Phoenix visual artist Marlena Robbins has been selected as the 2019 resident artist in Guadalajara for GDL>>PHX Residencias Artísticas. During her residency at PAOS GDL this summer, she will be housed at Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco, the former home and studio of the famous Mexican muralist.
Marlena Robbins is a Phoenix-based visual artist working primarily with painting and canvas beading. She is Diné (Navajo) from Window Rock, Arizona, and holds a masters degree in American Indian Studies (Indigenous Rights and Social Justice) from ASU. She is Assistant Director of Cultural Coalition, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to the education, promotion and development of Indigenous artists in Arizona. Robbins’ research includes the use of art as a spiritual expression for Indigenous well-being and within the field of mental health. During her 6-week residency in Guadalajara, Marlena will conduct artistic and cultural research with the wixárika (huichol) communities in San Andrés, Jalisco, while immersing herself in the vibrant contemporary art community of Guadalajara.
“The Guadalajara residency will allow me to gain exposure in international art spaces and build new collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Mexico. I look forward to the opportunity to bring new artistic ideas to the table, and to share cultural practices, stories and histories across borders.” -Marlena Robbins
Robbins was selected for GDL>>PHX Residencias Artísticas through a competitive application process open to emerging and mid-career Phoenix Latinx and indigenous artists. As a resident artist, she will have opportunities to develop projects in collaboration with the local artistic community and take advantage of studio space access, visits with curators and art professionals, as well as exhibition and performance opportunities.
GDL>>PHX Residencias Artísticas is an artist residency and cultural exchange program between the cities of Phoenix, Arizona and Guadalajara, Jalisco organized by CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Americas), ASU Art Museum and Programa Anual de Open Studios (PAOS GDL).
GDL>>PHX Residencias Artísticas offers fully sponsored residencies to artists from Guadalajara to travel and work in Phoenix, Arizona and to Latinx and indigenous artists from Phoenix to travel and work in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Artists will develop creative projects and present public programs that establish a dialogue between both cities. This is the only program in Arizona dedicated to supporting international residencies for Latinx and indigenous artists.
This program is organized by CALA Alliance, ASU Art Museum and PAOS GDL with generous support from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation.