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Biography

Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. was born in Laredo, Texas in 1943.  He studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

He was a teacher in his hometown of Laredo as well as in Crystal City and Austin, Texas.  He continues to teach as part of the Studio Art League program at Alexander High School in Laredo and is also an adjunct professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas.  He has been a presenter at many national education conferences.

Of course, Amado's first love is art, and he has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years.

Amado is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry.  His art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment.

His artwork is inspired by places such as Canyon de Chelly, Spider Rock, Monument Valley, Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Black Mesa.  These sites are part of an enduring landscape that speaks of the ancient heritage of a region that is now known as Arizona and New Mexico.

Amado's artwork is defined by its bold color and form and dynamic composition.
Through his art, he communicates his vision of a land, its people and their art.

Amado Peña is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona.  This is a particularly high honor and one that he cherishes.  He is dedicated to furthering
the public's knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, its history, and its culture.

Education

Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas
B.A. (Art) 1965.
M.A. (Art & Education) 1971

Exhibitions

Massachusetts               Oklahoma                 Washington D.C.                 Kansas
Texas                                Arizona                     New Mexico                          Pennsylvania
Florida                              Virginia                     Colorado                                Washington
California                          Illinois                       New Jersey                            Minnesota
Wisconsin                       Maryland                  Georgia                                   Tennessee
Oregon


Fund Raising Activities


Music at Angel Fire, Angel Fire, New Mexico
Taos Spring Arts Celebration, Taos, New Mexico
Spring Arts, New Mexico
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
Texas Sesquicentennial
Albuquerque Light Opera, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Austin Civic Ballet, Austin, Texas
Futures for Children
National Migrant Referral
Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund, Los Angeles, California
Fiesta Caceria, Laredo, Texas
Childrite, Taos, New Mexico
National Conference on Women and the Law
National Association for Bilingual Education
Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas
University of Texas Nursing School, Austin, Texas
Art Has Heart, Casa de Amigos, Scottsdale Gallery Association, Arizona
March of Dimes, Austin, Texas
High Plains Epilepsy Association, Amarillo, Texas
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, New Jersey
Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorado
Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Laredo Community College, Laredo, Texas
National Association for Bilingual Education, Albuquerque, NM
Easter Seals “Stars Over the Caribbean” Fund Raising Gala
La Peña’s Toma Mí Corazon” Visual Art Exhibit and Fundraiser, Austin, TX
STEP For Children Fundraiser, Sarasota, FL
South Texas Community College, McAllen, TX           
El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX
Doña Ana Branch Community College, Las Cruces, NM
Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, TX
Manor High School, Manor, TX



Awards, Achievements and Honors


1987 Native American Artist of the Year Award, Dine Be Keyah Museum, Page, Arizona
Proclamation, City of Austin, Texas
Guest Speaker, Creativity Symposium, Austin, Texas
Guest Speaker, Idyllwild School (LSOMATA), California
Letter of Greeting from Mayor Feinstein, San Francisco, California
Retrospective Exhibition, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona

1988
Four Certificates of Merit, Graphics Art Award, Printing Industries of America Inc. Cover Artist, Mexican and American Foundation Annual Report, Los Angeles, CA

Appreciation Award, Ronald McDonald House, San Diego, California


1989
Formation of the Amado M. Peña, Jr. Scholarship Fund, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Proclamation, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Martin High School, Laredo, Texas
Three Graphic Arts Awards of Excellence, Austin, Texas
Guest Artist, Penn State Art Department, State College, Pennsylvania
Parade Marshall, 21st Annual Fiestas Patrias Parade, Houston, Texas

1990
Grand Marshall, Washington’s Birthday Parade, Laredo, Texas Honoree, The State of Texas Cultural and Historical Resources Committee, Austin, TX

Art in Embassies Loan Program, Bangladesh Embassy

Three Graphic Arts Awards of Merit, Austin, Texas

1991
Set Designer, “The Magic Flute,” San Antonio Festival, San Antonio, Texas Narrator, “Spirits of the   Canyon,”  PBS Special
Artist in Residence, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Art Auction, Funding Austin Community College Scholarship, Lou Diamond Phillips, Celebrity Auctioneer, Austin, Texas
“Chicano Art: Resistance & Affirmation 1965-1985,” UCLA Wright Art Gallery, Inter national tour includes Denver Art Museum, San Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Purchase Award, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
3rd Place – Graphics. Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

1992
Honorary Associate of Arts Degree from Austin Community College, Austin, Texas Speaker, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

University of New Mexico Alumni Association Homecoming Poster Artist

Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, Meritous Service Award
Migrant Educational Opportunities Fund, “Artes 1992,” Guest Speaker, Flint, Michigan

1993
Presentation of  Key to City, Corpus Christi, Texas
Presentation and Planting of 50th Star on Texas Walk of Stars, Austin, Texas
Proclamation from City of Austin of Amado M. Peña, Jr. Day, Austin, Texas
Proclamation from City of Laredo of Amado M. Peña, Jr. Day, Laredo, Texas
Reader’s Choice, Best Artist of 1993, The Austin Chronicle. Austin, Texas

1994
Certificate of Appreciation, HomeSpun, San Marcos, Texas
Certificate of Appreciation, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas
Exhibition Honors Award, Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, Kerrville, Texas
Reacher’s Choice, Best Artist of 1994, The Austin Chronicle. Austin, Texas
Recognition for Achievement in Art by Texas Land Grant Commission, Austin, Texas


1995
Certificate of Appreciation, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Texas
National Spokesperson for March of Dimes “Think Ahead” Campaign
Public Service Announcement Video for March of Dimes ‘Think Ahead” Campaign
Reader’s Choice, Best Artist of 1995, The Austin Chronicle. Austin, Texas
Recognition of Major Contribution in the Field of Art, Texas General Land Office, Austin, Texas

1996
All Time Best Selling Cover, “Patrones en Colores”, Southwest Art. August1990
Fascinating Texans Award, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas
National Spokesperson for March of Dimes ‘Think Ahead” Campaign
Peña Studio. Gallery Opened, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Public Service Announcement Video for March of Dimes ‘Think Ahead” Campaign
Role Model and Excellence in Art Award, Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts, Houston, Texas
Works Featured in “Selena”, Selena Film Productions, Inc., Warner Bros. a Division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, LP
Work Included in Permanent Collection at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, D.C.

1997
Alumnus of the Year, Texas A&M at Kingsville, Kingsville, TX
Award of Appreciation, March of Dimes South Texas Chapter, McAllen, TX
Commencement Speaker, Spring 1997 Commencement Exercises, The University of Texas –
Pan American, Edinburg, TX
Top 50 Distinguished Alumni, Lared Community College, Laredo, TX

1998
Recognition as Tiger Legend, Martin High School, Laredo, TX
LULAC National Humanitarian of the Year Award Nominee

1999
1st Place Award – Mixed Media, Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
Invitational Circle, Tapestry in Talent, San Jose, CA
1st Place – Fine Art Prints, Castle Rock Artfest, Castle Rock, CO

2000
Invitational Circle – Tapestry in Talent, San Jose, CA                       
1st Place Award – Painting  – Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston, TX
Best of Show – Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston, TX
Pascua Yaqui Tribal Artisan
3rd Place – Painting – Spirit of American, Clearwater, FL
Best of Show Award – Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
1st Place Award – Painting – Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
Peoples’ Choice Award – Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
1st Place Award – Printmaking – 8th Annual Dallas Indian Market, Dallas, TX
1st Place Award – Painting – Castle Rock Arts Festival, Castle Rock, CO
1st Place Award – Printmaking – Castle Rock Arts Festival, Castle Rock, CO
1st Place Award – Paper Cast – Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremony, Gallup, NM
2nd Place Award – Painting – Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremony, Gallup, NM
2nd Place Award – Drawing – Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremony, Gallup, NM
2nd Place Award – Watercolor – Eight Northern Indian Pueblos – 29th Arts and Crafts
Show, San Juan Pueblo, NM
2nd Place Award – Drawing – Eight Northern Indian Pueblos – 29th Arts and Crafts Show
San Juan Pueblo, NM

2001
Best of  Show, 1st Place Award – Painting – Ruidoso Arts Festival, Ruidoso, NM
1st Place Award – Printmaking – Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA         
Honorable Mention – Fine Art – Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, Phoenix, AZ         
1st Place Award – Printmaking – 1st Place & Best in Category – Cast Paper – 2nd Place Award –
Watercolor – Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Gallup, NM
1st Place Award – Painting – Castle Rock Artfest, Castle Rock, CO
Best of Class – Painting/Graphics – 1st Place, Graphics – 1st Place, Painting – American
Indian Art Festival & Market, Dallas, TX
3rd Place Award – Painting – Port Clinton Art Festival, Port Clinton, IL
Invitational Circle – Tapestry Arts Festival, San Jose, CA
3rd Place Award – Painting – Spirit of America Native American & Wildlife Festival
Clearwater, FL

2002
Top in Category – Ruidoso Arts  Festival, Ruidoso, NM
2nd Place – Painting -  Sharlott Hall Museum, Prescott Indian Arts Market, Prescott, AZ
Amado M. Peña Day – May 17, 2002, Austin, TX
3rd Place – Painting – Red Earth Fine Art Competition, Oklahoma City, OK
1st Place – Watercolor, 2nd Place – Watercolor, Best in Category – Printmaking,
1st Place – Printmaking, 3rd Place – Drawing, 2nd Place – Mixed Media,
1st Place – Mixed Media, Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Gallup, NM
Juror’s Award – Castle Rock Artfest, Castle Rock, CO
Invitational Circle – Tapestry Arts Festival, San Jose, CA
Best in Show – Mixed Media Painting – 1st Place Mixed Media Painting,
Kansas Indian Art Show, Lawrence, KS
Faculty Appointment, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Austin

2003
Invitational Circle – Tapestry Arts Festival, San Jose, CA
Hall of Fame – Tapestry Arts Festival, San Jose, CA
1st Place – Fine Arts – Castle Rock Artsfest, Castle Rock, CO
Honorable Mention – Lawrence Indian Arts Show, Lawrence, KS
1st Place – Printmaking – Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
University of Texas, Chancellors Council, Austin, TX
Master Presenter, NISOD Dept. of Education Administrators, College of Education, Austin, TX
1st Place – Oil/Acrylic, Oro Valley Arts Council, Oro Valley, AZ

2004
Best of Category – Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
1st Prize – Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial, Gallup, NM
Honorable Mention – Heard Museum Fair, Phoenix, AZ
3rd Place – Painting -  St. George Arts Festival - St. George, UT

2005
Best in Category – Pastel, Pen & Ink, Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso, NM
1st Place – Painting – Eiteljorg Musuem Fair, Indianapolis, IN
3rd Place – Painting – Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
Outstanding Latino Cultural Award, Hispanic Caucus


Publications


1987 The Laredo Morning Times. “Peña Brushes Art Canvas for Fiesta Cacena,” 1/15.
Austin Adopt-A-School Newsletter. Recognition, February.
Key Magazine. “Amado M. Peña, Jr.” Cover, February.
Southwest Profile. “Amado Peña,” Cover article, Spring.
Arizona Trails. “Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr.” April.
Austin Business Journal. Profit Pictures: Popular Peña Paints Lucrative Bottom Line,” 6/25.


1987
The Arizona Republic. “Markets, Exhibits Spotlight/Indian Artist,” 7/27.
Las Vegas Sun. “Indian Art, Culture Focus of  Page Market,” 7/27.
Los Angeles Life. People section, 7/23.
Navajo-Hopi Observer. “Marketplace Seeks to Retain Culture,” 7/17.
Santa Fe Reporter “Amado Peña: Art of the Border,” August.
The Forum “Peña Art Corporation Produces Southwest Works,” August.
Daily News. “Where Will Former ‘GH’ Star Turn Up?,” August.
Austin American-Statesman. “Southwest Style: Amado Peña’s Dazzling Home Manages to be Snug,            Functional,” 10/18.
The Santa Fean “Amado Peña: Challenging New Directions,” October.
The Corsicana Daily. “Art Following Life: Peña,” 10/28.
The McAllen Monitor “Xoxhil Benefit Exhibit to feature Recent Works: Amado Peña’s          
Artwork to be on Sale,” 11 / 12.
Key Magazine Cover article, November.
Taos Magazine. “El Taller’s Mary Alice Merritt,” Winter.

1988
Changing Times “How to Invest $1000 or Less,” August.
Laredo Morning Times “New Work Represents Another Milestone,” 5/5.

1989
Guestlife Santa Fe. “El Taller Gallery,” Annual.
Vista, Personality section, December.

1990
Chicano Anthology Index. Textbook cover illustration.
Southwest Art “Amado Maurilio Peña, Cover article, August.
The Austin Chronicle. Reader’s Choice, Artist of the Year.
West Austin News. “Eight Austinites receive Citations of Honor from Cultural and Historical Committees,” December.
Laredo Morning Times. “Family recalls artist’s earlier pursuits,” May.
Art in American History. Overhead Projection Teaching Aid. Transparency of work.
Laredo Morning Times “Amado Peña named WBC parade marshal,” January.
Texas Medicine. “TMA releases Amado M. Peña Jr. print for Border Health Conference,” November.

1991
Austin Weekly. “Local Heroes,” January 2-8.
Southwest Profile Whitney Publishing Company, Taos, NM “Art as Autobiography,” Cover, February/March.
Southwest Art. “High Note,” September.
International Fine Art Collector. “Amado Peña, a Time of New Imagery,”, October.
The Austin Chronicle. Reader’s Choice, Artist of the Year.
Keyboard Companion. Cover illustration, Fall.
12th Annual Saginaw LULAC Scholarship Awards, Cover and article.
Laredo Morning Times “Amado Peña named among state honorees,” January.
Laredo Morning Times “Artist Peña bags another state honor,” January.
Corpus   Christi Caller-Times. “Peña: Southwestern Artist will talk about his work, inspiration at AMST,” April.
Sunday Express News “Magic Flute’ sets bring paintings to life for Peña,” June.
Sunday  Express News. “Amado Maurilio Peña Jr. and the Magic Flute: San Antonio Festival ‘91 — The New Frontier,” June.
Durango Herald “Snowdown Artist named, schedule full of fun. Peña returns as bene factor artist,” January.

1992
18th Annual TACHE Conference, program page 12, July.
The Galveston Daily News “Artist Peña to appear at Saturday’s Art Walk,” November.
Dallas Morning Times. Photo, May.
Vidoran  & San Antonio Commercial Recorder “Amado Peña, A Brush With Greatness,” December.
El Paso Times. “Peña highlighted at Studio W,” October.
The Galveston Daily News “Visions of serenity,” November.
Hispanic Texas: A Historical Guide, first edition, University of Texas Press, Austin


1993
Socio Cultural. “Expoicion pictorica de Amado Peña,” November.
That’s Country. “Amado Peña: 51st Texas Star,” January.
Austin American-Statesman “Artists Paredes, Peña deserve every tribute,” October.
Herald Coaster. “Autograph Time,” April.
Austin American-Statesman “Artist Peña helps send Sanchez kid to college,” October.
Dallas     Morning News. “Amado Peña: An artistic storyteller paints his heritage,” October.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Images of Mestizo culture: Works of artist Amado Peña to be                              featured at  opening of Center for Hispanic Arts,” March.
Beeville  Bee-Picayune La Feria News. Perryton Herald, and ThrockmortonTribune. “Amado Peña, A Brush With Greatness,” January, February, and March.
Abilene  Reporter-News. “Peña: Southwest’s premier Indian painter brings his vivid ‘Peña People’ style to Western Heritage Classic art show,” May.
Midland Reporter-Telegram. Photo, October.
Yippy-Yi-Yea. “WestFest at Copper Mountain Resort,” Fall.
Midland Reporter-Telegram. “Peña talks to people through art,” October.

1994
17th Annual Liberty Mutual Legends of  Golf,”  Artist Amado Peña creates ‘The Legend’,” May
The Victoria Advocate. “Peña’s art helps define Southwest,” May
Laredo Morning Times. “Educator, artist team for story of family values,” November
El Paso Times. “Craving contact with his roots,” October
Michael  Martin Murphey’s 8th Annual WestFest “WestFest artists share their love and passion for the American West,” September
The Monitor “Decorated ostrich eggs to be auctioned off at Easter Seals Gala on Saturday,” April
Laredo Morning Times. “Educator, artist team for story of family values,” November 17, 1994

1995
Austin American-Statesman. “Their arts are in the right places,” February
East Valley Business. “Southwest Arts Festival Premieres Renowned Artist Amado Peña.” January
Southwest Art. “Covering the West: The Best of Southwest Art,.” October
The New Mexican. “Books celebrate mestizo roots,” March
Campaign News. “Peña Exemplifies the Spirit of Volunteerism,” March of Dimes National Newsletter, April
Laredo Morning Times. “Poster signing party to benefit students,” January
GuestLife New Mexico. “Peña Studio Gallery: Welcome Back Amado!”

1996
The Southwest Arts Festival. “Amado Peña creates ‘96 festival poster,” January
Mature Living “Southwest Arts Festival Features renowned Santa Fe Artist Amado M. Peña, Jr.”      February
The Desert Sun. “Southwestern art on display,” February
The LaPeña newsletter “‘Toma Mi Corazón IV’ La Peña’s Visual Art Fundraiser,” February/March Santa Fean “Road To Romance,” January! February
Dallas Morning News “Amo, amas, Amado,” January 14, 1996.
Laredo Morning Times. “Alexander art students under Peña’s guiding hand,”May 2,1996
1996 American Indian Art Festival & Market. “Amado Peña Joins the ‘Circle of Honor’.”
Desert Sun “Artist in action,” March 17, 1996
San Antonio Express-News “Peña is proud home is where his art is.”
Laredo Morning Times. “Peña returns to teach Laredo youth,” May 1996
Walt Garrison All Star Rodeo “Amado M. Peña, Jr.,” March 30 & 31, 1996

1997
THE PAN AMERICAN “Amado M. Peña to speak at graduation ceremony”
Laredo Morning Times  “Monday Wash: Critique said the kid could draw.”
Indio Post  “Buyers spend $300,000 for art.”
The Telegraph  “Noted artist likes Alton enough to come back.”
Laredo Morning Times “ Peña conversation starts Speaker Series.”

1998
Southwest Art  “Conversation Piece: Print Publishers”


2000
Powerlines   “Amado Peña – Southwest Artist” September


2002
Tejano Assocaiation for Historical Preservation  “Ron Tyler, Exec. Director, Texas State
Historical Assoc., Henry Cisneros, the the artist Amado Peña are the newest members
to be added to the steering committee.”  March 2002


2003
Amado and Friends  “A Tribute to the Art of Amado M. Peña, Jr” by Mike DeVault
Two Voices   “A Collection of Art and Poetry” by Irene E. Peña and Amado M. Peña, Jr.
Amadito and Spider Woman by Lisa Bear Goldman.  Illustrations by Amado M. Peña, Jr.


Collections


Governmental


Palacio de Gobernador, Baja California, Mexico
The People’s Republic of China

Museums


Historical and Creative Arts Center, Lufkin, Texas
Museum of Nuevo Santander, Laredo, Texas
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. D.C.
The Whitney Museum, San Antonio, Texas
The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Institutional and Corporate


Execucom, Austin, Texas
Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
New Mexico Highlands State University, Las Vegas, New Mexico
Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas
Southwest Art, Houston, Texas
Texas A&I University Art Museum, Kingsville, Texas
Texas Commerce Bank, Pasillo De Artes Gallery, Austin, Texas
Tracor Incorporated, Austin, Texas
The University of California at Long Beach, Long Beach, California
The University of Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky
The University of Texas, Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, Texas
Southwest Bank, St. Louis, MO




Related Experience



2005


Keynote speaker – Texas Art Educators Association

Austin, TX

Artist in Residence – El Paso Community College

El Paso, TX

Distinguished Professor – University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development – Painting Demo

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

2004


Adjunct Professor – University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

Honorary Associate of Arts – El Paso Community College

El Paso, TX

Speaker – National Association of Community College

Teacher Education Programs
Tempe, AZ

Keynote Speaker – League for Innovation in the Community College

San Francisco, CA

2003


Commencement Speaker – El Paso Community College

El Paso, TX

Keynote Speaker – League for Innovation in the Community College

Phoenix, AZ

2002


Keynote Speaker – League for Innovation in the Community College

Boston, MA

Artist in Residence, Texas A & M – Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

University of Northern Colorado Exhibit

Greeley, CO

Texas Migrant Education Conference

South Padre Island, TX

Amado M. Peña, Jr. Endowment for NISOD

College of Education – University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
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