Provided by City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, and facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States. Locally, her artwork has been exhibited at San José State University; La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA; Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, CA; and Alliant International University in San Francisco.
Elizabeth’s work has been included in national group exhibitions at venues such as: UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs, CO; Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey; and Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba in New York City. Her sculpture was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Santa Clara Cultural Commission and Triton Museum of Art in 2021.
Elizabeth earned a BFA in Pictorial Art and a BA in French from San José State University. She served as 2021 Creative Ambassador of the San José Office of Cultural Affairs and was awarded a Cultura Power Mini-Grant from MACLA in the same year. Her exhibition, The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Mind, is on view at Centro de Artes Gallery in San Antonio, Texas from August-December 2022.
Elizabeth Jiménez Monte-longo’s The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Mind features textured oil paintings of Mexika dancers that exude movement, energy and power to celebrate the continued tradition of Indigenous dance ceremony. To create the work, Jiménez Montelongo cropped and combined her own photographs of dancers in movement and rendered the composition on canvas, applying paint with a palette knife for a thick impasto. The vibrantly colored paintings celebrate mental liberation and honor our indigenous ancestors.
“Centro de Artes is a space that allows for multiple concepts and exhibitions to be explored at the same time,” said Department of Arts & Culture Executive Director Krystal Jones. “The artists take different artistic approaches yet there is a connection in their roles as storytellers and educators. Whether Leila’s recycled use of materials to create new artworks or Elizabeth’s exploration through brightly colored mixed media, both exhibits provide gallery visitors access to learn more about the cultural and societal importance of the immigrant and indigenous experience.” Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio’s Zona Cultural on the grounds of Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes Gallery is a two-story exhibit space dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience with a focus on South Texas through local and regional art, history and culture and showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks. A Virtual Artist Talk with Elizabeth Jimenez Montelong will take place this November. More info at www.sanantonio.gov/arts Gallery Operating Hours Exhibits On Display: Aug. 10, 2022 – December 30, 2022
Wednesday – Friday:
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday:
Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.