Biography
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1999 to 2007
Director, Mission Grafica, the printmaking component of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2005 to 2006
Art Instructor, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA Matches Program

1996 to 2000
Art Instructor, Community Works, San Francisco County Jails Art and Education Programs

1994 to 1995
Art Instructor, Cultural Equity Project—Summer Youth Project, California Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco

1989 to 1993
Guest Lecturer, Printmaking, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California

1983 to 1993
Graphic Arts Instructor, City College of San Francisco, Mission Campusm San Francisco, California
EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Painting and Drawing, 1975, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
High School Diploma, 1969, Wasonville High School, Watsonville, California

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

Coming Home
Linocut Prints
Alma Gifts and Culture Gallery, Santa Cruz, California
July - August 2007

Latino Heritage Month Celebration
Featured Artist
Semans Library, Foothill College, Los Altos, California
May 1 - 30, 2003

Rendering Spirits
An Exhibition of Drawings, Posters, and Linocuts
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, California
April 12 - May 16, 2002

Life Lines
Linocut Prints
Galeria de la Raza/Studio 24 Gallery, San Francisco, California
June 28 - July 31, 1998

Cara Familiares / Familiar Faces
A Collection of Drawings, Paintings, and Serigraphs
La Raza Graphic Center, San Francisco, California
April 6 - May 18, 1991

Realismo Chicano
Drawings
Chicano Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley, California
April 12 - May 12, 1976

Drawings by Juan R. Fuentes
El Centro Cultural de la Gente, San Jose, California
January 16 - February 28, 1976
GROUP EXHIBITIONS

The Question is Known: (W)here is Latin American /Latino Art?
A group exhibit of Contemporary Bay Area Latino Artists
Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, California
April 18 - May 24, 2008

Arte Latino
Contemporary Works from Los Angeles and San Francisco
Warnock Fine Arts, San Francisco, California
May 3 - June 15, 2007

The Human Condition / The Artist's Response
Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery
Watsonville, California
January 10 - March 4, 2007

Latin American Posters: Public Aesthetics and Mass Politics
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 8, 2005 - March 4, 2006

Graphic Witness, Works by Jesus Barraza and Juan R. Fuentes
Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, California
October 28 - November 25, 2006

Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004
Art by Poets/Poet-Artist Collaborations/Artists in Poet Circles
The Poetry Center and California Historical Society
San Francisco, California
December 11- April 16, 2005

Dia de los Muertos: Arco Iris de Culturals en Homenaje a Nuestros Muertos
The exhibition featured local and international artists, including traditional sand and sawdust painting, altars, and various multi-media works.
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California
October 26 - 31, 2004

Edicion de Cuatro
Four Printmakers from Mission Grafica, in collaboration with the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and Meridian Gallery
Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California
September 2 - October 9, 2003

At Work: The Art of California Labor – The Contemporary Perspective
The Artists and Images of California’s Turbulent 20th Century Labor Movement
San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, California
September 2- October 11, 2003

Obras en Papel/Works on Paper
An exhibition highlighting the Museum’s Acquisitions of works on paper, by Mexican American Artists
The Mexican Museum, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California
May 17 - August 20, 1989

CARA, Chicano Art – Resistance and Affirmation
An interpretive exhibition of the Chicano Art Movement 1965 - 1985
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
June 27 - August 25, 1991

VII Bienal de San Juan, Puerto Rico
Del Grabado Latino/Americano y del Caribe, San Juan Puerto Rico
November 16 - February 28, 1987

The Fifth Sun
Contemporary/Traditional Chicano/Latino Art
University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
October 12 - November 20, 1977
ACQUISITIONS OF WORK ON PAPER
  • Chicano Encounters: Local Places & Global Communities Poster, 2006, Acquisitions Committee, the Board of Trustees, Fine Arts Museum’s Foundation, de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center, Acquisition of Juan R. Fuentes, serigraph print, Romero Presente, 1991 for it permanent collection in 2006 Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Acquired 20 posters in 1999, Los Angeles, California

  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Acquired poster and serigraph in 1995: Cholo Live and Many Mandelas, Washington, D.C.

  • Mexican Museum’s Acquisition of Works on Paper by Mexican American Artists Purchased serigraph: Many Mandelas 1980

  • Metropolitan Life Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts Purchase, San Francisco, California
AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2006
Honorable mention award by juror, Joe Zirker, for the linocut print, Baghdad Playground, Pacific Prints exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, California

Taller Chicano: Passing the Torch, Juan R. Fuentes, month-long residency at the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California

2004
Recipient of an Honorary Membership to the California Society of Printmakers

2003
Recipient for Visual Arts Award, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 25th Anniversary Gala Reception

1998
Recipient of Star Artist-in-Residence, Hunter’s Point Shipyard, Star Artist-in-Residence Program

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