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Visiting Artists


The Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence Endowment was established in 2016 to extend Martha Longenecker's legacy as an artist and educator. In the spirit of her historic impact on the visual arts in both local and global communities, this endowment brings to the Visual Arts Department of UC San Diego artists of national and international stature who will inspire our students to broaden the scope, appeal, and range of art as well as incite exchange with the faculty, the campus community and local artists and audiences.

This program celebrates the life and legacy of Martha Longenecker, and her historic impact on the visual arts in San Diego and beyond. Martha’s passionate commitment to meaningful cross-cultural exchange, long before it became widely fashionable, led her to found the Mingei Art Museum and established its permanent home in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The stated mission of the museum – to bring the “art of the world, art of the people” to everyone – came from Martha’s own lived experience.

Through the Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence program, the vision of art, culture and the world so dear to Martha will make a lasting impact on interdisciplinary art education in the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego.  As a lifelong learner, Martha Longenecker regularly attended exhibitions and lectures organized by and for UC San Diego faculty and students. She was fascinated by technology new and old, and believed in the importance of interdisciplinary education. Thus, it is our honor to host the residency program which will bring to campus artists whose practices are grounded in an understanding of the power of art to connect diverse peoples. It is toward this commitment to diverse traditions and cultural interconnectedness that the Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence program is founded and inspired through the impact made to the visual arts through the life of Martha Longenecker.

2021 Beatriz Cortez

photo of the artist in a gallery with sculptures behind

Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She has had solo exhibitions at the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles; Clockshop, Los Angeles; Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles; Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador; Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California; and Museo Municipal Tecleño, El Salvador. Her recent group exhibitions include In Plain Sight at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine at Ballroom Marfa, in Texas; Unfolding Universes at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia; Utopian Imagination at the Ford Foundation Gallery, New York; Paroxysm of Sublime at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Ingestion at TEORé/Tica in San José, Costa Rica; Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas at the Queens Museum, New York; and Chronos, Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space at the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. Cortez has received the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), Frieze LIFEWTR Inaugural Sculpture Prize (2019), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016), among others. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University. She teaches at California State University, Northridge. Beatriz Cortez is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.


The Cosmos (Spaceship), 2015. Wood, acrylic mirror, zip ties, found sound installation on a loop. 8 x 6 x 6 feet. Courtesy of the artist, the Queens Museum, New York, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Hai Zhang.


Black Mirror, 2016. Steel, automobile paint, zip ties, and sound installation with found audio recording. 8 x 12 x 12 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Claire Bruekel.


The Lakota Porch: A Time Traveler, 2017. Steel. 12 x 17 x 8 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Bliss.


The Memory Insertion Capsule, 2017. Steel, archival materials on video loop. 14 x 13 x 13 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: UCR Arts / Nikolay Maslov. 


The Argonaut, after Pakal, 2018. Steel and lacquer marker. 125 x 50 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. 


Tzolk'in, 2018. Steel, motor, battery, timer, solar panel, acrylic, and lacquer marker. 132 x 64.5 x 64.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Clockshop, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Scott Lynch. 


Trinidad: Joy Station, 2019. Steel, car hood sections, chain link, mylar ribbons, and plants indigenous to the Americas. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Gina Clyne. 


Generosity I, 2019. Steel, zip ties, and corn, beans, amaranth, quinoa, and gourd seeds. 5 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council.


2019 Diedrick Brackens

photo of the artist standing in front of colorful textilesThe Visual Arts Department is pleased to welcome Diedrick Brackens as the 2019 Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence. "Thoughtfully employing the language of weaving and textile making, Diedrick Brackens explores the intersections of identity and sociopolitical issues in the United States. Brackens uses calculated woven algorithms that stem from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate his intricate tapestries, seeking to highlight the complexities of African-American identity while also focusing on the loom and its significance to cultural production." (Text from Hammer Museum.)

Diedrick Brackens Guest Lecture

Diedrick Brackens Open Studio

2018 Anna Sew Hoy

anna sew hoy

Artist Anna Sew Hoy was selected as the inaugural Martha Longenecker-Roth Distinguished Artist in Residence by the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts. A renowned artist, Sew Hoy both practiced her craft as well as mentored and instructed UC San Diego students during a critical stage of their artistic development.

Anna Sew Hoy Guest Lecture

Anna Sew Hoy Open Studio

About the LAIR Selection Process:

Candidates for the LAIR are solicited through a network of curators, artists and other arts professionals that are involved in the research of craft as it relates to contemporary art making practices.  From a large pool of potential applicants the LAIR Committee selects a smaller pool to ask for a letter of interest. The work of these applicants is available to VIS Arts faculty to view. The finalist is chosen based on their research project as it pertains to the LAIR guidelines and their potential for community engagement with our graduate students.