Ada Medina interweaves two and three-dimensional art forms, multiple interests, diverse reading, visual/non-visual sources, and everyday life as they resonate through each other. This is an extension of growing up on the Texas-Mexican borderlands where ordinarily bilingual children of immigrants braid singularity and indivision into one another.
Medina is a recipient of art fellowships, grants, and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship; a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; an Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship; and a Tanne Foundation Award. Her work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S., New York, NY, among other museum, public and private collections.
Medina’s previous teaching experience includes working with undergraduate and graduate students as Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Associate Professor at Drake University; and Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her artist-in-residencies include Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, CA. She earned M.F.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa, plus a B.F.A. degree from Layton School of Art and Design, now Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Ada Medina lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Angelita Mejia Medina from Guerrero Viejo, Tamaulipas and Cecilio Vargas Medina from San Luis, San Luis Potosí.