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Julia Fernandez



Julia Fernandez is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego and Adjunct Faculty at Moreno Valley College, where she teaches Latin American and Renaissance through Contemporary art. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Latinx and Latin American art—currently, analyzing the creation of transnational artistic networks among U.S. and Mexican artists in the early to mid 20th century from global art historical perspective, focusing on the legacy of the Taller de Gráfica Popular in the Chicano and Black Freedom Movements during the 1960s and 70s. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles, California, and UC San Diego’s University Art Gallery in La Jolla, California. She was a 2014 Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program fellow—working alongside Taína Caragol at the National Portrait Gallery, for the exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” and Research Assistant for the traveling exhibition Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos for Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Most recently, Fernandez contributed an essay for Sanguine Gallery’s debut exhibition Patssi Valdez: Vases and is currently working on an essay about Self Help Graphics & Art’ Experimental Atelier program for the upcoming anthology Self Help Graphics & Art at Fifty edited by Karen Mary Davalos and Tatiana Reinoza. Fernandez’s research and work are funded through the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship for American Art.