Local artist and University of Texas-Pan American art department lecturer Paul Valadez was selected to participate in the The Serie Project to reproduce his original painting Abuela.

The Serie Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the fine art of serigraphy — a technique that produces original, hand-pulled prints. The organization offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program that allows participants to learn the technique and create a limited edition of prints, under the guidance of a Master Printer. Hoping to increase the presence of minorities in the art world, the Serie Project encourages multi-racial participation and two-third of all resident artists are Latino.

A large part of The Serie Project’s mission is to market the prints created by its resident artists. Print sales promote the artists’ careers and support the program’s operational costs. Each edition of prints is priced at minimum so that the organization may offer original artwork to the public at an affordable price.The Serie Project was founded in 1993 by Austin artist Sam Coronado, and has hosted more than 250 residencies to date. www.serieproject.org

Valadez will be participating in the Serie Project AIR/Artist-in-Residence Program in June 2010;

“I am honored to be included with such a talented group of artists, I am really looking forward to the Artist in Residence program and working with the master printers.”

Valadez grew up in Stockton, Calif. and attended San Joaquin Delta College prior to attending the San Francisco Art Institute where he earned his BFA in Interdisciplinary Art in 1997. Valadez earned his MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he was awarded a Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship.

Valadez has also been included in recent exhibitions at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco and MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose and continues to be involved in numerous nonprofit and community service organizations in the Valley. Valadez is currently working on a series of new work and teaching at the University of Texas Pan American Summer Session.

For more information please visit www.paris1920.com or contact Valadez at myfedora@hotmail.com.