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Rose G. Salseda receives Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

text written on side of steel wall
Juan Capistran, NWA (Brothers Gonna Work It Out), 2009. Archival pigment print; documentation of text mural. 16 x 24 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Rose G. Salseda, doctoral candidate in art history, has been awarded the 2017-18 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. She is also one of three Ford Fellows selected to present in the Academic Exchange Session in Performance and Ethnomusicology; Art History and Film & Media Studies at the Annual Conference of Ford Fellows, which will be held Sept 28-30, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, Salseda has been selected to participate in New York University Steinhardt’s Faculty First-Look, a mentorship and professional development program for doctoral students committed to careers as university faculty. 

Salseda continues her role as associate director of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF), an advocacy organization for artists, museum staff, faculty, and graduate students within the field of Latinx art and art history. Recently, USLAF became a 501(c)(3). With this non-profit status, Salseda and other USLAF officers are working on sustainability initiatives to support the growing organization, which now boasts over 250 members.

Earlier this year, Salseda also rose to co-director from assistant director of at land’s edge (ALE), a Los Angeles-based pedagogical platform for cultural producers who are committed to social change. This summer, she co-led an initiative to overhaul the organization to better suit its grassroots politics, strengthen its curriculum, and ensure the program’s overall sustainability. ALE is now led by a core group of organizers, which includes Salseda, former fellows, founding members, and previously affiliated educators. 

Lastly, this year Salseda has published “Black and Blue and Brown: Artist Depicts Police Brutality” for KCET ArtBound and “I Am We” for Looking Back, Looking Forward, a multi-artist edited newspaper. Her forthcoming publications include “In Memory of My First Child: On Pregnancy Loss and Reproductive Justice,” an essay for Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución (The University of Arizona Press); and “The Legacy of Self-Help Graphics’ Día de los Muertos,” which will be included in the catalog for Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future, an exhibition to be held at Self Help Graphics & Art and part of the Getty’s “PST LA/LA initiative.”