Crit Group Crew: Jack & Joey

Mentor: Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Location: San Antonio, TX, USA – CT

Mother to 3 young children


IG: @mamma_jax

Mentorship Style: My mentorship style is to get to know each artists needs, interests, and goals in order to provide insightful advice to inspire the resolve of ideas and access to opportunities available to them. Additionally I share projects that may serve as point of inspirations and how to consider your work as it might exist within institutions and be interacted with by a variety of viewers in different contexts.

Bio: I am an artist and curator living in San Antonio, TX. I earned my MFA in Photography and Integrated Media from Ohio University and BFA from Texas State University in Photography. Motivated by my experiences and observations, I explore how identity develops and shifts through family, home, place, and culture. I grew up in the Central Valley of California and now live in Texas with my husband and three children. I love and am nurtured by my family, trees, music, small artworks, expressions of generosity, humor, books, and coffee to name a few. My work as a visual artist is focused primarily on the medium and history of photography.

(Self)Doubter, archival print, 2021, 20×20

“My passion for the histories and futures of photography and its colloquial uses are foundational to my aesthetic vision. I begin with methods influenced by biographical and documentary work. I discuss issues significant to identity by revisiting and translating memories. I utilize my perspective as a means of exploring how intimacy can create a space for broader discussion on societal issues. Through my practice I am invested in the subjects of family and home, considering identity and relationship building in the context of the home; confrontations of race within family; generational loss; adoption; the importance of a safe space – i.e. home, pinning down the ambiance of home. I engage the history of photography, hierarchies of the medium, and feminist theory.

In my curatorial projects, my life experience has generated a collaborative, thoughtful, service-minded approach, committed to diversity in many forms and methods. I am drawn to work exploring personal passions and histories, which although they are subjective, can offer shared truths. I champion artists who invest in their craft, demonstrating artistic excellence and material expertise. My curatorial studies focused on methods of art history centered on linguistics with my specific fields of interest including the history of photography, contemporary African Art, contemporary craft, archives as artwork, and various feminist movements and ideologies, through coursework and mentorship from art historians Marion S. Lee, Jaleh Mansoor, Erina Duganne, and Jennie Klein, and artists Laura Larson, Ray Klimek, Jason Reed and Barry Stone.”

Visiting Artist: Joey Fauerso

Website & IG: @joeyfauerso

Bio: Joey Fauerso is an artist and Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Her work consists mostly of painting, video, installation and performance addressing issues of gender, humor and family. Recently her work has been exhibited at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Drawing Center in New York, and New Mexico State University Art Museum. Fauerso has been the recipient of multiple grants and residencies, including a 2020 Joan Mitchell Grant for Painters and Sculptors, a 2021 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, the Open Sessions residency at The Drawing Center in New York, the Golden Foundation Grant, Dallas Museum of Art Kimberough Grant, the RAIR artist in residence grant, Yaddo, MacDowell, and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.

The Waiting Room, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 84″x136″