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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Samantha Caldera is a visual artist, her passion lies in fantasy storytelling through various art mediums. She uses her experiences and hardship navigating life as a Mexican-American growing up in Chicago to inform her work. Creating new realities through fiction was very necessary for her as a child and continues to be her passion, comfort, and pride. She enjoys the freeness to explore her mind and create stories using art, her stories address hard topics in a fun and creative way.

Through her art she hopes to represent marginalized groups and connect with audiences while creating conversations around important problems in the changing world.

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Exhibitions

2023    Group Exhibition, Home is a Teddy Bear, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2023    Group Exhibition, Terrain Biennial, Space of Symbiosis, Chicago, IL

2023    Group Exhibition, Spring Showcase, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL (curated by Red Line Service)

2021    Group Exhibition, March of Mini’s, Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Experience

Administrative Event and Artistic Support, Red Line Service Institute

January 2023 - Now​

Bricolage Art Intern , Green Star Movement 

February 2024 - May 2024

Cartoonist, New Heights Educational Group

July 2021 - September 2022​

Seller, Etsy

July 2020 - Now​

Consignment

2023    Buddy’s, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2022    ShopColumbia, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Conventions and Art Festivals

2023    Sundays on State, Pocket Con

2022    Con on the Cob, Twin Cities Con, Anime Zap!, Hall of Heroes, Inkfest

2021    Con + Alt + Delete

Residencies

Risograph Residency by Artefactos Limon LLC

Awards

2022

Best Illustrator Nomination Columbia College Chicago

2022

Dean’s List all semesters at Columbia College Chicago

2020

Political Cartoon Contest Honorable Mention $200 award Columbia College Chicago

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