Rose Abate Urbach, aka Nona (21st Century) by Modesto CovarrubiasChildren's Museum of the Arts
Included as part of CMA's 2018 exhibition Art & Activism: Drawing the Line, With Liberty and Justice for Some, a project organized by Monica Lundy, Walter Maciel, and Jil Weinstock, featured the work of contemporary artists who were invited to create portraits of immigrants to the United States as a statement and response to immigration policies under the current administration that threaten to disrupt basic civil rights.
after all (21st Century) by Nike SchroderChildren's Museum of the Arts
This is an image of the artist's visa, which was sponsored by Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist is now a happily married greencard holder.
Mama (21st Century) by Freddy ChandraChildren's Museum of the Arts
The artist's mother left their native country of Indonesia in spring 1994, arriving in California with the artist's younger brother to join their father, who had come three years earlier.
Enrique (Fear No Art) (21st Century) by Kara MariaChildren's Museum of the Arts
Enrique is the artist's husband. He was born in Mexico City and moved to the US in 1979, and became a citizen in 2000. He is an artist and a professor at Stanford University.
Maria (21st Century) by Colin DohertyChildren's Museum of the Arts
Maria is a business owner in Lexington, Kentucky. She has raised a family here and is originally from Mexico. Maria serves up authentic Mexican cuisine and her business has improved the economy of an otherwise blighted neighborhood in Lexington.
Julie Mehretu (21st Century) by William SwansonChildren's Museum of the Arts
Mehretu was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1977.
My Friend Penny (21st Century) by Susan FeldmanChildren's Museum of the Arts
Penny Ringwood immigrated to Los Angeles from London 40 years ago. The artist became friends with her when they both worked in the music business and the two remained friends for over 30 years.
Portrait of Hudson #2 (21st Century) by Gary BrewerChildren's Museum of the Arts
Hudson Handel was adopted in 2004 from an orphanage in Freetown, Sierra Leon and arrived in the US, to Ojai California in December of that year at the age of 5.
Maria Elena & Sherif (21st Century) by Diane-Sofia EstradaChildren's Museum of the Arts
The two people depicted are the artist's mother who is from Guatemala and the artist's stepfather who is
from Egypt. Both contribute to their community and have lived in the USA for over 30 yrs.
John James Audubon (21st Century) by Phillip HuaChildren's Museum of the Arts
John James Audubon, naturalist, ornithologist, and painter, immigrated to the US in 1803 from Les Cayes, a French colony of Saint-Dominique (now Haiti). He is best known for his book Birds of America.
Photos by Will Ellis for Children's Museum of the Arts.