Categories: Visual Arts


Alessandra Moctezuma, No Wire Hangers, markers on paper, 2017

Exhibition Dates: April 13–May 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 6–8 PM
Artist Walk-Through: Saturday, May 11, 7 PM
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Athenaeum Art Center, in the Bread & Salt complex
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Featuring works by college educators Alessandra Moctezuma and Hilary Paul McGuire. Alessandra Moctezuma, founder of the Museum Studies program at Mesa College, is the director of Mesa College Art Gallery and a professor of art. As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions at the Oceanside Museum of Art and the Getty’s PST LA/LA. As a visual artist working in printmaking, collage, painting, and drawing, Moctezuma critiques gender conventions and assumptions through the use of irony and satire.

Sculptor Hilary Paul McGuire’s career began as a monk at St. Gregory’s College and monastery in Oklahoma. McGuire spent two decades as a monk, during which he taught mathematics and tennis in Oklahoma and to at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Of his medium, antique iron pieces with character, the artist explains: “My sculptures are like a group of wise and elderly family members coming together to say something new for future generations.”

Moctezuma’s and McGuire’s works are linked by a common need to express ideas based on their experiences as art educators. For both artists, art is a way to enhance everyday life and to explore means of communicating responses to current socio-political events.

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