Scottsdale Public Art’s “Modern Latina” explores the intersection of culture, family and art


Scottsdale Public Art will showcase artwork that celebrates the resilience and creativity of Arizona’s Latino artists in “Modern Latina: Cultura, Familia y Arte” October 11 through December 31, 2022, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library .

Reflected through contemporary eyes, the artists of “Modern Latina” show the importance of these cultural and family treasures through their creative works. This exhibition also demonstrates how therapeutic and festive making art is. The artworks featured reveal the Latina life experience, showing how the personal is so universal. “Modern Latina” affirms that the power and voice of women is enduring and far-reaching over time.

Wendy Raisanen, Curator of Collections and Exhibits for Scottsdale Public Art, is proud to showcase this group of Latina female artists.

“They are all at different stages of their artistic careers and all passionate artists who know the power of art to celebrate their lives and traditions,” Raisanen said. “Their artwork expresses how their relationships with family, friends and culture have been impacted and strengthened due to the unusual times we are experiencing in recent years.”

The identity of these artists is informed by their cultural and family ties – all embodied in the celebration of ancestral traditions and legacies. Here, the term “family” can refer to those who nurtured them, those they loved, or those who have already passed away.

A self-taught painter, printmaker and mixed media artist, Emily Costello’s art is heavily influenced by her grandmother.

“My grandmother always encouraged me to create, and among the stories she passed on to me, the stories that give meaning to the experiences we all share – matters of humor, life, love, death, spirituality, dreams and memories – were the ones I gravitated towards the most,” Costello said. “My pieces in the ‘Modern Latina’ exhibit represent memories of the past, present and future of my family’s cultural heritage and identity.”

In addition to the exhibit itself, there will be an opening reception from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 14 at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd ., Scottsdale, Arizona 85251.

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