Jameco Exchange -No Longer Empty Opening: Saturday, May 21, 12-6pm

May 21, 2016

Jameco Exchange

No Longer Empty is pleased to present Jameco Exchange, a site-responsive exhibition and socially engaged education platform that revolves around the art of storytelling about a place: Jamaica, Queens. Featuring artworks and performances informed by Jamaica’s global urban setting, Jameco Exchange is inspired by the retail vernacular of the two-story storefront and the cobblestone pedestrian mall in which it is situated, the social culture of Jamaica Avenue, and the histories of Jamaica, Queens, through the lens of collective narrative.

Opening: Saturday, May 21, 12-6pm
Performances: Hector Canonge at 1pm and African Diva at 2pm
Hours: Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, July 17; Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm
Location: 89-62B 165th St. (between Jamaica and 89th Ave.), Jamaica, Queens
Directions: E, J, Z to the last stop at Jamaica Center; F to Parsons Blvd; LIRR to Jamaica Station

Artists & Projects: Ibrahim Ahmed / Sol Aramendi / Kahiem Archer / Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani / Jane Benson / Hector Canonge / Carolina Caycedo / Stephanie Davis / Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op (Gabriela Ceja + Fran Ilich) / Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful / Nicholas Fraser / Rico Gatson / Kimsooja, Local Project / Azikiwe Mohammed / Odathrowback / Antonia A. Perez / Calo Rosa / Juana Valdes / Mary A. Valverde / Margaret Rose Vendryes / Ezra Wube / Addam Yekutieli

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The 8th Floor, Guttenberg Arts, and POWarts “Women in Print: Latin America”

May 19, 2016

Artists & Curators talk on “Prints”  Thurs. May 19, 2016


Our panelists include; Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator at El Museo del Barrio; Dr Iria Candela the Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Christina De León, Associate Curator in Visual Arts at the Americas Society; Joiri Minaya, Artist in Residence at Guttenberg Arts,Winter 2016 and recent winner of a Joan Mitchell Award for Emerging Artists, and Juana Valdes, Artist in Residence at Guttenberg Arts, Summer 2015.
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Panelist: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado of El Museo del Barrio, Christina De León of Visual Arts at Americas Society, and artists Juana Valdes.


Panelist: Dr. Iria Candela of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Christina De León of Visual Arts at Americas Society, and artists Joiri Minaya Féliz and Juana Valdes.


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Miami Herald: Cuban artists discover new worlds in Miami visit

April 28, 2016

April was amazing!

Cuban artists Felipe Dulzaides (left) and Yornel Martínez with Miami artist Juana Valdés in her studio

The last two weeks of April were spent in a euphoric experience shared with a group of artists, curators, and art historians participating in a Miami/Cuba cultural exchange project. Dialogues in Cuban Art project brings 15 Cuban artists and curators to Miami. The program aims to bring Cuban and Miami art worlds together ten-day visit culminates in symposium at PAMM Thursday and Friday.

This article written by Jordan Levin from the Miami Herald and video by Pedro Portal brings an insight to the over arching goals of the project as the at the artist share studio visits and tour of Miami cultural institutions and landmakrs of the exile Cuban community. It has been an amazing experience and would like to share it following like are to article, audio and social sites to follow the project as it prepares for the next stage exhibitions to come.

Read more in the Miami Herald here: Cuban artists discover new worlds in Miami visit

Hecho en Miami o en Cuba, el arte cubano es uno solo, by Lizandra Diaz Blanco for Marti Noticias  Article and interview in Spanish/ en Español.

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Dialogues in Cuban Art – 2 Day Symposium PAMM Auditorium April 28-29 from 11:00am-7pm

April 28, 2016

Dialogues in Cuban Art is a two day symposium that explores the intellectual exchanges between Cuban and Cuban-American artists, curators and cultural workers from Havana and Miami. Some of the ideas guiding this convening will investigate emergent transnational relations between Cuban and Cuban American artists; explore an understanding of Cuban art beyond nation and diaspora; and address how opportunities for mutual understanding shape and inform cultural production. All three panel discussions will be simultaneously interpreted from English to Spanish.

PAMM Auditorium April 28-29  from 11:00am-7pm
Space is limited (first come, first seated)
Free with museum admission
Open to the public
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Cuban Art News  “Reflections and inflections on a continuing conversation.” by Janet Batet 

“Examining the Art Scene in Cuba from New York’s Perspective- AICA International

April 27, 2016

“Examining the Art Scene in Cuba from New York’s Perspective: A Discussion in Anticipation of the XLIX Congress of AICA International.”

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Organized by AICA International and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the panel will address issues related to the current state of art and art criticism in Cuba in the context of ongoing changes in that country, and consider its expanding cultural exchange with the United States and other countries.

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The panelists include Holly Block, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum, Sean Kelly, owner of Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, Carole Rosenberg, President of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, and Juana Valdes, a Cuban-born multidisciplinary artist. The President of AICA International Marek Bartelik and the Co-Executive Editor of ARTnews Barbara MacAdam will moderate.
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York, NY.

Group Exhibition at elmuseo@SVA

January 18, 2016

A very nice way to start the new year! I have this new piece, “Single Drawn Line” in a group exhibition at the SVA gallery curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.
Hope to see you there!



An exhibition of work by latino MFA Fine Arts alumni.

Curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado of El Museo del Barrio
January 16 – February 20, 2016

Reception: Thursday, January 21 6:00 – 8:00pm

SVA Chelsea Gallery,
601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York, NY. 10001

With work by Manuel Acevedo and MFA Fine Arts alumni Soledad Arias (2002), Vladimir Cybil Charlier (1993), Guido Garaycochea (2015), Alejandro Guzman (2009), Erik Guzman (2003), Elisabeth Jobim (1992),Elan Jurado (2012), Cynthia Rojas (2003), Diana Santiago (2008), K.C. Tidemand (2015), Denise Treizman(2013) and Juana Valdes (1993).


elmuseo@SVA represents a coming together of two New York institutions: El Museo del Barrio and the School of Visual Arts. Founded by artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz and local activists, parents and teachers in East Harlem, El Museo del Barrio’s original mission was to support the art and culture of Puerto Rico. By the early 1970s that mission expanded to include all of Latin America and Latino communities in the Unites States. The work on view in the exhibition explores the aesthetic and thematic affinities of these different but like-minded communities. In the words of curator Aranda-Alvarado: “At various stages of their careers, the artists in the show act as contemporary anthropologists gathering objects or inspiration from the urban landscape, engaging with issues around migration and the body, exploring space and architecture, tradition and craft.”

Reception co-sponsored by El Museo del Barrio, and will include a raffle of exhibition catalogs provided by the museum and SVA Galleries.

There will be a panel discussion in the gallery with curator Rocio Aranda-Avaradoand artists Manuel Acevedo, K.C. Tidemand, Denise Treizman and Alejandro Guzman on Tuesday, February 16 from 6-7:30pm. 


Exhibiting in Miami during ArtBasel

November 30, 2015

If you are in Miami during Art Week, I am participating in the following exhibitions and events. Looking forwards to meeting up and enjoying the hot sunny weather.

Littlest Sister, a “faux” invitational art fair, comments on the art fair as an entity that activated Miami’s contemporary arts scene. Inaugurating Spinello Projects’ new space and its 10th Year Anniversary, Littlest Sister will feature an emerging Miami based curator, Sofia Bastidas (Littlest Sister Director) and ten unrepresented women-identified Miami based artists who work in painting, sculpture, design, installation, and new media.



Parsons Hosts Pop Up Print Shop and Shop

November 5, 2015

If you are in New York for Print Week November 4 – 8, 2015  I have print work in the following events.

Parsons Hosts Pop Up Print Shop and Shop

Print Week is back, and Parsons School of Design is getting in on the fun with its own Pop Up Print Shop showcasing fine art prints, illustrations, graphic designs, zines and book arts.

The one-night show, which is organized by students in the Strategic Design and Management program at Parsons, takes place Friday, Nov. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Lobby, Book Arts Studio and the Bark Room, 2 West 13th Street/66 Fifth Avenue. The event will feature an exhibition of printed works, and a series of printmaking demonstrations and hands on workshops with master printmaker and Associate Teaching Professor Michael Kirk, Communications Design Assistant Professor Steven Kennedy and painter and Assistant Professor in the Foundation Year Program Emily Lambert. Additionally, Parsons alumni Juana Valdes will present her interdisciplinary ceramic and printmaking work and Cem Kocyildirim will lead a demonstration of the risograph printer. Andrew Cornell Robinson and his students will display their limited edition prints.


From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues at Rutgers Arts Library, NJ

October 16, 2015

“From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues”:

Fall Exhibition at Rutgers Art Library


Exhibition in conjunction with the

 Center for Cultural Analysis’ 2015-16 seminar Archipelagoes.Parsons Hosts Pop Up Print Shop and Shop 


1:00-2:30PM   Artist Talk
4:40 – 6:30PM   Panel Discussion / Reception 

Exhibition on view:
Juana Valdes and Fidalis Buehler

Rutgers Art Library / Information
September 1 – December 10, 2015
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm


 at Guttenberg Arts

July 10, 2015


Opening Reception

Friday, July 10, 2015 7:00pm 9:00pm

Guttenberg, NJ (June 24, 2015)— Guttenberg Arts Gallery is pleased to present Mettre Noir Sur Blanc a solo exhibition of works by Juana Valdes, currently an Artist in Residence, on view July 3 through August 1, 2015.

In Juana Valdes’ solo exhibition “Mettre Noir Sur Blanc” (literal translation: “to put black on white”), the artist invites the viewer to ponder the history of global trade through the display of china and other domestic wares she collected for this show.