Art Division 10th Anniversary

The first decade of Art Division

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries are proud to collaborate with Art Division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting under-served youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Marking its first decade of service, Art Division has curated an exhibit showcasing artworks by students past and present.

Art Division 10th Anniversary Exhibit The work in this exhibit consists of recent drawings, paintings photographs, prints and sculpture by twenty-eight artists who have been involved in Art Division since its founding ten years ago. There is an undeniable sense of the artists’ wide-ranging imagination and ability to express their personal and distinctive visions—from a corner taco truck to a daughter‘s tribute to her father. Our goal is to nurture the artistic voices that are present in each of our students. We encourage them to follow their creative impulses while paying attention to craft and detail. Thanks go to Art Division’s devoted, hardworking staff and faculty, and to all of the young artists who have entered our doors. We look forward to the next ten years.

Please direct all inquiries for purchasing artwork to Catherine at [email protected].

About Art Division

Art Division is a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting under-served youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Art Division distinguishes itself by providing in-depth services to young adults aged 18-26 in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, an at-risk population within one of Los Angeles’ most densely populated and underserved communities. Art Division was founded in 2010 by Dan McCleary to serve young adults in the Rampart District. As the Director of Art Programs for Heart of Los Angeles, an after-school program for youth up to 18 years old, McCleary realized that when his most talented and committed students aged out of the program, they lost access to community-based arts programs. Art Division was founded to give these young artists the professional training and academic support they need to succeed and transition into four-year colleges and successful careers.

Art Division has a permanent base in its Art Library near MacArthur Park. Its extended campus consists of painting and print-making studios, all located within walking distance of the library. For more information, please visit https://www.artdivision.org/

Alex “Otiswoods” Gonzalez

“Untitled”
2021
Poster paint on cold-pressed watercolor paper
8 x 16 ½ inches
$500

Alexandra Gonzalez

“Impermanencia/Impermanence”
2021
Oil on paper with hand-embroidered rope
18 x 14 inches
For price information, please contact Catherine at [email protected]

Austin Gutierrez

“Untitled”
2020
Graphite on cold press paper
12 x 16 inchesFor price information, please contact Catherine at [email protected]

Celina Villanueva

“An Ode to My Old Man, Rock n Roll”

2021
Ink on paper
22 x 18 inches
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Artist Statement: This is inspired by a picture of my dad when he was younger. I love the image because it gives me a ‘70s vibe and I haven’t seen too many pictures of him in this setting.

Dillon Garcia

“The Fleeting Moment”
2021
Acrylic and metallic gel medium on cotton canvas
16 x 12 inches
$500

Emmanuel Galvez

“Quién Soy Yo, Cenizas, Agua, Arena, Flor, Rebelde”
2021
ZOTE, glitter, graphite on arches paper
22 x 15 inches
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Jason Mendoza

“Retrogression”
2020
Reduction print on Japanese rice paper
11 x 8 ½ inches

“From jungle to concrete”
2021
Watercolor on illustration board
11 x 9 inches framed

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Javier Carrillo

“El Lupe Tacos”
2021
Reduction print with hand painting
15 x 25 inches
$2000

Jeremy Saborio

“Final Waltz”
Triptych
2021

Mixed media collage on canvas
15 x 25 inches
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Jessica Cuautle

“Under the Sun”
2021
Oil on wood panel
14 x 10 inches
Not for sale

Kata Garcia

“Luna Llena”
2021
Archival ink on paper
15 x 12 inches
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Kevin Louis Taba

“Coatlicue”
2020
Acrylic on paper
5 x 7 inches
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Kevin Rodriguez

“Shed”
2021
Gouache and colored pencils on paper
11 x 9 inches
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Kira Oikawa-Clark

A Holobiont Party in the Microbiome”
2021
Polymer clay and acrylic on wood panel
12 ½ x 11 ½ inches
$300

Artist Statement: This multimedia piece is an ode to togetherness. All the good and happy bacteria, microbes, and cells coming together to create a grand party.

Lauren Belcher

“Doll (Prototype)”
2020
Mixed media
14 x 8 inches
$190

Artist Statement: I wanted to get into making toys after many years of thinking about it. I am a fan of (Czech filmmaker and artist) Jan Švankmajer, and his works motivated me to do more 3-dimensional art.

Luis Hernandez

“Kim”
2019
Silver gelatin print
115 x 12 inches framed
Not for sale

Luis Mateo

“Untitled”
2018
Drypoint etching
14 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches framed
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Maria Galicia

“Quinceañera”
2021
Serigraph
19 x 25 inches
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Michele Lopez

“Facade”
2021
Mixed media with acrylic paint, crayons
16 x 12 inches
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Artist Statement: I created this piece to help spread mental health awareness. People tend to obsess over persuading others that they are happy but, in reality, not everyone is as happy as they present themselves.

Roberto Ortiz

“Untitled”
2017
Acrylic on panel
8 x 8 inches
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Sade Jones

“Layers”
2021
Stoneware
5 x 4 x 6 ½ inches
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Sandra Maldonado

“En tus manos”
2021
Mixed media photo transfer on canvas
18 x 14 inches
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Shanine Jaimes

“Untitled”
2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches
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Stephanie Hernandez

“Untitled”
2018
Human hair, vintage doll, handwoven fabric, metal, thread
16 x 10 inches
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Artist Statement: I would like to thank you, Otilia Benavente, for teaching me kindness, respect and rooted values into my core. I am who I am for the wonderful upbringing you provided me with.

Vanessa Melesio

“Perpetux”
2021
Acrylic on Masonite
7 x 11 25 inches framed
Not for sale

Victor Reyes

“facet spiral of many”
2021
Red colored pencils on paper
16 1.2 x 14 ½ inches
Not for sale

Xelestial Moreno-Luz

“Transcelestial (Performance: Self-Portrait with Malo)”
2020
Photograph printed on canvas
20 x 16 inches
For pricing info, please contact Catherine at [email protected]

Artist Statement: This self-portrait was shot after my performance of “My Memorial,” a poem that operates as an instruction manual for when I am murdered: “Burn my body, and infuse the ashes into weapons. I am going to rest in pieces at the bottom of a Chanel purse, in the pockets of a pair or thrifted booty shorts, and in the gutter where #girlslikeus wind up drowning in the obscure cis-tym.” My partner, Malo, holds me close, assured that despite the systematic modalities that immobilize transgender health, we will get through dystopia together.

Yuya Parker

“Orange”
2020
Photograph
13 x 17 ¾ inches
For pricing info, please contact Catherine at [email protected]