Linda Vallejo, born in Los Angeles in 1951. Her mother was born in Concord, California, and her father, Adam Vallejo, was born in San Angelo, Texas, and graduated from UCLA in 1951. Her father entered the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and the family moved to Germany. Ms. Vallejo has a brother, Tomas and a sister, Roseann. On returning to the USA, the family lived in several states. Linda attended elementary school in East Los Angeles and Sacramento, middle and high school in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1960's, and completed high school in Madrid, Spain, in 1969. Linda received her BA in Fine Arts from Whittler College in 1973, completed undergraduate studies in lithography from the University of Madrid, Spain, and received a Master of Fine Arts from Cal State University, Long Beach, in 1978. Ms. Vallejo lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband of thirty-one years, Ron Dillaway. Her son Robert attends Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC, and her son Paul is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.
Regional, National and International Arts Community
Selected art exhibitions include the Natural History Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Carnegie Art Museum, Frazier Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Tropico Nopal Art Space, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum, Social Public and Art Resource Center (SPARC), Armand Hammer Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Art Museum of South Texas, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, The Bronx Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, San Antonio Museum, Mexico City Modem Art Museum, L2kontemporary, and Galeria Las Americas. Ms. Vallejo is also a practicing professional grantwriting instructor and consultant with over 25 years of experience with national clients.
Major Publications and Media include Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, Bi-Lingual Press, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, Los Angeles Times Artist Review, October 2000, Art Business News, Southwest Art, Saludos Hispanos, Hispanic Business Magazine, "Strong Hearts, Inspired Minds," Rowanbeny Books, Los Angeles Times, and Latin Style Magazine.
Guest Lectureships and Teaching Positions includeLos Angeles County Museum of Art (1992-1993-1994), LA; Museum of Contemporary Art (1991-1992-1993), Fresno Metropolitan Art Museum; Cal State University Long Beach Art Department; University of California, Irvine, Art Department, and Santa Monica City College.
Awards include Focusing on the Masters Historical Project, United Who's Who of American Executives, 2006; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Artist Award, 1999; Quien es Quien in U.S. Commerce, National Award, 1994; National Association Chicano Studies, Distinguished Recognition, 1993; and Latinas Making History Award, Comision Feminil de Los Angeles, 1991.
Chicano Indigenous Spiritual Community
In the late 1970s and early 1980s she studied Maya and Azteca dance with Las Flores de Aztlan Troupe. During these formative years, Las Flores de Aztlan presented teachings and workshops throughout the State of California at cultural centers, universities, and in traditional Native American and Chicano ceremonies that included Fiesta de Maiz and Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles, Fiesta de Colores in Sacramento, and Chicano Park Day in San Diego.
Over the past twenty years, she has participated in and supported traditional Native American ceremony in South Dakota, California and Arizona. She served as a community volunteer for the Native American Religious Society, California Rehabilitation Center, Norco, for fifteen years between 1986-2001. Linda has also supported the Southern Door men and women's monthly Inipi circle, and has been dedicated to this circle for elelven years.