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Mark Menjivar (b. 1980) lives in San Antonio, TX.


BA | Social Work | Baylor University
MFA | Art & Social Practice | Portland State University

Mark Menjivar is an artist and photographer based in San Antonio, TX. His work explores diverse subjects through photography, stories and found objects while emphasizing dialogue and collaboration.

His work has been shown at venues across the country including The Houston Center for Photography, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Wignall Museum of Art, The University of Wisconsin-­Milwaukee, Baylor University, The Southwest School of Art and Central Michigan University.

Mark's work has been featured by TED, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Gastronomica, Orion Magazine, GUP Magazine and dozens more. In addition, his series, You Are What You Eat, won Director's Choice from CENTER and was a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 project in 2009. In 2011 Mark received an artist grant from The Breckenridge Foundation.

Selected prints available through 20x200

Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions & Projects

2014 | Untitled (Public Display) | Museo Guadalupe | San Antonio, TX | CAM Perennial Show | w/ Christie Blizard, Curated by Leslie Moody Castro

2013 | My Sadness Goes On And On | San Antonio, TX | X Marks The Art | Funded by Public Art San Antonio

2013 | The Luck Archive & The San Antonio Missions | San Antonio, TX | Collaboration w/ The San Antonio Current

2013 | The Luck Archive | Asheville, NC | Window Contemporary

2013 | The Luck Archive | San Antonio, TX | Luminaria

2013 | You Are What You Eat | San Antonio, TX | The Sol Center

2013 | The Luck Archive | Portland, OR | Field Work

2012/13 | You Are What You Eat | Brooklyn, NY | 0.00156 Acres Gallery

2012 | Retorno | Santa Marta / San Salvador, El Salvador | Community Installations

2012 | You Are What You Eat | San Antonio, TX | KIPP Schools | Public Art Installation

2011 | You Are What You Eat | Leakey, Texas | The Cody Center

2011 | You Are What You Eat  | Del Rio, TX | Casa de la Cultura

2011 | You Are What You Eat | White Earth Reservation, MN | Multiple Locations

2011 | You Are What You Eat | Waco, TX | Baylor University
In partnership with Baylor School of Social Work and the Texas Hunger Initiative

2011 | Retorno | Waco, TX | Art Center of Waco
In partnership with World Hunger Relief

2010/2011 | You Are What You Eat | San Antonio, TX | Southwest School of Art and San Antonio Main Public Library
In partnership with Southwest School of Art, San Antonio Public Library System, City of San Antonio, Green Restaurant, Pearl Brewery Farmers Market and Baptist Health Systems

2009 | You Are What You Eat | Portland, OR | Ampersand
In partnership with Slow Food Portland and Janus Youth Programs

2009 | Eats & Treats | Nacogdoches, TX | Cole Art Center | w/ Mindy Sue Myers

2008 | You Are What You Eat | Austin, TX | Gallery 5619
In partnership with People Not Profit

2006 | Waiting | San Antonio, TX | Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center


Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 | Good Taste | Bank of America Center | Houston, TX | Curated by Kinzelman Art Consultants

2014 | Red Dot | Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum | San Antonio, TX

2013 | See Food | Houston Center for Photography | Houston, TX | Curated by Natalie Zelt

2013 | Consumption | Central Michigan University Art Gallery | Mt. Pleasant, MI | w/ Paho Mann, Susanna Raab, Jason DeMarte, Hillerbrand & Magsamen, and David Welch

2013 | Collect.Give Exhibition | Base Camp Photo | Greenfield, MA

2012 | Food For Thought: A Question of Consumption | Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art | Rancho Cucamonga, CA | with Edith Abeyta, Fallen Fruit, Anne Hamersky and Jessica Rath

2011 | Small Scale | Saysi | San Antonio, TX | Annual Event

2010 | Conspicuous Consumption | Milwaukee, WI | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | w/ Patty ChangJohn Riepenhoff

2010 | Por/Trait Revealed | San Francisco, CA | Rayko Photo | Featured Artist

2010 | Critical Mass 2009 Show | Seattle, WA | Photographic Center Northwest

2010 | Slideshow | Yokohama, Japan | Yokohama Photo Festival

2009 | Trickhouse | Vol. 6 | Featured Visual Artist | Online Only

2009 | The Un-Natural Nature of Food | Fraction Magazine | Online Only

2009 | Annual Print Auction | Center for Contemporary Arts | Santa Fe, NM

2009 | Waterworks | San Antonio Museum of Art | San Antonio, TX | Group Show

2008 | Pairings: Poems & Photographs | Laity Lodge | Leaky, TX | Group Show

2007 | Untitled | Visiting Artist Exhibit | Saysi | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Show

2007 | 25th Anniversary Juried Membership Exhibition: Juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker | Houston Center of Photography| Houston, TX | Group Show

2007 | Spirit of Recovery | University of Texas Health Science Center | San Antonio, TX | Photography and Audio Exhibit | Traveling Collaborative Exhibit

2006 | Spirit of Recovery | 7th & James | Waco, TX | Photography and Audio Exhibit | Traveling Collaborative Exhibit

2006 | Witnessing, Still | Centro Cultural Aztlan | San Antonio, TX | Fotoseptiembre | Group Show

2006 | San Antonio African American History Alive: A Photo Exhibit | Carver Community Cultural Center | San Antonio, TX | Fotoseptiembre | Photographic Restoration & Audio Stories

2006 | Spirit of Recovery | SAMHSA Summit | New Orleans, LA | Photography and Audio Exhibit | Traveling Collaborative Exhibit


Awards/Grants

2011-12 | Brackenridge Foundation Grant | San Antonio, TX

2009 | Critical Mass Top 50 | Photo Lucida | Portland, OR

2009 | You Are What You Eat | Director's Choice Award | Project Competition | CENTER | Santa Fe, NM

2009 | Participant | Review Santa Fe-Juried Portfolio Review | CENTER | Santa Fe, NM


Teaching/Workshops/Residencies

2014 | Community Dateline Workshop | Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio

2014 | Community Food Mapping Workshop | University of Texas at San Antonio | San Antonio, TX

2014 | Zine Workshop | Artpace | San Antonio, TX | w/ Jason Reed

2013 | Community Food Mapping Workshop | Central Michigan University | Mt. Pleasant, MI

2013 | Zine Workshop | International School of the Americas | San Antonio, TX | Collaboration with Borderland Collective

2013 | Journaling Workshop | Gemini Ink | w/ Jim Lavilla-Javalin

2013 | wabiStory | The Luck Archive | Invited Artist

2012 | Zine Workshop | International School of the Americas | San Antonio, TX | Collaboration with Borderland Collective

2011-12 | Artist-in-Residence | KIPP San Antonio | San Antonio, TX

2011 | Visiting Artist | Casa de la Cultura | Del Rio, TX | Food Mapping Workshop

2011 | Collaborating Artist | Borderland Collective | San Antonio, TX | Newcomers Program

2009 | Visiting Artist | San Anto Cultural Arts | San Antonio, TX |  Community Photography Workshop

2009 | Teaching Artist | Southwest School of Art | San Antonio, TX | Young Artists Program

2007 | Visiting Artist | Say Si | San Antonio, TX | Fotoseptiembre


Lectures/Talks

2014 | Artist Talk | Field Work Seminar | Ohio State University | w/ Jason Reed

2013 | Profesional Practices | Central Michigan University | Mt. Pleasant, MI

2013 | Artists Working With Institutions, Moderator | Portland State University | Portland, OR | Open Engagement Conference

2013 | Artist Talk | Duke University | Durham, NC | Center for Documentary Studies

2012 | TEDx San Antonio | The Luck Archive

2012 | Artist Talk | Portland State University | Portland, OR | Digital Illustration Course

2012 | Pecha Kucha Talk | Vol. 5 | San Antonio, TX

2011 | Artist Talk | Elon University | Elon, NC | Obesity in America Course

2011 | Artist Talk | Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design | Milwaukee, WI | Professional Practice Class

2011 | Artist Lecture | Society of Photographic Education | San Antonio, TX | Regional Conference

2011 | Artist Lecture | Chaffey College | Rancho Cucamonga, CA | One Book, One College Program

2011 | Keynote | White Earth Nation | Mahnomen, MN | Wellness Conference

2011 | Panel Discussion | University of the Incarnate Word

2011 | Various Lectures | Baylor University | Waco, TX | School of Social Work, Political Science & Art Department

2011 | Gallery Talk | Southwest School of Art | San Antonio, TX | Les Dames d'Escoffier

2011 | Gallery Talk | Art Center of Waco | Waco, TX | w/composer Carlos Colon

2011 | Gallery Talk | Southwest School of Art | San Antonio, TX | Our Lady of the Lake University

2011 | Gallery Talk | Southwest School of Art | San Antonio, TX | University of Texas San Antonio

2011 | Gallery Talk | Art Center of Waco | Waco, TX | Opening Reception

2011 | Gallery Talk | Central Library Gallery | San Antonio, TX | w/ Chef Mike Behrend

2010 | Artist Talk | American Studies Association | San Antonio, TX | Annual Conference

2010 | Artist Talk | CENTER | Santa Fe, NM | Open House Reception

2010 | Gallery Talk | Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design | Milwaukee, WI | Professional Practice Class

2010 | Gallery Talk | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI | "Food for Thought" Series

2010 | Artist Talk | Texas State University | San Marcos, TX | Thesis Photography Students

2009 | Gallery Talk | Ampersand | Portland, OR | In partnership with Slow Food Portland

2009 | Gallery Talk | Cole Art Center | Nacogdoches, TX

2009 | Artist Talk | University of Texas-San Antonio | San Antonio, TX | Photography Class


Selected Bibliography

San Antonio Express News | 5 Artists To Watch | July 13, 2014

The New Yorker | Fourteen Contemporary Food-Inspired Photographs | Photo Booth

Quest (Netherlands) | Portfolio | Photo Issue, July 2013

Gastronomica | Portfolio | Fall 2012

Real Eats Magazine (USA) | Portfolio and Interview | May 2012

Gula Magazine (Brazil) | Portfolio and Interview | April 2012

O Globo (Brazil) | "Secrets of the Fridge" | by Alice Sant' Anna | Feature and Interview | February 17, 2012

Inland Empire Weekly | "Consumption Junction" by Stacy Davies | Exhibition Review

Opcions (Spain) | Cover & Feature | Fall, 2011

Yeosung Joongang (Korea) | "Fridge Down Sizing" | December, 2011

Pork & Mead (USA) | Feature | November, 2011

Grand Seigneur Magazine (France) | Portfolio | September, 2011

Orlo-Bear Deluxe (USA) | Feature, Issue #32 | July, 2011

KINKI Magazine (Switzerland) | Portfolio, Issue #35 | February, 2011

San Antonio Express News | Feature by Jessica Belasco | January 11, 2011

San Antonio Magazine | Exhibit Feature | Top 5 Things To Do In San Antonio | January 2011

Average (USA) | Portfolio | 2011

O.K. Periodicals (Netherlands) | Feature, #5 Body Issue | Fall 2010

SF Weekly (USA) | Exhibition Feature | July 2010

Zoe Magazine (Italy) | Portfolio | April 2010

Sharp Magazine (Canada) | Write Up | July 2010

VIEW Magazine (Germany) | Portfolio | June 2010

Popular Photography (USA) | Project Feature | January 2010

MIX (USA) | One Shot Feature | October 2009

Generate Magazine (USA)| Cover and Portfolio | Autumn 2009

Salon Magazine (Ukraine) | Portfolio | September 2009

GUP Magazine (Netherlands) | Exhibition Feature | September 2009

Der Feinschecker (Germany) | Portfolio | September 2009

Orion Magazine (USA) | Full Frontal Fridge by Jennifer Sahn | September\October 2009

GOOD Magazine (USA) | Picture Show Feature, Issue 016 | Summer 2009

Television

KSAT | Feature and Interview w/ Isis Romero | January 2011

Radio

2SER | Breakfast w/ Tim Higgins | Australia | November 2013

NPR | The Splendid Table | Interview w/ Lynn Rossetto Kasper | February 2013

KOPN | Food Sleuth | Interview w/ Melinda Hemmelgarn | January 2011

KBOO | Art Focus | Interview w/ Eva Lake | September 2009