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Isabel Rojas-Williams

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ISABEL ROJAS-WILLIAMS

Born in Santiago, Chile, Isabel Rojas-Williams has lived in Los Angeles for the past 37 years and been active in social and political movements related to art. She has taught art history at California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her master degree, and has curated multiple exhibitions highlighting the city’s rich legacy of urban art. Her thesis “Los Angeles Street Mural Movement, 1930-2009” is in the collection of the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in México City. Rojas-Williams has received various awards for her curatorial, civic, and creative contributions to the community. Rojas-Williams is an advisor to Mayor Villaraigosa for the “Siqueiros Interpretative Center” and she serves as the art liaison for the Mayor’s Latino Heritage Committee, African American Committee, and the Asian American Committee; she is a board member of L.A.-Mexico Sister Cities. She recently returned from Chile, where she lectured on David Alfaro Siqueirosʼs 1941 mural “Death to the Invader” in Chillán. Rojas-Williams’ video Siqueiros: a muralist in exile, that includes her research on murals from USA, Argentina, & Chile, was exhibited at MOLAA from July 2010 through January 2011. Rojas-Williams is currently the executive director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, whose purpose is to preserve the history of Los Angeles as told through its iconic murals.