Since its inception, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has maintained a pivotal artist in residence programming component. The program has nurtured legacy building artists such as Linda Vallejo, Leo Limon, Michael Amescua, Yreina Cervantez, and more recently Jaime “Vyal” Reyes. Since moving to Boyle Heights in 2010, SHG has provided residencies and small business incubation spaces for artists such as Sticky Rick’s, Dewey Tafoya, and Wayne Perry.

Self Help Graphics & Art has selected four artists for the launch of its newly structured Artist in Residence program that will be piloted from 2016-2017. The Program includes project-based, short-term, and long-term residencies. SHG’s Artist in Residence program will connect the artists with capacity-building resources and experts in the field, from curators to program directors, and more. The Artist in Residence program will be segmented out across the areas of printmaking, curation (for professionals and youth, ages 16-24), research & documentation, small business incubation, and special projects.

Self Help Graphics & Art has selected designer Rafael Haro, Brenzy Solorzano (Young Curator’s Program), printer Dewey Tafoya, artivist collective Mujeres de Maiz and archivist Guadalupe Rosales as the first cohort of this pilot program.

Rafael Haro: Instagram
Boyle Heights based, fashion designer, Rafael is one of the artists participating in SHG’s atelier, “43: From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson”, which will culminate in an exhibition (May-June 2016 at SHG, October 2017 at William Grant Still Art Center) featuring 43 artistic responses to Ayotzinapa, as well as the many other incidents involving abuse and killings at the hands of the police state. For SHG’s exhibition, Rafael is designing and producing 12 dresses inspired by the student tragedy.

Brenzy Solorzano: View Photos from Art As Resistance
Brenzy Solorzano, curated Art As Resistance, as part of SHG’s Young Curators Program in January of 2016. The Young Curators program offers youth the opportunity to curate exhibitions and events while providing guidance, support, and resources to present works in traditional and non-traditional gallery formats.

Dewey Tafoya: Instagram
Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the viewpoint of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art’s Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops for the past decade.  As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and South Los Angeles, and is also currently working with teens in continuation high schools throughout Los Angeles teaching screen printing and graphic design. Deweyʼs recent exhibitions include, Rise, Love, Revolution: The Black Panther Party at Artshare LA and at LACMAʼs, Futbol: The Beautiful Game as well as Self Help Graphics, Día de los Muertos exhibition 2014.

Mujeres de Maiz: Instagram
MISSION: The mission of Mujeres de Maiz (women of the corn) is to bring together and empower diverse women and girls through the creation of community spaces that provide holistic wellness through education, programming, exhibition and publishing.

ABOUT: Mujeres de Maiz (women of the corn) was founded in 1997 as a grassroots, multimedia women’s activist organization based in East Los Angeles, California. Mujeres de Maiz utilizes community partnerships, mainly those developed with local artists, performers, educators, and organizers in the creation and implementation of our programming. These partnerships are primarily with Chicana/Latina college graduates between ages 25-65 who are involved in the cultural, artistic and educational tapestry of the greater Los Angeles area. We invite partners to perform (music, dance, theater), exhibit their artwork, and facilitate interactive workshops, demonstrations, and classes on topics that range from sustainable urban gardening to self defense for women. Mujeres de Maiz regularly collaborates with women artists and educators of African, Central and South American, Jewish, Filipina, Asian, Native American and Sri Lankan descent who recognize the need and potential of cross-racial solidarity.

Guadalupe Rosales: Instagram
Guadalupe Rosales is a visual artist whose work utilizes marginalized histories and personal experiences – memory, trauma and nostalgia. She is currently working on a project dealing with the Los Angeles party crew and rave scene in the ’90s that will be exhibited in 2017 at PSSST, an artist-run not-for-profit space located in Boyle Heights.