George Vargas was born in a Texas border town and grew up in Michigan, working in field and factories. He received his three degrees at The University of Michigan (BFA, MA, and PhD), with an art history background. An academically trained artist, he paints, writes electronic music, and produces videos on Latino artists (most recently Somos Locos, interview with Chaz Bojorquez, veterano graffiti writer from L.A.). Vargas also organized two exhibitions featuring the Chicano art collection of Cheech Marin. In 2010 Vargas published Contemporary Chican@ Art: Color and Culture for a New America (UT/Press), which includes Michigan artists. Presently, he is an associate professor of art history at Texas A & M University, Kingsville. He is a Ford Fellow and a Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks Awardee.
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