By Centro de Artes

Luis Valderas received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Art Education from the University of Texas-Pan American. He is co-founder of Project: MASA I, II, and III, a national group exhibit featuring Latino artists and focusing in Chicano identi- ties. He is also the co-founder of 3rd Space Art Gallery, a space devoted to represent- ing current trends in the San Antonio visual arts scene, and A3—Agents of Change LLC, a public art community engagement collaborative.

His work has been exhibited at OSDE Espacio de Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Medellin Museum of Art in Medellin, Colombia, as well as at the Queens Museum, New York City, and the URC Arts Block in Riverside, Cali- fornia. His work has also been featured numerous books, in- cluding Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film and Popular Culture, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Chi- cano Art for Our Millennium (2004), and Triumph in Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art (2005). His work has been acquired by numerous major collections, including UTSA, Arizona State University, The International Museum of Art and Science, Mexic-Arte Museum, The Art Museum of South Texas, Instituto for Latino Studies/Notre Dame, and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Listen to Luis this Wednes- day, Aug. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the Artist Panel Discussion & Catalog Release at Centro de Artes.

The panel discussion will also feature artists Jose Balli, Anel Flores, Mari Hernandez,and Claudia Za- pata, and moderated by Sar- ah Fisch.