Judith F. Baca
"I really want to produce artwork that has meaning beyond simple decorative values. I want to use public space to create public voice, and consciousness about the presence of people who are often the majority of the population but who may not be represented in any visual way. By telling their stories we are giving voice to the voiceless and visualizing the whole of the American story." Judy Baca
Judy Baca is a native Angeleno, a visual artist, arts activist, community leader and educator. Baca is best known for her large-scale public organizing murals. Her art involves extensive community dialogues and participation. Baca founded the first City of Los Angeles mural program in 1974. In 1976 she founded SPARC in Venice, California. SPARC is a socially relevant, activist minded and spirited organization, at the heart of what it believes is that art is a tool for social change and self-transformation. Baca's true signature piece is The Great Wall of Los Angeles: A Site of Public Memory. The Great Wall is one of Los Angeles' true cultural landmarks and one of the country's most respected and largest monuments to inter-racial harmony produced with the participation of over 400 inner city youth, 40 ethnic historians and 100's of community residents.
In addition to her exhibit in the University Art Gallery Judy Baca is part of the Dow Visiting Artist Series at SVSU. Her lecture presentation entitled:"Excavating Land & Memory Through Public Art" will be held on Thursday, November 11, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.