1974 M.F.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1973 M.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1972 B.F.A., Layton School of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS / AWARDS
2005 Tanne Foundation Award
2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
1987 National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (Drawing)
1987 Faculty Research Grant, Carnegie Mellon University
1983 Awards in the Visual Arts 2, funded by NEA, Rockefeller Fndtn, Equitable Life Assurance
1982 Faculty Research Grant, Drake University
1981 Jerome Foundation Grant
2006 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
1986 Djerassi Foundation Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
1978 Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
1977 Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA (Declined residency to accept concurrent opportunity)
1998 Fall Visiting Artist, undergrads / graduates, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
1989-96 Professor of Art, undergrads, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1986-89 Associate Professor of Art, undergrads / grads, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1982-86 Associate Professor of Art, undergrads / grads, (tenured), Drake University, Des Moines, IA
1977-82 Assistant Professor of Art, undergrads / grads, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
1975-77 Instructor, undergrads, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2002-97 Adjunct visual arts faculty member, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM
1997-98, Spring 99, 99-00, Fall 00, 01-02
1972-74 Teaching Assistant, undergrads, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
WORKSHOPS / ART MENTORING
2007 Santa Fe Art Institute, workshop: “Drawing as Inquiry, Change, and Vitality,” Santa Fe, NM
2006 Hunt + Gather, drawing workshops, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Working Classroom, drawing workshops, Albuquerque, NM
2002- Independent art mentoring for accomplished and new artists
LECTURES / PUBLIC DIALOGUE
2009 Linda Durham Contemporary Art, public conversation with Marina Brownlow and
Shaun Gilmore, Wonder Salon, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, visiting artist lecture, Milwaukee, WI
2006 Museum of Fine Arts, gallery talk: “paperwork,” Originals 2005, Santa Fe, NM
1998 University of New Mexico at Santa Fe, guest artist talk, SFCC campus, Santa Fe, NM
1994 College of Santa Fe, guest artist talk, Santa Fe, NM
1989 Museum of Fine Arts, St. Francis Auditorium, guest artist slide dialogue, Santa Fe, NM
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2004 Klaudia Marr Gallery, New Work, mixed media sculpture, Santa Fe, NM
2002 Van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Limina, mixed media sculpture, Santa Fe, NM
2001 Van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Featured Artist, mixed media sculpture, Santa Fe, NM
1997 The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Ada Medina, paintings, San Antonio, TX
1989 Janus Gallery, Ada Medina, paintings and drawings, Santa Fe, NM
1985 Olson/Larson Gallery, New Works, drawings, Des Moines, IA
1982 Artemisia Gallery, Ada Medina Drawings, Chicago, IL
1982 Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Ada Medina: Recent Drawings, Fort Dodge, IA
1982 W.A.R.M. Gallery, Graphite Drawings, Minneapolis, MN
1979 Drake University, Ada Medina – An Exhibition of Works on Paper, Des Moines, IA
1976 Wake Forest University, Ada Medina Photographs, Winston-Salem, NC
1973 Gallery Twenty One Eleven, Ada Medina Drawings, Milwaukee, WI
MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005 Museum of Fine Arts, Originals 2005,Santa Fe, NM
2003 Museum of Fine Arts, The Show, Santa Fe, NM
2002 National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Art Museum, Ahora,Albuquerque, NM
1990 Museum of Fine Arts, Southwest ’90, Award of Merit, Santa Fe, NM
1990 University of Iowa Museum of Art, The Louise Noun Collection, Iowa City, IA
1988 Smithsonian American Art Museum, Contemporary Pastel Drawings,Washington, D. C.
1987 Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, Connections Project/Conexus,New York, NY
(Exhibition traveled to Centro Brasiliero de Projetos de Arte, São Paolo, Brasil)
1987 Huntsville Museum of Art, Drawing: The New Tradition, Huntsville, AL
1983 Museum of Contemporary Art, Awards in the Visual Arts 2,Chicago, IL
1983 Mint Museum of Art, AVA 2, Charlotte, NC
1983 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, AVA 2, Lincoln, MA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Gallery Artists Portfolio, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Gallery Artists Portfolio, Santa Fe, NM
2003 Van de Griff/Marr Gallery, Papier, Santa Fe, NM
2000 New Mexico State Capitol, Arte x Diez, Santa Fe, NM
1997 West Manhattan Artspace, New Works, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Theatrework, Four Artists, Santa Fe, NM
1996 Center for Contemporary Art, Up and Running, Santa Fe, NM
1992 Castillo Cultural Center, Artists Discover Columbus, New York, NY
1989 Janus Gallery, six new artists, Santa Fe, NM
1987 Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Drawings From the Eighties, Pittsburgh, PA
1986 Zeus-Trabia Gallery, In Homage to Ana Mendieta, New York, NY
1986 Foxley/Leach Gallery, Gallery Invitational, Washington, D.C.
1985 A.I.R. Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery Invitational, New York, NY
1984 Gallery Two Nine One, Unique Works on Paper, Atlanta, GA
1984 Equitable Gallery, Equitable Building, Selections From AVA 2, New York, NY
1984 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta Gallery Association Benefit Exhibition, Atlanta, GA
1983 Art Institute of Boston, Gallery East, Works on Paper, Boston, MA
1982 Des Moines Art Center, 34th Iowa Artists Annual, Des Moines, IA
1982 Olson/Larson Gallery, 10 Artists, Des Moines, IA
SELECTED MUSEUM / PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Smithsonian National American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S., New York, NY
The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
1995 Co-creator of “Curandera’s Garden: Sur y Norte.” Project co-conceived with Edith Katz, Santa Fe landscape architect in response to Landscape Architecture Magazine’snational call for “visionary and unbuilt” landscape proposals. Selected for publication in the magazine’s December 1995 issue.
1978 Composer Harris Lindenfeld wrote “From Adinámeda: La Familia Tiradóra” for piano, percussion, clarinet; based on art work by Ada Medina while both in residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. Commissioned by Hamilton College, Dept. of Theater and Dance, Clinton, NY. Publisher: American Composers Alliance.
1983 AVA 2, Ada Medina interviewed as recipient of Awards in the Visual Arts 2 Fellowship, location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
SELECTED ARTIST’S WRITINGS
Medina, Ada. “The Artist on Process and Ethics.” Ethics & the Environment. Edited byguest editor, Chris J. Cuomo. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, special issue on art, vol. 8, #1(Spring 2003): 3-21.
Medina, Ada. (Statement.) In featured artist series: “Universe of …” THE magazine, June 2001, 12-13.
Medina, Ada. “ ‘Surrender Haughty West!’ - (Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz).” In playbill for Guillermo Gómez Peña’s performance of “New World (B)order,” Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM, 1994. 16-18.
Bullis, Douglas. 100 Artists of the Southwest. (Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2006).
Newmann, Dana, and JackParsons. New Mexico Artists at Work. (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005), 111-113.
Originals 2005, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, September 23, 2005-February 5, 2006. Catalogue, 31.
Fischer, Zane. “Critical Reflections: The Show - Southwest Juried Exhibition.” THE magazine, July 2003, 61.
Laget, Mokha. “Critical Reflections: Limina.” THE magazine, September 2002, 55.
Armitage, Diane. “Critical Reflections: Arte x Diez.” THE magazine, September 2000, 61.
Lippard, Lucy R. The Lure of the Local. (New York: The New Press, 1997), 257.
Vélez, Diana L. Reclaiming Medusa, revised edition. Translated and edited by Diana L. Vélez. (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Foundation Books, 1997), book cover.
Armitage,Diane. “Critical Reflections: The Open Studio.” THE magazine, January 1997, 63.
Leccese, Michael. “Visionaries.” Landscape Architecture Magazine, December 1995, 52-53, 56.
Balsamo, Dean. “Ada Medina: An Ongoing Aesthetic History.” Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, 21 April 1995, 21.
Turner, David, ed. Southwest ’90. Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, November 17, 1990-March 30, 1991. Catalogue, 36.
Conklin, Jo-Ann, ed. The Louise Noun Collection. The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, March 24-May 13, 1990. Exhibition traveled to Des Moines Art Center through August 5, 1990. Catalogue, 62-63.
Carvalho, Josely and Sabra Moore, eds. Connections Project/Conexus.Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, January 8-February 8, 1987. Exhibition traveled to Centro Brasiliero de Projetos de Arte, São Paolo. Artists’ books, pages unnumbered.
Berrow, Debi, et. al., eds. Florilegia: a retrospective of Calyx 1976-1986. Corvallis: Calyx Books, vol. 10, #2 & 3(1987): 17-18.
Nusbaum, Eliot. “Medina exhibits control of art medium.” Des Moines Register, 22 February 1985.
Donnelly, Margarita, et. al., eds. Sobreviviendo/Bearing Witness. Corvallis: Calyx Books, vol. 8, #2 (1984): 43-46.
Hansley, Lee, ed. Contemporary Art Acquisitions: 1980-1983. The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S., New York, 1984. Catalogue, 36, 59, 60.
Neff, Terry Ann R., ed. Awards in the Visual Arts 2. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, June 11-August 21, 1983. Exhibition traveled to Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA through January 29, 1984. Catalogue, 50-57.