2017 Latin Arts Festival Juried Art Show Artists and Film Exhibition

Juried Art Show Theme: "Unity through Diversity" - 

In response to the 2017 Latin Arts Show theme,  student and professional artists are encouraged to create and display visual images (manual and digital) to reflect upon the affirmation: "Unity through Diversity". Artists will need to submit a paragraph or more to explain how their images symbolize a response to the statement: "Unity through Diversity". The 2017 Juried Art Show and Film Contest will challenge artists to tell their story and share their interest in celebrating and preserving Latin American and Caribbean values and respect for human equality and conservation of the environment within and among all inhabitants of a multicultural society. Certificates, ribbons and one thousand dollars ($1,000) will be awarded to four artists with the highest judging scores. The top four film entries will be awarded certificates, ribbons and three hundred dollars ($300). 

Exhibition Viewing Schedule: From August 14th through August 25, 2017 (11:00 am to 3:00 pm) the public is invited to view the Juried Art Show entries at the Centro Latino office complex: 1208 South 10th Avenue Tacoma, Washington. For directions to the show call (253) 572-7717. Both the Juried Art Show and Film Exhibition entries are also scheduled for viewing during the Hilltop Street Fair event on Saturday August 26, 2017. The visual still images will be available for public viewing on Saturday August 26, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Public viewing of video entries will be scheduled for 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Saturday August 26, 2017. 


Post Exhibition Sales: Art Show paintings, prints, photographs and videos will be available for sale and can be purchased by contacting the individual artist. Artist contact information is available at the reception area of Centro Latino, by email:info@latinartsfestival.com, or phone: (253) 474-6053. Purchased art show images can be received by Federal express mail or received following the close of the Artist Reception—7:00 pm Saturday August 26, 2017.


Art Show and Film Exhibition Reception: Interested patrons, artists and the general public are invited to attend the Juried Art Show and Film Exhibition reception co-sponsored by Centro Latino Board of Directors. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the 2017 Guest Artist, Mauricio Robalino and Juried Art Show and Film Contest exhibitors. Attendees are encouraged to share their personal statement reflecting their ideas and responses to the 2017 Juried Art Show and Film contest theme: "Unity through Diversity", view Guest Artist Mauricio Robalino's introductory "2017 Yoga" image, learn of other artworks created by Mr. Robalino and enjoy hearing impromptu stories over prepared libations.


Judging Criteria for Juried Art Show Images

Each judge will rate participant's work on a 1-to-5 scale in each category: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Print Making, Watercolor

Jurors are looking for originality, quality and consistency in artist ideas, execution, and design.



  • Is the artwork original?
  • Does the artwork demonstrate creative use of material/technique?
  • Does the piece show uniqueness within its genre?
  • Value will be given to those who can portray the inspiration within their work and show how that inspiration has been made into a new and creative concept.
  • Unoriginal work will be disqualified.

Composition & Design

  • Does the work show and effectively use elements and principles of design?
  • Is there a natural and logical sequence, a flow from one point of interest to another?
  • Do the lines within the composition have balance and harmony?
  • Is the proportion correct?
  • Is there good use of solids and voids?


  • Does the artist demonstrate control of the medium?
  • Is the presentation neat and attractive?
  • Is it within the required size limits and age appropriate?
  • Has the work been prepared properly for display/ hanging?
  • Does the back of the work display proper identification and is it ready to be exhibited? 

Consistency in Idea/Clarity of Theme

  • Does the work relate to the theme: "Nuesras Historias" - "Our Stories"
  • Is the theme (as presented in the requested write-up) clear and obvious?
  • How well does the visual image represent the theme?

 Juried Film Contest 

Call for Entries:

The 2017 Latin Arts Festival Juried Video Exhibition and Contest seeks film productions created to communicate a story in response to the theme: "Unity through Diversity". Youth and graduates of the 2017 Summer Film Camp (sponsored by Pierce County Library system, City of Tacoma Library system, 253 Write and Centro Latino are encouraged to submit film footage describing historic to present day stories featuring personal experiences, family history, cultural traditions and significant social, political and environmental events associated with the theme: "Unity through Diversity". Certificates, ribbons and three hundred dollars ($300) will be awarded for placement as best photography, acting, sound score, directing, editing and best film overall.  

* Film entries will be available for public viewing during the Hilltop Street Fair, Saturday August 26, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

* Entry deadline is August 10, 2017

* Juried by three (to be announced) Film Curators

* All entries will be judged (see below for Criteria and Scoring) on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

* A $10.00 fee will be charged for each individual entry and $20.00 for each film team entry.

* Entries will be submitted by way of a U-tube upload.

* Mobile devices include phones, cam-cords and DSLR cameras 

* Legal Agreement: The Artist of each film entry retains 100% copyright to his/her own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use for

    marketing/promotion of the 2017 and 2018 Latin Arts Festival.

* Exhibition Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions. 



Judging Criteria for Video Exhibition


                 *SCRIPTURAL INTEGRATION - 20 points 

             Verse resonates beautifully throughout the piece, thought provoking, masterfully

             interwoven in the story. This is a full 20% (20 points) of a film’s total score. It is how

             skillfully, artistically, and ingeniously the producer uses the verse as a foundation to the


             Judges will rate the verse on face value, asking “Are all of the verse’s story points

             addressed?” Judges will watch for subtleties and symbolism. Films should

             communicate  behavioral, psychological and spiritual consequences and benefits for

             humans and the physical environment. Jurors will be required to study the verse before    

             and after viewing the film. 


        * STORY/SCREENPLAY - 10 points

        Story is inventive, fresh and masterfully woven. Dialog is excellent.  Characters are compelling and resonate compassion, interest and knowledge of

          the theme: "Unity through Diversity" 

      *DIRECTOR - 10 points
        Story is told in a unified, unique & cohesive, clear, distinctive style & tone. Relational dynamics are believable and represent accuracy in storytelling

           associated with historical 

        events, cultural traditions and modern day responses to present-day social, political, economic and environmental conditions and situations.

      *CINEMATOGRAPHY - 10 points

        Vibrant visual images symbolizing the telling of a story. Camera movement and shot selection is excellent.

        *EDITOR - 10 points

       Rhythmic, moving, engaging arrangement of pictures and sound

        *PRODUCTION DESIGN - 10 points 

       Outstanding selection, configuration and use of background geography and place/location props to introduce the psychological and 

         environmental conditions of the film's subject and characters.

        *ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE or SCORE EFFECTIVENESS (if not original) - 10 points

       The music perfectly complements the story and overall message. Musician name(s) and certification indicating permission to use their music score must

         be identified and completed within the Film entry application(s). 

       *SOUND DESIGN - 10 points

       Consistent levels, beautiful transitions between words and music, absence of distracting noises (buzz, hum, hiss, etc.).

       *ACTING - 10 points

       Relational dynamics are strong & believable. Visual imagery and supplemental acting creates a compelling bond with the audience.











Miguel Calderon

Medium: Charcoal

I graduated from the National School of Fine Arts, Honduras. For twelve years I worked for the CAFOR Forestry Project and participated in Honduran art exhibitions. I then moved and lived in several countries to include Finland, Spain and the United States. Since my father is an artist, I started my art career at an early age. I believe Art is a form of expression of what the artist feels and also a way to reflect and enhance human consciousness concerning social, economic and cultural issues and values. I wish to continue pursuing my dream of conquering new spaces with my brushes and pencils placed firmly in my hands.

"Los Ninos Centro Americanos"

We need to understand why people migrate. I believe trekking is a natural human response. For many Honduran children, migration represents an opportunity to extend one's life. The child in the drawing is a Honduran "shoeshine boy" who sleeps each night on a cold street and most likely is malnourished and may routinely experience and/or witness acts of violence. Honduran children dream of ways in which to successfully cross borders and immigrate to a "kinder" world.

"Mother Teresa of Calcutta"

Mother Teresa desired to be a missionary. She left home in September, 1928 and joined Ireland's Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mother Teresa then began her travels to India to serve the poor. In 1963 Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity Brothers. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.


"El Che"

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was born in 1928. In 1947 he moved with his family to Buenos Aires to attend medical school. In 1951 Ernesto Guevara and his colleague Dr. Alberto Cranado began their famous motorcycle journey through Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela. From Miami Ernesto flew home to Buenos Aires and completed his thesis on allergies. In 1953 he traveled to Nicaragua and Costa Rica where he made contact with political leaders who shared his concern for the poor and medically needy. Up until his death in 1967 Dr. Guevara Serna continued his goodwill travels back and forth among the continents of Central and South America and Africa. He was revered by the poor and received the honored nickname "El Che" rom his Sierra Maestra comrades.

"Albert Einstein"

Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879. In 1932, he left his German homeland and traveled to the United States. Albert Einstein is considered to be the most renown and popular 20th century Scientist. Despite his loss of familiar places and friends he became dedicated to teaching energy theory. As a result, he discovered important theorems all of which led to his recognition as a Nobel Prize winner in Physics for advancing the integration of gravitational force with electromagnetic sources.


Maximon Clavos

Medium: Acrylic

Maximon Clavos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He studied art and graduated from the University of New Mexico. Most of his painting techniques have evolved from self-exploration and experimentation. The predominant theme of his work deals with issues relevant to Hispanic, Latino and Chicano issues. He is an expressionist painter. He uses insight satire to relate to his viewers. Clavos is an 18th generation Nuevo Mexicano-Americano who says that his ancestral colonization and subsequent transformation of his language and self-identity have made him feel like a foreigner in his own ancestral land at one time Indio, Spanish, Mexican, and finally American. This is the springboard for his art.












Judi Iranyi

Medium: Photography

Migrations have shaped the United States as a nation since the first "newcomers" arrived over 400 years ago.  Latinos are having a significant impact on society. This can be seen, for example, in the increasing popularity of Latin American culture, food and music.  Latinos are structurally embedded in all aspects of daily life in the United States.  The Latino population needs to be seen as a valuable resource for this country; the business community has already discovered the economic clout of the Latino population.  Immigration has given the United States an economic edge in the world economy. Latinos bring with them innovative ideas, entrepreneurial skills and their culture.


This image was taken on E104th St in Spanish Harlem, New York city.The Bodegas (grocery stores) are a traditional place for friends to hang out, just as they did in Puerto Rico.





St Peter's Church on 24th St., San Francisco.

The murals were painted by Salvadorian artist Isaias Mata. These murals examine the Spanish conquest of the "New World" and its repercussions through the ages.  They include portraits of religious leaders who stood for justice including Monsignor Oscar Romero.

Many murals were started by the Chicano Art Mural Movement in the 70's and were inspired by the traditional Mexican paintings made famous by Diego Rivera.


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This is a traditional Mexican bakery opened in 1951 by a Mexican immigrant. This bakery still makes "Pan Dulce" the original way.


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The grandmother of a friend who emigrated from Venezuela has kept this Altar in her living room ever since she came to San Francisco more than 20 years ago.



Karla McCann
Medium: Watercolor

As an artist, I admire and appreciate the wide variety of styles and techniques of work done by others, but prefer a realistic approach to my own art work. Colored pencil is my medium of choice due to the detail and precision that can be attained, but I recently experimented with watercolors and am considering incorporating them into my work also. Art serves many purposes, from self-expression to advocating a cause to simply reflecting the beauty in the world we live in, all of which are valuable and necessary.



"Saved by the Shade"

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The shade-grown coffee plantations of Central and South America provide vital habitat to numerous species of migrating songbirds, including this Townsend's Warbler that returns to its breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest each spring. Sadly, shade-grown plantations and the songbirds that call them home are threatened by deforestation resulting from the more lucrative sun-grown coffee plantations. By purchasing coffee bearing the Bird Friendly certification, we consciously make environmentally responsible decisions to protect the habitat of these beautiful songbirds.


Gliser Mena
Medium: Oleo/Lienzo

Serie: “Turistas Y Vagabundos” Los vagabundos se desplazan porque el mundo a su alcance es is inhóspito…..Los turistas se desplazan porque el mundo a su alcance es  irresistiblemente atractivo…….(Los turistas viajan porque quieren, los vagabundos porque no tienen otra opción).

"Nube de deseos"


"Vivir como se piensa, pensar como se vive"



"Detrás del muro"





Jose H. Robles

Medium: Acrylic

An inspiration for the images in my art work is the experience growing up on the border in Douglas, Arizona.My great-grandmother Mercedes always had a good story to tell about growing up in the State of Chihuahua. I learned so much from my grandfather Jose and his stories about growing up in Pirtleville and Bisbee, Arizona. My Tata worked for over 40 years in the smelter. My father worked at the same place for 30 years.

I never heard a story, as a child, about illegal or undocumented aliens. There were always stories about the difficulty crossing at the port of entry, but never about jumping the fence. From what I know now, illegal crossing was not a topic to talk about. I vaguely heard about the "bracero" program, but never details. I just knew they bussed Mexican people to work in the fields of Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

As an attorney, I later learned the harsh penalties imposed by the courts for committing immigration crimes.

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The bridge can be the many spans and challenges we face: the Washington Monument has the rules, the amusement park has its ups and downs, the surfer moves over the waves. The people in the painting are in the moment enjoying the music. Sufriendo vino, sufriendo se fue at the 
“Vino Café”.

“Tin Town Tavi the Bisbee Miner”

Tin Town was a small settlement south of Bisbee, Arizona. This is the place where the Mexicans resided and worked in the copper mines. My Tata Jose would tell me the story about how my Great-Grandfather Rafael worked there. He had come from Hermosillo, Sonora to Tin Town. Sometime in 1917, there was a big commotion in the Warren Baseball Park. They were putting all the miners in railroad cattle cars. My Great-Grandfather and his brother got in one of the cars. They thought they were going to another work site. They were unaware they were being taken to Columbus, New Mexico to a prison camp due to what was "labor insurgence"- The Wobblies.

My Tata Jose stopped eating because his father was gone from Tin Town to an internment camp in New Mexico. My Nana Cuca made a lot of sacrifices to take my Tata to visit his father in the prison camp. The copper company was subsequently prosecuted for kidnapping the miners. It remains the largest kidnapping case in U.S. History. The image in the painting is what I pictured as a Tin Town miner in that era. Tin Town is no longer.

C:UserssusanneDocumentsJuried Art Showroblesimage4ella.jpg“Ella Y Sus Milagros”

My maternal Great-Grandmother Mercedes came to the United States from Chihuahua after losing her husband to the worldwide flu epidemic in 1917. There was too much turmoil to remain in Mexico during the revolution. She arrived in Douglas, Arizona, with her three young children, Quirina, Raul and Guadalupe. Mercedes worked at the Gadsden Hotel as a maid and a tailor to raise her children. Her children became naturalized U.S. Citizens. Quirina was my Nana. Raul fought in Europe in World War II. Lupe raised a family. They all lived and stayed in Douglas. Most of Lupe’s children went on to live in Los Angeles.

My Nana Mercedes loved to tell stories of living on a ranch in Chihuahua. She never mentioned much of her life in Douglas, other than praying for her family, health, shelter, food and transportation. I would see her holding the tiny Milagros in her hand in prayer. After her prayers were addressed, she would leave the Milagro at the church. I never saw her with a boyfriend or male friend, yet she never mentioned my great-grandfather.

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For decades, Mexican-American and Mexican families have lived in their barrios south of downtown Tucson.  The idea of urban renewal and progress resulted in the razing of the barrio to build a community center, government buildings and banks. The barrio people were displaced and moved out. The buildings in the image took out the sun, but as long as there is love, the barrio lives in all of us—color blind. The mother with her child is my mother.



Blanca Santander

Medium: Acrylic

When I immigrated to this country, I was carrying "invisible luggage" if you will. In this luggage I carried my memories, my culture, my beliefs, and my heritage. In my culture, we believe in a deity called Pachamama, or Earth Mother. I opened this luggage when I painted these "Pachamamas." And over time, the Pachamamas I painted, fused with the beauty of the Northwest, the place that I call home. On the flip side, immigration also means leaving something behind. In one of my boxes, there is a mother and child, who were left behind by her husband who immigrated and never returned. In another box, I have the "Warrioress" who left her home to fight for a better world.

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In the image of "Mother and Child" they are waiting for word of the husband who left for opportunity in a new country.  They haven't heard from him and he's been gone a long time.  There is great longing to be reunited and sadness that the child does not know his father.

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This painting reflects the courage needed to fight on.  All paths in life need courage from a woman.  Her ancestors were brave and resilient and so is she.  She is confident going back generations that her trajectory continues on the path of righteousness. Immigration rights are part of the fight.


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“From the Andes to the Cascades”

The Andes and the Cascades are in view of the same coastline.  Humanity followed this coastline tens of thousands of years ago to populate the Americas.  Pachamama, her name in Perú or Mother Earth as she is called here is benevolent to the people who respect her.  As South Americans immigrate northward, their respect for the earth and love of nature do not diminish, it actually grows stronger and is in communion with the people who already call this place home.

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“Mother Earth and the New World”

Immigration is ultimately about the children.  We are all in search of a better world and united in that pursuit.  Living in harmony with the world also means that we must live in harmony with each other. The Pachamama will provide for all of us if we preserve the world for future generations. 



Sally Shurter

Medium: Photography

Title of the art piece: "Cruzando Fronteras: A Photo Essay Looking at Central American and Mexican Migration to the United States."Combining excerpts from immigrant narratives with photographs the purpose of this project was to produce a collective voice of the Migrant—to capture the Migration experience, which too often goes untold or remains unheard.

One single photograph has the ability to communicate a message in a manner inaccessible by words alone. As a photographer, I have come to see the powerful effect of images and view it as tremendously useful for increasing understanding. Combining images with personal narratives has an even greater ability to act as a valuable contribution to society.

Researcher John Prosser upholds: "photographs may not provide us with unbiased, objective documentation of the social and material world, but they can show characteristic attributes of people, objects, and events that often elude even the most skilled wordsmiths". Photographs enable us to "discover and demonstrate relationships that may be subtle or easily overlooked". Images enable a photographer to imply emotions or feelings through the interaction of subjects, colors, light, action,  and location. They are able to capture a moment or a symbolic detail in such a way that they "provide a sense of being there and of knowing" that may be difficult to convey through alternate means. As a photographer, my desire is to allow the photos and quotes in this series to speak for themselves. The absence of explanations provided outside of the select quotes from interviews and conversations with Mexican and Central American migrants is intended to help the viewer to arrive at his or her individual interpretative conclusion. Each of the narratives have been implemented directly from stories the interviewees freely shared about migrating or adapting to life in the United States and were selected in such a way to represent the diverse experiences shared by those interviewed.

While the selection is limited, it is the hope of the artist that this exhibition will begin to conjure up dialogue, understanding and a sense of increased solidarity throughout the immigrant community—an important dialogue as most of us are immigrants of descendants of immigrants here in the United States. To protect the identity of the participants in this project, I have specifically chosen not to include portraits. Instead, through the inclusion of landscape, plant and hand-written images, resembling images which could be both in California and Mexico, I am introducing the parallel concept of natural displacement, migration, and the reconstruction of one's native home.

While the selection is limited, it is the hope of the artist that this exhibition will begin to conjure up dialogue, understanding and a sense of increased solidarity throughout the immigrant community—an important dialogue as most of us are immigrants of descendants of immigrants here in the United States. To protect the identity of the participants in this project, I have specifically chosen not to include portraits. Instead, through the inclusion of landscape, plant and hand-written images, resembling images which could be both in California and Mexico, I am introducing the parallel concept of natural displacement, migration, and the reconstruction of one's native home.

"El Destino"

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Sepia toned photo with hand-written address!

"El Rio Grande"

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Landscape photo with body of water and sky!



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Black and white image with large agave plant

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Color photo with large cactus and home in background!




Christie Tirado
Medium: Woodblock print

Inspired by Mexican folk art, my work stems from the discovery of not only the beauty and resilience of my heritage, but also from the strong, independent women who promoted it.  Distinct in the process of voicing their true opinions, the women in my family influenced many of my decisions growing up.  They made it a point to pass on their cultural inheritance onto my siblings and me.  Initially, it promoted a sense of confusion due to the duality of being both a Mexican and American woman, but overtime it only flourished with pride.  Beyond the motifs that were inspired by ancient Meso-America, and the vibrantly multi-layered color pallet that supplements them, the resulting portraits embody the celebration of both cultures.






“Dolores Del Río”


“La Artista” 





Ernesto Ybara
Medium: Arylic

My art ranges from the representational to the abstract, often combining the two.  Many pieces include references to my Mexican heritage.  My use of colors was brought back from my travels in Mexico where color rules do not apply.  I like to capture the pride, sense of community and sense of belonging in the Latino community.  I dedicate my work to my son and daughter, my sun and my moon.


"Cinco de Lupe"

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“Abulita Martinez”

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“Ancient Traveler”

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“Mucho Traffico”

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