Collaging Home with Batres Gilvin


Ages 15+

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In this three-part workshop, students will discuss what the concept of home means to them while creating a work of art as an ode to this idea. Participants will walk away with a finished sticker collage and a better understanding of the intersection of relationships, people and place. Workshop is held in conjunction with the Homing In exhibition on display at CCAC @ Short Vine from October 1 – 22, 2021.

  • Session: 3 weeks (October 5 – 19, 2021)
  • Cost: $50
  • Class Size: 6 – 8 students
  • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati OH, 45219)

Health & Safety Measures: All CCAC Staff, Teachers, and Participants must follow CCAC’s Covid-19 Preparedness Measures and Requirements for Participation when attending class in-person.

About the Instructor: Batres Gilvin

Batres Gilvin, an artist collaborative in Greater Cincinnati, is comprised of Karla Batres and Bradly Gilvin, life partners who met in 2011 while studying at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In a multiethnic partnership that joins the personal with the professional, Batres’ Mexican American heritage and Gilvin’s Southern American roots are a catalyst for complicated conversations about difference, otherness, and identity. In their Morning View, Kentucky studio located on the property of the Gilvin family farm and homestead, Batres Gilvin explores the local and global implications of immigration. Their artistic work is informed as much by larger, political conversations as it is by life on the farm and daily interactions with Bradly and Karla’s immediate and extended family. In Batres Gilvin’s artistic work art becomes life and vice versa. As a multiethnic collaborative, Batres Gilvin is a study in contradictions. Playful irreverence exists alongside unflinching solemnity. An unsparing commentary on the inequities of US immigration policy is wrapped in sparkly, kitschy imagery, providing a sugar-coated dose of truth serum, Mexican American style. In Batres Gilvin’s world, contradiction is both material and tool; it is also a reminder of the complexity of humans and the necessity of holding space for difficult conversations.

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