Artist in Residence

Since its inception, Self Help Graphics & Art has fostered an artist-in-residence program that has nurtured legacy building artists such as Linda Vallejo, Leo Limon, Michael Amescua, Yreina Cervantez, Jaime “Vyal” Reyes and beyond. Since moving to Boyle Heights in 2010, SHG has provided residencies and small business incubation spaces for artists such as Sticky Rick’s, Dewey Tafoya and Wayne Perry.

Today it includes project-based, short-term, and long-term residencies that include capacity-building resources and experts in the field, from printmakers, curators to program directors, and more. The Artist in Residence program will be segmented out across areas of printmaking, curation (for professionals and youth, ages 16-24), research & documentation, small business incubation, and special projects.


Current Artists


dewey tafoya | INSTAGRAM

Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the viewpoint of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art’s Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops for the past decade.  As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and South Los Angeles, and is also currently working with teens in continuation high schools throughout Los Angeles teaching screen printing and graphic design. Deweyʼs recent exhibitions include, Rise, Love, Revolution: The Black Panther Party at Artshare LA and at LACMAʼs, Futbol: The Beautiful Game as well as Self Help Graphics, Día de los Muertos exhibition 2014.

Ni Santas | Instagram

Art collective Ni Santas, is a group focused on creating space for young women to learn about art and re-write herstory through art, with a responsibility to create socially conscious visual narratives. They meet twice a week at Self Help Graphics.

Mujeres de Maiz | Instagram

MISSION: The mission of Mujeres de Maiz (women of the corn) is to bring together and empower diverse women and girls through the creation of community spaces that provide holistic wellness through education, programming, exhibition and publishing.

ABOUT: Mujeres de Maiz (women of the corn) was founded in 1997 as a grassroots, multimedia women’s activist organization based in East Los Angeles, California. Mujeres de Maiz utilizes community partnerships, mainly those developed with local artists, performers, educators, and organizers in the creation and implementation of our programming. These partnerships are primarily with Chicana/Latina college graduates between ages 25-65 who are involved in the cultural, artistic and educational tapestry of the greater Los Angeles area. We invite partners to perform (music, dance, theater), exhibit their artwork, and facilitate interactive workshops, demonstrations, and classes on topics that range from sustainable urban gardening to self defense for women. Mujeres de Maiz regularly collaborates with women artists and educators of African, Central and South American, Jewish, Filipina, Asian, Native American and Sri Lankan descent who recognize the need and potential of cross-racial solidarity.

Young Curators


2018 - Juan Silverio

Juan Silverio is a queer brown artist and scholar born and raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles. He's the Curator of Hacer, Deshacer y Rehacer, an exhibition on view August 9-September 21, 2018 at Self Help Graphics & Art, that brings together a selection of historical and contemporary perspectives of the Latinx body and the City of Los Angeles, to foster an intergenerational conversation that explores queer and Latinx visual culture and stories. In the summer of 2017, he was a curatorial intern at the Getty Research Institute as part of the Getty Multi-Cultural Undergraduate Internship program and worked as a curatorial assistant at UC Santa Barbara's Special Research Collections Library on a forthcoming exhibition. Juan will return this fall to complete his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara in Art and Chicana/o Studies.  


2016- brenzy solorzano

Brenzy Solorzano, curated Art As Resistance, as part of SHG’s Young Curators Program in January of 2016. The Young Curators program offers youth the opportunity to curate exhibitions and events while providing guidance, support, and resources to present works in traditional and non-traditional gallery formats.


2017- Melissa Govea

Co-Curator of Honor The Earth: The Art of Indigenous Resistance, founded by Winona LaDuke to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities.

PRevious Artists

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Guadalupe Rosales | Instagram

Guadalupe Rosales is a visual artist whose work utilizes marginalized histories and personal experiences – memory, trauma and nostalgia. She is currently working on a project dealing with the Los Angeles party crew and rave scene in the ’90s that will be exhibited in 2017 at PSSST, an artist-run not-for-profit space located in Boyle Heights.

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rafael haro | INSTAGRAM

Boyle Heights based, fashion designer, Rafael is one of the artists participating in SHG’s atelier, “43: From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson”, which will culminate in an exhibition (May-June 2016 at SHG, October 2017 at William Grant Still Art Center) featuring 43 artistic responses to Ayotzinapa, as well as the many other incidents involving abuse and killings at the hands of the police state. For SHG’s exhibition, Rafael is designing and producing 12 dresses inspired by the student tragedy.