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Spotlight: The Color of Truth

Spotlight: The Color of Truth

 Pickers Guadalupe Mural

Pickers Guadalupe Mural. 1989
Baca, J. F. (1990). Pickers guadalupe mural: Det. Data from: University of California, San Diego.

The “Spotlight: The Color of Truth”  display , located by the Information Desk on the first floor of the Main Library, celebrates artists who are talented in their field and have also dedicated their lives to social justice.  Through the use of their art these innovative artists tell a “truth” … the struggle of the immigrant, the suppression of their cultural identity or to convey a love and respect for family, home and one’s individuality.

“I really don’t want to produce artwork that does not have meaning beyond simple decorative values. I want to use public space to create a public voice, and a public consciousness about the presence of people who are, in fact, the majority of the population but who are not represented in any visual way. By telling their stories we are giving voice to the voiceless and visualizing the whole of the American story.”  Judy Baca

Valerie Soe: Mixed Blood

Mixed Blood (1992), video installation.
Valarie Soe. (1994). Retrieved August 12, 2009 from, Women Artists of the American West.


The UI Cultural Houses and Resource Center managed by the Office of Student Life are fundamental in bringing to light issues that are important to African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Latinos and Native Americans and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community. The “Spotlight Series” displaysare meant to connect the library to the UI cultural houses and resource center.

Check out the library research guide for this display at


Display Planning
Rachel Garza Carreón (Chair), Erin Fleck and Carlette Washington-Hoagland

Installation Assistance
Bill Voss

Graphic Design
Rachel Garza Carreón

Special Thanks
Acquisitions Department, Art Library, John Elson, Facilities, Finance, Maps Department and Tracy Mixon