Mildred Beltré

Mildred Beltré is Brooklyn-based artist working in print, drawing, and participatory politically engaged practice to explore facets of social change. She is invested in exploring political movements and their associated social relations and structures. Beltré is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, an ongoing socially engaged collaborative art project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that addresses gentrification and community building through art-making. Beltré studied art and anthropology at Carleton College, and received an MFA from the University of Iowa. Beltré’s selected exhibitions include: Brooklyn Museum, NY; Zuckerman Museum, GA; De Cordova Museum, MA; Everson Museum, NY; Fleming Museum, VT; IPCNY, NYC; Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Art in General, NYC; Projecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; Brun Leglise Gallery, Paris France. She has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Foundation, and the Rema Hort Foundation, among others.


Water Rights 2016/2017



Brooklyn, NY USA


During this time of COVID 19, I have felt a lot of anxiety, but in some ways I also wonder if this shutdown, this new way we are living, will allow for something new to develop. I wonder about what possibilities it might open up. These last few weeks, I have been heartened to see masses of people taking to the streets to speak out for Black Life, for Black Trans Life, against racist policing and the health, wealth and housing inequality that has existed in this country since it was founded on slavery and genocide. This is important work, and I hope this moment propels forward meaningful and fundamental changes. This summer the Brooklyn Hi Art Machine celebrates our ten-year anniversary, and we look forward to figuring out how we can be on the street together, creating and keeping each other safe as we continue to build community. My work has always been about examining social relationships, and we are now at a moment where relationships of deep inequality are being reconsidered and reimagined, and hopefully rebuilt. – Mildred Beltré

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