Rebeca Méndez

Rebeca Méndez bestowed with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. (2020-01-08)


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Rebeca Méndez accepted her honorary doctorate and gave the commencement address on December 20, 2019 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California.

In his introductory words the college’s president Lorne M. Buchman spoke about the role artists and designers must play in the mess of a world they are inheriting, referring to a podcast interview he conducted with Rebeca Méndez earlier in the year: “One of the most meaningful conversations I’ve had in my life on the topic of creativity was with the incomparable Rebeca Méndez. She expressed what I am trying to convey in a far more eloquent way. ‘We can get out of this mess we’re in,’ she said, ‘If we rage with love.”
Stephen Nowlin, Vice President of exhibitions and director of the Williamson Gallery, in his formal introduction said: “Good art and design embody qualities that include great skill and innovation, are pleasing to the eye, grab the heart and elegantly meet a need or solve a problem. But, really good art and design is all that and more. Really good art and design incites a profound kind of mischief, really good art and design is disagreeable and quarrelsome with what is doctrine, it’s subversive on how it overturns past assumptions, attacks clichés, dismisses good taste. It forges new vocabularies and rouses unexpected pathways of thinking. Really good art and design creates change and moves the social and cultural needle. Today we get to honor a really good artist and designer, Rebeca Méndez.”

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