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Visual artist Daisy Quezada Ureña, who grew up in Las Cruces and Mexico, has been awarded a $50,000 Latinx Artist Fellowship by the U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF).
The award was announced May 31 by the forum, which is recognizing 15 “of the most compelling Latinx visual artists working in the United States today and aims to address a systemic lack of support, visibility, and patronage of Latinx visual artists,” the forum said in a news release.
Quezada Ureña is a visual artist and educator “who we have featured in two exhibitions here in the NMSU Art Museum,” said museum director Marisa Sage. “Her work speaks to many of our students here at NMSU and community members in Doña Ana (County), as she explores identity and place in relation to social structures that cross between imposed borders. We are so proud that Daisy is receiving this most deserved and prestigious award because beyond being a significant Latinx voice in contemporary art nationally, her practice is valuable to our Hispanic-majority community as it reflects their stories and triumphs.”
“One of the first things that crossed my mind as I came to sit with what this recognition meant to me was my family,” said Quezada Ureña, who now lives in Santa Fe. “They have always been there for me through the trials and joy, always helping support me through the multiple projects that I share without reservations. They have always trusted me and had faith in where I was going so this fellowship among many other things reminds me of them and how they contribute to all that I am. Even as I am a little further north they never miss an opportunity to share our never small family gatherings because we value all that we are to each other. I would like to take a moment to deeply thank todos los Quezadas, Ureñas, Aceros, Jaras, Serranos, Gutierrezs, Raygozas y Covarrubias. And to my immediate family, Elpidio, Rosalina, Esmeralda, Isac, Anaira and Jeronimo, los quiero mucho, un abrazo fuerte a todos!”
USALF “has supported the creation of a more equitable art world by championing artists and arts professionals dedicated to Latinx art through research, studio practice, pedagogy, and writing” since 2015, the forum said. It benefits more than 800 members.