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June 15 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Pick up a free art kit and create a gateway to the people you miss by making a collage. This session will be guided by artist David Rios Ferreira. Held in partnership with the UMFA.

Pick up a free art kit beginning Thursday, June 10. You can grab your kit at the UMFA or at the Main Library, Anderson-Foothill, or Day-Riverside branches. Just ask for an ACME Session Art Kit, either inside or at curbside pickup.

Imagine you have the ability to create a gateway that transcends time and space allowing you to reach a person you miss. This could be someone who has passed on or a person you have been distant from during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UMFA invites you to create a gateway to these people through art with guidance from artist David Rios Ferreira. Rios Ferreira will guide a collage-making activity using a variety of curated images and drawings that carry personal meaning or remind you of the person you miss. Your final gateway artwork will act as an abstract portrait of the person who you hope to reach.

David Rios Ferreria’s collage drawings are based on the idea that our identity and our bodies are comprised of rich histories and personal experiences. He uses images from popular culture, science fiction, and historical documents to construct new abstract bodies become symbols for the people we’ve lost. Artworks created during this session can be included in Rios Ferreira’s upcoming ACME Lab exhibition opening March 2022.

Artist Bio

David Rios Ferreira is a visual artist, independent curator, and museum professional. His mixed media collage drawings, sculptures, and installations are made from borrowed digital images of historical etchings, old political cartoons, coloring books, and stills from animated films. Ferreira is interested in how the past informs the present and the idea that the two can exist on the same plane. Issues of power found in colonial history, especially that of the U.S. and its territories in which school children were subjected to deculturization practices are at the root of his work. Through his process of tracing, layering, and collaging Ferreira forms new, sometimes familiar, structures that take on new meaning, or new futures. In this unique moment in time in which old sociopolitical wounds resurface and new ones opened, David Rios Ferreira asks us to consider questions of ourselves and the systems of power that we inhabit.


June 15
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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