Juliana Rico

GCAC Director’s Circle Member

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Juliana Rico – bio


Juliana Rico is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. She earned her MFA in Creative Photography from California State University Fullerton and BFA in Photography from San Jose State University. During her time at Cal State Fullerton, Rico was a resident at Grand Central Art Center where she became Resident Advisor and worked closely with the staff and graduate students.

Rico’s photographic and video work deals primarily with the subject of identity. She explores the body in surface, function, and memory to scrutinize social constructs and define her own truth. Rico’s work has been showcased nationally including Woman Made Gallery and ARC Gallery in Chicago, the University of Texas at Arlington, Los Angeles Center for Digital Photography, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and throughout Southern California. In the fall of 2015, her solo exhibition 30/30+ was shown at Grand Central Art Center.

In addition to being an artist, Rico is an educator. In 2012 she co-founded the Emerging Artist Society, an artist community built upon sharing resources and aiding emerging artists in professional development. She teaches photography at several institutions in Southern California including Cal Poly Pomona, Chaffey College, and Santa Ana College.