Alma Lopez is a visual artist and a lecturer at UCLA. Her work has been exhibited in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions internationally. In 2011, the University of Texas Press published her book Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition,” co-edited with Alicia Gaspar de Alba.


MFA in Art Studio, University of California, Irvine

BA with Distinction in Art Studio Major, University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Queer Santas: Holy Violence, Doug Adams Gallery, Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

2013 Alma Lopez: Prints, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

2012 Revolutionary Love, Kerckhoff Gallery, UCLA

2011 Our Lady and Other Queer Santas, University College Cork, Ireland

2005 A Chicana in Mexico, organized by Les Voz, Capilla Britanica, Mexico City

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship, Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NY

2014 Saintly Sinners and Sinful Saints: Edgy Spirits for the Margins of the Americas, Fowler Museum, UCLA

2013 Catrina Ball Fashion Show, Contemporary Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

2012 Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection, McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX

2011 Contemporary Coda, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

2011 American Icons: Graphics of Patriotism and Dissent, Ben Maltz Gallery in the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts at the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

2010 Shrew’d: The Smart and Sassy: A Survey of American Women Artists, Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

2010 A-Game: Artists Exploring Identity in Sports and Athleticism, Richman Gallery, The Park School, Baltimore, MD

2009 Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2009 Gender Play in Lesbian Culture, ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, West Hollywood, California

2008 Sam Coronado 15th Year Anniversary Exhibition, MexicArte Museum, Austin, Texas

2006 Rudos y Tecnicos, Museum of Man, San Diego

2004 The Virgin of Guadalupe: Interpreting Devotion, Fullerton Museum, California

2004 Visions From Post Modern Aztlan, Taller Puertorriqueno, Philadelphia

2004 New Prints 2004/Spring Exhibit, International Print Center, New York

2004 Latino Art, Mexic Arte Museum, Austin, TX

2001 Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001 Angel Island and Immigration Stories of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Drama, Contradictions, New Neighbors, Coalitions, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, California

2001 Lifting the Veil: Liberating the Virgin Mary, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida

2000 Just Another Poster? Chicano Graphic Arts in California, organized by the University Art Museum in collaboration with the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at the University of California, Santa Barbara and will travel throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas (2000); University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, California (2001); UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, California (2001); Merced Cultural Arts Center, Merced, California (2003); Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, New Jersey (2003)

2000 Hecho en Califas, Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles (2000); Arte Americas, Fresno (2000); La Raza/Galeria Posada, Sacramento (2000); Mexican Heritage Corporation, San Jose (2001); and the Richmond Art Center, Richmond (2001)

1999 C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles) Exhibition, Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, California

1999 Frontera Ford Siqueiros Pollock IV Binational Border Exhibition, Museo de Arte e Historia de INBA, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Fellowships and Awards

2013 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO

2013 Diversity Program Student’s Choice LGBT Outstanding Faculty Award, UCLA

2009 University of California Regents’ Lecturer, Department of Art History and the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

2005 Outstanding Community Activist, Women’s Night, Gay & Lesbian Center, Los Angeles

2004 Astraea Foundation for Justice Visual Artist Grant

2002 Arts Funding Initiative Visual Arts Mid Career Grant, California Community Foundation

1999 Premio Pollock-Siqueiros Binacional, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

1998 Brody Emerging Visual Artist Grant, California Community Foundation

1998 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Grant

Selected Bibliography