DELILAH MONTOYA was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955 and raised in Nebraska. She maintained a strong connection to New Mexico through her mother’s family, and received a Bachelor of Arts in studio art in 1984 from the University of New Mexico. She earned an MA with honors in print-making in 1990 and an MFA with distinction in studio art in 1994 also from the University of New Mexico.
She was one of five graduate students in the nation to receive a College Arts Association Professional Development Fellowship in 1993 to support her MFA thesis project, Sagrado Corazon/Sacred Heart. This project was exhibited extensively and marked the beginning of her professional success. Her other projects include Saints and Sinners (1992), La Guadalupana (1998), Shooting the Tourist (1996), Sed: The Trail of Thirst (2004), and Contemporary Casta Portraiture Nuestra Calidad (Arte Público Press, 2017).
Her work focuses on the Southwestern landscape, the courage involved in the migration process, and the transformation of the cultural interpretation of ‘malcriadas’—women who defy convention and refuse to conform to social norms. Women Boxers: The New Warriors (Arte Público Press, 2006) depicts powerful, devoted athletes who embody the new-age, positive interpretation of ‘malcriada.’ Some of her work also appears in Voices in Concert: In the Spirit of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Arte Público Press, 2015).
Montoya’s work has been featured in exhibits all over the world, including France, Mexico and the Ukraine. She has taught at California State University, Hampshire College, Smith College, and Santa Fe Community College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of photography and digital arts at the University of Houston.
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