Brenda Gonzalez was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She earned her M.A. in Art Studio and Japanese Language and Literature at Dartmouth College in 2015 and continued her studies in art through a post-baccalaureate program at Brandeis University from 2017-2018. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at University of California, Davis. Being far from home during her studies, she uses her work to explore ideas of home and nostalgia through the use of inexpensive materials, often textiles, typically found in dollar stores and thrift stores.
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Education
2018- present   University of California, Davis
         1st year MFA candidate, expected graduation date June 2020
2017- 2018        Brandeis University
        Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art
2011-2015           Dartmouth College
        BA degree for Studio Art and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature double major, cum laude with honors in Studio Art

Exhibition History
2019 blip, Jay-Jay Gallery Sacramento, CA
2019 UC Davis Film Festival
2018 Underground: An MFA Exhibition, Gadberry Gallery, University of California Davis,  Davis, CA
2018 Post-Baccalaureate Show, Dreitzer Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2018 Undercovers, Laconia Gallery Boston, MA
2017 Post-Baccalaureate Show, Dreitzer Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2016 Chautauqua Annual Student Show- Fowler Kellogg Gallery, Chautauqua, NY
2016 Dartmouth College Hopkins Center Barrows Rotunda Exhibition, Somehow
2016 Dartmouth College Senor Majors Exhibition

Publications
2019 MFA Now 2019 Archive

Residencies
September 2019 Vermont Studio Center Residency
July-August 2019 13th Tropical Lab Residency at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (forthcoming)
2016 Chautauqua School of Art

Awards

2019 Fay Nelson Award (University of California Davis Award)
2019 UC Davis Film Festival- Best Art Direction
2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant Fellowship, awarded by UC Davis Department of Art and Art History
2018 Brandeis University Book Award- Honorable Mention
2017 Dartmouth General Fellowship
2017 Brandeis University Book Award- Honorable Mention
2016 Light Space and Time Gallery- Figurative Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2016 Dartmouth College Robert Frost Sculpture Contest, Honorable Mention
2015 Marcus Heiman-Martin R. Rosenthal ’56 Award






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