Mercedes M. Teixido

Loren Barton Babcock Miller Fine Arts Professor; Chair of Art
Mercedes Teixido
  • Expertise


    A visual artist, Mercedes Teixido works in the arena of abstract watercolor drawings, improvisational drawing, letter writing and site-specific works. She has performed with her writing machine—modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s polygraph (a device that allowed him to write letters in duplicate)—at such events as the Emerge Arts Fair in Washington, D.C. and the Black Mountain College Conference in Asheville, N.C.

    She also has a pedagogical interest in introducing improvisation into the liberal arts and in bringing experimental art practices to students in her courses.

    Research Interests

    • Contemporary Drawing
    • Installation and site specific projects
  • Work


    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    “Kamikaze, The “L” Word,” (Solo Exhibition), Post Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011

    "Small Facts and Fictions," Solo exhibition, Cherry Gallery, Los Angeles, 2000

    "Instalacion," Solo Exhibition, La Manzana de la Rivera, Asuncion, Paraguay, 1999

    "The Burden of Big," Installation, Solo Exhibition, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, 1997

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    “Looped Video Curation: Performance Art For the Camera,” Parsons Hall Project Space, Holyoke MA, 2013

    “Das Wird,” Sheffield England, 2012

    “Withdrawn,” International contemporary drawing exhibition, Budapest, 2010

    “Fair Exchange,” curated by Irene Tsatsos LA County Fair, Millard Sheets Art Gallery, 2006

    “Components,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, 2003

    "Terra Firma," The Guard Shack at Bergamot Station, Curator Jennifer Katel, Los Angeles, 2000

    "Love Letters," Installation, Solo Exhibition, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, New York, 1998

    "Scale: Relatively Speaking," Art in General, New York City, 1998

    "Two Person Exhibit," Braunstein Quay Gallery, San Francisco, 1998

    Artist Website

  • Education


    Master of Fine Arts
    University of Arizona

    Bachelor of Arts
    Wake Forest University

    Qualifications & Certifications

    • Directed Problems in Studio Art
    • Drawing I
    • Drawing II
    • Independent Study in Studio Art
    • Installation: Art and Context
    • Senior Seminar/Project in Studio Art
    • Summer Study Directed Problems in Studio Art
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    The Alpert Award Residency Prize, 2004

    On Site at the Gate 99 Solo Exhibition Award, 2000

    L.A. Art Association Juried Exhibition. 2nd Place, 1996

    Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artists Grant, 1995

    Mayor’s Advisory Council on Art and Culture, Artscape Baltimore honorarium, 1994

    Baltimore City Arts Grant 1991

    Mayor’s Advisory Council on Art and Culture, 1989