Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Distinguished Professor in Visual Arts, has been awarded the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles. The UCLA Medal is presented to "those of exceptionally distinguished academic and professional achievement whose work embodies UCLA’s highest ideals."
UCLA recognizes Ortiz's "achievements as an innovator and influencer in contemporary art" as the founder of El Museo del Barrio, the first Latino art museum in the United States, and as an artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum. He is also cited for dedicating his life to art education and teaching the next generation of "vanguard artists."
The UCLA Medal was established in 1979 and is the highest honor for extraordinary accomplishment that may be bestowed upon an individual by UCLA. Recipients include presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, UN secretaries general Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, and luminaries suchs as Carol Burnett, Henry Mancini, Toni Morrison, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Ortiz will accept the award at UCLA in June.
Posted February 2017