Celebrated Farm Workers Union Muralist to Speak at Scripps

CLAREMONT, Calif. (March 17, 2008) — Barbara Carrasco, seminal muralist and artist for the United Farm Workers Union, will lecture on “Labor of Art,” Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in the Hampton Room of the Malott Commons, Scripps College. Part of the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series and held in conjunction with The Claremont Colleges César E. Chavez celebration, the program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Malott Commons office at (909) 607-9372.

Carrasco’s work is exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Between 1976 and 1991, Carrasco created numerous banners for the United Farm Workers; in 1985 and 1987, she was invited to the former USSR to paint murals in Leningrad and Armenia. When she returned, Carrasco created the computer animation PESTICIDES! for the light-board in New York’s Times Square.

Carrasco’s original mural sketches and drawings are included in the Permanent Collection of Works on Paper at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Among other distinguished collections, the California Murals Collection at the Smithsonian Institution has documentation of her mural work in its archives.

Carrasco received an MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in art from UCLA. She has taught at UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside (where she served as Regents Professor from 2002-2003), and Loyola Marymount University. Carrasco currently is a board member for the Dolores Huerta Foundation.