great deterrant to crime.

Rededication Ceremony for the Judith F. Baca mural "La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra" within the new USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center

Thursday, September 30, 2010
USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center, 4th Floor

Please plan on attending the rededication ceremony for the Judith F. Baca mural "La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra" within the new USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The Baca mural was originally completed for the USC campus in 1996. The mural was a student-initiated effort to represent the historical presence of Chicano/Latinos in Los Angeles at the center of the USC campus. The Baca mural is a community narrative about the historical struggles and continued hope of the Chicano/Latino community that is at home within the memory of the land that is today USC.

For more information contact:
Tel: (213)740-1480
Email: [email protected]

Sponsored by El Centro Chicano, Latina/o Student Assembly & Division of Student Affairs.


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