Current Exhibition

Welcome to Hardworking Immigrant Women!
City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus Lobby

San Francisco, CA
January to May, 2019

Women come to the United States seeking refuge from violence and poverty. They bring their children, whom they are desperate to protect.

It's very hard to become part of a new culture, and not lose your identity.  City College welcomes and respects all immigrant women and men, and we honor their home culture.

Metamorphosis

Samuel Cumes Pop

Coming Exhibition

Why the Immigrants Come: Contemporary Maya Paintings and Textiles from Guatemala
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus

Rosenberg Library, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA
August 19 to December 13, 2019

This extensive exhibition will reveal some of the problems that force people to migrate, including poverty, violence, natural disasters, and displacement by multinational corporations.

Many related events are planned, including a reception featuring Guatemalan marimba music, lectures, slideshows, and a demonstration of weaving on the Maya backstrap loom.  Stay tuned!

Destruction of Nature

Paula Nicho Cúmez

Selected Past Exhibitions

Why the Immigrants Come: Anguish and Hope
City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus Lobby
San Francisco, CA
September to December, 2017

The paintings in this small display revealed problems facing indigenous people in Central America, and some of the the dangers that cause them to seek refuge in the United States.

Visiones e Historias: Maya Paintings from Guatemala
Latino Arts, Inc., Milwaukee, WS
March to June, 2017

A career retrospective for two of the most prominent Maya artists today, Paula Nicho Cúmez and Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay.  

Our Cultural Patrimony

Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay

Visiones e Historias: Maya Paintings from Guatemala
Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL
January to February, 2017

A career retrospective for two of the most prominent Maya artists today, Paula Nicho Cúmez and Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay.  

Maya Paintings and Weavings

City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus Lobby

San Francisco, CA
May, 2017

This display, sponsored by the student government, highlighted beautiful handwoven Maya blouses and other textiles, as well as a selection of paintings that reflect everyday life.

Huipil from San Juan Cotzal

Maya Women In Art
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus, Rosenberg Library
August, 2013 to May, 2014

Students in a wide range of courses came to view this exhibition at the College's main librbary.  They wrote responses to a number of prompts to help them learn about the life of the Maya.

Honoring Our Women Weavers:  Maya Paintings and Weavings
Oakland Public Library, Cesar Chavez Branch, Oakland, CA
March to April, 2014

This exhibition of textiles and paintings formed the backdrop to a month-long series of events focused on the lives of weavers from Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador--as well as local community craftspeople.  

Maya Women in Art
City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus Lobby
San Francisco, CA
August - December, 2013

This extensive lobby exhibit was designed to accompany an international literacy conference focused upon low-educated learners from many different cultures.

Teaching, by Mario González Chavajay

Maya Woman: Life, Art, Hope
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, CA
March - April, 2013

This exhibition presented visually compelling and very accessible artworks which reveal the lives and struggles of indigenous women in Guatemala. 

Maya Woman: Life, Art, Hope
Cañada College, Redwood City, CA
April - May, 2011

This gallery exhibition plus library display case presented visually compelling and very accessible artworks which reveal the lives and struggles of indigenous women in Guatemala. 

La Mujer Maya:  Maya Woman
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
March - April, 2011

This inaugural exhibition featured highlights from the collection.  It was accompanied by a panel discussion on human rights in Guatemala, which included professors, local activists, and the curator.