Miguel Rivera Ortega
Associate Professor and Chair of Printmaking
Miguel Rivera joined the KCAI faculty in fall 2008 to serve as chair of the printmaking department. A practicing artist as well as an experienced educator, Rivera has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Poland, Mexico, Japan, China and the United States. Formerly he was chair of the art department at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and also served as an associate professor of printmaking and computers in art. Prior to joining the University of Guanajuato in 1998, he was an associate artist at Inkling Studio in Portland, Ore., and before that, he was an instructor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he completed his M.F.A. degree in printmaking and applied digital media in 1997. He earned a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting in 1995 from Southern Oregon University in Ashland and an associate degree in printmaking in 1992 from the University of Guanajuato. Rivera also has given visiting artist lectures in Mexico, Peru, Argentina and the United States, including Southern Graphics Council conferences.
He is a co-director with artist Cara Jaye of "Crossover", an artists' collaboration project that started in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2006 and has continued to develop and featured in the US, Mexico, China and Argentina. Lately he has visited residencies in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Japan, Italy and China. His work is included in several museums, universities, galleries and private collections. His work has been featured at the Napoca Museum in Romania, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of American Art in Kansas City, MO. City, MO. He is represented by Kim Weinberger gallery in Kansas City , Nichols Atlanta in Atlanta GA, and Davidson Galley in Seattle WA.