George Rivera, M.A., is the former museum of art Executive Director & Senior Curator, at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Rivera was with the Triton Museum of Art since 1985, before stepping down from his position in July 2013. Prior to the Triton, Rivera was the Executive Director & Curator of the San Jose Art League from 1982-1985. Rivera received his academic training in art for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Jose State University.
Since 1977 he has
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
I was completely surprised, humbled and honored. To be recognized by my peers and colleagues in this field and at this level was and is extremely humbling.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
For 28 years I was the Executive Director of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA. This award was precious to me because it honored me as an artist. I currently teach art at Mission College and Ohlone College. My art continues as usual and since my award I have been very fortunate in being featured and presented in many exhibitions statewide.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Never ever lose faith or hope, never give up what you love.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
The same, always a challenge.
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