Vincent Valdez, a visual artist based in Houston, Texas, received his B.F.A. at The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions and participated in group shows at venues, such as, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; MASS MoCA; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. His work is found in numerous collections, including the Ford Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame; David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University; and others.

This year’s Gale Memorial Speaker Series in the Department of Art at UNM is organized by Ray Hernández-Durán, Professor of Art History. The lecture series is focused on U.S. Latinx Art and will consist of six events, five lectures and one panel discussion, scheduled from October 15 through November 19, 2019. Events will take place at the UNM Art Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Albuquerque Museum.

Invited presenters include: Carmen Ramos, Curator, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; Vincent Valdez, Visual Artist, Houston, Texas; Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Program Officer, Ford Foundation, NYC; Karen Mary Davalos, Latino/Chicano Studies Professor, University of Minnesota; and Frank Blazquez, Visual Artist, Albuquerque, NM. The panel discussion will focus on four Chicana/o artists who were part of the early Chicano movement in New Mexico, c. 1968–1978. All events are free and open to the public.