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Mark Menjivar

Mark Menjivar

Mark Menjivar is a San Antonio based artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. He is also a current member of the Advanced Learning Academy (ALA) Advisory Board. His children are also students at ALA. His work explores diverse subjects through photography, archives, oral history and objects. He holds a BA in Social Work from Baylor University and an MFA in Social Practice from Portland State University.
He has engaged in projects at venues including the Rothko Chapel, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Houston Center for Photography, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Puerto Rican Museum of Art and Culture, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and the Krannert Art Museum.
Mark’s work has been featured by Artforum, TED, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Gastronomica, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, GUP Magazine and more.

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