Marta Sanchez

Artist/ Painter/Educator/Activist

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Marta Sanchez

Artist/ Painter/Educator


1986               MFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art/ Temple University, Philadelphia, PA,

1984-85         Tyler School of Art, Temple Abroad Program, Rome. Italy

1979-82          BFA in Painting, University of Texas at Austin


2014               Independence Foundation Fellowships in the Arts

2010               Transformation Award, Leeway Foundation

2006               Art and Change Grant, Leeway Foundation

2002               Window of Opportunity Grant, Leeway Foundation 

1998-99         Simons Recreation Center Public Art Competition Winner, City of Philadelphia


2018               Teaching Artist of the Month for October 2018, Lifetime Arts, New Rochelle, NY

2017-20         Member of ArtTable, NY, NY

2015-20         Member, Women’s Philanthropy Network, Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA   

2005-20         Art Instructor, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

2019-20         Ward Chair Woman, 21st Ward, Roxborough, PA

2014-20         Democratic Committee member, 21st Ward, Roxborough, PA

2012-20         Brandywine Workshop Local Advisory Committee, Philadelphia, PA

2013-18          Education Advisory Committee for Visitenos Program, Taller Puertorriqueno, Philadelphia, PA

2004-05         Member, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Committee on Latin American Outreach 

2004-10         Member, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Committee on Education

2004-13         Member, Board member

2004-10         Member, The Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture 

Collection Committee

2009-10         Delegate Selection Committee and Regional Leader for Vision 2020 In Equality, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2000-16         Art Instructor, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

2000-02        Part-time instructor, Tyler School of Art/Temple University

1997-02          Coordinating assistant of outreach program, Division of Education, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

1997-12          Museum teacher, Philadelphia Museum of Art 

2001-08         Member, Art in City Hall Exhibition Committee, Philadelphia P

1997-02          Member, Philadelphia Art Alliance Exhibition Committee

1997-00         Member, Taller Puertorriqueño ’s Exhibition Committee Philadelphia, PA

1998- 08        Instructor, ARTSTART Program, Tyler School of Art/Temple University                           

1992-19         Founder and coordinator, Cascarones Por La Vida/Cascarones for Life, an annual fundraiser 

benefiting children with AIDS and the homeless of Philadelphia.

1997               Coordinator, Latin Artist Forum ‘97:  Mapping Creative Energy, the first citywide created by and for 

Latino artist of all disciplines, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


2020              Pensando en el Paraíso, Public art for HACE, Philadelphia, PA

                       Spiritual Armor, Public art for HACE, Philadelphia, PA

 2019             Train of Thoughts, Ben Bailey Art Gallery, Texas A&M University -Kingsville,Kingsville, TX

Unfolding the life of Blanca Estela, The Mercersburg Academy Burgin Center for the Arts, Mercersburg, PA

Hopes and Memory, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA 

2018             Reclaiming Gurney St., Public Art for HACE, Philadelphia, PA

Train of Thoughts, House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015            Cuentos, The Art of Marta Sanchez, Midland College, Midland    Texas

Unfolding the life of Blanca Estela, Crawford Center Campus Gallery, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA

Transcendental Train Yards, The Philadelphia Art, Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2013               Marta SanchezPriya Gallery, Woodbury NJ

2012               Arte Bendito/Arte Filantropico, Taller Puertorriqueño, 

Philadelphia, PA

2003               New Works on Paper in conjunction with National Council of La Raza 35th Annual Conference, Austin, TX

2002               Transcendental Train Yards/ and Other Stories, From the Heart, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA

2000              Solo exhibitionGuadalupe Art Center, San Antonio, TX

Transcendental Train Yard: A Narrative Landscape, Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, PA

1997                The Ritualistic Narratives of Marta Sanchez, Pennsylvania      State University, University Park, PA

1996               Con Safos/With Soul, The Walt Whitman Cultural Art Center, Camden, NJ


2019               Voyages by Road and Sea: Philadelphia Perspectives on Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, featuring collaborative with Norma E. Cantu. The Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition Eileen Neff Juror, Woodmere Art Museum,Philadelphia, PA 

2018              Making Space, Leeway Foundation, Moore College of Art Philadelphia, PA

Diversity Driven: 1975-2017, Brandywine Workshop and Archive, Philadelphia, PA

Looking In: Portraits and their Stories. Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

2016               Confetti Eggs: Cascarones Por La Vida Art Fund, Creativity for a Cause, Art at the Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2015 -20        Pennsylvania Icons, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2015               Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Art And Children’s Program, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2015               The McNay Print Fair, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio Texas

2014               Art Basil, Miami Beach, Florida Ruiz-Healy Art

Gotas Hacen Mares, Borrelli’s Chestnut Hill Gallery, Phila.PA

Visual Narratives, prints from the Brandywine Workshop, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2012               Dialogo 365: Carpe Diem, Philadelphia City Hall, 

Philadelphia PA

Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA

2011-14          WE ARE YOU, Five-year traveling exhibition, traveling from New York to Europe. Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NY, NY

2011-15           Chicanaitas, Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}, U.S. Traveling exhibition, curated by the Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arizona

2011                Arte Tejano: De Campos, Barrios y Fronteras, OSDE Espacio de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010               Suenos: Contemporary Latin American Art, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey

2010               Daniel Brewer and Marta Sanchez: New works on Paper

                        Chestnut Hill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009               “Fusion,” American Classics meet Latin American Art, The Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE           

2008              Vidas Hispanas, Mundos Latinos-Simplicidad y Complejidad (Hispanic Lives, Latin Worlds, -Simple Complexities), Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2008-10         Celebration of Visual Traditions/New Works of Diverse Pennsylvania Artists/traveling exhibition, Penn State University, University Park, Jump Street Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA Heeschen Gallery, Meadville Council on the Arts, Meadville, PA, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA

2008              Memorias, a group exhibition of Latino and Latin American Artists in the Delaware Valley, Artesanos Gallery Philadelphia PA

2008              Frida and Me- Common Threads, Project Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

                        CHICANO ART AND SOUL, Cheech Marin Collection, The Muzeo, Anaheim, California

2007               Moving Culture (all over the map), Euphrat Museum, De Anza College Cupertino California 

2006               Creative Exchanges, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts

2001-03         Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, traveling exhibit featuring the private collection of Cheech Marin. Featured at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of Science and Industry, Washington D.C. Clear Channel Inc. presentation.

2001-03         Imagenes e Historias/Images and Histories: Chicana 

1999                Altar-Inspired Art (Traveling exhibition): Tufts University, Medford MA, University of California, Santa Clara, The University of Texas, Lubbock, Texas 

1998               A Sense of Self: Contemporary Ethnic Women Artist, The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, PA

                        La Expression de un Pueblo en Pennsylvania: Artistas Latinos Contemporaneos (The Expressions of People in Pennsylvania), The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA          

                        Not Soon Forgotten: Homage to Paul Robeson,                                                invitational mural exhibition, Levy Gallery, Moore College of                                       Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Artist Selection ll, Two-part invitational exhibition of six recognized and six new artists of Latin American and Caribbean heritages. Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1997                Art and Religion: The Many Faces of Faith (multi-ethnic                                 interfaith exhibition); Villanova University Art Gallery                                           Villanova, PA, The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies,                                                  Philadelphia, PA (award for Excellence in Painting)

Latino Art in the Capital, (juried exhibition in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month) The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA (Honorable Mention)

1997                The Varieties of Religious Experience, The Painted Bride                                 Art Center’s Annual Independent Curator’s Series, Curator Sid                                  Sachs, Philadelphia, PA

                        Retablos and Vessels: The Ritualistic Narratives of                                        Marta Sanchez and Susan Donato, Taller Puertorriqueno,                           Philadelphia, PA

1996               Rome Selection: 30 Years of the Tyler School of Art,                                      Temple/ Rome Program, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Ars Botanica: Art and Nature, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA


2019               Train of Thought, video Ben Bailey Art Gallery, Texas A&M University -Kingsville, Kingsville, Tx

The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition catalog Eileen Neff Juror, Philadelphia, PA   

Artist shares Mexican-American celebrate art, celebration and tradition, Mary Therese Biebel, July 22,2019

Steps from Philly’s former heroin encampment along Conrail’s tracks, affordable housing for seniors will soon rise, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Caitlin McCabe, Residential Real Estate Reporter, May 16,2019

Hispanics in Philanthropy conference intervew

Somos En Escrito, The Latino Literary Online Magazine, May 13,2019                       

2018               A new vision at former ‘El Campamento’ site


Marta Sanchez Beautifies the Conrail Yards, by Suji Kanneganti, INLIQUID art and DESIGN, Member News,

2016               Pains, Trains, and Automobiles, The mechanics of meaning in works by Marta Sánchez and Margarita Cabrera, presented by Dr. Constance Cortez, IUPLR Fifth Biennial Latino Art Now! Conference, Chicago, Ill


2015               Transcendental Train yards, Wings Press, San Antonio, TX

2014               Collective of Latino artists open exhibit in Chestnut Hill, Tara Lynn Johnson, 21st Century Media

OPERATING OUTSIDE THE LINES, video documentary about Brandywine Workshop, Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia PA

2012               On Faith, Dreams, and Art, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Los Angeles, CA

2012               Archival file established for the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Philadelphia Folklore Project, PFP’s artist biography for 2012 Community Supported Art (CSA program)       

2011                Mt. Airy Artist Receives $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award

                        Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Mt. Airy Patch, Philadelphia

2010               Artwork used for the set of NBC television series, OutLaws

2007               Interview for Teachers Package for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Education Department

                        From San Antonio to Mount Airy with love (and fine art), by                                      Jillian Byron, Chestnut Hill Local, November 2007

                        Marta Sanchez, Hispanic Today, September 2007

2004               Marta Sanchez, An Artist’s Journey by Wuanda Walls in Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA August 2004

2002               Mestiza Aesthetics and Chicana Painterly Visions by Tere Romo, essay from Chicano Visions American Painters on the Verge, Bulfinch Press Book, Boston, New York, London

2002               Aztlan in Tejas: Chicano/Chicana Art from the Third Coast by Constance Cortez, essay from Chicano Visions American Painters

on the Verge, Bulfinch Press Book, Boston, New York, London

Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artist, Work, Culture, and Education, Arizona State University (see:     

2000               Quotable Women, published by Running Press, Philadelphia, PA

1999                Women Artists, 1940 to the Present and Contemporary Latin-American Artists educational slide sets produced by Davis Art Slides, Worcester, MA

1998               Hispanic Artist in the Capital, Diana Myers-Bennett Roberts in                                Art Matters   Philadelphia, PA December 1998-January 1999,

The Art t of Womanhood by Rene Lucas Wayne in October                             16,1998, Philadelphia Daily News

                        A Sense of Self: Ethnic Women’s Perspective in Art by Deborah                                 R. Kravetz November 1998, Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA

1997                Mothers, published by Running Press, Philadelphia, PA

                        Radio interview for Art and Religion exhibition, Radio Times,                                    WHYY, Philadelphia, PA, July 

1996               Profile: Marta Sanchez by Judy Hartheimer, (May 15, Vol. 62,                                  No. 25) Germantown Courier, (Philadelphia, PA

1995                Break an Egg:  David Warner’s Critic’s Pick, April 14-24 (no.                                     556),Philadelphia City Paper 1995

1995                In the Family, Abington Art Center exhibition featured by                                           Karen Smyles, CNN Headline News            

                        Family in all forms is exhibition’s subject by Pheralyn, Pore,                                      Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA


2019               Cascarones Por La Vida Panel, featured during the 2019 DreamWeek Conference, San Antonio, Texas

2018               Keynote speaker for “Towards and Aesthetics of South Texas Women Artists”, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX

2017                Chicana Art & Artists in the Twenty-First Century, Symposium, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Poetry on Art: Mariachis and Train Yards in the Southwest, 38th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 

Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference CenterAlbuquerque, New Mexico 

2016               Transcendental Train yards presentation, Gemini Ink Conference, ` San Antonio, TX       14th Annual A Viva Voz! A Panel presentation with Marta Sanchez, and Liliana Wilson, moderated by Norma E. Cantu. The Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2015               Discover your Inner Philanthropist, Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA,

To mentor is to educate, the innate instincts of Frank Bramblett, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA            

2013               Hispanic Art, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia PA

2009               Bridging Art and Literature, an Anzaldúan, Practice, co-presenter, with Norma E. Cantú, Panel for The Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA 

2008              Kahlo Today: A Contemporary Artists Panel, moderator, co curator                          Emily Hage, Lesley Dill, Sarah McEneaney, Janet Kaplan                                      Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008               Keynote speaker for the Women’s Studies Institute, University of                              Texas in San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

2003               Keynote speaker, Latinas Breakfast, National Council of La                                        Raza, 35th Annual Conference, Austin, TX

                        Art and Activism, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

1999                Weaving the Threads for Quality Care, presenter for the                                             Philadelphia Museum of Art” DVAEYC & PICC Conference,                                            Philadelphia, PA

1998               Ties That Bind, panel discussion, The Painted Bride Art Center,                                Philadelphia, PA

1998               Retablo Art, Guest lecture, Pennsylvania State University,                                          Schuylkill Haven, PA

1997                Healing Through Culture/ A Level Playing Field, Panel discussion for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  


2018               With Moving Stories: Sharing Memories through Art-Making, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA

2008              Art and Society, a panel and workshop for teachers in the                                           Delaware Valley, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003               Art and Activism, panel leader, National council of La Raza                                        Conference Austin Texas

1998               Development of a Latino-Inclusive Community Based Curriculum, Latino Cultures Art Education Conference, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

                   Retablo Workshop, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art,                                       Philadelphia, PA

Teacher of numerous outreach workshops in the Philadelphia School district sponsored by Taller Puertorriqueno, Philadelphia, PA

1996         Printmaking sessions for Taller Puertorriqueno’s Youth Artist                                   Program, funded by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Samuel Fels Fund, and the Philadelphia Foundation

                        AIDS Street Bilingual Banner Project; Outreach coordinator                                     and teacher, Funded by All Walks of Life, Philadelphia, PA


2002               Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

1998               Vail Visiting Artist Program, Denison University, Granville, Ohio

                        Coronado Studio, Austin, Texas

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (list incomplete)

2020               St. Joseph’s University, Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA

2019                Library, Kingsville, TX

2018               The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

HACE, Philadelphia, PA

2016               Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

2016               University of Michigan, Lansing, MI

University of Texas in San Antonio, TX

2015               Midland College, Midland Texas

Dr. Constance Cortez, Lubbock, Texas

2014               Barbara Bassett, Philadelphia

                        Shelly Langdale, Philadelphia, PA

2013               Luis Cortez, president and CEO of Esperanza USA, the largest Hispanic faith-based evangelical network in the United States.

2013               Arturo B. Suarez, Executive Director Positive Solutions Charter                                    School, San Antonio, Texas          

                        Robert Hunt, Philadelphia, PA

                        Dr. Priscilla Sands

2012               Lydia and John Krzemisnski, Philadelphia PA

2011                Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey

2010               National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

 Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, Institute for Latino Studies-Norte Dame

2009               The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA

University of California in Los Angeles, Los Angeles California

2009               The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2008              La Salle University Museum, Philadelphia PA

                        Bill Salas, Philadelphia, PA

                        University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas

                        University of Texas at Austin, Benson Latin American Collection

 2005              Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

                        Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

2004               The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio Texas

                        Bob Brand, Philadelphia, PA

                        Ricardo Romo, San Antonio, TX

                        Norma E. Cantú, San Antonio, Texas

2001               Cheech Marin, Los Angeles, CA

2001-              Print and Picture Collection, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 

2000              Simons Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA 

1999               The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, New Britain,                                           Pennsylvania

1998               Vail Visiting Artist Archives, Denison University, Granville, OH

                        The Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL

                        West Regional Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

                        The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA


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