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.
M.F.A. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
BA Music Education, National University of Colombia.
Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein has extensively exhibited since the 70s in Germany, France, Mexico, Colombia and the USA.
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.
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
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.
1998 Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein at Art Core. The Globe and Mail. Saturday, Toronto, Canada.
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
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
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 Transformation. The 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.
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.