Gina Gwen Palacios highlights an underrepresented geographic and cultural narrative, specifically the people and land from South Texas. Her artistic practice is based on research and reflection of her Latino family history, personal narrative and America’s current political climate. This interdisciplinary artist investigates multiple levels of representation through imagery and the use of traditional and non-traditional materials. Through her work, Gina wants to create a platform for more Mexican American representation in all facets of the mainstream American narrative. She wants to make evident the visible edges where two cultures merge—even when those two cultures were born and raised in the United States. Gina was born in Taft, Texas and received her AA in Radio/Television from Del Mar College, a BA in TV/Film from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and a MA in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. Gina’s career has spanned working in television news, corporate training, web design and later in academia. Wanting to focus more deeply on her artistic practice, Gina received a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Studio Art from Brandeis University and in 2018 graduated with a MFA in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently teaching Painting as an AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Maryland Institute College of Art.