20 years in business
Ruby is a very talented self-motivated community artist who approaches her artistic interests and intellectual pursuits with innovation, experimentation, and a collaborative spirit. Indeed, her innovative and collaborative side has always impressed me. She demonstrates this side of herself via her numerous murals throughout Salt Lake City, Utah. With each of these murals, in fact with all of her public art projects, she engages in a community research process where she mentors youth artist interns and surveys local communities for ideas and issues they want represented in public art in their community. For example, she recently completed a public art project with the highly anticipated expansion of our local public transportation system, the Traxline. This involved working with local communities to gather input through focus groups and surveys, as well as work with the city and Utah Transit Authority. She and her apprentices took that information to design amazing artwork that is reflective of the neighborhoods the Transit serves. Ruby's creative force and imagination are evident not only in her portfolio, but also in her role as the co-founder of Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA). As the co-founder she imagined a creative space in her local working-class community that would strengthen and build community through arts, civic engagement, and dialogue. MICA provides this space and allows under-represented communities to engage the local community and/or use art as a tool for social change. The space includes an art gallery that hosts a range of exhibits and installations, a community art studio, and a small coffee shop. Ruby's creative force and her commitment to communities of color continue to inspire me.Feb 12, 2014
I greatly admire Ruby Chacon as a community-engaged artist activist. Ruby engages with community as part of the artistic process. The community become part of the creation. She brings to life the emotions, histories, stories and voice of the people who live in the neighborhoods. I have had the great privilege of experiencing the engagement process and the resulting beauty. Ruby's art is located all over the world and with each new creation, we are able to see the strength of families and neighborhoods through an abundance of rich color and texture. Ruby's art is personal, public and powerful!Feb 8, 2014
I admire this Chicana artist! So much that most walls in our place have a "Chacon" art piece, including prints, pencil sketches, and of course original paintings. Why we stated collecting Chacon's art? We saw our own stories reflected!Jan 18, 2014
Beautiful heartfelt art. I love how she has worked with and inspired the community.Jan 17, 2014
I've had the privilege of knowing and working with Ruby for many years. She is an incredibly gifted artist, teacher, communicator and community activist. In addition, Ruby is a kind and compassionate person who cares deeply about people and community. Ruby's work is unique and beautiful. It celebrates life, culture and community. Ruby's life inspires her work. She, too, has done much to give to the community, youth and individuals. She is an excellent teacher as well as artist. I highly recommend Ruby both professionally and personally.Jan 17, 2014
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?It chose me.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Commissioned portraits and murals.