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Juliana Rico (b. San Jose) is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. She earned her MFA in Creative Photography from California State University Fullerton and BFA in Photography from San Jose State University. Rico's photographic and video work deals primarily with the broad subject of identity. She explores the body in surface, function, and memory to scrutinize social constructs and define her own truth. She mixes a detached scientific approach with a quotidian and personal subject matter to create subjective maps that examine emotions felt, places encountered, and experiences lived. Rico’s photographic and video work has been showcased nationally including Woman Made Gallery and ARC Gallery in Chicago, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of New Mexico, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and throughout Southern California.

In addition to being an artist, Rico is an educator. In 2012 she co-founded the Emerging Artist Society, an artist community built upon sharing resources and aiding emerging artists in professional development. She teaches photography at several institutions in Southern California including Cal Poly Pomona, Chaffey College, and Santa Ana College. She lives and works in Santa Ana, CA.

Partial CV


2014        California State University Fullerton, Master of Fine Art in Creative Photography

2009        San Jose State University, Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography, Minor in Business



2017  Socorro, SantoraSpace205, Santa Ana, CA

2015  30/30+, Grand Central Art Center- Education Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2014  All That Remains, California State University Fullerton- West Gallery

2013  Crit Sessions Vol. 1, California State University Fullerton- East Gallery, Collaboration with Jennifer Frias, Kevin Stewart-Magee, Alice Emmons

2012  on the horizon, California State University Fullerton- Center Gallery

2012  abscond, California State University Fullerton- Exit Gallery Collaborative Installation with Kristen Chow, Travis Dunn, Ashley Kiener, Sophia Roberson, & Lindsey Wernli

2009  Tips 4 Tunes, San Jose State University- Gallery 8



2018   Made in California, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

St. Valentine the Subversive, Avenue 50 Studios, Los Angeles, CA

2017   Mano x Mano- Charity Event for Mexico Earthquake Relief, Santora Building, Santa Ana, CA

The Politics of Womanhood, The Overflow DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

Prayers, Protection, & Resistance, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA

WE: Visual Reflections of the American Experiment, Darling Library, Azuza Pacific University, Azuza, CA. Curator: Six Pack Projects

Art Faculty Show, Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA

2016   Shame Wrapped in Replusion, repulsion.club, online exhibition. Curators: Alyssa Arney and Glen Zucman

Artists in Residence, Santa Ana College Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

Social Subconscious, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

(en)Gendered (In)Equality, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Hollywood, CA

Photography Faculty Exhibition, SAC Arts Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2015   Boîte en Valise/Ready To Go, Project Space 1785, Vero Beach, FL. Curator: Jennifer Frias and Joanna Roche

Feminism (n.): Plural, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

Subliminal, Formation Gallery, Pomona, CA

Viven Las Mujeres!, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

XX Redux, Chapman University- Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, CA     

2014   MACHINE: consciousness, University of Texas at Arlington- Gallery West, Arlington, TX

Emerging Artist Film Festival, California State University Fullerton- Titan Theater. Juror: Jeff Cain

(EN)GENDERED (IN)EQUITY, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA

OC Academy, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA.  Curator: Matt May

WCA’s Best of 2014, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jurors: Janice Nesser-Chu, Priscilla Otani, and Brenda Oelbaum

2013    EgoEco- Seed Bomb Workshop, California State University Fullerton- Begovich Gallery

Once More with Feeling, California State University Fullerton- West Gallery. Juror: Six Pack Projects

Film as a Collaborative Art, California State University Fullerton- Recital Hall

MFA Resident Exhibition, Grand Central Art Center- Education Gallery, Santa Ana, CA. Curator: John Spiak



2018   Made in California, Honorable Mention, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

Profiles in Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award, Nomination, Santa Ana College

Professional Development Grant, Cal Poly Pomona

ASG Leave-A-Legacy Grant, Santa Ana College

2012   2nd Place, Annual Student Art Show, California State University Fullerton

2011   Art Alliance Tribute Grant, California State University Fullerton

2008    Catherine Urban Scholarship, For Photography, San Jose State University

2007    Catherine Urban Scholarship, For Photography, San Jose State University

2005    Exxon Valdez Latino Peace Officer Association Scholarship



2018    Panel Moderator, conTEXT, 1888 Center, Orange, CA, April 28

 Presentation, Why Photography- ESL Program, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA, March 6

2017    Workshop, Acrylic Transfer Workshop, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA, February 4

2016    Presentation, Why Photography, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA, October 28

Panel Discussion, Social Subconscious, Brea Gallery, Brea, CA, August 27

Visiting Artist Lecture, Social Stigmas attached to A Lady Who Never Breaks a Sweat, WoMen’s Center, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA March 2

2015   Panel Discussion on Studio Practices, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA March 12

2014   Artist, All That Remains, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, March 10

2013   Workshop, EgoEco- Seed Bomb Workshop, Begovich Gallery, California State University Fullerton.



2018   CHROMA, SantoraSpace 205, Santa Ana, CA

conTEXT, 1888 Center, Curator, Orange, CA

2017  Lightworks I: Student Photography Exhibition, SantoraSpace205, Curator, Santa Ana, CA

Annual Student Art Show, Santa Ana College, Main Gallery, Juror, Santa Ana, CA.  Sponsored Awards: Emerging Artist on the Rise, Emerging Artist Best of 2017

2016   Annual Student Art Show, Santa Ana College, Main Gallery, Juror, Santa Ana, CA. Sponsored Awards: Emerging Artist Society  Award

2015   Annual Student Art Show, Santa Ana College, Main Gallery, Juror, Santa Ana, CA

2014   Emerging Artist Film Festival, Curator, Fullerton, CA

 2009  East Side 11, Photographic Exhibition, Juror, San Jose, CA