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Conversation with the Artists

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1 PM PST

In this conversation, participants learned more about exhibition artists Panteha Abareshi, Alexandre Dorriz, Tristan Espinoza, and Maru Garcia as they discussed their practices and solo exhibitions.


Co-hosted by the Los Angeles Public Library – Central Branch division. Moderated by Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian in the Arts Department at Central Library.

This program was organized by Jamie Costa.

About Panteha Abareshi:

Panteha Abareshi (they/them) is currently completing their BFA at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design. Abareshi has performed and exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, among others.

About Alexandre Dorriz:

Alexandre Dorriz (he/him) has previously exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Visitor Welcome Center, Human Resources, ltd los angeles, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Dorriz’s writing has appeared in Temporary Art Review, and his work has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly and reviewed in Artforum. He is an artist-gallerist-organizer and co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart and inaugural professor for the Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA at Prescott College, where he will teach courses on studio practice and critical museology. Dorriz received his MFA at the University of Southern California and his BA at the University of California, Berkeley.

About Tristan Espinoza:

Tristan Espinoza (he/they) has exhibited internationally and in the US, in places such as the Archer Beach Haus, Chicago, IL; the Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; Supplyframe DesignLab, Pasadena, CA; 187 Augusta, Medford, NY; and Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA. Espinoza is a current MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Design Media Arts program and holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Maru Garcia:

Maru Garcia (she/her) has participated in conferences, solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. She was an artist in residence in the National Center of Genetic Resources in Mexico. She received awards from Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, Clifton Webb Scholarship for the Arts, and Fundación Jumex. She is based in LA and holds an MFA in Design & Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in Biotechnology and B.S. in Chemistry from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

About Mary McCoy:

Mary McCoy is the Senior Librarian in the Art, Music, & Recreation Department at the Los Angeles Public Library, where she oversees art collections, programming, research, and community resources. She is also an award-winning author of novels for young adults, including the forthcoming Indestructible Object, which is about artists in love.

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