UCR Arts Gives $50K Grants for Arts Projects award to Support a Solo Exhibition Opening in Fall 2022

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Jan 27, 2022



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UCR ARTS has an approved $50,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support “Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures,” an upcoming exhibition featuring the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from UCR ARTS that help support the community’s creative economy,” UCR ARTS is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

Ann Eilers | NEA Acting Chair

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$28.8 million of Grants by the National Endowment for the Arts

This UCR grant is part of 1,248 projects across the United States totaling more than $28.8 million selected to receive this first round of the fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category.

Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez

The $500K UCR grant will promote the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez. It captures scenes of Mexican American life, labor, gender, migration, and identity. 

Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures

Name of the arts exhibition for which UCR provided $500K in grant

“Christina’s work is deeply informed by postmodernism in art and her political formation in the Chicano Movement, “The exhibition examines how these forces come together in her practice. This award from the NEA is a wonderful imprimatur for the exhibition. Christina’s work is so deserving of the recognition, and the award will greatly contribute to the success of our exhibition and publication.”

Szupinska, Curatorial and editorial advisor Chon Noriega, distinguished professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. 

Other Aspects of the Arts Exhibition

  • Featuring six essays by art historians and scholars of Latinx Studies
  • An extensive interview with Christina Fernandez
  • A book that traces the development of Fernandez’s work over the last three decades. It is published by the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS and the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA in the fall 2022

Exhibition Details

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