For Immediate Release

August 6th, 2019

Contact: Valerie Galloway
Phone: 520-884-7810

New Works by: Cristina Cardenas, Monica Gisel and Dora Hernandez

Exhibition runs from August 20th-November 18th, 2019.

Opening reception: Friday September 6th from 5-7 pm at the YWCA Francis McClelland Community Center.

The YWCA Galleria is honored to exhibit the works of Cristina Cardenas, Dora Hernandez and Monica Gisel. Monoprints, collage and sculptures will be exhibited.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardenas studied art there (B.A. in painting in 1980) and at the University of Arizona, Tucson (M.F.A. in printimaking in 1990). In 1994 she completed a ceramic mural for a minimum security prison in Tucson.

  • Cristina Cárdenas developed her approach to art following the tradition of the Mexican muralists. Cárdenas tackles issues of a more political and personal nature, and her works often incorporate fragments of the human figure along with the motifs and images from her nationality, gender and cultural heritage. She has won many regional awards. Cardenas currently resides in Tucson.
  • Dora Hernández is a ceramics artist and photographer. She is influenced by architecture and mapping techniques. Ms. Hernández is a Cuban native who immigrated to the US as a child. She was inspired by her grandfather, who taught her the magic and pride of working with her hands. In 2014, Dora returned to artmaking full time, after a long career as an arts administrator and teacher.
    Dora has shown her ceramics and prints throughout the US. Her recent work has appeared in two-person exhibitions at Olney Gallery, Xico Arte y Cultura Galeria, and the Carlos Fuentes Gallery at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix. She exhibited as part of the Arizona State University (ASU) Ceramics Research Center studio tour and presented an installation of her work, AZUCAR, at the ASU West Campus gallery. She has work in collections at the Tucson Museum of Fine Arts, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Museum Program and the City of Glendale Portable Works Collection. She is also the recipient of a National Endowment Regional Initiatives Grant funded by the Presenting and Commissioning Program of the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Warhol Foundation.
  • Monica Gisel is a widely exhibited printmaker, receiving her degree Journalism and Art in Radio and Television (PART) Mexico City. In addition to exhibiting her prints in exhibitions in Mexico and the United States, Gisel also teaches private art classes and printmaking, Mestiza Studio and Press.

This exhibition runs from August 20th until November 18th,
and is free and open to the public.

The mission of the YWCA Tucson is “Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” The organization provides services for 30,000 people each year at the Frances McClelland Community Center located at 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85745.