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Guide to the Kathy Vargas photographic art print collection CEMA 77
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Kathy Vargas photographic art print collection
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 77
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.67 linear feet (one oversize flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1985
    Abstract: Kathy Vargas is an internationally praised Chicana photographer and artist from San Antonio, Texas, known for her composite hand-colored photographs that abstract loss and hope, life and death, and sexuality. This collection includes four photographic art prints by Vargas from 1983-1985. Also included is a folder containing her descriptions of the art prints, as well as a biography of the artist written by Juan D. Bruce-Novoa.
    Physical Location: CEMA oversized rack.
    Language of Materials: The collection is in English.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Kathy Vargas photographic art print collection, CEMA 77. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Library purchase, 1987.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Mari Khasmanyan and Kristen Villamor, 2015

    Biography

    Kathy Vargas is an internationally praised Chicana photographer and artist from San Antonio, Texas. She attended the University of Texas where she received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1981, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1984. She is possibly best known for her composite hand-colored photographs that abstract loss and hope, life and death, and sexuality. Her photographs are sometimes combined with embedded objects such as lace and string.
    As an artist of the Chicano movement, she addresses the many gender and race issues that she encountered as a Chicana. As noted in interviews, her passion for photography at an early age is attributed to her uncle and their frequent trips to his photography studio in Lardo, Mexico.
    She is currently the Chair of the Art and Music Department at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Vargas's numerous exhibitions include shows at Sala Uno in Rome and Galería San Martín in Mexico City. Her photographs have been showcased in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Southwestern Bell Collection.

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes four photographic art prints by Vargas from 1983-1985. Also included is a folder containing her descriptions of the art prints, as well as a biography of the artist written by Juan D. Bruce-Novoa.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Artwork includes four prints by Kathy Vargas. They are listed alphabetically and are arranged in a folder within an oversize flat box.