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Arts & Culture

Artist in Residence

The 2022 Newcomer Artist in Residence is Claudia Chagoya

Bringing art into the Library.

The Artist in Residence are paid community engagement residencies that support artists, collectives, and arts organizations working in Indigenous art and placemaking, children's art and illustration, or the Newcomer experience.

Residents work in a designated space at Central Library and engage with the public at libraries across the city. The Newcomer Artist in Residence is generously supported by TD Bank Group.

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Meet Claudia Chagoya

Claudia Chagoya is an interdisciplinary artist born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and now based in Calgary. She holds an MFA from the University of Calgary and a BFA from Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  

Her artistic practice explores topics related to gendered violence and her socio-political background, using materials rooted in Mexican cultural practices, such as rebozos, salt, copal, and sawdust. Currently, her practice uses rose petals to commemorate victims of femicide.

Claudia's work has been exhibited in Mexico and in Canada, and she has held residencies at the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation at cSPACE King Edward, the Ledge Gallery in Arts Commons, and the Royal College of Art in London, England.  

Book a virtual one-on-one consultation

The Newcomer Artist in Residence is pleased to consult with emerging and established artists of all ages to discuss technique, inspirations, style, or whatever aspect of the art world would be most helpful.

Book your one-on-one consultation

Online programs with the Newcomer Artist in Residence

Attend online programs with Claudia Chagoya during her residency. Join her as she discusses her artistic practice, teaches beading techniques, and more.

Register for free programs

Recommended reads from the Newcomer Artist in Residence

From artmaking techniques to teachings on the fabric of cultures and nations, these books have helped Claudia Chagoya develop throughout her artistic practice.

See the list