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Carmen Lomas Garza
Quinceañera (15th Birthday).
print, 40" x 39¾", 2005.
Original: Oil and alkyd on linen and wood, 48" x 36", 2001.
Carmen Lomas Garza was born in Kingsville, Texas. Garza has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&I; University (currently Texas A&M; University, Kingsville) where she studied art education and studio art, as well as a master's degree in education from Antioch Graduate School-Juárez/Lincoln Center and a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, where she concentrated on lithography and painting in oil and gouache.

Garza has had several solo exhibitions in U.S. museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1991, she had a major solo exhibition, Pedacito de mi Corazón/A Piece of My Heart, at Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, which traveled to several galleries and museums.

Garza is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. In 1990, Children's Book Press of San Francisco published a bilingual collection of Garza's paintings and short stories, Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia, and in 1996 published In My Family/En Mi Familia.

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