Martha Samaniego Calderón, 2021-22 Onstead Institute – CVAD Galleries Fellow

Martha Samaniego Calderón, portrait, head and shouldersMartha Samaniego Calderón, a graduate student in Art Education, is from Xalapa, Veracruz, México, where she earned a B.A. in communications from the Universidad Anáhuac Veracruz. Calderón’s work is focused on the intersection of bilingual Latino/a/x communities and the arts, specifically, to promote community dialogue with art that interrogates dominative power structures. A co-author and illustrator of the bilingual children's book Behind my Mask Detrás de mi Cubrebocas, Calderón uses the book to enhance critical dialogue around social-emotional learning and identity. Now pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Art Museum Education, Calderón seeks to promote a deeper connection with students and the surrounding community.