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Contact:
Email: Lizzgogomez@gmail.com
Instagram: Liz_Go_Gomez

Artist Statement

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EDUCATION

2011- 2014  School of the Art Institute of Chicago| B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing/ 

Minor: Art History Chicago, IL

2007- 2009 Northwest Vista College |Associate of Arts, Studio Arts San Antonio, TX  

 

RESIDENCIES

2018 Chicago Artist Coalition: Field/Work Residency Chicago, IL

2017-2019 Hunter International Art Gallery: Resident Artist and Curator Chicago, IL 

2009 Blue Star Mentorship | The Blue Star Arts Complex San Antonio, TX 

 

SOLO AND 3 PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020 Lake Journeys to the Ocean, Retrospective Exhibition, The Honeycomb Network  Chicago, IL

2018 Art for Our Lives: Woke and Winning Exhibition, National Youth Art Movement Chicago, IL 

2018 My Womb es mi Alter, Rootwork Gallery. Chicago, IL

2013 Ed Clark Private Exhibition and Artist Talk Chicago, IL

2010 First Friday, Casa Chiapas San Antonio, TX 

2009 First Friday, Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX

2009 E.R.G, Gallery 509, Texas (Solo Exhibition) San Antonio, TX

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS

2022 Naturally Made the Black Female Body| Sojourner Truth African Museum. Sacramento, CA

2019 In Conversation: Free Write Art and Literacy, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

2019 Don’t Be Scurred: Pathways to Liberation. Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2018 ICONIC: Black Panther, Stony Island Arts Bank Chicago, IL

2018 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Montreal, CA

2017 National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence. Interactive art tour.   Chicago, IL

2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum,  Inspiring Peacemaking Minneapolis, Mn

2017 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL

2017 Black Nativity Exhibition, Hunter International Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 Juneteenth Art Exhibition, Hunter International Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL  

2015 Ultraviolet Art Exhibition, Aplomb Gallery Chicago, IL

2014 20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival: Fresh Juju Exhibition Chicago, IL

2014 Evanston Art Center 22nd Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Evanston, IL

2014 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA show Chicago, IL

2013 Hand Craft Exhibition, Siragusa Gallery Chicago, IL

2013 Our RA Art Exhibition, Siragusa Gallery Chicago, IL

 

PERFORMANCES

2017- 2019 Participatory Music Coalition|Vocalist, spoken soul, and movement artist. Chicago, IL

2017 Hereafter Festival: Spoken soul performance. Chicago, Il

2017 Peace Concert: Nobel Peace Prize Forum.  “My Mother’s Rage Performance.”  Minneapolis, Mn

2017 Marvin Tate’s A Great Day Production

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2017 Doing the Most: Rashayla Marie Brown Presents Liz Gomez, Chicago Cultural Center
 

TEACHING | WORKSHOPS | CONFERENCES

2022 Universidad del Pais Vasco, Representation with Purpose artist lecture Leioa, Bizkaia

2017-2020 National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence. Chicago, IL/ Minneapolis MN

-Artist, youth mentor, and instructor.  

-Interactive billboard art exhibitor.

The goal of the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence is to provide youth all across America in neighborhoods besieged by gun violence with an opportunity to make their mark on the issue by using their city as a blank canvas to communicate to the entire community the impact on their lives.

 

2018 The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems | Chicago, IL

2018 Woke and Winning Youth Action Summer Workshop Series |Educational facilitator, Art activist instructor,   social media and marketing coordinator |WokeandWinning.org | Chicago, IL

    -The Politics of Gun Reform, Woke and Winning Youth Action Workshop Series

    -Gun Trafficking and Trauma, Woke and Winning Youth Action Workshop Series

    -Life After Gunshots, Woke and Winning Youth Action Workshop Series

2015 The Museum of Science and Industry, Instructor/ Speaker, Jr.  Art Café Chicago, IL

2014 A Long Walk Home, Girl/Friends program, Art mentor and Presenter, Chicago, IL

2014 Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Sex, Ethnicity, and the Nation.

Artist Talk at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL

 

MURALS AND SELECTED COMMUNITY PROJECTS

2017 National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence, Artist and Youth Mentor Chicago, IL

2016 The Mariposa Foundation, Traveling Mural Artist. Cabarete, Dominican Republic

2016 Black Radical Imagination: Decadent Asylum. Production mural artist Chicago, IL

2013 University of the Chicago Medical Center, Designer/ Mural Painter Chicago, IL

2012 South Side Community Art Center Restoration Team Chicago, IL

PRESS | PUBLICATIONS

2021 "Liz Gomez on Art, Chicago, and Celebrating a Space for Others" by RadioOneChicago

2019 "Three Artists Play with Your Soul" Spencer Hutchinson for New Art Examiner

2019 “My Womb Is My Altar”.  By Teresa Silva for Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora                                                                                     (Vol. 45, Number 1) Publisher: Illinois State University, Department of English

2018 “Workshop for youths against gun violence introduces activism campaign.” Chicago, IL

Kelli Duncan For Chronicle Media 

2018 “Youth Workshop Against Gun Violence Features Activism Campaign.” Kelli Duncan for Chronicle Media

AWARDS

2014 Evanston Art Center’s 22nd Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Evanston Evanston, IL

2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016 Mural Competition at Hostelling

International 1st Place winner Chicago, IL      

2014 Student Leadership Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL       

2013, 2014 Excellence In Leadership Award: Service, Advocacy, Innovation, Community

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL

2011 Zinch Transfer Student Scholarship

2006, 2007 VASE Arts Competition, Gold Medalist San Antonio, TX

Liz Gómez is an Afro-Indigenous artist and educator whose work honors the journey of the spirit by channeling their life’s experiences onto the canvas through abstraction and portraiture. They strive to make work where light and shadow coexist together in a way that centers on vulnerability, liberation, and self-love.  Their work in performance, fiber, and mixed media assemblage operates as a vessel for self-healing and utilizes sustainably sourced materials. Their portraits seek to broaden and uplift the range of representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in a manner that crumbles the dangerous portrayals present today and throughout history.

Liz Gómez, born in San Antonio, TX began drawing portraits professionally at age seventeen in theme parks around the U.S before relocating to Chicago to attain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2018, Gómez decided to combine their passion for portraiture and activism to create The Divine Gratitude Portrait Movement, a traveling documentary series designed to give thanks and bring visibility to individuals whose stories show the healing powers of holding space for others.  The individuals selected disrupt the cycles of fear and division in their communities and pave the way for a joyous and equitable future.

Liz Gómez has completed residencies with The Honeycomb Network, The Hunter Radcliffe Artist Residency Program, and The Chicago Artist Coalition, Field/Work Residency program. In 2021, Liz Gómez was invited by University of the Basque Country, Spain as a traveling artist and educator. Gómez intends to research representation within the Basque territory, given their interest in and work around the historical representation of lesser-seen or misrepresented cultures such as Black or Indigenous people.