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Linda Vallejo

Linda Vallejo, born in Los Angeles in 1951. Her mother was born in Concord, California, and her father, Adam Vallejo, was born in San Angelo, Texas, and graduated from UCLA in 1951. Her father entered the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and the family moved to Germany. Ms. Vallejo has a brother, Tomas and a sister, Roseann. On returning to the USA, the family lived in several states. Linda attended elementary school in East Los Angeles and Sacramento, middle and high school in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1960’s, and completed high school in Madrid, Spain, in 1969. Linda received her BA in Fine Arts from Whittler College in 1973, completed undergraduate studies in lithography from the University of Madrid, Spain, and received a Master of Fine Arts from Cal State University, Long Beach, in 1978. Ms. Vallejo lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband of thirty-three years, Ron Dillaway. Her son Robert graduated from Georgetown Law School and is a practicing lawyer in Orange County, California, and her son Paul graduated from UC Santa Cruz and attends Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Recent Solo Exhibitions

Make ‘Em All Mexican solo exhibition at Arte Américas, Fresno, CA, organized by the Central California Museum of Art (CCMA), curated by Gordon Fuglie, CCMA Director and Head of Curatorial Affairs, 2012.

Make ‘Em All Mexican for the "Flesh" exhibition at ChimMaya Gallery, Montebello, CA, 2012.

Make ‘Em All Mexican for the “Random Acts of Time” exhibition at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, OCCCA, Orange County, CA, 2012.

Make ‘Em All Mexican at the 4th Chicana/o Biennial “This is NOW!” exhibition at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latina America (MACLA), San Jose, CA, 2012.

WCA National Conference Multicultural Artist Panel, Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, 2012.

A Prayer for the Earth Eco Installation, solo exhibition at Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, 2012.

A Prayer for the Earth Eco Installation, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, 2012.

Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood as part of the Getty Research Initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980, 2012 .

Make ‘Em All Mexican, curated by Karen Mary Davalos, presented at Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, May 2011.

Fierce Beauty: The Art Work of Linda Vallejo, a 40-year retrospective presented at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Arts Center in 2010. This major exhibition was curated by Betty Ann Brown and was accompanied by a 200 page full color book.

A Prayer for the Earth Eco Installation at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Gadsden Alabama, 2010.

The Electrics, presented by Galerie Anaïs in Santa Monica, California and accompanied by a full color catalog, 2010.

We Belong to the Earth: A Tribute to California's Indigenous Traditions, presented by the San Luis Obispo Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, California, 2010.

A Prayer for the Earth Eco Installation at Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.

Recent and Upcoming Projects

Doin’ It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman’s Building as part of the Getty Southern California Research initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980 scheduled to open in October 2011 at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles.

Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement Building as part of the Getty Southern California Research initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980. To be presented at the UCLA Fowler Museum between October 2011 February 2012.

Latino Art Now! Conference, November 2010, where Dr. Karen Mary Davalos from Loyola Marymount University presented a paper work for the Feminist Art Production Panel entitled, Linda Vallejo: An Arc of Indigenous Spirituality and Indigenist Sensibility.

The conference as organized by The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) at the University of Notre Dame, the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Centro de Estudio Puertoriquenos at Hunter College. Conference Chairs included Gilberto Cardenas, IUPLR Executive Director, Assistant Provost & Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies University of Notre Dame; and Chon A. Noriega, Director, Chicano Studies Research Center and Professor, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media University of California, Los Angeles.

Collections include The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Ill; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA from a gift provided through the Peter Norton Collection; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Print Department; The Latino Art Museum in Pomona, California; University of California, Santa Barbara, (CEMA), California Multicultural and Ethnic Archives; University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Chicano Study Research Center; Stanford University Chicana Art Multimedia Database

Selected Group Exhibitions include the National Mexican Museum in Chicago, Illinois, the Latino Art Museum in Pomona, California, and ChimMaya Gallery in Montebello, California. Additional group exhibitions include the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, Patricia Correia Gallery, The Carnegie Art Museum, The Frazier Museum, Tropico Nopal Art Space, The Santa Monica Museum, Armand Hammer Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Art Museum of South Texas, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, The Bronx Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, San Antonio Museum, and Mexico City Modem Art Museum.

Recent Major Publications

Rites of Passage, Mujeres de Maiz Flor y Canto, Issue No. 10, 2012.

In the Lake of Your Bones, poems by Peggy Dobreer, cover art by artist.

Make ‘Em All Mexican, 2010-2012, published by the artist in conjunction with solo exhibitions.

L.A. Xicano, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, distributed by University of Washington Press, Chon A. Noriega, Terezita Romo and Pilar Tompkins Rivas

Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Women’s Building and From Site to Vision: The Women’s Building in Contemporary Culture, Ben Maltz Gallery and Otis College of Art and Design, edited by Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton.

Suffragette City, Betty Ann Brown, Art Ltd. Magazine.

One, The Mind Aware, 2010, New Momentum For Human Unity Productions, ISBN: 978-1-4507-1851-6

Fierce Beauty: The Art Work of Linda Vallejo, 2010, published by the artist.

L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980, 2010, California International Arts Foundation, Editor, Lyn Kienholz.

One, The Mind Aware, 2010, New Momentum For Human Unity Productions, ISBN: 978-1-4507-1851-6

Speak for the Trees, Marquand Books, 2010, in collaboration with the Friesen Gallery.

Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, 2001, Bi-Lingual Press, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University.

Chicano Indigenous Spiritual Community

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Linda studied Maya and Azteca dance with Las Flores de Aztlan Troupe. During these formative years, Las Flores de Aztlan presented teachings and workshops throughout the State of California at cultural centers, universities, and in traditional Native American and Chicano ceremonies including Fiesta de Maiz and Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles, Fiesta de Colores in Sacramento, and Chicano Park Day in San Diego.

Over the past 30, she has participated in and supported traditional Native American and Chicano ceremony in California, South Dakota, and Arizona. She served as a community volunteer for the Native American Religious Society at the California Rehabilitation Center, Norco, for 15 years.  She hosted the All Nations Women's Tea Circle, providing a social celebration focusing on indigenous values and traditions.  Today she supports the Southern Door men and women's Inipi Circle.

A to Z Grantwriting

Ms. Vallejo has also made a major commitment to the national and international non profit community. She is owner of A to Z Grantwriting and a practicing professional grantwriter, grantwriting instructor and consultant with over thirty years of experience in the field.

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