Athenaeum Music & Arts Library North Reading Room

Athenaeum Art Center Gallery



October 13 – December 27, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 6-8 PM


“Although art is demanding and jealous, it has given me everything.”


As a partial sponsor of the Latin American Art Fair, the Athenaeum Art Center exhibits the work of Tijuana-based artist, Alejandra Phelts, winner of the fair’s 2017 “Best in Show.” The exhibition includes paintings, installation, sculpture, and during the exhibition’s opening a video and performance by the artist. The artist will join us again, during the Barrio Art Crawl on Nov. 10th (6-8pm). During the Barrio Art Crawl, at 7pm there will be a screening of the artist’s short video, which accompanies the exhibition.


My most recent work, “Retratos Iluminados” (Iluminated Portraits), is a view of family life, of motherhood and of the home. It was first created in an effort to improve my style of drawing the human form, but it matured as a result of some very important events in my life: the births of my children and my mother’s fight against cancer.

—Alejandra Phelts


Alejandra Phelts began her art studies in 1998 at the Institut Privé de Philosophie et Théologie Saint Jean in Saint Jodard, France. In 2007, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from the Autonomous University of Baja California. In 2011, Alejandra was awarded the XVIII Biennial of Baja California. Since 2001, Phelts has used a varied practice of installation, photography, painting and drawing to explore the relationship between art, life and memory.


Phelts' work has been shown in more than 50 exhibitions throughout Mexico, Europe, United States and China, including the Artist Series at the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at the University of California San Diego; the MRAF 2012 at Art Basel Week Miami, FL; Abstracción 13 at the Museo Felguerez in Zacatecas, Mexico; Salon d’Art 2013 in Mónaco; Fashion & Art 2015 at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Illuminated Portraits at the Sebastian Foundation Gallery in Australia and at the Mexican General Consulate in Shanghai, China.


Alejandra's work is complemented by her volunteering in orphanages in Tijuana where since 2007 she teaches "Art feeds" a program based on art education and therapy that she designed. Alejandra develops interdisciplinary projects and works out of her studio in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.


The Athenaeum Art Center, located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights, in the Bread & Salt complex, is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am–4 pm, and for scheduled programs and classes.