Cristina Cardenas

Nina de Espejo - Cristina Cardenas - Print

Acclaimed Mexican artist, Cristina Cardenas, is scheduled to show at the YWCA Tucson.  The exhibition will hang at the YWCA's Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita, Tucson, Arizona from January 9th 2015 until February 19th 2015 and is available for viewing from 8AM- 5PM. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held January 28, 2015 from 6PM-8PM. It is free and open to the public. A VIP Reception will precede the public reception for YWCA Platinum Giving Society members. 

Cardenas’ work has shown internationally and locally throughout the last 20 years and she has received numerous awards and commissions, including a ceramic mural for the street car in Tucson.  Cardenas’ musings on politics are embodied in her images of strong women, classic figures and Mexican landscapes.  The body of work shown at the YW encompass the last decade of production, including her large scale pieces on amate paper. 

Valerie Galloway, curator of the Galleria, said, "We are proud and excited to be showing the work of this important artist at the YWCA, an organization that is committed to the empowerment of women and racial justice."

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Cardenas studied painting at the Universidad de Guadalajara; her art follows in the tradition of the Mexican muralists who sought to deliver messages of social and political contents. She attended the University of Arizona earning A Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking.

"Cristina Cardenas has always strived to paint with meaning and conviction," Gerald M. Gay said in a June 2011 Arizona Daily Star article. "Her works are powerful and personal. She fill the panels with intricate imagery meant to empower women and instill cultural pride feature pre-Columbian symbolism- a tribute to Mexico, the country of her birth." 

The mission of the YWCA Tucson is "Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." The organization provides services for 30,000 people each year at the Frances McClelland Community Center located at 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85745. For additional information and to register visit the website at

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