Paulina Velázquez

She obtained a Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute as a Fulbright scholar and completed her Bachelor’s studies in Art and Visual Communication in Printmaking at the National University, Heredia, Costa Rica.

 She is an artist and works in multiple media including installation, drawing, sound, animation and multimedia performance. His work has been awarded in Bienarte V, First Place of the Latin Union for Young Creation and Bienarte 8 along with Travis Johns with whom he works collectively on sound art projects.

His work has been exhibited in places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, TEOR / éTica and Instituto México in Costa Rica, Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, ExTeresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, and the Central American Biennales de Artes Visuales in Museum of Art in San Salvador and Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama City. Contemporary Torino in Italy, La Casa de las Américas in Havana, the Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, UCLA Biennial in Los Angeles, Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, The Lab and the Berkeley Art Museum, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has been an independent curator and manager of artistic projects and for institutions such as the Cultural Center of Spain in Costa Rica and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She is currently Co-Director of Ithaca Culture and Professor in the Art Department of Ithaca College in New York.

Project: A river of all ages

At different times in my life, I have experienced the proximity of rivers. Some dying, others who survive human actions.
I currently live in a very different place, after being in cities for most of my life, now surrounded by trees and water. With a living river as a neighbor, with cycles and animals. And I’m learning how to take care of the water that springs from the ground by renovating a 100-year-old Water Management System.
These learning experiences are contrasted with the other rivers that have been part of my life are the starting point of this project. Through documentation in photography and video I am learning about the cycles and changes of the river. With actions, interventions, and drawings, I will work on an art log of recognition with the water.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.