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Ms Garza has had several major one-person exhibitions in the United States including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris in New York City in 1995; the Smith College Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1992; and The Mexican Museum in San Francisco in 1987.

In 1991 she had a one-person exhibition titled A Piece of My Heart/ Pedacito de mi Corazón at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas that traveled to museums in El Paso, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and Oakland, California.

The San Jose Museum of Art organized a retrospective exhibition in 2001 that traveled to museums in New Mexico, Florida, and Texas at the San Antonio Museum of Art where it opened to record-breaking attendance.

Ms Garza’s artwork was the subject of an interactive exhibition for children organized by the Austin Children’s Museum in 2003 in Austin, Texas. The exhibition traveled for 5 years to children’s museums in the United States.


Four major traveling group exhibitions featured Ms. Garza’s artwork: Hispanic Art in the United States/ Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in 1987; C.A.R.A. Chicano Art/ Resistance and Affirmation, at the Wight Art Gallery, UCLA in Los Angeles in 1990; and Art of the Other Mexico, at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago in 1993; Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, at the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio in 2001.



In 1984 the San Francisco Water Department commissioned eight paintings titled The History of the Use of Northern California Water.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas commissioned a painting titled Barbacoa para cumpleaños (barbeque for birthday party) in 1993.

The San Francisco International Airport commissioned a copper cutout wall sculpture, 16 x 24 feet titled Baile (dance) in the year 2000.

In 2009 Ms Garza created 4 designs for outdoor metal cutout murals, measuring 14 x 48 feet each for New Hope Housing in Houston, Texas.

AltaMed commission 14 designs for a metal cutout fence totaling 4 ½ x 72 feet, for a rooftop terrace at their corporate office in 2011. 



On March 29, 2007 the Los Angeles Unified School District Board approved the naming of a new primary school in East Los Angeles the Carmen Lomas Garza Primary Center, a pre-kindergarten through second grade school that serves a student population of first, second, and third generation Mexican American.



Ms Garza’s artwork is in several museum permanent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden both in Washington, DC; National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois; Oakland Museum of California in Oakland, California; The Mexican Museum in San Francisco, California; the El Paso Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; and the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas in Austin.



Ms Garza was a recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and one from the California Arts Council.

In 1996 she was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for a special International Artist-In-Residence grant from the Mexican arts agency, FONCA, Fondo Nacional para Cultura y las Artes to reside in Mexico for two months.

In 2004 she received an Artist-in-Residence grant from The Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.



In 1990 Children’s Book Press of San Francisco published a bilingual book of Ms Garza’s paintings and short stories titled Family Pictures/Cuadros de familía that continues to sell. Since 1996 the press has published three more award-winning picture books of Ms Garza’s artwork: In My Family/En mi familia; Magic Windows/Ventanas mágicas; Making Magic Windows: Creating Papel Picado/Cut-Paper Art with Carmen Lomas Garza. Over 700,000 copies of the books have sold since 1990. The publisher Lee and Low Books of New York City purchased Children’s Book Press in 2012.

The Chicano Studies Department at University of California, Los Angeles in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Press published Carmen Lomas Garza in 2010, a scholarly monograph about Ms Garza’a artwork by Constance Cortez.

Since 1988 Ms Garza’s art has been published in numerous textbooks by publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Holt Rinehart and Winston, McGraw-Hill and Pearson.



Ms Garza has presented keynote speeches, conducted workshops, and lectured at museums, universities, schools, and educator’s conferences since 1973 in the United States and Mexico.



Ms Garza has had her studio at THE POINT in the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco since 1985.  She has lived in San Francisco since 1976 and has been a self-employed artist since 1981 after working for five years at the Galeria de la Raza/Studio 24 in the Latino community of San Francisco.



Master of Art 1981, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Master of Education 1973, Juarez-Lincoln/Antioch Graduate School, Austin, TX

Bachelor of Science 1972, Texas A&M University (formerly Texas A&I), Kingsville, TX