• Artist Presentation at Florida Atlantic University

    Artist Presentation at Florida Atlantic University

    FAU's Painter's Forum presents:

  • Visiting Artist University of Wisconsin - La Crosse March 30.

    Visiting Artist University of Wisconsin - La Crosse March 30.

    Pleased to announce that I have been invited to UW - La Crosse as a Visiting Artist!

    Lecture will be held between 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30
    120 (Theater) Student Union. More information available here.

    To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Robert Dixon at rdixon@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6893.

  • negentropy: to speak a language is 2 take on a world

    negentropy: to speak a language is 2 take on a world

    Announcement: I'll be in a show in Miami at Bridge Red Studio opening Jan 29. Entitled "negentropy: to speak a language is 2 take on a world" curated by william cordova.

    artists:
    tony fitzpatrick
    lou anne colodny
    warren bailey
    izel vargas
    carol brown
    mark bradford
    morel ducet
    michael queenland
    leslie hewitt

    Bridge Red Studios

  • transphysics: istwa, landscapes, and paisajes

    transphysics: istwa, landscapes, and paisajes

    Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
    Nov. 5, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017

    Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

    The works selected by curator William Cordova represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community and multi-cultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation.

    Artists

    Dona Altemus
    Ena Marrero
    David Rohn
    Kevin Arrow
    Donald McKnight
    Alexis Sanfield
    Warren Bailey
    Robert Mcknight
    Onajide Shabaka
    Pablo Cano
    Gean Moreno
    Barron Sherer
    Rosemarie Chiarlone
    Arturo E. Mosquera
    Noelle Theard
    Yanira Collado
    Glexis Novoa
    Robert Thiele
    Lou Anne Colodny
    Aramis O’Reilly
    Kristen Thiele
    Sharon Lee Hart
    Charo Oquet
    Rick Ulysse
    Babette Herschberger
    Ernesto Oroza
    Juana Valdes
    Peter Hosfeld
    Jorge Pantoja
    Izel Vargas
    Robert Huff
    Kerry Phillips
    Susan Weiss
    Michiko Kurisu
    Carlos Prim
    Purvis Young
    Rhea Leonard
    Ralph Provisero
    Laura Luna
    Karen Rifas

    Spanish Language Tour of transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes led by Gean Moreno and Izel Vargas in collaboration with letraurbana.com
    Sat., Nov. 12, 2 pm

    Panel Discussion with william cordova, Aramis O’Reilly , Karen Rifas, and Onajide Shabaka
    Sat., Dec. 17, 2 pm

  • 2016 Stuart Artist- in- Residence, South Dakota State University, School of Design

    2016 Stuart Artist- in- Residence, South Dakota State University, School of Design

    Excited to announce that I have been selected as the 2016 Stuart Artist- in- Residence at South Dakota State University's School of Design! I will be giving a presentation at the South Dakota Art Museum on October 4th as well as a exhibition of the work upon completion of the residency. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

  • MELD at Spectre Arts in Durham, NC

    MELD at Spectre Arts in Durham, NC

    (Exhibition runs through Aug. 5)
    An exhibition of collaborative works by alumni of the UNC MFA program. This show is a celebration and examination of the bonds that form during graduate art programs and produce lifelong conversations about the practices of art and life.

    ARTISTS IN THE SHOW :
    Anna Delgado + Naomi O'Donnell
    Jason Osborne + Lee Delegard
    Jessica Dupuis + Emily Beck
    Lile Stephens + Robby Cochran
    William Thomas + Antoine Williams
    Travis Donovan + Hollin Norwood
    Gesche Würfel + Mijoo Kim + Minjin Kang
    Leah Bailis + Lydia Moyer
    Sharon Lee Hart + Izel Vargas
    Allison Tierney + Sydney Steen
    Ali Halperin + Lauren Salazar
    George Jenne + Carrie Alter
    Carolyn Janssen + Lydia McCarthy
    Jonathan Sherill + Cora Lim

  • ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Closing Reception/Artist Talks

    Artists-in-Residence Closing Reception and Artists’ Talk Scheduled

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL, April 5, 2016. A closing reception and artists’ talk has been scheduled for Friday, April 15th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Armory Annex in Lake Worth. The public is welcome to celebrate this outstanding show and to learn about the processes and ideas behind each artist’s endeavors. Artists’ talk will begin at 7:00 PM.

    Armory Art Center ANNEX:
    1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460
    Annex Gallery Hours are Wed.-Sat. from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE at the Armory Art Center

    ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE at the Armory Art Center

    Art show Thursday 24th! We'll be showing what we've been working on for this residency. The Annex is located in Lake Worth, FL (see directions on invite).

  • Art Junction

    Art Junction

    I'll be participating in Art Junction at the Urban Arts Lofts in Lake Worth, FL with several artists from the Armory Art Center's Artist in Residence program as well as a few instructors. Do stop by!

  • Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts, Lake Worth, FL

    Hello, I'll be part of a large exhibition at the Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts in Lake Worth,FL on Jan 23rd, 2016. Link to the Center here.

  • Eureka! At UNC Allcott Gallery

    Eureka! At UNC Allcott Gallery

    I'll have 4 pieces in this exhibition, an alumni show. Two grad school works and two new works! There will be more info to come on this as the exhibition draws near. Link to INDY Weekly

  • Armory Art Center Residency

    Greetings! I'm currently into my first month at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Follow along on Pocholandia's Facebook Page for images from the studio, upcoming lectures and sneak peeks at works in progress.

    Lots going on right now! Working on a mixed media collaboration with the artist Sharon Lee Hart, working on a book cover, and finishing up lots of smaller pieces. Thank you for your support.

  • Mextasy in KY!

    Mextasy invades Lexington (Mexington), KY....my home for a couple of years, in April! Check out Tex[t] - Mex Gallery Blog here for more information! Wish I could be there for this.

  • Art Basel Miami!

    I am proud to announce that I was one of the 100 selected artists for Projects Gallery's "Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux" which will be exhibiting works by a diverse group of artists from all over the world.

    Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux
    Wynwood Lofts - Unit 208
    250 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127

    November 29, 2014 - January 10, 2015

  • Southern Constellations at Appalachian State University

    Southern Constellations, a project I was affiliated with over the summer residency at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC, has traveled to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC along with several of previous artists that were part of the program. Details here.

  • Arrob@ Blog at The Program in Latin@ Studies in the Global South, Duke University

    I am honored to be inaugurating the Arrob@ blog space at Duke University! Thank you Duke University and the Program in Latin@ Studies in the Global South for the opportunity! Tune in here throughout the month of September to catch up on postings from Pocholandia/Mictlan Studios!

    Curating the cultural geography of Latino/a representations in the American imagination

    WHAT is visualized––and who remains invisible––as "Latino" and "Latina"?

    Starting this September, Arrob@ will become a place each month where this query is analytically tackled anew by an artist, scholar, activist, or public intellectual.

    Tune into Arrob@ often as our invited contributor––our Virtual Resident Blogger––considers the life stories, the visual media, the events, and the contradictory moments that discursively make up and represent U.S. Latino and Latina populations. The Virtual Resident Blogger becomes our most trusted and valuable source in the critical curation, linking, and the debunking of the symbolic power of the social constructions organizing the meanings of Latino and Latina.

    The Fall 2014 line-up of Virtual Resident Bloggers include: artist Izel Vargas (September), novelist Patricia Engel (October), artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez (November), and RISD graduate student R. Galvan.

    ARROB@, ARROB@ (NOT ARRIBA, ARRIBA)!

  • Southern Constellations Residency, Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro,NC

    Now entering its second year, Southern Constellations is a curatorial initiative that supports the creation of experimental new works at the museum and connects contemporary art practices in the South.

    Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program embeds six fellowship artists into Elsewhere’s artist residency for the production of site specific projects and participation in dialog on the conditions of experimental art production. It is grounded in Elsewhere’s commitment to promoting local wisdom and regional participation in global contemporary conversations. We aim to fore front, on the one hand, the process by which new art objects and practices emerge, and on the other, the way that art practices guided by local conditions develop new social frontiers.
    More about Elsewhere, Southern Constellations, and a list of the artists, click HERE.

  • COMIC RELIEF, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord,NC

    June 9-July 31, 2014
    Comic Relief is an exhibition The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council in historic downtown Concord, NC (about a half hour from Charlotte). The show will feature artworks that are whimsical, imaginative, colorful, comic like, and fun. With the works of:

    Raed Al-Rawi
    Cindy Biles
    Tammy Leigh Brooks
    John K. Crum
    Justine Dennis
    Kathryn B. Phillips
    Vincent Sansone
    Victoria Sexton
    Walter Stanford
    Izel Vargas

    Reception is June 20, 6-9PM

  • ANIMATED! Green Hill Center for NC Art

    Curated by Edie Carpenter, ANIMATED! presents 22 artists who investigate animation from 19th century animation devices to the elaboration of original animated worlds. The exhibition will explore sequential art from flip books and storyboards to Claymation, and present works on paper as well as digital media. The influence of animation on other art forms including jewelry, pottery, sculpture and painting will also be explored. Image Gallery and Press Release here.

    Greensboro, NC. Sept.6 - Nov. 9th, 2013. Reception Sept. 6th, 6-9 pm

    Participating Artists:
    Julie Armbruster, Ryan Buyssens, Jason Carpenter, Michael Carpenter, Paige Cox, Jill Eberle, Bill Fick, Patrick FitzGerald, Heather Freeman, Stephanie Freese, Paul Friedrich, David Huyck, Jim Kransberger, Brett McDonough, Marc E. Russo, Eliseo Santos, Thomas Spradling, Francesca Talenti, Sarah Tector, Trevor Van Meter, Izel Vargas, James Young

    Artists talks at GreenHill: HERE!

  • Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latin@ Studies

    Proud to announce that Dr. Claudia Milian's book, Latining America (featuring the cover art "Southside," by me) will be out early 2013. The book also uses the piece, "Business of Illusion" for one of its essays. Lots of hard work went into making this book. I'm so happy that everyone's happy. You can order it on Amazon here.

  • Mictlan Studios on Instagram

    Follow Mictlan Studios on Instagram and get some sneak peeks at upcoming works, studio shots, and source material (and cat pics of Max and Finnie). Click on the link> Mictlan Studios on Instagram

  • University of Kentucky Faculty Exhibition

    Currently showing some works in the UK Faculty Exhibition. Located at the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art- 465 Rose St.University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 40506

  • SPRING CLEAN SALE NOW

    Having a Spring Clean Sale at Mictlan Studios. Need to make room for more. Prices for work are reduced. Shipping is included. Some are negotiable, most are not. For your convenience, there is a Paypal Link on the suggested price for each work.

  • Right Here, Over There March 23 - May 13, 2012

    Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY. Right Here Over There is an exhibition exploring the physical, mental, and metaphoric landscapes of place and their indelible link to memory. Throughout our lives we are surrounded by a world punctuated by varying spaces, climates, geographies, buildings, and cultures. Accumulating in layers over time, pieces of our physical world provide visual reference points for how we understand one another and ourselves. Themes including (but not limited to) the following may be integrated into the final exhibition: mapping, topography, architecture, nature, distance, home, exile, travel, and personal/social/political geographies.
    Click here for more information.

  • *NOW* Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University

    I will be having a solo exhibition at Vanderbilt University's Sarratt Gallery in Nashville, TN on January 9th - February 9th 2012. I will also be giving a Gallery talk on January 19th at 5pm. click here for the link.

    Sarratt Gallery is located in the main lobby of the Sarratt Student Center. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, call 615-322-2471. All events are open to the public free of charge. Visit the Sarratt Gallery's page for more information about the space here.


  • What exactly is a pocho/a? Victor Landa at NewsTaco can tell you...

    Follow the link for this beautiful little piece that helps you understand why this website is called Pocholandia. Click here.

  • Update 8.8.11

    Finally made it. Settling in slowly. Adjusting to this town (Lexington, KY). Studio set up is still underway, need a few wood panels installed to get going. Just confirmed a solo exhibition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville for January. More details to come as the date approaches. Back to work...

  • Exiles at The Belcourt Theatre Gallery

    "Exiles" got a small write up in the Nashville Scene by Arts and Entertainment writer Laura Hutson. Read it here. Michelle Jones at the Tennessean also wrote a short piece for the show. Read it here.

  • Belcourt Theatre Gallery

    I'll be having a solo exhibition at the historic Belcourt Theatre Gallery in Nashville, TN July 2 - 30. The reception will be Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 - 7:00 during the Hillsboro Village Artwalk. The exhibition will consist of selected works from the "Exiles" series. Punch and pie.

  • Ten Words One Shot and Happy New Year!

    I was pleasantly surprised to be a part of this project. Many thanks to Kevin Krumnikl in Deutschland for inviting me to participate. The project: "To show the artist and the place where (s)he is creative in, instead of only showing just works. There is a link to the website at the bottom of each 10 word "interview," which hopefully makes the reader even more curious about the work of the artist."

    Click here: Ten Words One Shot

    Oh yea, Happy 2011!

  • MEXtasy goes to where it all started

    William Nericcio's MEXtasy is opening in Laredo, TX, the artist's hometown. Do stop by and show some support! Laredo Center for the Arts has a short article here.

  • Art Papers

    A review of Necessary Fictions is featured in the Nov/Dec. issue of Art Papers, page 51. Check it out here! (thanks to Mario Marzan)

  • Recent Works

    I will be giving a presentation at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's Latino Collaborative at 6pm on Thursday November 4, 2010. More information can be found here.

  • Mextasy 2010

    "Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious" is an art show opening Fall 2010 at the Art Gallery @ South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen, Texas--the show will be up from September 30th through November 12, 2010. There will be a lecture and book signing (free cartoon inscriptions, no less!) by William Nericcio @ 2:30pm, September 29, 2010 at the Mid-Valley Campus, Weslaco; and at 1pm, Thursday September 30, 2010 at the Pecan Campus Art Gallery in McAllen. There will also be a reception from 6 to 8pm on Thursday night at the Pecan Art Gallery.

    The show also features works that are "xicanosmotic," that is, works by Mexican-American artists where the delicious tattoo of the Mexican/US frontera is writ large as with Perry Vasquez, Izel Vargas, Marisela Norte, and Kenny Sanchez. More to come!

  • Necessary Fictions

    Golden Belt, Durham, NC
    May 21 - July 11, 2010
    Building 3, ROOM 100
    Free, Open to public

    A few of my works will be shown in the group exhibition "Necessary Fictions," curated by Mario Marzan and John Ribó. The exhibition featuring paintings, installations, photography and videos which explore Latina/o identity as a necessary fiction, a provisional space, a transient structure to be eventually reconfigured under the duress of time and through the continued retracing of fictions and histories in transition.

    Opening reception Friday, May 21, 2010 from 6-9pm.
    Reviews of the show here,here, and here.

  • Solo exhibition: Izel Vargas- "Exiles"

    South Texas College Art Gallery (Pecan Campus), Aug. 31- Sept. 17, 2009. Artist Lecture (6-7PM) and Closing reception (7-9PM) will be held on September 17th, 2009. The exhibition will feature mixed media works. It will also feature essays by Dr. Claudia Milian (Duke University) and Dr. William A. Nericcio (San Diego State University). Review of the exhibition here.

  • Requiem for a dying dream?

    A short piece about Charlotte's ongoing taco truck situation by José L.S. Gámez, an Associate Professor of Architecture, a member of the Latin American Studies faculty, and currently a Research Fellow with the Institute for Social Capital at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "Taco Madre" made an appearance on Cause of the Week Blogspot

  • The Tex{t}- Mex bump

    "Pocholandia" was featured on Xicanosmosis at Tex{t}-Mex Gallery blog. Many thanks go out to Mr./Sr./Dr. William A. Nericcio for the kind gesture! visit Tex{t}- Mex! and here.

  • Aspect:Ratio2

    Small-Format Mixed Media works
    January 24 2009
    Opening Reception:
    Irvine Contemporary continuing the concept with small-format works in all media.
    Aspect:Ratio2. Artists include: Kwaku Alston, Gary Baseman, Lori Field, Susan Jamison, Akemi Maegawa, Shawne Major, Jiha Moon, Kahn & Selesnick, Izel Vargas, Zach Wirsum

  • Hub-Bub Invitational

    Spartanburg, SC
    Please join us on Wednesday,January 14th, 2009 from
    7 to 9 pm at the Showroom for the opening reception of
    the 2009 Artists-In-Residence Invitational Exhibition
    featuring:

    Albert Birney (video)
    Elsewhere Artist Collaborative (performance/ video)
    Blade Wynne (drawing)
    Izel Vargas (mixed media)
    Brad Reagan (sculpture)
    Gretchen Huffman (printmaking/ drawing)
    Nestor Armando Gil (performance)
    Piotr Chizinski (mixed media)
    Johnathon Whitfill (ceramics)

  • Mint Museum Lecture Nov. 4

    Cost: FREE
    Artists’ Forum,The Mint Museum of Art
    First Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
    November 4 – Izel Vargas and Michael Schall
    Area artists discuss their work as well as current issues and activities in their artistic fields, followed by an informal reception. Co-presented with The Charlotte Chapter of the Links, Inc. and McColl Center for Visual Art.

  • UNC-Charlotte lecture

    UNC- Charlotte lecture for Thursday, September 25 at 4 pm at Storrs 110 in the Art Department.

  • McColl Center for Visual Art

    Beginning of Winter residency at The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC from Sept 8. - Nov 2008.

  • KNOCK Magazine

    KNOCK Magazine is a literary arts magazine published twice each year at Antioch University Seattle. Issue #9 will feature 6 paintings/collages in their "Gestation Issue" to be released in May 2008. Where to Find KNOCK MAGAZINE in WA,NY,WI,CA

  • El Status Residency

    San Juan, Puerto Rico. Collaboration project with Mario Marzan. El Status Website May 4-18,2008.CLICK HERE for photoblog!!