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Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

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Lives in
Dallas, Texas


Maryland Institute, College of Art, 1990, MFA
University of North Texas, 1988, BFA


Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is a Mexican-American artist from Dallas, TX. Ms. Meza-DesPlas’ primary medium as a painter is watercolor. In addition to painting she is also known for her hand-sewn human hair drawings. These are created on a variety of supports: mylar, canvas, and art papers.

            She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Hoffberger School of Painting) where she studied under the Abstract Expressionist Grace Hartigan, director of Hoffberger School of Painting. Rosemary Meza-DesPlas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas where she studied with Vernon Fisher. Ms. Meza-DesPlas received the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art in 1995.

            Her work is included in the following collections: Art Museum of Southeast Texas, El Centro College, and Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.  Rosemary Meza-DesPlas has exhibited in Shenyang, China, LuXun Academy of Fine Arts Art; Espace Kiron in Paris, France;  Actuel’Art Lagalerie, Paris, France, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, NY; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; Center for Latino Arts, Boston, MA; and New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM.

            Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is a Professor of Art at El Centro College in Dallas, TX. She has taught at El Centro College since 1999. Ms. Meza-DesPlas is also a writer and self-published a poetry chapbook in 1995 called The Laughter Between My Legs.

            Rosemary Meza-DesPlas presented a paper for Mod Art’13 on Beauty & Ugliness, Modern Art Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.  Ms. Meza-DesPlas has presented many artists talks for galleries & museums including Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Art Lab, Dallas, TX; The Artist’s Eye: Artists Looking at Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Gallery Talk, University of Texas @ Arlington, Arlington, TX and Gallery Talk, University of Arkansas Gallery, Little Rock, AR.

            She has been a juror for several exhibitions such as Texas Visual Arts Association High School Competition @ University of Texas at Dallas; Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards Panel – Works on Paper; Richland College Annual Student Exhibition; Dallas, Texas; 17th Annual Competitive Exhibition, Small Works on Paper Little Rock, AR.

Recent Exhibits

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Seams
Hoxton Arches
Jul, 2014 The Living Mark
Verum Ultimum
Apr, 2014 Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice
LuXun Academy of Fine Art Gallery
Jan, 2013 Art on the Edge
New Mexico Museum of Art
Jul, 2012 August 2012 Exhibitions
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Jul, 2012 Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Click here to see all exhibits for Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
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