Athenaeum Art Center Gallery


Maik Jimenez and Cesar Vazquez: Method and Chaos

ART EXHIBITION at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights

October 11–December 14, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 6-9 PM


As a partial sponsor of the Latin American Art Fair, the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC) will exhibit the work of Tijuana-based artists Cesar Vazquez and Maik Jimenez, winners of the fair’s 2018 Best in Show and Honorable Mention. The installation includes paper-based flatwork and 3-D works and will be accompanied by a curated selection of folk art from the Mingei International Museum. These will include works representative of Mexican popular culture, such as Day of the Dead imagery, paper mâché dolls, and clay sculpture from the museum’s collection.


About the Artists

Cesar Vazquez’ work includes drawing, installation, sculpture, and artist books. He combines traditional drawing practices with non-conventional techniques to generate traces on the paper surface by making incisions. Such experimentation compliments the use of graphite and result in the construction of sculptural drawings. 


Maik Jimenez is a paper-based artist, whose sculptural drawings are made through a distinctive interplay between numerous drawings on paper which are then cut out and overlapped on different levels, representing a variety of characters both from the artist’s imagination and pop culture. Jimenez seeks to represent in a chaotic but orderly manner the crash of cultures in his surroundings.


The exhibition will be on view from October 11 through December 14, 2019, at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 11, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


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


About the Latin American Art Fair

The Latin American Art Fair (October 11-13, 2019) is an international event showcasing original artwork from over 100 artists from Mexico and Central and South America. Among the fair’s objectives is to use art to raise awareness for different cultures and promote cross-cultural exchange. This family friendly event offers art for the seasoned collector as well as the first-time art buyer.  Celebrating its 5th edition, the Fair will take place inside Bread & Salt and the Athenaeum Art Center, a dynamic contemporary art venue recognized as a multicultural hub for showcasing art and cultural programming in Southern California. The fair is estimated to attract over 5,000 Latin American art enthusiasts from the San Diego region, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, Tijuana, and numerous parts of Mexico, as well as Central and South America.


Mingei International Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world. This art shares a direct simplicity and reflects joy in making by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit.  The museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily life- by unknown craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of the past present and by historical and contemporary designers. In this exhibition, a selection of works from the Mingei’s collection of twenty century Mexican folk art will be on view. The objects include a variety of playful paper maché dolls and a selection of clay figures representing different modes of transportation, ranging from mermaids to trains and buses. 



Workshop at the AAC


Make the Cut Workshop

December 7th, 10 AM–1 PM  or  2–5 PM

$75 Mingei and Athenaeum members / $100 nonmembers


To purchase tickets (takes you to the Mingei website):

Morning session: 

Afternoon session: 


Release your inner Frida. Join Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton to learn to create her Frida Kahlo-inspired signature flower headpiece. Choose from vibrant silk flowers while learning more about Ashley’s experience and craft. Workshop includes all the materials to create your bespoke design and walk away with a unique, wearable art piece. Draw further inspiration from Mingei’s Mexican folk art on display. El taller puede ser bilingue.


About the Artist:

Ashley was born in sunny, beautiful San Diego, CA in 1991. She has 3 siblings and a large extended family. Family and living the California lifestyle were crucial elements in her upbringing. Her passion for fashion started at a very young age where she learned to sew on her grandmother’s sewing machine when she was just seven years old, and only continued to grow her talents from there. Tipton went on to attend Fashion Careers College where she got her AA in Fashion Design and Technology. Her senior collection at Fashion Careers College was highlighted in the annual Golden Hanger Fashion Awards. She’s also showed her collection at New York’s Full Figured Fashion Week in 2012. After entering and winning Project Runway in 2015 Ashley signed a contract with clothing retail giant JC Penny to design and be the face of their “plus-size” Boutique. She has also designed Plus Sized patterns for Simplicity and her own jewelry line for K&M Accessories. Gifted in understanding the needs of the plus-size consumer Ashley released her first line of apparel and eyewear in November of 2017 and continues to work as a design consultant for other plus size establishments.