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I was born in Mexico City and raised in both the US and Mexico. I attended Colegio Edron, Instituto Bellas Artes, Mex. D.F. Instituto San Miguel Allende,Guanajuato, Mexico. I then moved to Florida where I graduated from University of Florida at Gainesville. I am interested in chromatherapy and what colors do to heal us-- subtle energy! 
I went to Europe on a long extended trip studying and painting. Back in the United States in Sarasota, Florida I  began working in a sculpture foundry. I worked with the shellspen/ lost wax process.  I worked on Zuniga's pieces and my own rendition of "Padre Pio." I also continued to work on my own art making as well as have gallery shows. I became Associate Director for Admissions for Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida, as well as interim Director in charge of viewing art portfolios of prospective students. As they years went on I was challenged in a different way and I became an entrepreneur, I  published the Sarasota Arts Guide and began my own businesses. Art Services and Featherweight, Inc. developing curriculum, as well as teaching and founding my own after school and summer art camps while my daughter was young. I received awards for various shows and competitions that I submitted my work in. I later became involved with Girls Incorporated as Associate Director in charge of Marketing and Volunteers. I also volunteered at the Women's Resource Center as Art chairman, and founded "Thee Coffeehouse" with Gordon O'hara. This was a place where the Jazz Club group first started coming to perform. That is when I met Count Bassie(one of my favorite people). I enjoyed being an on air personality for two radio stations in Sarasota, Florida. As  well as my responsibilities of being VP of operations and promoting the arts any way I could.
I worked as an Art Therapist  at  a halfway house for schizophrenic adults. I worked as a Horticultural Therapist for Children's Haven where I had the blessed opportunity to work with adults that were challenged.
I moved to Dallas Ft Worth and became a bilingual elementary teacher for five years,in addition, I painted and sold my work online, and in person.My paintings are displayed in museums and corporate offices. Many art collectors of my work came to my home to purchase paintings! I moved to Sedona, Arizona
where I continue to paint and work.I am painting murals for installations, for homes and for museums. I also paint smaller works that are available for purchase online, or in person.
 
Through it all I have continued to be an artist all my life. Entering judged shows and international invitationals. Doing art for me is my most natural state of being, it is life itself!
 I am an artist and mother life teaches me everyday!  Light energy- color is my muse.
 
 
Support the following:
Austin Chicano artist Alliance. The Museum for Women in Arts, The Noetic Science Institute.The Dallas Art Museum. The Austin Museum of Art. The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
 

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"Never let what others think of you, make you who you are"-by Mercedes

ARTS MARKETING RESOURCE
www.artsmarketing.org is a free arts marketing resource website for nonprofit arts organizations. It includes current marketing information, news and trends that impact the arts community, builds improved skills in marketing, earned income creation and audience development and facilitates an interactive community of peers and professionals to address marketing needs and long-term marketing issues. Sign up for free weekly updates on calls-to-artists and regional art news at www.absolutearts.com.

ARTS EXTENSION SERVICE ONLINE
"Fundamentals of Arts Management" is designed for those who want to advance their nonprofit management skills through professional development rather than a degree program. Course topics planning, board development, fundraising and arts programming. Visit: www.umass.edu/aes.

.POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION, INC.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., was established for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability. Painters, sculptors, mixed media, installation artists and artists who work on paper may apply. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000. Contact PKF, 863 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, email: grants@pkf.org or visit www.pkf.org.

 

GRANTSMANSHIP CENTER TRAINING

FULBRIGHT GRANTS

Fulbright grants are available for artists for two- to six-week lecturing and research abroad. No application fee, stipends are available. Contact the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden St NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009; 202-686-7877; email: apprequest@cies.iie.org; website: http://www.cies.org.

 

NEA GRANTS

Access to Artistic Excellence: Dance/Design/Folk and Traditional Arts/Literature/Local Arts Agencies/Media Arts/Multidisciplinary/Museums/Music/Musical Theater/Presenting/Theater/Visual Arts. Deadline: August 16. Info: www.arts.gov.

 

POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION, INC.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., was established for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability. Painters, sculptors, mixed media, installation artists and artists who work on paper may apply. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000. Contact PKF, 863 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, email: grants@pkf.org or visit www.pkf.org.

 

GRANTSMANSHIP CENTER TRAINING

Florida Gulf Coast University brings Grantsmanship Center Training to Fort Myers. To register, contact the TGCI registrar at 800-421-9512 or enroll online at www.tgci.com.

 

ARTS ENDOWMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS

Application guidelines for FY 2005 are now available from the National Endowment for the Arts online. Visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply to download application information, application forms and application deadlines. The Arts Endowment awards grants for arts projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. Grants will be awarded also for local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field. Funding is available from the Endowment for projects in the following fields: dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts (film, radio, television), museums, music, musical theater, opera, theater and visual arts. The Endowment also considers applications for multidisciplinary projects, for presenting and for local arts agencies.

 

GEORGE SUGARMAN FOUNDATION

The George Sugarman Foundation makes grants available for artists in need of financial assistance. Award amounts are open, but the artist must provide a budget for the amount requested. Info: George Sugarman Foundation, 448 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, CA 94949; 415-713-8167; email: ardensugarman@hotmail.com.

 

FULBRIGHT GRANTS

Fulbright grants are available for artists for two- to six-week lecturing and research abroad. No application fee, stipends are available. Contact the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden St NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009; 202-686-7877; email: apprequest@cies.iie.org; website: www.cies.org.

 

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

The Educational Foundation of America gives to nonprofits working primarily in education, the arts, and Native American issues. Visit: www.efaw.org.

 

GRANTMAKERS IN FLORIDA

Grantmakers in Florida is a listing of Florida foundations and granting agencies. Visit www.fundsnetservices.com/florida.htm.

 

DIRECTORY OF MAJOR FLORIDA FOUNDATIONS

The Directory of the Major Florida Foundations is one of the largest and most in-depth, statewide guide to grants. This publication is not available on the internet and contains over $3 billion in foundation assets and over $220,343,789 in annual grants to institutions throughout Florida. It contains in-depth profiles on each foundation, thousands of recipients and grants, history, interests, officers and trustees, key staff and contacts, proposal guidelines and much more. The cost of this publication is $79.95 plus $1.43 for postage. To order, make checks payable to: Funding Logistics and Research Co., P.O. Drawer 179, Lyndon, VT 05849-0179.

 

THE SOUTHERN ARTS FEDERATION

The Southern Arts Federation, a regional arts agency serving the southern states, provides grants to support performances and educational activities in over 100 communities annually. SAF also provides technical assistance and professional development opportunities for artists and other arts professionals and pursues and promotes international cultural exchanges. Visit: www.southarts.org.

 

GRANTS FOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

For information about grants for public art projects, visit www.sculptor.org.

 

FORD FOUNDATION

The foundation's mission is to serve as a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Grants are made primarily for: asset building and community development; education, media, arts and culture; and peace and social justice. Info: 212-573-5000; email: office-secretary@fordfoundation.org. www.fordfound.org. Deadline: open.

 

UPCOMING NEA GRANT DEADLINES

Access to Artistic Excellence: Deadline: Aug. 16. Info: National Endowment for the Arts: www.arts.gov.

 

EMERGING ARTIST GRANT PROGRAM

American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant Program provides support to 10 craft artists annually who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers. Up to $7,000 is available per artist to support the creation of a new body of work, travel, research or to attend professional development workshops. Call ACC at 212-274-0630.

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