Evelyn Serrano is an LA-based, Cuban experimental multimedia artist, educator and independent curator working at the intersection of creative placemaking, memory, community engagement, activism, and future thinking.
Serrano received her MFA in Studio Art and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), her Masters in Education from Alliant international University, and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work has been exhibited and performed nationally and internationally such as the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Riverside Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Centro Cultural Español Miami, the Ludwig Foundation in La Habana, CUNY Center Arts Gallery, San Jose Biennial, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), in addition to many non-conventional art spaces.
She also serves as Co-Artistic Director of Nuestro Lugar : North Shore, the first large-scale resident-designed, culture-driven, community development project in a rural community on the Salton Sea, in partnership with Kounkuey Design Initiative and Mutuo Architecture. She founded Nomad Lab, an award-winning non-profit arts organization that worked with Newhall and Canyon Country residents and city policy-makers to develop art-centered initiatives and inclusive spaces for community organizing, capacity building, learning, asset mapping, and grassroots change through the arts.
She has had the privilege of collaborating with visual and performing artists, writers, policy makers, educators, community organizers, students, non profits, and diverse communities both nationally and internationally. Her curatorial projects have been featured in Miami, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Montevideo, Tel Aviv, Tijuana, and La Habana.
She has taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) since 2006, and has lectured and led workshops at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, the CEART in Mexicali, the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, and the University of Texas in Dallas. She is the Director of Arts Integration and Visual Arts Specialist at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, an arts integrated school in Glassell Park, and is an Arts for LA Advocacy Fellow in Los Angeles. She is the lead artist of El Acercamiento/The Approach, a transnational art project with Cuban and U.S. artists that investigates the past, present and possible futures of Cuba-U.S. relations.
Her work has been recognized and supported by Art Place America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Surdna Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, among others.