Carlos Francisco Jackson
TANA Co-founder

Carlos Francisco Jackson is Co-founder of TANA and an Associate Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis, where he also serves as chair. A visual artist and writer, Jackson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended UC Davis where he received his Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development and an MFA in Painting where he received the Robert Arneson Award for Excellence. In 2002, he was awarded a full fellowship to attend the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in central Maine. For the 2003-2004 year, he held the David Shainberg Endowed Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. In 2009, the University of Arizona Press published his first book, ProtestArte: Chicana and Chicano Art, a survey of the Chicano Art Movement.

Malaquias Montoya
TANA Co-founder

A UC Davis Professor Emeritus, Malaquias Montoya is credited by historians as one of the founders of the social serigraphy movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1960s. He has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, the California College of Art, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas, San Antonio. Montoya's unique visual expression is an art of protest, depicting the resistance and strength of humanity in the face of injustice and the necessity to unite behind that struggle. In 2010, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center published a full-length monograph about Montoya and his work.


José A. Arenas

Jose Arenas received a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute (1995), and an MFA from UC Davis (2000). His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including Chicago, Miami, and New York City. Recent solo and group exhibitions include “A Place in Mind, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA; “Wayfinder”, Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, Woodland, CA; and “Sojourn”, SBCC, Albuquerque NM. Jose has devoted the last 18 years to higher education, designing and teaching  studio art courses at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA; Parsons School of Design, Manhattan, NY; and Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY. He currently teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis. 

Eddie Lampkin
Workshop Coordinator

Eddie Lampkin manages TANA’s workshop programming, archiving, and additionally facilitates edition projects and community events. Eddie is a Woodland based artist whom at an early age participated in the silk screen workshops at TANA. After transferring to UC Davis, he served as a teaching assistant under Carlos Jackson in his Chicano studies printmaking course while interning at TANA and teaching local youth. Throughout his academic career Eddie has continued to make politically engaged posters in response to social movements that combat oppressive structures and policies put in place both locally and nationally, and in solidarity with global movements. 

Maceo Montoya 

TANA Affiliated Faculty

An associate professor in the UC Davis Chicana/o Studies Department, Maceo Montoya has served as a TANA affiliated faculty member since his hire in 2011. He served as TANA’s  director from 2015 to 2017. A visual artist and writer, he helps coordinate TANA’s visiting artist program, exhibitions and events, and reading series. On campus, he teaches various courses in Chicano Literature.

Jaime Montiel
Artist in Residence

Jaime Montiel is TANA’s first Artist-in-Residence. He has helped develop special art projects in addition to instructing participants in the quarterly community silkscreen workshops. Montiel grew up in Winters, California where he currently resides and maintains his studio. He graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Studio Art and received his MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

UC Davis Student Interns

Student interns offer support in all areas of programming. They are a key and essential part of TANA's mission to connect the local community with the university. 


Marina Contreras


Marina Contreras is a Xicana Undergraduate artist studying Clinical Nutrition and Chicanx Studies at UC Davis. She grew up in a small border town, Calexico, CA. and its sister city, Mexicali, BC, Mexico. With the help of the Chicanx Studies Department, Marina has developed her artistic work from acrylic paintings on canvas to screen printing after taking the silkscreen printing class in Winter 2018. Marina later began her internship at TANA in Fall 2018 which further helped her to develop their artistic skills. The intention behind her work is expressing current issues she sees in her community with the intention of generating hope in each topic while sparking conversations that move towards solutions for a better future.