Hector Eric Acuna

h.acuna45@gmail.com

262.705.1641

acunaarts.com

Education

2020        Master of Fine Arts. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2015        Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2D Emphasis, Psychology Minor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Awards and Fellowships

2019           Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of Arts and Letters, MSU

                    Research/Professional Development Fellowship, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

2018          Summer Support Fellowship, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

                    2nd Place, Teenage Merit, Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

                    Research/Professional Development Fellowship, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

2016           Excellence Award, Marshfield Art Fair, New Visions Gallery

2015           2D BFA Arts Bash Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

                    Hipstamatic Entrepreneurship Award, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

                    First Place, Portrait of the Poet: Emmitt James, Gamblin Torrit Grey Competition

2014           Best of Show, Self Portrait, UWSP Student Juried Show

                    James R. Hill Award, Model With Hoop, UWSP Student Juried Show

                    Chancellor’s Citation for Artistic Achievement, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

                    Juror's Choice, The Passing of Greed, Visions XVI Juried Art Show

                    Honorable Mention,  Restoration 1A, Visions XVI Juried Art Show

                   Best of Show, The Passing of Greed, CGSAC Student Juried Show at UWSP

                    COFAC Dedication Scholarship, UWSP

Solo and Small Group Exhibitions 

2020        Alienation, Solo Exhibition, Corridor Gallery, Saugatuck Art Center, Saugatuck, MI          

2018            Súper Duper, Solo Exhibition, Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

                     Hector Acuna, Solo Exhibition, Re:Vision Gallery, Kenosha, WI

2017            The Desert and the Farm, Solo Exhibition, University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County, Marshfield, WI

2015        Tracings of Now, Two-Person Show with Ryan Weisenfeld, Stevens Point, WI

2014            A Portrait Of Place-Stevens Point, WI, Scarabocchio Art Museum, Stevens Point, WI

        Recent Work, Two-Person Show with Megan Bloesch, The Coffee Studio

Group Exhibitions 

2020           Surreal Salon 12, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, Juror Dan Quintana

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI

Drawing, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror Olga Valle Tetkowski 

2019           15th Annual Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror John Gagné

Art in Legislature, Selected works for Michigan Legislature, Lansing, MI

                    Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

                    Brush Coat Cover, 2019 Wheaton Biennial, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Juror Cade Tompkins

                    Art Market, MFA Group Exhibition, Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI

2018           Art Market, MFA Group Exhibition, Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI

                    Coincide Partially Wholly Not At All, MFA Group Exhibition, Kresge Art Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI

                    “Dew”, Painting Selected for Viewing in College of Arts and Letters, Summer Rotation

                    Michigan Collegiate MFA Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

                    Moving, MFA Group Exhibition, Cedar Street Art Collective, Lansing, MI

2017           New Works For A Live Audience, Group Exhibition, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI

                    Flux, MFA Group Exhibition, Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

2016           Clark Cultural Art Center, Neillsville, WI

                    Marshfield Art Fair, Marshfield, WI

                    Phantom Gallery Party, Group Invitational Exhibition, Create Portage County, Stevens Point, WI

                    The Art of Landscape, Invitational Show, Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum, Stevens Point, WI

2015        Living and Growing, Group Show, Central Wisconsin Cultural Center, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

                    BFA Senior Exhibition, Group Show, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

                    Arts Bash, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

2014           Student Juried Show, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

                    Fine Art Gift Gallery, Invitational Group Show, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI

                    Student Group Show, Plein Air Painting, Schneider Gallery, Stevens Point, WI  

                    Student Pop-up Gallery, Stevens Point Community Insurance

                    Visions XVI, Juried Art Exhibition, Riverfront Arts Center, Juror Susan Morrison

                    Watercolor Boat Series, Student Show, Scarabocchio Art Museum

Public Work

2019           Collaborative Mural, MLK and Pasadena St, Flint Public Art Project, Flint, MI

Robin, Mural, Lansing Art Path, Juried by Lansing Art Gallery,

Sponsored by Dan and Bonnie Warmels, located under Cedar St and Elm St. Lansing, Michigan

Life is a Groovy Opportunity, Collaborative Mural, East Lansing, MI

Teaching Experience and Professional Employment

2019        Instructor of Record, STA113 Color and Design, Michigan State University

Responsibilities included preparing course material, presenting slides, leading demonstrations and discussions, introducing materials, reflecting on readings, holding office hours, participating in graduate teaching meetings, and grading projects. Graduate TA’s worked under the guidance of the Foundations Coordinator, Professor Robert McCann.

2018        Gallery Assistant, August 2018- December 2018, MSU Union Art Gallery, Michigan State University

As a Gallery Assistant under the direction and leadership of Professor Jacquelynn Sullivan, my responsibilities included preparing gallery spaces (Union Art Gallery and Scene Metrospace) for exhibitions, preparing work to-be exhibited, assisting in on-campus marketing opportunities for art students, attending the gallery during exhibitions, engaging with visitors, organizing receptions, organizing and promoting an MFA group exhibition on campus, and assisting exhibiting artists during install/de-install.

Instructor of Record, STA110 Drawing, Michigan State University

        Held similar responsibilities listed under STA113 course.

2017        Instructor of Record, STA110 Drawing, Michigan State University

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

2019        Graduate Representative, Graduate Committee, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

Lecturer, Artistic Practice and Teaching, STA 893 MFA Professional Seminar, MSU

Guest Lecturer, HA 254 Latin American Art, Professor Laura Smith, MSU

Guest Lecturer, TE 430 Teacher Education, Professor Karenanna Creps, MSU

Co-Curator, Innerworkings, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, MSU

Co-Curator, Home, Broad Art Lab, East Lansing, MI

Advisor, Brushstrokes, MSU Undergraduate Student Organization

Lecturer, Storytelling, MSU Broad Art Lab

        Mural Assistant, to Artist Johanna Unzueta, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum

        Graduate Representative, Critical Race Studies Artist-In-Residence Search Committee, MSU

2018        Juror, 2019-2020 Open Call, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

2017        Featured Artist, Chandler Art Walk, Chandler, AZ

2015        Featured Artist, Hidden Studios Art Tour, Red Sky Studio, Almond, WI

        Art Teacher, Point of Discovery School, Stevens Point, WI 4 hr/Week + Led Student Mural

        Graduate Committee Member, Graduate Advisory Committee, Michigan State University

Treasurer, Carlsten Gallery Student Advisory Committee, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point        

        Vice President, Student Art League, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Featured Artist, Stevens Point Art Walk, Stevens Point, WI 

2014        Private Instructor of Portrait Painting, Stevens Point, WI

Residencies

2020        Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck MI, Low Residency January - February        

2018          Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, August Session

Press

2019        Mural titled ‘The Groovy Opportunity’ Painted on the Corner of Division and Albert, Haley Sinclair,

The State News, May 16, 2019. https://statenews.com/article/2019/05/mural-titled-the-groovy-opportunity-painted-on-the-corner-of-

Division-and-albert

Lean In and Stand Back, Lawrence Cosentino, City Pulse, March 7, 2019.

http://lansingcitypulse.com/stories/lean-in-and-stand-back,59

2018         Artist Hector Acuna displaying works at Re:Vision Gallery Kenosha, Kenosha News, June 7, 2018.

https://www.kenoshanews.com/get_out/arts/artist-hector-acuna-displaying-works-at-re-vision-galler

y-in/article_c84c661b-99ed-5fb7-8da2-078b2051b13e.html

Student Artwork Displayed, College of Arts & Letters, MSU, March 16, 2018.

http://www.cal.msu.edu/news/student-artwork-awarded-display-lansing-art-gallery

2017        Portrait of a Young Artist, Stephanie Sparer, Modern Times Magazine, June 17, 2017,

http://www.moderntimesmagazine.com/page19/170620-Art-Portrait-Artist-Column/170620-Art-Portr

ait-Artist-Column.php 

2014        Student Artwork Featured in Juried Show, Stevens Point Journal, December 11, 2014.

https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/life/2014/12/11/student-artwork-featured-juried-show/20

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UWSP Student Creates Paintings of Local Sites, Stevens Point Journal, August 12, 2014.

https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/life/2014/08/13/uwsp-student-creates-paintings-local-site

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