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Guide to the Maya Gonzalez papers CEMA 103
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  • Title: Maya Gonzalez papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 103
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet (1 half size document box)
    Date (inclusive): 1985-2005
    Abstract: Maya Gonzalez is a Chicana artist known for promoting the latino community through her vibrant illustrative work in children's books. This collection includes four folders containing past exhibition catalogs and 118 slides of her art work.
    Physical Location: Del Norte
    Language of Materials: The collection is in English.
    creator: Gonzalez, Maya

    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], Maya Gonzalez papers, CEMA 103. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Maya Gonzalez

    Processing Information

    Principle Processor: Alexander Hauschild, October 2007. Callie Bowdish and Lauren Cain helped migrate the guide into EAD format, 2014.


    Born in Lancaster California, January 24, 1964, Maya Gonzalez was the daughter of an electrician and her mother was self employed. One of her first experiences with art was through the family bible. She remembers for the Latina/o Art Community:
    “It must have weighed five pounds. Bound with cracking red leather, each page was lined with a brilliant gold. The pages with words were thin like silk. The pages with weight, thick and heavy, dispersed throughout the large text, held brilliant art. I sat for hours with that book on my lap, staring at the work of Botticelli and Giotto, Michelangelo and Correggio. Light emanated from within their figures; spirit informed gesture and expression. Supernatural beings were visible to the seeker and the sky was bright with those ascending. This triggered the deep truth within me that the divine is within all things. And what’s more, art can expose this truth.”
    Throughout her career she has been a great advocate for children’s education. As an illustrator for Children’s Book Press and as a teacher, she has explored what came to be known as “Fearless Art,” teaching through the University of Oregon, the Maude Kernes Art Center, and through the Children’s Book Press Outreach Program in schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in Eugene, Oregon, San Francisco, Fresno, Hayward, Oakland, Los Angeles and Chicago.
    In 1994 Maya Gonzalez was awarded the Americas Honor Award for Prietita y La Llorona which was also named a Smithsonian Notable Book. In 1996, Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems won the Pura Belopre Honor Award, the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal Award. In 1997 Bellybutton of the Moon won the Skipping Stones Honor Award and the Choices Award from the Children’s Book Center.
    Gonzalez is known for brightly colored paintings that honor Chicana, Chicano themes and often feature Latino Children as their subject. A more complete listing of her many achievements can be found on her website at http://www.mayagonzalez.com/html/resume.html.

    Scope and Content

    Currently the Maya Gonzalez Papers consist of two series: Series I Art Catalog and Series II Slides.