Bio

Mayela Rodriguez is a practicing artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Santa Barbara California in 1993, Rodriguez was exposed to art at a young age. In 2011, Rodriguez moved to the Bay to pursue a degree in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. It was during her four years at UC Berkeley that Rodriguez was able to develop her voice as a visual artist. Through sculpture, photography, and social engagement Rodriguez’s current work focuses on themes of value and labor. During the past four years, her works have been showcased in several group shows around the Bay Area in various galleries, including the Worth Ryder Art Gallery and the Radiance Community Center. Rodriguez will receive her M.F.A. in Art from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2019.

Education

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

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

Work Experience 

Listings Project | Graphic Designer | June 2017 – Present

Listings Project | Assistant | February 2016 – Present

ASUC Student Union Marketing | Copywriter | July 2015 – Present

Freelance Graphic Designer | January 2014 – Present

ASUC Student Union Marketing | Lead Graphic Design Apprentice | May 2013 – July 2015

BAM/PFA Engagement Department | Intern | June 2013 – August 2013

BAM/PFA Student Committee | Member | August 2011-Present

Teaching Experience

Integrative Projects, Instructor | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | September 2017 – Present

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign Instructor | The Carey Group, inc. | 2017

Graphic Design & Photoshop Substitute Instructor | Berkeley Art Studio | 2017

CrafterDark Workshop Instructor | Berkeley Art Studio | August 2016–May 2017

Art 118: Figure Drawing, Teaching Assistant | UC Berkeley | January 2016 – May 2016

Art 185: Senior Projects, Teaching Assistant UC Berkeley | August 2015 – December 2015

Group Exhibitions 

Tension  | MFA Studios | 2018

Generation  | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2018

Collective Memories  | Pops Packing | 2017

Artists Live Here  | Pro Arts Gallery | 2016

The 2015 Senior Class Exhibition Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2015

Struggle Bus | Berkeley Arts Festival Gallery | 2015

Parking Lot Art Fair | Fort Mason | 2015

Prelude | 347 Gallery | 2015

So-So | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2015

Post Glitter | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2014

Double // Take | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2014

Para-Site | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2014

The Creative Consciousness | Radiance Community Center | 2013

Faux Show | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2013

Ultraverse | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2013

Decoy // Hybrid | Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 2012

Residencies

Obracadobra | Oaxaca, Mexico | 2018

Martina Johnston | Berkeley, California | 2015

Art School X Artist Residency | Berkeley, California | 2014

Awards & Achievements

UC Berkeley Spot Award | 2016

ACUI Steal This Idea: Student, Logo/Brand 2nd Place | 2016

UC Berkeley Art Department Certificate of Excellence: New Genres | 2015

Phi Beta Kappa Society Member | 2015

Golden Key International Honor Society Member | 2015

ACUI Steal This Idea: Student, Signs and Banners 1st Place | 2015

UC Berkeley Spot Award | 2014

Artist Talk at Art School X | 2014

FSM 50th Anniversary Poster Design Contest: People’s Choice Award | 2014

Panel Member for the UC Berkeley Foundation’s “Arts Initiative” | 2014