Language: An Artist’s Perspective


Using letters, words and Spanglish phrases to interpret and re-purpose meanings addressing contemporary issues


Instructor: Rosa Naday Garmendia, creative thinker and producer

Rosa Naday Garmendia

Rosa Naday Garmendia is a socially engaged artist whose art making process is fed by her interest in the human condition. For the last 15 years she has cultivated a diverse artistic practice using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, fabric, collage, site specific installations, photography, illustration and mural painting. Recurrent themes and imagery in her work include visual expressions of identity, migration, alienation, history, war and believes. Rosa Naday’s art making process is fed by her experiences as a woman, an immigrant and an industrial worker, which have shaped her ideas about injustice. She is inspired by her personal relationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that come forth as a result. As an artist, she considers her studio practice a daily act of resistance.

Garmendia was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 8. Rosa has pursued her fine art studies at various universities and art institutes, including, University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute.



Art History Lectures

Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art and World Culture

Class Schedule

Saturdays at 2pm • $5 per class.

Area professors and visual artists will conduct these classes.

Free for members, North Miami residents,
and city of North Miami employees

Art teachers may register with Miami Dade County Public Schools for professional development credits. Reading list provided for each lecture: Schedule of topics are listed below.


12/19 • The impact of Art Fairs and Art Market Speculation


1/16 Identity Issues: Feminist and Queer art
• Identity Issues: Protest Art: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance
• The Body: Baartman to Beyonce: Appealing/ Appalling Buttocks in Contemporary Popular Culture


2/13 • Place: Imagined Places and (De)Territorialized Identities in Postcolonial Black Arts
2/20 • Language: An Artist’s Perspective – Using letters, words and Spanglish phrases to interpret and re-purpose meanings addressing contemporary issues
2/27 • Spirituality: A Discussion of the Sacred Arts of Afro-Cuban Lukumi Religion


3/5 • Identity Issues:  Nationality and Ethnicity
3/12 • Time: The Past is More Infinite Than the Future – Collapsing the linear


4/2 • Handiwork, The Place of Craft in Art Today

4/9 • Street Artists

Call 305.893.6211 to register by phone.