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Miss Nalgas USA 2022

A one-night-only performance artwork
Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Farmington Civic Center
200 W. Arrington St., Farmington, NM 87401

This project is supported by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Frederick Hammersley Fund for the Arts at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

“Miss Nalgas USA 2022″ is a performance artwork centered on the Latina: it examines the mainstream commodification of the Latina versus the authenticity of the Latina in contemporary mass media. A faux beauty competition for self-identifying women over 50, “Miss Nalgas USA 2022” showcases artist Rosemary Meza-DesPlas as the character and pageant winner Miss Refried Rosi Frijoles. This satirical performance artwork poses questions about stereotypical notions of beauty and preferred figurative traits of the Latina. Socio-cultural issues of ethnic identity and aging are addressed in this performance.

“Miss Nalgas USA 2022” is a free event in the downtown area of Farmington, NM on the last Saturday of Hispanic Heritage Month. Participants in the performance: Karen Ellsbury, Doug Gonzalez, Patrick Hazen, Stephanie Jaquez, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Scott Michlin, Amanda Robles, Lori Stephens, and the Zia Chicks.

Latinx Artist Fellowship

I am excited to announce that I am the recipient of the Latinx Artist Fellowship!

This fellowship supports some of the most compelling Latinx visual artists working in the United States today. It is an honor to be recognized and to be in the company of brilliant artists that make up this cohort!

Fellowship codesigned and managed by US Latinx Art Forum (@uslaforum) in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts (@nyfacurrent). Cofounded by The Ford Foundation (@fordfoundation) and the Mellon Foundation (@mellonfdn).

Latinx Artist Fellowship Cohort 2022-2023: Tanya Aguiñiga, Candida Alvarez, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Maria Gaspar, Jay Lynn Gomez, Lucia Hierro, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Koyoltzintli, Leslie Martinez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Las Nietas de Nonó, Carmelita Tropicana (Alina Troyano), Juana Valdés, Vincent Valdez.

Latinx Artist Fellowship Website Link: https://mellon.org/programs/arts-and-culture/latinx-artist-fellowship/

Fulcrum Fund Awardee 2022 for Miss Nalgas USA 2022

A performance artwork featuring a faux beauty competition for self-identifying Latinas over 50, examining topics of colorism, self-identification, border crossing, and Latinidad. This project is supported by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Frederick Hammersley Fund for the Arts at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.
516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM
https://www.516arts.org/opportunities/fulcrum-fund