Carlos Francisco Jackson
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.
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.
Maceo Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He graduated from Yale University in 2002 and received his MFA in Painting from Columbia University in 2006. Montoya’s paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions throughout the country as well as internationally. Also a writer, Montoya’s first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for “Best First Book.” In 2014, University of New Mexico Press published his second novel, The Deportation of Wopper Barraza and Copilot Press published Letters to the Poet from His Brother. His most recent books are You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (University of New Mexico Press, 2015) and Chicano Movement for Beginners, a work of graphic nonfiction. Montoya is an Associate Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.
José A. Arenas
TANA’s new Associate Director, Jose Arenas helps coordinate visiting artist program, exhibitions, and community events. He received a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA from UC Davis. His artwork has been exhibited widely including galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami. Recent shows include “Pleased to Meet You”, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ; Latino Art Now! MACLA, San Jose, CA; and “Unearthing Roots, Foraging Self”, NARS Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. As an educator, Jose has devoted the last 15 years to higher education, both designing and teaching art courses at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA; Parsons School of Design, Manhattan, NY; and most recently Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY.
Drucella Anne Miranda was born in the borderlands of Texas and has been a long time resident of the Central Valley. Just recently graduated from University of California Davis, she has a bachelors in Women and Gender Studies as well as American Studies. As a student she worked as a community activist with youth to foster consciousness through critical dialogue and the arts. She continues her artivism at TANA, running the workshops and organizing events.
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
UC Davis student interns help run our workshops and events. They are an essential part of TANA's mission to connect the local community with the university. More information about TANA's staff can be found on the TANA blog.