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The Montgomery Endowment
Office of the Provost
6004 Parkhurst Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H. 03655
(603) 646-4062

Judith Baca

Fall 2002

Judith F. Baca is best known for her large-scale public murals. She designed the Great Wall of Los Angeles which incorporated 40 ethnic scholars, 450 multi-cultural neighborhood youth, 40 assisting artists and over 100 support staff to paint a half mile long mural on the ethnic history of California. This work describes the contributions and struggles of California's peoples from prehistoric times to the 1950's.

Ms. Baca's most recent works include commissions for; the Koreatown Gateway Monument, Cesar Chavez Boulevard Revitalization Project, the Durango Latino Education Coalition, the Venice Boardwalk, the Denver International Airport, the University of Southern California, the Baldwin Park Metrolink station, international exhibition entitled “Art of the Other Mexico” and an interior mural for the Southern California Gas Company's new downtown Los Angeles headquarters. She recently completed the World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear. This mural addresses contemporary issues of global importance; war, peace, cooperation, interdependence, and spiritual growth. This mural include artists' work from Finland, Russia, a joint effort from Palestine and Israel and most recently, the Mexico panel.

Baca founded the first City of Los Angeles mural program in 1974 and in 1976 founded the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California, where she still serves as the Artistic Director. Ms. Baca's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

She has received awards and recognition from the California Community Foundation, the Liberty Hill Foundation, the AFL/CIO, the California State Assembly, the United States Senate and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Judith Baca was the recipient of a 2001 Education Award from the National Hispanic Heritage Awards. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Tourism Industry Development Council and on the Advisory Panel for the Ford Foundation's “Expanding the Civic Role of the Arts.” Ms. Baca is a founding faculty member of the new California State University- Monterey Bay.

Last Updated: 9/3/09