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CAROLINA MAYORGA
Artist/Instructor

Carolina Mayorga received her BFA from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Columbia, and her MFA with Honors from the Univeristy of Kansas in 1998. Her work has been shown at the Museo Banco Cafetero, Bogota, Columbia; Museo del Area Fundacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Textile Biennial, Lodz, Poland; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC; and the Art and Design Gallery at the University of Kansas. Her work has been published by Artefacto, Winston-Salem Journal, Contemporary Beadwork (catalogue), and Contemporary Columbian textiles (chapter for an international art publication). In 1997 she was awarded the Tinker Field Research Grant for Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Her project was "Art as a Statement of Cultural Contrast." She has conducted several workshops at the Children's Studio School, Washington, D.C.; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; Hispanic Festival Workshop, Bladensburg Community Center, MD; Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC; Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS; and the Universidad de los Andes and the Fundacion Universitaria del Area Andina, Bogota, Columbia.

JOSE RUIZ
Director/Founder of EBLO

Jose Ruiz has twenty-three years of experience in community development, educational program development, resource identification, immigration assistance, and Hispanic cultural promotion and fundraising. Mr. Ruiz is the founder and director of EBLO, Baltimore's oldest and most active Hispanic community organization. EBLO is a community based non-profit organization founded in 1980 to improve educational opportunities for Hispanics and to increase awareness of Latino culture in Baltimore. At EBLO, Mr. Ruiz develops and directs educational projects for Hispanic youth and families, and creates fundraising initiatives to sustain programming. He also produces and organizes the annual Latino Festival begun in 1980, and has initiated and maintained working relationships with the South East Community Organization, NAACP, Baltimore ClayWorkds, local colleges, public schools, churches, and private businesses in order to increase opportunities for the Hispanic community. He has received numerous citations and awards including Hispanic of the Week, El Tiempo Latino; Equal Employment Opportunity Award; United States Army; Maryland Institute College of Art Recognition; Baltimore's Best; Outstanding Service Award, Charas, Inc,; Mayor's Citation Certificate and Aware of Merit; Outstanding Service Award, C&P Telephone Co.; Hispanic
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