Alva Mooses

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Alva Mooses is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist. In her work, Mooses researches colonized landscapes, religious icons, and socio-political histories. She makes her work from geological materials such as volcanic stones, rammed earth, ceramics, and cast concrete to build immersive installations that honor historical and geographical memory. The intersections of print, paper, and book arts inform her sculptures and installations.

Mooses received a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University.

She is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant, a UChicago Arts Grant, a City Artist Corps Grant, and a 2019 Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship.

She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway, MAG in Saltillo, Mexico, the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic, and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Select exhibitions include: Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien at the Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, Texas), Retrato de un Paisaje at Museo Sívori (Buenos Aires, Argentina), A Day’s Dust at Studio17 (Stavanger, Norway), and Internalized Borders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NYC) and Grupo <11> Instituto Cervantes (NYC).

Since 2004, Mooses has organized community art initiatives and collaborations in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador, and Argentina.

She is a member of the editorial board for Latinx Spaces, a media platform.

Mooses currently teaches Sculpture and Drawing at The Cooper Union.

She is a 2020-2021 CBA Book Artist-in-Residence.

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