Isabel Rojas-Williams

artist interviews

Click here to stream or download the May 16, 2014 interview  |  Stream on iTunes

Ms. Isabel Rojas-Williams is the Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (“MCLA”).   The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles was founded in 1987 by a coalition of muralists, artists, public art advocates, city of Los Angeles and state of California public officials, and restoration specialists.  It advocates for the rights of artists and public art, working with artists to support the integrity of their work.

Ms. Rojas-Williams was born in Santiago, Chile, and has lived in Southern California for the past 39 years.  She has actively studied, documented, and lectured on the social-political art movements of Los Angeles. She has taught art history at California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her Master’s degree, and has been the curator of multiple exhibitions documenting the city’s rich legacy of urban art.

Ms. Rojas-Williams has received numerous awards for her curatorial, civic, and creative contributions to Los Angeles. In 2009, Rojas-Williams was appointed as an advisor for the “Siqueiros Interpretative Center” and serves as the mayor’s art liaison to the Latino Heritage Committee, African American Committee, and Asian American Committee. In 2010, Rojas-Williams’ video Siqueiros: a Muralist in Exile, which includes her research on murals from the United States, Argentina, and Chile, was exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art, as part of the Siqueiros Paisajista/Siqueiros: Landscape Painter exhibition. The video was honored by Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera for documenting the artistic connection between Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

For more information on the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles and Isabel, check out their website http://www.muralconservancy.org.