Felicia Montes ‘11 creates art on social and spiritual transformation while working on the front lines of activism across the Southwest and in Latin America. For two decades, Felicia has organized and performed in hundreds of cultural events, conferences, class-rooms and protests for social justice. She came to the MFA Public Practice program to learn new skills to enhance an already prodigious practice.
Felicia embodies the interdisciplinary and pedagogical emphasis in social practice with ritual-based public and performance art, direct actions, and enterprise. Since graduation she has continued organizing around issues of health, access, mobility, migration and more, including creating Urban Xic, an online “mercado for the movement.” Her self-named FE clothing line is another example of her eclectic body of work, which includes poetry (her recent book is “Ten Fe”) and essays.
Felicia has exhibited at the 18th Street Art Center, Vincent Price Art Museum, and Self Help Graphics with installations of photography, sculpture, video and silkscreen prints. A co-founder of the Mujeres de Maiz collective, she is planning their 20-year retrospective with support from the California Humanities Council. Felicia has taught at UC Santa Barbara and East LA College and lectures across the southwest including UCLA, University of Texas, and UC Davis.