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2013            “Codisis”, Four Corner Montessori School, Warren MI
2006               “Martin Luther King, Jr.” Exhibit, Presentation and Workshop, National                   Symposium of Sigma Lamba Gamma, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI              “Artist at Work”, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI             “Mujer y Globelización” – Women Artists International Conference, Celaya, Guanajuato, México     - 
​ Received Recognition Award for Roundtable Discussion
2002-05         Artist in Residence (Sept-June annually), Lansing Schools, Lansing MI
2005               Tour Art Director – MIKE’S TOURS, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México                       Art Demonstration, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
2002               Panelist for “Chicana Spiritual Women”, University of Texas, San Antonio TX                       “Ofrenda Día de los Muertos”, Mexican town, Detroit MI
2001               Worked with Marta Oropeza Ramirez Mural Project, Cuernavaca, México              “Our Daily Work / Our Daily Lives – Brown Bag Series”, University of Michigan, Lansing MI                           “Expressing labor through art”   Michigan State University Keynote   Speaker “Race and Culture - Cultures of Diasporas”, Michigan State University, Lansing MI
2000              “Artist in Residence”, Western International High School, Detroit MI
1998               Painting commissioned and presented to Edward James Olmos by the University of Detroit, Detroit MI

In 2008, her works were exhibited in the International Forum for Plastic Arts in Sharm El Sheakh Egypt, and in Cuba for two solo exhibitions, and Comandante Fidel Castro was presented with one of her paintings, "Comaneros del Trabajo" depicting indigenous women workers.  Nora was also one of the eight artists selected to work on the $6million renovation of the Detroit Music Hall.

Among her collectors are such notables as Aretha Franklin and Edward James Olmos.  Corporate collectors include Ford offices - Rockefeller Plaza in New York, United Farm Workers of America in Cesar Chavez La Paz, California, Edison Plaza in Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.  She has been published in many books, the latest of which is "Contemporary Chicano Art - Color and Culture for a New America by George Vargas", published and released in January 2010.

Nora Chapa Mendozahas worked for more than 40 years as a full time visual artist, a painter who served the state as a member of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, for 10 years and continues to find time to educate and mentor young people through a variety of programs in Detroit.  

Nora has been recognized with numerous awards, including "The Governor's Arts Award - Michigan Artist of the Year" in 1999.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is represented among many important collections around the world.  She is currently an active member of the Lawrence Street Gallery, in Ferndale, MI

Over the past 30 years she has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally.  Listed below are those she considers the most important. As a self-taught artist who has learned from many workshops and training opportunities, she is proud to have had the opportunity to exhibit so extensively and to have been recognized so often.

2014        October    “Our Town”, Birmingham MI
Mar-April    “Women’s History Month Exhibit”, Elizabeth Land Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort MI
2012        July-Sept    “The Pallet Project”, Swan Gallery, Detroit MI 
March        Carlos and Len Dominguez Gallery, Chicago IL
2011        October    “Our Town”, Birmingham Community House, Birmingham MI October    “Day of the Dead Exhibit”, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak MI          Sept-Oct    “Transplanted”, Pontiac Creative Art Center, Pontiac MI          Sept-Oct    “Nuevas Inspiraciones”, The Creole Gallery, Lansing MI          September    The Arts League of Michigan, Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center,Detroit MI Aug-Sept    “American Mosaic 2011”, Smithtown Arts Council, St. James NY          July-Sept    “International Mercado Summer Exhibit”, Swan Gallery, Detroit MI          July        “People and Places Around the World”, The Art League of Michigan, Troy MI          June-Sept    “Gods of the Garden”, Summer Art Show, Covenant Baptist Church, West Bloomfield MI          June        “Art, Antiques and Treasures”, American Polish Cultural Center, Troy MI          June        “American Mosaic”, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James NY          May        “The Global Immigration and Displacement Symposium”, Our Lady of Lakes University, San Antonio, TX          March        “Architect Art Show”, AIAS, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit MI
2010        Nov-Dec    “Members Art Forum”, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James NY          October    “Rawness of Real”, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit MI          May        “New Works by Member Artists”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale MI Mar-April    “The Art of Labor”, University of Missouri, Bruce and Barbara Feldecker Collection, Gallery Visio, St. Louis MO                 “Viva Comunidad”, Podzieski Art Gallery, Dearborn MI          Feb-Mar    Birmingham/Bloomfield Arts Center, Birmingham MI          February    “The Body Electric”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale MI
2009        December    “The Creator’s Self Portrait”, Wayne County Community College Brown and Juanita C. Ford Gallery, Detroit October    “Sharing the Gift Within You”, First Presbyterian Church, Northville MI Sept-Oct    “Creativity/Community One Love”, Creative Arts Center, Pontiac MI     “All Creatures Great and Small”, Margot’s Gallery, Oxford MI Aug-Sept    “Arte Latino”, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY          July        “Art in Bloom”, Northville Art House, Northville MI          May        “Brown Sirenas”, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit MI          March        “Southwest Artist Network First Exhibition”, Center of Music and Performing Arts, Detroit MI
2008-9    Dec-Jan    “La Guadalupana Festival”, La Pena Gallery, Austin TX
2008       Oct-Dec    “Eco d’Art”, Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery, Detroit MI          Sept-Oct    “The Many Faces of Hispanic Art”, Creative Art Center, Pontiac  MI Sept-Jan    “Voces de Mujeres”, Carlos and Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago IL          May-June    “Social Discourse”, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing MI          April-May    “Women Image Women”, Scarab Club, Detroit MI          April        “Carnival”, The Arts League of Michigan, Ford Motor Co. and Compuware, Detroit MI          February    “The Body Eclectic” Honorable Mention, Lawrence Street Gallery,                     Ferndale MI
2007       Oct-Dec    “Día de Los Muertos: Four Interpretations of Day of the Dead”, Zeitgeist Gallery, Detroit MI Sept-Oct    “Group Show”, Margot Gallery, Oxford MI February    “Detroit Artists”, Del Pryor Gallery, Detroit MI          Jan-Feb    “The Body Eclectic”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale MI
2006-7    Dec- Jan    “Sight Fest”, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit MI
2006       November    “Have a Seat”, Marygrove College, Detroit MI               June-Aug    “History of Turntablism Exhibit”, Sloan Museum, Flint MI
2006       April -May       “Soldaderas”, Bagley Housing Art Gallery, Detroit, MI
2005       March        “Workers Culture in Two Nations: The Search for Democracy”, MSU Museum sponsored by Our ​ Daily Work/Our Daily Lives “Self Portraits Group Exhibit”, Shelly Washington Gallery, Detroit                October     “Woven Threads”, La Llorona Art Gallery, Chicago IL          December    “Winter Extravaganza”, Bagley Housing Art Gallery, Detroit MI
2004       January        “Self Portraits”, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
2003       Calendar Artists 2003   Bread and Roses Gallery    New York N.Y
2001       January          “Violence Against Women”, Madonna University Gallery,  Livonia Mi
2000        May-June       “Spiritual Journey Art of Native Americas”, Woodland Indian Trading Post Gallery, Redford MI

2009        May        “Lo Gli Altri”, Cortile del Maglio, Torino, Italy
2008-09   Dec-Jan    Ostrka Gallery, Sharm El Sheakh, Egypt
2008         April-May     Sharm El Sheakh, Egypt
2007        March- April   Casa de Cultura, Mexicali, México
2006        April         “Women and Migration, International Women’s Exhibit”, Galeríade Arte Menache, Celaya, México
2004        June        “Diáspora: 1930’s (U.S. Mexican Repatriation)”, El Colegio de San Luis, San Luis, Potosi, México
2001        Sept-Nov        Centro de Trabajadores Cubanos. Lázaro Peña, Cuba
2000       Sept-Nov    Centro de Trabajadores Cubanos, Escuela Nacional del Centro Nacional Cubano 
Lázaro Peña, Cuba (included in the Hall of Fame)

1998        April        “Compañeras del Trabajo”, Guayasamin Gallery, Old Habana, Cuba

               January    “Trabajo de la Tierra”, UNEAC, Habana, Cuba

               January         Centro de Trabajadores Cubanos, Lázaro Peña, Cuba

1995        April           School Mural -Artist in Residence, Blaustein, Germany
1992-95   “Latino Artists – Michigan, U.S.A.” a U.S.I.S. multi-city exhibit Republic of Germany
1992        Sept-Nov    “Kunst Amerikanischen”, Ureinwohner Group Gallery in Deutsch  Amerikanischen Institute, 
​ Tubingenm, Germany

2013                2nd Place in Gilda Snowden Juried Art Exhibit, Twenty-first Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition 2012                Recognition Award, Wayne County Community Council for the Arts, Arab American National Museum 1999                Governor’s Arts Award Michigan Artist of the Year 1998                Cesar Chavez and Jane Gonzalez Award, University of Michigan 1993                Award of Artistic Excellence, University of Michigan 1993                Prominent Latina Award, Eastern Michigan University 1993                Dedication to the Arts Award, National Council of La Raza 1992                Certificate of Leadership and Achievement, State of Michigan Spanish Speaking Affairs 1992                Certificate of Achievement, Barrio Muralist Project, Casa de Unidad Detroit MI 1991                Commitment Award for Artistic Excellence and Community, Wayne County Council for the Arts 1988                Women in the Arts Award, The Michigan Women’s Foundation 1987                The Michigan 150 First Lady Award 1985                Certified Elder, “Kanto al Pueblo”, Mesa AZ 1984                Best of Show and Honorable Mention, Holland MI 1982                Recognition Award, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago IL 1981                1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention Awards, National Chicano Art Exhibition, Holland MI 1980                Latino Caucus Award, New Detroit, Inc. 



Nora Chapa Mendoza's artistic professional history and achievements



2013        September    Hispanic Heritage Month, Wayne County Community College, Wyandotte MI

                September    El Centro Multicultural, Pontiac MI

                June        “Age and Diversity”, Lily’s Seafood, Royal Oak MI

                May        El Centro Multicultural, Oakland County Market Art Exhibit, Waterford MI

                Jan-March    Michigan State University Law School, Lansing MI

2012       October    Commerce Point Art Gallery, Battle Creek MI

               October    “Panoramic 2012”, Brown and Juanita Ford Art Gallery, Wayne County Community College, Detroit

               September    “Viva el Arte”, Oakland University, Rochester MI

               May        “My Life Through My Paintings”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale MI

               Jan-Feb    Creole First Sunday Gallery Walk, Lansing MI

2011       December    “Panoramic”, Wayne County Community College, Detroit MI

              Oct-Dec    GM Sellers, Novi MI

              October    “Dia de los Muertos”, Wyandotte Art Center, Wyandotte MI

              September    Oakland University, Rochester Hills MI

              Apr-June    Casa Multicultural, Pontiac MI

              March    “Adelante” Haven Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

2010       Oct-Nov    Wyandotte Arts Center, Wyandotte MI

               October    “Transforming Life/Transforming Community”, Centro Multicultural Mi Familia, Pontiac MI

2009      March        “Just Jazz”, Arts League Creative Arts Center, Pontiac MI

                February    Downtown Council for the Arts, Taylor MI

2008      May        “Solo Exhibit”, Centro Multicultural La Familia, Pontiac MI
2007      October    “One Woman Exhibit”, Wayne County Community College, Downriver Campus

2006      October    “Fronteras Norteñas, Segundo Encuentro”, Detroit Public Library, Detroit MI2006       

                August     Wayne County Community College   Down river   Wyandotte, MI2006      

                Oct- Nov   “Solo Exhibit” (80 paintings), Art Place/ The Ray and Phyllis Jansma Gallery, Council for the Arts of        

                Newaygo County, Fremont MI

2005       April        “Trabajadores de la Tierra”, Laredo Art Center, Laredo TX

                Nov          Margot Gallery, Oxford MI

                Oct-Nov         Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit MI

                August        “Hispanic Festival: Solo Exhibit”, Wayne County Community College, Taylor MI

                May-June    “Nine Latinas”, Bagley Housing Art Gallery, Detroit MI

                Feb        “Día de la Mujer”, Kellogg Center, Lansing MI

2003        Feb-Mar       “Cosas de Mujeres”, Café Cubano, Lansing MI

                  March            “Solo Exhibit”, Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth MI

                  May-June        “Two Artists Exhibit”, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte MI

                  Sept-Dec        (3 person) Instituto Cultural de México, Galería Arte de México -  Chicago IL

                  October        “Diversity of … (solo exhibit)”, Creative Art Center, Pontiac MI

2002         April         “Solo Exhibit”, Margot Gallery XVII - Pontiac MI

                  May-June       “Solo Exhibit”, Linda Tafolla, curator, Battle Creek MI

                  Sept-Oct       “Solo Exhibit”, Plymouth Council of the Arts, Plymouth MI

2001         March      “Solo Exhibit”, Texas City Art Center, Texas City TX

                 April-May      “Una Chicana y Una Indígena” (2 person) University of California Davis, Gorman Museum, Davis CA

2000         February       “Migrant Workers” during performance of “Mice and Men”, Farmington Players Theater, 
 Farmington Hills MI
 March         “Migrant Workers / Cesar Chavez”, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
 Oct Nov        “Día de los Muertos”and Art Exhibit, Creole Gallery, Lansing MI
1994         Nov        Trabajadores de la Tierra”, George Meany Memorial Archives Building, Silver Springs MD
1993        Sept        National Council of La Raza Awardee Exhibit”, Cobo Center, Detroit MI