María Elena González (b. 1957, Havana): Using industrial materials such as tile, safety surface rubber and glass, González creates installations that draw community participation. In 2002, she spent two weeks in Memphis working with the city’s Hispanic community with a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2003, the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored an art project involving residents of a public housing complex in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. She lectures frequently, and has had solo shows at venues such The Nuyorican Poets Café and El Museo del Barrio in New York, and the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Group shows include the VII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arte Domecq in Mexico City, the Biennial of Contemporary Latin American Artist in Connecticut, Cadences: Icon and Abstraction in Context at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and the Encuentro interamericano de artistas plásticos in Guadalajara. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Florida International University and a Master of Fine arts degree in sculpture from San Francisco State University. (Cintas for art, 1989-90, 1994-95)

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