Maria Rendón’s paintings and installations explore themes of transformation, hybridity, ritualistic experience and landscape. Rendón, a Mexico City native, received a BFA from Universidad Anáhuac. She received her second BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and completed her MFA at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014. Exhibitions include: “But Only So An Hour” at HeyThere Projects, Joshua Tree, CA, SUR Biennial “Espacio Entre / Entre Espacio” at Rio Hondo College, “Two by Two” at PØST, Los Angeles. “Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations” at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, “Missing Rib” at Atkinson Gallery, “Alter” at Art Design and Architecture Museum UCSB, “Rock Paper Candy” at Gallery 1328 UCSB, “GLAMFA” at California State Long Beach, “Unholy Mess” at Santa Barbara Museum of Art – McCormick House. Her work is featured in New American Paintings #123, Graphis #355 and Taschen’s book, “Illustration Now”. She lives and works in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, California.
Nicola Vruwink, MFA, is an artist, educator, and designer who is committed to mentoring future creatives while maintaining her own studio practice. She has found her home in the California community college system, currently, Nicola is full-time faculty in the Graphic Design program at Santa Monica College. Additionally, she is assistant faculty at ArtCenter College of Design. She has also found her home in the high desert where she maintains a studio in Landers CA.
Originally from Iowa, Nicola received her MFA from the University of Washington and studied in the MFA program at the University of Iowa. Her work has been featured extensively in exhibitions including the Palm Springs Museum of Art, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and group shows in California at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Riverside Art Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. In 2019, Vruwink had a solo exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art. Previously she had 2 solo exhibitions in Los Angeles with DEN Contemporary Gallery.
Vruwink previously exhibited her work in exhibitions at Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery. Vruwink has been written about in several publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Huffington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Angeleno Magazine.