Carmela Castrejón, Teaching Artist (BA Fine Arts, Emphasis in Sculpture, San Diego State University; Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Teaching Credential, San Diego State University)
A seasoned interdisciplinary visual artist with over twenty years of teaching experience, Carmela Castrejón has participated in numerous collaborative projects world wide.
Castrejón is experienced in the many roles related to the art-making process and has an extensive background in production and both solo and group exhibition. Internationally, her work exhibited in Tijuana Organica at Space Studios, Corner house, England; Imagining the Book at Alexandria Bibliotheque, Egypt; and biennials in Sydney, Australia, and Venice, Italy. Additionally, Carmela’s photographic essays have shown in Spain, South Africa, Australia, Mexico,and the United States.
Her recent exhibits include Vallum Castra, at Woodbury University, San Diego, California, and Signos, Sentidos y Deseo at Museo IIC, Mexicali, California, and Capitulo II ARS Latina, Ceart, Tecate, Mexico. Carmela possesses an inherent, philanthropic desire to educate and creatively inspire individuals from all walks of life. This includes correctional populations and, in particular, underserved youth. In addition to her artistic craft being exhibited internationally, Carmela has also taught globally. Carmela has worked extensively with youth of all ages in school programs where art has been used as an inclusive tool to promote literacy, writing, and life science concepts.
In alignment with CoTA, her philosophy of teaching art is not about the outcome, but on the process itself.