Vick Quezada

Assistant Professor of Studio Arts and Visual Culture

Vick Quezada most recently served as a fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.

In 2021, they received the prestigious U.S. Latinx Art Forum Fellowship cosponsored by Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and the Ford Foundation in Latinx art. In 2020, Quezada was hand selected from a "large-scale survey" of 40 emerging artists from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be featured in El Museo del Barrio's groundbreaking exhibition, La Trienal. From 2019–20, Quezada was the artist-in-residence at the Latinx Project at New York University. Quezada was selected as the Contemporary Arts Curatorial Fellow at UMass's University Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018, along with Fred Wilson, who curated the show. Their work has been featured in Hyperallergic, BOMB Magazine, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Art News, Trans Studies Quarterly, and Remezcla. Quezada received a Bachelors degree from the University Texas at El Paso and their M.F.A. from University Massachusetts Amherst. Quezada is originally from El Paso, Texas, and currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

  • As part of this course, students will learn traditional sculpture techniques as well as expanded sculpture that incorporates Rasquache art, Folk art, readymades, and ceramics. This course is an inquiry into spatial realities where settler colonial history, tools, objects, and human bodies interact. The students will critically analyze objects that have condensed and abridged meanings and histories. Scholar Lisa Lowe points out, "artifacts appear to abbreviate the whole course of history into a finite object", while simultaneously refusing to yield this infinite multiplicity." In Material Worlds, students will engage in embodied learning and making that situates them within their worlds and raises questions of existence and social responsibility. Keywords:Sculpture, Rasquache art, settler colonialism and ceramics

  • This course integrates performance, sculpture, theory and histories of activism. In this course, students will work in multimodal form to create sculptural objects, or props crafted out of wood, metal, found objects, molds, fabric and incorporate them into self-choreographed movement(s), performances, happenings or political actions throughout the semester. As a method of presentation, students may integrate components of video, sound, site-specific work and installation. We will examine how contemporary artists and activists use their bodies/objects and performances as a tool of subversion, activism, and storytelling. We will look at the important work ranging from ADAPT and the "Capitol Crawl, NYC Ballroom Culture, Marisela Escobedo, ACT UP, Bread and Puppet Theater, artists such as Lorraine O'Grady to trans performance artist Keijaun Thomas. As Diana Taylor coined the term "Acts of Transfer," we can examine the ways in which these artists, groups and students can utilize their bodies to perform an action or series of actions in order to create urgency and attention while transmitting social knowledge, memory, and identity. Keywords:Sculpture, performance, activism, queer