Beatriz Escobar is a multidisciplinary artist and educator working primarily with participatory art projects, social sculptures, performance and installation. Her work engages with issues of colonization, immigration, and the consumption of tropical culture by The Global North. As part of her practice, she has been creating platforms for local artists to present new work, such as the Draw The Line Residency, a week-long residency for artists without formal art education, and the three iterations of Performance Art Night, where visual artists experiment with the medium of performance, video and installation in an event free and open to the public. She has also been dedicated to art education for youth, collaborating with local programs (First Exposures, de Young Ambassador Program, Refugee Transitions) and has been serving as co-chair in the DMC Latinx Committee at the Oakland Museum of California.
Escobar was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and lives in Berkeley, CA. She is an MFA Social Practice candidate at California College of the Arts and was a recipient of the $10,000 Impact Awards 2017 for her project Amazonas Riverine Program. She was a 2017-2018 YBCA Creative Dissent Fellow and is currently a Community Engagement Fellow at Destiny Arts Center.
Projects and Works
2018. Draw the Line Residency at Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA. Curator.
2018. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts's Public Square, San Francisco, CA. Flowers from the concrete don't usually sell at the Market. Community-based collaborative project. Co-curator and co-facilitator.
2017-2018. Multiple Locations (Hooper Courtyard, Provoke Gallery, Muni Buses), San Francisco, CA. Performance Art Night. Co-curator and performer.
2017. Amazonas Riverine Program, Boas Novas, Amazonas, Brazil. Community-based Collaborative project.
2017. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. News Mandala - part of 100 Days Action (Group)
2016. College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA. Quinceañera Advice Exchange (Group)
2015. Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA. Visual Taxonomy (Group)
2014. Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA. Untitled I and II (Group)
2014. Modern Times Collective, San Francisco, CA. Baptism I and II (Group)
2014. SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA. Self-Portrait #3 (Group)
2014. 4x5 Gallery / Dickerman Prints, San Francisco, CA. Self-Portrait #2 and Self-Portrait #3 (Group)
2014. Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. Faces of Mission (Group)
2014. Valencia Street Campus, San Francisco, CA. Meant to Save (Solo)
2013. Gallery Obscura, San Francisco, CA. Meant to Save (Solo)
2013. Gallery Obscura, San Francisco, CA. Self-Portrait #1 (Group)
Awards, Honors and Fellowships
2018-2019. Community Engagement Fellow at Destiny Arts Center
2017-2018. Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center fo the Arts
2017. Impact Awards $10,000 Grant, Center for Art and Public Life
2016. Graduate Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts
2014. Honorable Mention, Home Exhibition at 4x5 Gallery / Dickerman Prints
2013. Barbara Stewart Scholarship, CCSF Photo Department, Winner