Campesinos: Workers of the Land
Exhibit will open when shelter-in-place is lifted and be on view in the gallery through August 2, 2020.
We have a spectacular exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery, sitting behind locked doors. While our gallery door is closed for the safety of our staff, guests and community, our virtual door is open for you to experience Campesinos: Workers of the Land; Virtual Tour
We are grateful for the dedication of our agricultural workers, and celebrate their contributions through Campesinos: Workers of the Land.
Exhibit planning started late in 2019 as collaboration between Consuelo Alba, Watsonville Film Festival; Gabe Medina, Watsonville Artist Meet-up; and Pajaro Valley Arts. Ms. Alba was looking for a venue to show the work of two artists who were to be highlighted during the film festival. Farmworkers are central themes for both artists. Together, we expanded this concept so that regional artists would have the opportunity to show their work.
This exhibit was conceived to honor the dignity of our campesinos/agricultural workers and farmers. We asked artists to create and bring us work that represent what they see, feel, and believe as they pass by our fields everyday. We asked for artwork that represents the issues of dignity, labor, workers’ rights, immigration, and the duality of every day living for migrant workers. We received incredibly personal, visual and audio stories that celebrate the lives and contributions of our families and community of agricultural workers.
Artists: Hannah Baldrige • Carlos Campos • Jessica Carrasco • Ruth Carroll • Victor Cervantes Warren Chang • Arleene Correa Valencia • Linda Curtis • Kati D’Amore • Francisco Joseph Dominguez • Jenny Dowd
Veronica Eldredge • David Fleming Armando Franco • Juan R. Fuentes • Ome Garcia • Michele Hausman • Hedwig Heerschop • Erica Hernandez • Rosa Gabriela Hernandez • Bill Kennann • Lucien Kubo • Barbara Lawrence Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis • Mac McWilliams • Gabriel J. Medina • Jay Mercado • Jonathan Sánchez Moreno • Don Monkerud • Ed Penniman • Joel Rigler • Jaime Sánchez • Craig Sherod • Leon Sun • Shmuel Thaler
Samuel Torres Jr. • Graciela Vega
Curated by: Gabriel J. Medina and Judy Stabile
Juried by: Consuelo Alba, Gabriel J. Medina and Judy Stabile
Exhibit Dates: January 27 – November 6, 2020
At the Santa Cruz County Government Center
701 Ocean Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Cruz, CA
HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY from 8:00am – 5:00 pm
Presented by Pajaro Valley Arts, Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice was invited by County Clerk, Gail Pellerin, to reprise our 2019 exhibit at the County of Santa Cruz Government Center during their most important 2020 election season. This exhibit aims to inform, inspire and develop greater interest in the non-partisan democratic process. Co-curated by Maria Gitin and Pajaro Valley Arts Curator Judy Stabile, the exhibit features Bob Fitch photography from the archives of Stanford University Library and artifacts from civil rights veteran Maria Gitin. The exhibit includes contemporary regional artists interpretation of voting rights and informative displays from Santa Cruz County Elections Department and Watsonville City Clerk’s Office. A visual timeline highlights key events in voting rights history including the historic Watsonville v. Gomez case. The exhibit is presented in partnership with Santa Cruz County Elections Department, and Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.
Jessica Carrasco, Myra Eastman, Bob Fitch, Jane Gregorius, Hedwig Heerschop, Matt Herron, Lucien Kubo, Joshua Moreno, Helen Ruiz-Thomas,Jaime Sánchez, Sandra Takashima Shaw, Peggy Snider, and Carol Wallberg.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, suitable for students and adults, venue is ADA accessible.
“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.”