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Mercedes Dorame

Artist, Educator
California Institute of the Arts
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Mercedes Dorame, born in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She calls on her Tongva ancestry to engage problematics of visibility and ideas of cultural construction.

Dorame recently received a Creative Capital Award and was honored by UCLA as an outstanding alum of the last 100 years working in Equal Justice. She currently has work in exhibitions at the Getty Center, the Autry Museum, and the Fowler Museum. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Hammer, SFMOMA, Triton Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum, among others.

Her writing is featured in News from Native California and her artwork is highlighted in PBS Newshour, Artforum, KCET Artbound, the New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, KQED, the Los Angeles Times, among others. She is currently visiting faculty at CalArts and has shown her work internationally.