IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Inside CU's new faculty profile series
Our faculty are a source of great pride and bring a world of expertise, experimentation and excellence to our students and our community. Meet George Rivera, a professor in the department of art and art history.
What drew you to your field of expertise, and keeps you passionate about your work?
I am an artist, a curator and an art critic. I create artwork about my experiences as a person of Mexican descent living in the United States. I have curated and had exhibitions around the world, including, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Palestine, Mexico, Peru, Russia and Spain.
I am an artist with a sociological imagination. I have a doctorate in sociology and use this training to inform my art. I am head of the Integrated Arts Area, which encourages students to use more than one medium and more than one discipline in their art making.
As a child, I was drawn to art because my brother, Rudy Solis, was an artist. I was always fascinated by his ability to visualize the world.
What do you most enjoy and what is the most challenging aspect of your profession?
I believe that art is a tool for social change. It can help us to understand the human condition by creating visions of what is possible beyond our present reality. I am passionate about art because it fulfills a "homing instinct" in my being.
What are your favorite interests and activities apart from your work?
I enjoy writing children's books about my two Shih Tzus, Cholo and Vato. I have published four bilingual books on their adventures throughout the United States, including their following the migrant stream and celebrating Mexican festivals, like Days of the Dead. I am presently writing a children's book about coping with cancer since I am a cancer survivor and Cholo and Vato both died of cancer this year. I now have two other Shih Tzus, Harry and Reggie, who bring me much joy.
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