Bio/Resume

Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein was born and raised in Colombia, South America. She lived in Germany, and Mexico before she immigrated to the United States in 1987. She studied Fine Arts and Music in Colombia, and received an M.F.A. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Since 2004, she serves as Chair of the Art Department and director of the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

 

The Colombian-born artist's work has appeared in solo shows in Toronto, Santa Fe, Medellin, and at the National Museum of the Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Her work deals with issues of exploitation, violence and abuse, and seeks to confront viewers with the social inequalities of our modern world. Her work gives voice and platform to women, children and innocent victims who are often marginalized and rarely heard. The work of Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein catches the silence and the moan of a humanity that suffers the consequences of oppression.

 

EDUCATION
 
M.F.A. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
BA Music Education, National University of Colombia.
 
EXHIBITIONS
 
Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein has extensively exhibited since the 70s in Germany, France, Mexico, Colombia and the USA. 
 
COLLECTIONS
Museum of Latin-American Art, Long Beach
Self Help Graphic Inc. Los Angeles
Fundacion Arias para la Paz y el Progreso Humano
Museo de Antioquia. Medellin, Colombia
Biblioteca Publica Piloto. Medellin, Colombia
UC Santa Barbara, CA. Caridad Project
The Huntington Museum at UT Austin
The Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institute. (Self Help Graphics Archives)
Los Angeles County Museum. Printmaking Archives
Riverside Art Museum. Riverside CA
Colombian Consulate, Los Angeles
 
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2011     Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
              Honorific Mention, Scenic Desing, Midsummer Night Dreams
              La Sierra University
 
2009    UCR California Museum of Photography, Digital Studio
              Artist in Residence Program: Donde Perdi Mi Inocencia
 
2007    Soroptimist International of Riverside
              Making a Difference for Women, Golden Key Award
 
2006    YWCA Riverside County
              Every Day Hero: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
                                        
2005     Mission Inn Foundation
              Generation Project: Immigration Experience Through The Eyes of Youth 
              Project funded by the California Endowment for the Humanities, and the James Irvine                              
              Foundation. A collaboration of The Mission Inn Foundation,
              The Riverside Public Library,The Alvord Unified School District,
              and La Sierra University’s Art Department. 
              Directed and curated by Dough Mc Callow, Ted Fisher, and Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein.
              Presented at The Mission Inn Museum, and La Sierra University’s Brandstater Gallery
 
               La Sierra University
               Sabbatical-Research Project. Run Away and Join the Circus
           
2003      La Sierra University.
               CAS Research Grant  Metaphors for Tension, The Springs Series
            
2002     Self Help Graphic Inc. Los Angeles.
              Grant awarded as Artist in Residence for the silk Screen program.  
              Production of limited edition of Cautiva
 
2001      Sabbatical-Research Project. Impunity-Insomnia.  
    
 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
Reviews of Articles on Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein
 
2009        ARTIST PROFILE: BEATRIZ MEJIA-KRUMBEIN
                 Serious Talent Serious Subject       
                 Press Enterprise, Local Plus. D4, Wednesday, June 17, 2009.
 
2006        Beyond Heritage. Riverside Arts Museum, Millard Sheets Gallery
                 Exhibition Catalogue. Pp 53 Essay Art Responds to Life. Pp 62 Ode to Women
 
2005        Triumph of Our Communities. Four Decades of Mexican
                 American Art. Hispanic Research Center. Arizona State University,   
                 Bilingual Press Tempe Arizona. Pg. 136, 142, ISBN 1-931010-34-X
                 Featured: Cautiva,
 
                 Barkowiaks Forum Book Art. Hamburg, Germany.
                 I SBN 3-935462-03-04. Featured: Featured: Black and White Book, Ode to Women, Album- 
                 Children,  Carbonerito pp. 327-330
 
                  L. Ramirez Rogers.Diseno Basico para las Artes Plasticas y Comerciales. Publicadora    
 
                  Universidad de Montemorelos. Montemorelos, Mejico. Pp. 150, 151
                  Texture: grabado en madera
 
                  Millard Sheets Gallery. Latino Artists From Los Angeles. Defining Self, and Inspiration.    
                  Catalogue. The Door.
 
                  Criterion La Sierra University. Thursday, February 10, 2005
                  Library Exhibits Ode to Women,
 
2004          Robert Bersson, Responding to Art. Form, Content, and Concept. Beyond Painting and
                   Sculpture. Expanding Boundaries for Art.
                   Mc Graw Hill, higher Education. Pg. 616-617 ISBN 0-697-25819-X
 
                   Silencio y Expresion. El Mundo, Medellin, Miercoles 11 de Agosto
 
                   Hand, Charles. Quilter sows disturbing, artistic messages
                   The Californian. Feb 20-2004
                   Native Land inspires artist to lend a voice
                   PE, Inland Southern California. Hemet San Jacinto. January 26, 2004
 
2003         Primera Bienal de Arte Latino. Oda a la Mujer. Art Nexux.com Agosto 29, 2003
 
2001         Save the Date. SCWCA Symposium at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Artist. Southern
                  California Women’s Caucus for Art Newsletter. Sep/Oct 2001.
 
                  Real People in Artists’ Exhibition. Entertainment, Press Enterprise.
                  Riverside, Monday, February 26, 2001.
 
2000         Art Exhibit Portrays Troubling Social Issues. Des Moines Register. Des Moines. Sunday,
                  November 13, 2000. p.3E.
  
                  Artist’s work Goes Beyond Gallery Boundaries. The TIMES~DELPHIC, Drake University,
                  Des Moines. Vol.119, No.18.
 
                  Artist’s quilt art deals with social issues. The TIMES~DELPHIC, Drake University, Des       
                  Moines. Vol.119, No.18.
   
                  Art exhibit dealing with violence opens Sunday. On Campus, Drake University
                  Newsletter for Faculty and Staff. Des Moines, November 10. Vol. 53, No.22.
 
1999         Women Artists Of Color. A Bio-Critical Sourcebook to 20th Century Artists in the
                  Americas.Edited by Fhoebe Ferris. ISBN 0-313-30374. Greenwood Press
                  Mejia-Krumbein. El Carbonerito. Meredith-Kelly. Latin American Fine Art. Review: Latin American            
                  Literature and Arts. A publication of the Americas Society. Front cover-back. New York. Fall 1999
 
                  La Suite del Silencio. Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia. Wesleyan College. March 1999.
                  Catalogue.
 
1998         Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein at Art Core. The Globe and Mail. Saturday, Toronto, Canada.
                  February 14.
 
                  Book: Black and White Series. Art News. USA. December 1998. p.120.
 
1997        Book as Art. 10th Anniversary Exhibition. National Museum of the Women in the Arts.
                 Library and Research Center. Washington DC. March 10 – October 4. Catalogue.
 
FILMS AND VIDEOS        
 
2011       Donde Perdi Mi Inocencia. DVD produced by UCR California Museum of  
                Photography, Digital Studio. Artist in Residence Program
 
2004       Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein: Deam Weaver. DVD produced by Mount San Jacinto 
                Community College.
 
1997       Black and White. Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein. PLO Productions. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
                Funded by: Meredith-Kelly Latin American Fine Arts.
 
                Blue Ridge Journal. Profile. Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein.
                Funded by: WEPT Public Television. February 7, 1997.
 
1981      El Mundo al Instante. Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein. 16 mm movie. #980. 9/7/81. Funded by:
               Deutsche Wochenschau Gmbo. Hamburg, Germany
 
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS, LECTURES AND SEMINARS
 
2010        Voice For The Voiceless, The Power Of The Image; The Studio Artist And Civil Society CAA      
                 Conference, Chicago
                 Donde Perdi Mi Inocencia, MOLA. Long Beach, California
           
2009        Run Away and Join the Circus: The Circus as Culture.( Art, video, lecture)
                 Inlandia Institute. Riverside, California
 
2007         Feminism, Art, and Social Transformation. Artistic Expression as Activism, author;
                 Ginger Harwood, co-author; Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein. International Symposium of Arts
                 and Society. NYU, New York, February 23 - 25
 
2006        Latin American Art. Beyond Heritage:Art Responds to Life
                 Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona. Dec 2, 2006
 
2005        Generation Project. Building a Home in a Strange Land.
                 Dough Mac Cullow, Ted Fisher, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein. Mission
                 Inn Museum. Riverside, CA, April 4, 05
 
                 The Door – Displacement. Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona
 
2004         La Suite del Silencio. Biblioteca Publica Piloto. Medellin, Colombia.
 
                 Feminism, Art, and Social TransformationThe Artist as Political   
                 Activist. Ginger Harwood, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein.Hawaii International Coference for the Arts and      
                 Humanities. January 8 – 11, 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
                 Cumbia Dance Against the War. Shouting Coyote
                 Performing Arts Festival. Los Angeles. CA, April 24, 2004,
                 Multidiciplinary performance collaborating With Antonieta Villamil and Joe Cumbe 
 
                 Violence in Grey.  Coreography. Collaboration with Kim Gadlin. Contemporary Dance Program.      
                 Pomona College, Claremont, California
 
2003        Feminism, Art, and Social Transformation. Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, Ginger Harwood.
                 WECSOR. The Western commission for the Study of Religion.. American Academy of Religion.
                 Society of Biblical Literature. University of California at Davis. Davis, California, March 22nd – 24h, 
 
2001        Bold, Young, and Old: Women in the Arts.
                 Panel Moderator and Presenter. Powerful Transformations.
                 Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art. UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
                 Annual Conference.
 
                 Oda a la Mujer. Cyclic Transformations.
                 Four Women Artists of different generations.
                 Galeria Otra Vez, Self Help Graphics Inc. Los Angeles, CA
 
2000        La Suite del Silencio. (Lecture)
                 Anderson Gallery. Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
 
                 Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein Art Journey. California State University San Bernardino.    
 
1999        Black and White Series. (Lecture). Riverside Art Museum. Riverside, California
 
                 La Suite del Silencio. (Lecture) Wesleyan College, West Virginia.
 
1998        Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein Art Journey. Artcore. Toronto, Canada.
 
1997         Creativity in the Diversity. Association of University Women.
                 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.