2021 Faculty Art Exhibition

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A woman and a skeleton with corn hair
Las Diosas, 2020

Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 inches

A child laying down with blurred face
Remain in Mexico, 2019

Oil on Canvas and Black Gesso
48 x 36 inches

A child laying upside down
Hello, Kitty, 2019-2020

Oil on Canvas and Black Gesso
48 x 36 inches

I am a painter and teacher and my work is guided and informed by the practice and process of drawing, painting and a continued interest in depicting the human figure. I was a shy child and teenager, the middle child in a family of nine growing up in the San Gabriel Valley. I never thought I would become a teacher, but I realize now teaching has made me a better artist. I believe I am like many artists who teach; a person easily navigating between roles- artist and teacher- teacher and student. I can see that this switching mirrors the one I have always experienced as a person of color from multiple backgrounds, easily crossing from one culture to the next; American, Mexican, Chicana, raised in-between, hyphenated, mestiza, a child of Mexican immigrant parents growing up in Los Angeles.

Alicia Rolon holds a Masters in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Fullerton, a Single Subject Art Education Certificate from California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor’s of Art from Cal Poly Pomona and an Associates of Arts from Mount San Antonio College. Alicia has artworks in the private collections at Cal Poly Pomona and Cerritos College. She has participated in local group shows in and around Los Angeles including “Arte Sin Frontera” Whittier Gallery, Group Show, Whittier CA. 2018, ”Weaving Culture” Chimaya Art Gallery, Group Show, Montebello, CA. 2017 and "WOMEN ARTISTS ON IMMIGRATION: Crossing Borders, Confronting Barriers, Bridging Identities", Alma Ruiz, Juror, Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA. 2009. Awards include 2nd Place CSUF, TSU Annual Student Art Show, 2015, 1st Place Cerritos College Student Art Exhibition, 2013, 2nd Place Senior Show (Positive Space) Cal Poly Pomona, 2005 and Diane Divelbess Scholarship, Cal Poly Pomona, 2003. Alicia currently works at Cerritos College and La Mirada High School where she is the chair of the Art Department.

Alicia Rolon began teaching at Cerritos College in 2018, including ART110 (Freehand Drawing).