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About the Artist

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Mario Munguia Jr. is currently a k-12 art educator and adjunct instructor in Paris, Texas. Munguia was raised in Paris, Texas and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA from The University of Texas at Tyler in 2016 and an MFA from Arizona State University in 2019. Munguia’s work has been featured at the 2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, 2022 Contemporary Clay Exhibition, 2023 Off Center International Ceramic Exhibition, and has participated in the C.R.E.T.A  Ceramic Residency in Rome, Italy. He has been featured three times as a demonstrating artist on the ASU Ceramic Research Center Juried Open Studio Tour. Munguia is also an avid action figure collector, and his collection currently contains over three thousand figures most of which are superheroes, wrestlers, video game characters, movie icons, imported collectibles and childhood toys.

Education 

  • 2019 MFA, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • 2016 BFA, Summa Cum Laude, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • 2013 AS, Paris Junior College, Paris, TX

Exhibitions  (Selected)

2023

  • Art on the Line Juried Art show, 1894 Gallery, Texarkana, AR

  • The Ones That Got Away, Group Exhibition, InBetween Studios, Micro Gallery, Tyler, TX

  • Off Center!, International Ceramic Juried Exhibition, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, CA

  • VALA Spring Collective,  Juried Exhibition, Blue House Too Gallery, Allen, TX

  • MSU 1st Annual High School Teacher and Student Exhibition, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

  • TRAHC’S 35th Annual Juried Exhibition,  Regional Arts Center, Texarkana, TX

  • VALA Membership Collection Exhibit, Collin County Technical Center, Allen, TX

  • Play, Gainesville Visual Arts Juried Fall Exhibition, Santa Fe Depot Museum, Gainesville, TX

  • LatinXhibit, Juried Show, Art Center Galleries, Fayetteville, NC

  • Rockwall Art League 23rd Annual Juried Show, Cavender Nissan, Rockwall, TX

  • Dark Art Show, VALA Gallery, Visual Arts League of Allen, McKinney, TX

  • Thankful for the Artists, VALA Gallery, Visual Arts League of Allen, McKinney, TX

  • 2023 TAEA Juried Annual Members Art Show, Virtual Exhibit

2022

  • Art on the Line Juried Art show, 1894 Gallery, Texarkana, AR, 

  • Contemporary Clay 2022, Juried Exhibition, The Art Center of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, CO

  • Figurative and Abstract, VALA Gallery, Visual Arts League of Allen, McKinney, TX

  • Convergence, VALA Gallery, Visual Arts League of Allen, McKinney, TX

  • Qué Onda, Solo Exhibition, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX

  • 100-Mile Juried Exhibit, Coppell Arts Center, Coppell, TX

  • 2022 TAEA Juried Annual Members Art Show, Virtual Exhibit

2021

  • Reflejos, FAC Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • Invited Alumni Exhibition, FAC Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • Ceramic Art Showcase, Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Paris, TX

2020

  • 2020 TAEA Juried Annual Members Art Show, Virtual Exhibit, Juror: Nathan Murray

  • Dark Art Show, VALA Gallery, Visual Arts League of Allen, McKinney, TX

2019

  • Mario Scenario, thesis exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2018

  • Commemorative Exhibition during anniversary gala, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ 

  • Cosmogyny, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, Arizona

  • It’s Alive!, Mill Avenue Post Office, Tempe, Arizona

  • Land [Muse]um: Artifacts and Inquiry, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • Feedback, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • Mud Works MMXVIII, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix AZ

  • TAG Pop-up Art Exhibition, A. E. England Building Auditorium, Phoenix, AZ

  • Mirabella with ASU Students and Alumni Art Exhibit, Riverside Office Plaza, Tempe, AZ

2017

  • Mud Works MMXVII, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix AZ

  • ASU Bookarts, ASU Exhibition Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • Dine in or Take Away, Step Gallery, Grant Street Studios, Phoenix, AZ

2016

  • Exchange, SDSU Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

  • Exchange, ASU Step Gallery, Grant Street Studios, Phoenix, AZ

  • ASU Ceramics NOW, ASU Exhibition Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • ASU New Grad Show, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • UT Tyler BFA Alumni Show, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • UT Tyler Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • interFACE (in Partial Fulfillment for BFA Degree), Fine Arts Complex Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • Dirty South Mug Competition, River Oaks Square Art Center, Alexandria, LA

  • NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

  • UT Tyler College Day Juried Student Exhibition, Fine Arts Complex Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

2015

  • Undergraduate Alumni Student Art Exhibit, Paris Junior College Art Department Gallery, Paris, TX

  • C.A.M.E.O. Emerging Artist’s Exhibition, Lee College, Baytown, TX

  • Truth, Myth, Creation, University Center Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • UT Tyler High School Day Student Exhibition, Fine Arts Complex Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

2014

  • UT Tyler Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

2013

  • Paris Junior College Student Art Exhibit, Paris Junior College Art Department Gallery, Paris, TX

  • Paris Junior College Annual Juried Student Show, Paris Junior College Art Department Gallery, Paris, TX

  • Great Plains Juried Art Exhibition, Centre Gallery, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK

  • UT Tyler Annual College Symposium, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Experience

  • 2022 - current Paris Junior College, Adjunct Instructor, Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Art Appreciation 

  • 2019 – current Chisum Independent School District, Art Teacher 7-12

  • 2018 -2019 ASU School of Art, Instructor of Record, Ceramics for Non-Majors, 3-D Design

  • 2017 ASU School of Art Teaching Assistant - ASU Art Galleries, Senior Exhibitions  

  • 2017 – 2023 Paris Junior College Upward Bound Summer Program Ceramics/Painting Course Elective Instructor 

  • 2012-2013 Paris Junior College Art Department Work Study Assistant

Awards & Honors

  • 2023 1st Place, Art on the Line Juried Art show, 1894 Gallery

  • 2020 1st Place Sculpture, TAEA Annual Members Art Show

  • 2018 Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship Award

  • 2017, 2018, 2019 Arizona State University School of Art Special Talent Scholarship 

  • 2017 Darlene and Donald Schaumburg Scholarship in Ceramics, Arizona State University 

  • 2016 Special Talent Scholarship, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

  • 2015 Bill and Glenda Barret Scholarship Recipient, The University of Texas at Tyler  

  • 2014 UT Tyler Art Department Special Talent Scholarship 

  • 2013 1st Place Photography Category, Paris Junior College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit

  • 2013 2nd place Photography Category, Great Plains Juried Art Exhibit

  • 2013 UT Tyler Annual College Symposium Scholarship Award Winner, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Tyler

  • 2012 3rd Place Design Category, Paris Junior College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit

  • 2011 Paris Junior College Art Talent Scholarship, Paris Junior College Art Department 

  • 2008-2010 Regional Gold Medal Art Recipient, TAEA VASE

Publications

  • 2023 Meet Mario Munguia Jr, Shoutout DFW, Shoutoutdfw.com

  • 2023 Creative Crossroads, Texas Art Education Association ESTAR Newsletter-Winter 

  • 2021 'Reflejos' Exhibit at UT Tyler Honors Hispanic Heritage Month, Countylinemagazine.com

  • 2021 Art, A Language of Vision, Chisum’s Munguia fostering skills, passion for artwork, Paris Life Magazine 

  • 2020 A New View, Munguia Works to Paint his own path at Chisum, The Paris News

  • 2018 Meet Mario Munguia Jr, Voyage Phoenix, Thought Provoker Series 

  • 2017 Visceral, Kelsey McLaughlin, Paris Life Magazine March Issue                                                                                                                                           

  • 2016 2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition at the Leedy Voulkos, kcstudio.org

  • 2015 PJC Alumni Art Exhibit Opens Tuesday, eParisExtra.com

  • 2014 At my new school I met ‘Mario the Monster Artist’, Lucy Lowry, Visualfling.com

  • 2013 Visual Arts Present Awards to PJC Students, Paris Junior College Website Article

Presentations/Involvement

  • 2023 - Juror - Tyler ISD Arts Festival, Tyler, TX

  • 2023 - TAEA Region 7 High School VASE, Control Room Support, Contest Operator 

  • 2023 - TAEA Region 7 Junior VASE, Control Room Support, Contest Operator 

  • 2022, 2023 - TAEA Blue Ribbon Committee member, Region 8 Representative 

  • 2022, 2023 - Workshop Presenter, Paris Junior College Art Day

  • 2021 – current Texas Art Education Association Region 8 VASE Director (Juror Foreperson, Site Manager, Contest Operator)  

  • 2020 NCECA Board Nominations Committee member, position: member at large

  • 2020 – current Paris Arts Alliance Board Member, Paris, TX

  • 2018 Make Me a Monster, Conference Workshop Leader, Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting, Arizona State University 

  • 2018 Paris Junior College Continuing Education Course Instructor, Hands on Clay 

  • 2018 ASU School of Art Summer Camp Instructor, Fantasy Creatures in Clay

  • 2017 - 2019 Demonstrating Artist, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Annual Juried Studio Tour, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2017 - 2018 Demonstrating Artist, Tempe Festival of the Arts, Tempe AZ

  • 2017 Demonstrating Artist, Pop: Art in Unexpected Places Festival sponsored by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, Scottsdale, AZ

  • 2014-2016 UT Tyler Art Club Vice President, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

  • 2012 Juror, Frisco Depot Museum Community Art Show, Hugo, OK

Residencies

  • 2017 C.R.E.T.A. Rome, Rome, Italy 

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