Chromaj (Jodie Herrera)
Jodie Herrera is a Northern New Mexican artist and curator with Latina and indigenous ancestry, Jicarilla Apache and Comanche. Her life and her work are of and indebted to her New Mexican heritage which she celebrates through her art. Herrera was the first woman in her family to graduate college and did so from the University of New Mexico with a BFA honors in 2013, with a focus in oil painting. Since then, she has had an acclaimed career as a oil painter, muralist, and curator where she explores how art can both heal and empower the individual and community as a medium for storytelling. She has also founded Woman Across Borders in 2016. As a fusion between art and activism, this project worked with and aimed to tell the story of refugee and immigrant women from across the world. Ultimately Jodie aims to connect and uplift marginalized people, like herself, while providing a platform for important issues around social justice and intersectional feminism and hopes her work can be a catalyst for positive change by telling our stories with power and dignity. Jodie has exhibited in the Art Archives of America in the Smithsonian, DC, the Stone Sparrow Gallery, NY, the Maxwell Alexander Gallery in LA, the Gallery Fritz in Santa Fe, and the Denver History Museum. Herrera’s work has also been featured in The American Art Collector and the Beautiful Bizarre magazines and she was awarded “Best Visual Artist” of 2017, 2018, and 2019 by the Albuquerque Magazine.