Artistic rendering of Priscila De Carvalho and her proposed mural art

Animals at Play

Priscila De Carvalho
Location: Vida lobby

The ceramic mural evokes a dreamlike landscape with botanical imagery displaying native flowers symbolic of growth and continuity. This visual narrative features images of cats, birds, dogs and horses as part of the programming at the center. Noble stallions pay tribute to native tribes, culture, and history.

About the artist

New York-based artist Priscila De Carvalho is a multimedia artist working with public art, painting, sculpture and site-specific installations.

Ms. De Carvalho’s visual narratives range from overly populated urban environments to a social, economic and political content. She juxtaposes her observations about the emergence and co-existence of sub-cultural communities, uncontrolled urbanization and contemporary issues that affect all humanity in the age of globalization. Priscila De Carvalho is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award (2008), (AIM) Artist in the Market Place at Bronx Museum (2010), Sculpture Space Fellowship Award (2010), Aljira Emerge 10 Fellowship Program (2008), Queens Council on the Arts Fund (2009) and Siddhartha Art Foundation (2013).

De Carvalho’s permanent public art was installed at the New York City subway station, commissioned by the MTA Arts and Design program (2015) and at Richard Rogers Public School commissioned by Public Art for Public Schools (2016). She has been an artist-in-residence at Lower East Side Printshop (2011), Socrates Sculpture Park (2011), Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning Workspace Program (2009), and Sculpture Space (2010) .

The artist exhibited widely nationally and internationally. She represented Brazil at The Kathmandu International Triennial in Nepal, El Museo’s Sixth Bienal, The [S] Files/The Street Files in New York City and Bronx Museum Biennial in Bronx, New York. She also exhibited at Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria in Spain, Deutsche Bank, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal, Socrates Sculpture Park, Grand Palais in Paris, France, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), The Jersey City Museum and various other galleries and museums.

Her work was reviewed by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, The Kathmandu Post, O Globo, Art Aldia International, Art Nexus and many others. Ms. De Carvalho lives and works in New York.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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