Sacred Waters, City Streets: The Art of Juana Alicia showcases more than 25 original murals, drawings, and prints encompassing the last 15 years of her four-decade career.
Juana Alicia’s works include many types of media, including traditional acrylic murals, true fresco, mosaic tile, and ceramic relief sculpture murals. Currently, her work has focused on prison justice, water rights, global warming, climate change and the extinction of species.
Juana Alicia’s work is associated with the greatest artistic and political achievements of the Chicano movement.
She began working as an artist in her teens, coming of age in the movements that included the United Farm Workers, the women’s movement, and the anti-war movement that mushroomed around the war in Vietnam. She has taught for forty years, working in many areas of education, from community organizing to migrant and bilingual education to arts education. Her sculptural and painted public works can be seen in Nicaragua, Mexico, Pennsylvania, and in may parts of California, with a large body of public works in San Francisco, centered in the Mission District. Currently, she is a tenured faculty member at Berkeley City College, but will be retiring at the end of May, to pursue her art making more fully.
Juana Alicia is retiring from her longtime teaching position at Berkeley City College and we’re hosting a farewell potluck for her this Friday.
It will also be the last opportunity to see her breathtaking “Sacred Waters, City Streets,” exhibition which has been hanging in our gallery all month.