Photography Clients

Vogue | The California Sunday Magazine | The Intercept | Vogue Mexico | Google | The Atlantic | ProPublica | The Guardian | Pop-Up Magazine | Slate | Magnum Foundation | Vox | The Nation | Buzzfeed News | Food and Wine Magazine | Remezcla | Amplifier Art | Illuminative | Harness | Obey Giant | La Liga | Girls Like Us | The Current | Contemporary Art Review LA


2021   Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University DocX Fellowship 
2019   Magnum Foundation Photography & Social Justice Fellowship
2019   National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Leadership Institute


Visual Arts, M.F.A. (2023)
University of California San Diego

Latin American Studies | Communications, B.A.
University of Texas at Austin

African Diaspora in Central America
UT-Austin Research Program
Bluefields, Nicaragua

Indigenous Social & Political Movements
UC-Davis Research Program
Chiapas, Mexico


Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Volume 47, UCLA, print. Spring 2022
#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, G Editions, print. 2021
Óptica 2nd edition, ESTE Archive, print. 2021  
En Mi Piel: Colorism & Latinidad, La Liga Zine, print. 2018
Femme Frontera, Homie House Press, print. 2017
La Pulga, Deep Red Press, print. 2017
Óptica 1st edition, print. 2016              
Mujeres en Medio, co-founder & editor, digital. 2013-2017


2022    Director of Photography, 16mm
            A Special Friendship, Dir. Hazel Katz
2020    Director of Photography
            Passersby, Dir. Sarah Garrahan
2020    Camera Operator
            Woman of the Water, dir. Tahila Mintz
2016    Director & Director of Photography
            Sagrada Feminina documentary

Solo Exhibitions

2022  Desterrando Archivos, Curated by Erika Hirugami, Tiro al Blanco, Guadalajara, Mexico
2021  Breathing Exteriors: re-Placements of Memory, Commons Gallery, San Diego, CA
2021  Metro Photographic Lightbox Series, Metro Station, Los Angeles, CA   
2020  Haitian Soccer in Tijuana: Images of Club Haiti, F.C., Espacio Migrante, Tijuana, Mexico
2016  La Pulga curated by Lady Base Gallery and r.l. Rodriguez, R Space, San Antonio, TX

Group Exhibitions

2022   Tierra Entre Medio, curated by Christina Fernandez & Joanna Szupinska, Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, CA
2022   The Sun Doesn't Mean to Be So Hot, West Gallery, Cal State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
2021   Desterrando Terrenos, New Wight Gallery, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2020   A través de las sombras, Pyramid Hill Museum, Hamilton, OH
2020   #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2019   Dissent: Zine Culture (And the Voices You Wouldn't Hear Otherwise), University of Texas at Austin, TX
2019   Photoplay, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
2019   Women & the American West curated by Women Photograph, Photoville, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Remedios Sagrados, Luminaria Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX
2018   R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2018   The Lit List curated by The Authority Collective, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018   Mirame Bien curated by Rudy “Bleu” Garcia, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Fotografia y nuevos medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection, MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX
2017   Entre Orillas: Borderlands Photography, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
2017   Mi Comida, Mi Cultura curated by Sean Fitzgibbons, Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX  
2017   East of Center: Locals In Focus, Luminaria Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX
2016   SATX | MX: Un viaje lleno de cultura, Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX  
2016   Multiples: Artists Within Our Midst, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX  
2015   Soy Mujer, Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights, CA  
2014   Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution, MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX  
2013   LLILAS Student Photo Exhibit, Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX

Grants  |  Awards

2021    Visual Arts Russell Grant, awardee
2020    Strategic Enhancement Excellence through Diversity Scholarship, awardee
2020    Competitive Edge Research Fellowship Award, awardee
2018    Lucie Foundation Independent Photo Book Award, awardee
2018    Women Photograph Workshop, selected
2018    Authority Collective, The Lit List, awardee
2018    Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship, finalist
2018    Photobook Biennial of Cork, Ireland, selected
2017    National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Mentorship Grant, awardee
2016    Fotoseptiembre Exhibition Audience Choice Award, awardee
2016    Luminaria Public Arts Grant, awardee
2015    FilmInitiativ African Film Festival, official selection  
2013    Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Collaboratory Scholarship, awardee
2012    Lozano Long Institute of Latin America Studies Academic Scholarship, awardee


La Pulga  |  Harvard Library Special Collections, Cambridge, MA
We the People - Defend Dignity  |  Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Femme Frontera  |  Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
La Pulga  |  Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Femme Frontera  |  Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX
La Pulga  |  Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX
My Mother's Passport  |  Department of Arts & Culture, San Antonio, TX  
Photography of Oaxaca  |  MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX


2022  AIR Program Residency, Taller F, Guadalajara, Mexico
2017  Book-Making & Independent Publishing
          Homie House Press, Washington, DC
2013  Political Graphics Archiving
          Museo de la Palabra Y La Imagen,
          San Salvador, El Salvador
2012  Printmaking with Mario Guzmán
          Espacio Zapata, Oaxaca City, Mexico

Speaking Engagements

2022   Ethics and Equity in Photography, Duke University, Durham, NC
2022   Color Photography, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC
2021   Social Engagement Photography, Visual Arts Dept., University of California, San Diego, CA
2020   Guest lecture, Ethnic Studies Dept., University of California, Berkeley, CA
2019   Radical Listening & Passionate Observation Workshop, The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL
2019   Artist Talk, The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, St. John the Divine, New York, NY
2019   Las Fotos Project presents Flow, The International Day of Forests, United Nations, New York, NY
2019   Artist Talk, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2019   Guest lecture, Dept. of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
2019   Process & Place: Artist Panel Platica, La Plaza de Culturas Y Artes, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Power of Pink Artist Panel, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018   Damaged: Exhibit Roundtable, Los Angeles, CA
2017   How We Do It: Conversation with Women Photographers, The Main Museum, Los Angeles, CA  
2016   La Pulga: Artist Talk, R Space Gallery, San Antonio, TX  
2016   Latin American Communication, Research in Transitions Conference, TAMIU, Laredo, TX
2014   Women Narratives Dismantling Power Structures, Illustrating Anarchy & Revolution Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX


2020            Vogue & Magnum Photos Square Print Sale
2017-2018   Collaborating Artist
                     Obey Giant, Los Angeles, CA                                                  
2014            Administrative Assistant
                      Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights, CA  
2013-2017    Co-founder & Editor
                      Mujeres en Medio |  
2012-2013   Audio Archive Intern
                      Human Rights Documentation Initiative
                      LLILAS & Benson Collection, Austin, TX  
2012-2013   Co-founder & Producer
                      Radio Libre, KVRX
                      University of Texas, Austin, TX                

Teaching Artist

2021     Contributor
             Eyes Open workbook by Susan Meiselas
             Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

2020      Visiting Teaching Artist
              Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA    
              Lesson Plan/Project: Icons

2019      Lesson Plan Developer
              United Photo Industries, Annenberg Space for Photography
              Lesson Plan: Not So Basic

2017     Teaching Artist & Curriculum Developer
-2019    Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, CA
             Classes: Esta Soy Yo: Portraits of Home, FLOW, Power of Pink,
             Esta Soy Yo: Imprints, Esta Soy Yo: Inspirational Migrant Women                   

2018     Visiting Teaching Artist
             Club Balam, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
             Lesson Plan/Project: Documenting Water Issues

2017     Visiting Teaching Artist
-2018    The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
             Lesson Plan/Project: Portraiture and Empowerment, FLOW
             University of Texas, Austin, TX                


Harnes/We Will Harness, participant
Women Photograph, member
The Authority Collective, member
Espacio Migrante, board member

Selected Press

HereIn Journal "The Archive is a Palimpsest" by Dillon Chapman, July 2021
Los Angeles Times "Candid Vision, Tender Touch" by Elifete Paz, Nov. 2019
Teen Vogue "12 Radical Latinx Groups Building Powerful Cultural Community Spaces" by Stephanie Mendez, Oct. 2019
Vice, “Creating Spaces for Latinx Art Is a Matter of Healing and Survival” by Yeiry Guevara, Oct. 2018
Los Angeles Magazine "Artists of Color Capture the Beauty of Their Own Communities" by Eva Recinos, July 2018
The Washington Post - The Lily "Zine World Gives Creators Space for Power" by Ashley Nguyen, June 2018.
The Current, "Chicana Feelings' and 'Entre Orillas' Show How Visibility Can Be a Way of Healing" by Alejandra L. Gonzalez, Dec. 2017
LA Weekly, "Photographer Arlene Mejorado Gives the Camera the Angeleno Aesthetic" by Trina Calderon, Sept. 2017
LA Weekly, "How L.A.'s Latinas Are Telling Their Own Stories Through Photography" by Eva Recinos, Sept. 2017  
For Creative Girls, "Arlene Mejorado on Photography, Documentary, and Creating Meaningful Work", Feb. 2017
Obey Magazine, "Behind "Defend Dignity" Q+A with Arlene Mejorado and Maribel Hermosillo" by Illana Woods, Feb. 2017  
San Antonio Express-News, "Shepard Fairey Poster Based on Work by San Antonio Photographer" by Elda Silva, Jan. 2017
Remezcla, "These Powerful Portraits Find Beauty in the Vaqueros & Vendedoras of San Antonio" by Andrew Vargas, Dec. 2016
Deep Red Press, "La Pulga y la calle: Arlene Mejorado" by Raul Rodriguez, Nov. 2016
San Antonio Express-News, "Photographer Finds Her Art at the Flea Market" by Elda Silva, Aug. 2016
Praxis Center, Kalamazoo College, "Monthly Artist Feature: Arlene Mejorado", 2015

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