Mayela Rodriguez is a practicing artist currently working and residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Born and raised in Santa Barbara California, Rodriguez completed her degree in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and received her M.F.A. in Art from the University of Michigan in 2019. Through sculpture, photography, and community engagement Rodriguez’s work reimagines how we can collectively heal archival practices that intentionally or unintentionally exclude marginalized groups. Rodriguez has shown in several galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara, CA, and Detroit, MI, including the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, the Radiance Community Center, Open i Art Space, and Popps Packing.


2019 M.F.A. in Art | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2015 B.A. Art Practice with Honors | University of California, Berkeley

Community Projects

2019 Estampa Cartonera

Transforming the front of Stamps Gallery into a space reminiscent of a cartonera press, I invited the Stamps community to engage with two collections: the first, an underwhelming archive documenting the six Latina artists Stamps has invited to established programs since 2002; the second, an ever-growing accumulation of 200+ Latina artists Stamps could invite. Participants were invited to tear out pages from these collections to build their own collection of cartoneras in the adjacent workspace.

2018–Present The Latinx Library

Challenging the lack of a clearly defined Latinx studies collection within the University of Michigan Library system, The Latinx Library is an ongoing social practice project that invites the University of Michigan Latinx community to make and then exhibit their own Latinx Studies collection.

Group Exhibitions 

2019 Latinx Studies | The Public Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Time | Open i Art Space, Santa Barbara, CA

Bookmarks Exhibition Curated by Guna Nadarajan | Shapiro Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Dry Socks in a Submerged Canoe | Stamps Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2018 Photoethnography | Titiev Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Tension | 1919 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Generation | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2017 Collective Memories | Popps Packing, Detroit, MI
2016 Artists Live Here | Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
2015 The 2015 Senior Class Exhibition | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Struggle Bus | Berkeley Arts Festival Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Parking Lot Art Fair | Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Prelude | 347 Gallery, Oakland, CA

So-So | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2014 Post-Glitter | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Double // Take | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Para-Site | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2013 The Creative Consciousness | Radiance Community Center, Oakland, CA

Faux Show | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Ultraverse | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2012 Decoy // Hybrid | Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Residencies + Workshops

2019 Blue Sky Center Desert Fellow | New Cuyama, CA
2018 MALCS Creative Writing Workshop | El Paso, Texas

Self-Directed Residency | El Centro, California

Obracadobra | Oaxaca, Mexico

2015 Martina Johnston Artist Residency | Berkeley, California
2014 Art School X Artist Residency | Berkeley, California

Speaking Engagements

2019 Library MiniGrant Presentation | University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, MI
2014 Artist Talk at Art School X | Art School X, Berkeley, CA

Panel Member for UC Berkeley’s “Arts Initiative” | University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Teaching Experience

2018–2019 Integrative Projects, Graduate Student Instructor | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2017–2018 Integrative Projects, Graduate Student Instructor | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2017 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign Instructor | The Carey Group, inc., Santa Barbara, CA
2017–2016 Graphic Design & Photoshop Substitute Instructor | Berkeley Art Studio, Berkeley, CA

CrafterDark Workshop Instructor | Berkeley Art Studio, Berkeley, CA

2016 Art 118: Figure Drawing, Teaching Assistant | University of California, Berkeley
2015 Art 185: Senior Projects, Teaching Assistant | University of California, Berkeley

Work Experience 

2019 Type A Creative | Associate Designer
2017–Present Listings Project | Graphic Designer
2016–2017 Listings Project | Assistant
2015–2017 SUC Student Union Marketing | Copywriter
2015–2017 Type A Creative | Junior Designer
2014–Present Freelance Graphic Designer
2013–2015 ASUC Student Union Marketing | Lead Graphic Design Apprentice
2013 BAM/PFA Engagement Department | Intern
2011–2015 BAM/PFA Student Committee | Member

Grants + Awards

2019 ArtsEngine MicroGrant
2018 Bookmarks Exhibition Grant

Smucker Wagstaff Project Scholarship

University of Michigan Library MiniGrant

Rackham Conference Travel Grant

Stamps Summer Research Scholarship

2017 Smucker Wagstaff Project Scholarship
2016 UC Berkeley Spot Award

ACUI Steal This Idea: Student, Logo/Brand 2nd Place

2015 UC Berkeley Art Department Certificate of Excellence: New Genres

Phi Beta Kappa Society Member

Golden Key International Honor Society Member

ACUI Steal This Idea: Student, Signs and Banners 1st Place

2014 UC Berkeley Spot Award

FSM 50th Anniversary Poster Design Contest: People’s Choice Award