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Professional Practice Series | William Camargo

William Camargo is an Arts Educator, Photo Based Artist and Arts Advocate born and raised in Anaheim, California, he is currently serving as Commissioner of Heritage and Culture in the city of Anaheim and working towards an M.F.A at Claremont Graduate University. He attained his BFA at the California State University, Fullerton and an AA from Fullerton College in photography.

William’s art practice much like his daily life, negotiates with place making, constructed borders, and belonging. Using photography, archiving and his role as an educator, he examines conventional narratives and spatial friction, individually and cooperatively. He does this by challenging the understanding of space and belonging, he works to inform, disrupt and extirpate familiar notions in order to induce powerful new or unnoticed narratives of a place and peoples.

William has held residencies at Project Art, the Chicago Artist Coalition, ACRE and at LA Summer held at Otis School of Art and Design. He has also participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review, NALAC’s Leadership Institute and is a member of Diversify Photo an initiative started to diversify the photography industry. He was awarded the Friedman Grant from CGU and has given lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Gallery 400(Chicago), University of San Diego, Cal State Long Beach and others.

Additionally, his work has been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center, Loisaida Center(New York), University of Indianapolis(IN), Mexican Cultural Center and Cinematic Arts(Los Angeles), Stevenson University(Baltimore), The Cooper Gallery of African and African American Arts at Harvard, among others.

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