We are excited to announce the Imagining More recipients for our first Borderless Art Scholarship. The Borderless Art Project was created in an attempt to examine the differences in cultural climates experienced by Mexican and American teenaged women participating in arts and sports. Students from San Francisco, CA, and San Luis Potosi, Mexico, were chosen to create an art project that best exemplifies the meaning of being a female athlete. Through the project, both students will express their views about women’s roles in sports and they will share their personal experiences as athletes.
Mandy Zeng is a senior student from Mission High School and a softball player. She is the perfect candidate for us since she has been involved with athletics and arts for many years. Her project will consist of small size mixed media paintings under the subject of softball.
“I automatically thought about the sport and the position I play (softball pitcher). The artwork will expose the power of a softball pitcher during mid-pitch, also known as the “K” position. This authoritative softball posture represents courage, strength, confidence, control, and a purpose.”
Rosa Vazquez is a 16 years old native of San Luis Potosi, a middle distance runner and a High School junior. Although Rosa doesn’t have much experience as an artist, she has great ideas that can show the uniqueness of a Mexican woman athlete.
“My intention is to show the everyday life and social aspect of a female athlete in my city. Since I spend five to six hours everyday training with my teammates, they have become my best friends. I want to share our experiences in and outside the track. I believe that we support each other to grow as athletes and people while having fun.”
We hope to see everyone at the Borderless Art Exhibit this spring. The event will be held at the Women’s Building in San Francisco from 5-8pm on May 10, 2013. This event will be open to the public and everyone will get a chance to meet Mandy and Rosa, talk to them about their motivations, learning experiences, and challenges while creating their projects.