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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

California Arts Council Honors Alicia Rojas as O.C.'s Sole Established Artist Fellow

A year ago, Alicia Rojas led an all-women crew putting the finishing touches on “Las Poderosas,” a public art mural project in Costa Mesa honoring local Latina heroines, from Sylvia Mendez to Modesta Avila.

Now, the Colombian American artist from Santa Ana is feeling a little like a poderosa herself after being the sole Orange County artist awarded an Established Artist Fellow grant from the California Arts Council. Earlier this month, CAC announced its Individual Artist Fellows for 2021. Following the submission of a grant application and art samples that included “Poderosas,” Rojas was selected as one of 66 honorees in the established tier, which entailed winning $10,000 in grant money.

When she first learned of the news, it summoned an immediate flashback.

Read more on my latest TimesOC feature:

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