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Look Make Share with Lucia Hierro and LatchKey Gallery

You may recognize Lucia Hierro‘s artwork from our current Home Sweet Home: Is a Home a Sanctuary? exhibition. Lucia is a first generation American artist whose mother and father are both from the Dominican Republic. Lucia grew up in both the Dominican Republic and New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. She knew she wanted to be an artist from a very young age and studied painting and drawing at SUNY Purchase. Afterwards, she continued her education at Yale University to complete a M.A. in painting and printmaking.

Lucia’s work is about her experience living in both the Dominican Republic and Washington Heights. She uses images of objects around her to create her artwork. Sometimes, these images are of food from recipes she made with her aunt or grandmother; other times, they are images of friends or games she has played. Color is very important in Lucia’s work. She uses color to express emotions, communicate her feelings, and sometimes to trick our eyes!

Familiarize yourself with Lucia’s artwork below and try your hand at creating your own! Learn more about Lucia Hierro here and LatchKey Gallery here.

Dominicano but he doesn’t drink coffee?

Who is your best friend? Collect images of things that remind you of him or her. Send your best friend a picture of the artwork you made about them, either through text message or postal mail. Don’t forget to tell them why you picked certain items to describe them!


Play with color! Take a green piece of paper and compare it to a different colored paper. See what happens when you put it next to a red paper, yellow paper, or even blue paper! How does your original green paper change? Does one color stand out or “pop” more than the other?

Torrejitas de Yuca

Is there a family recipe you enjoy making with a loved one? What are some of the ingredients you use? Prepare that meal together and share an image of the meal the next time you eat it.

Breakfast Still-Life With Greca

Pick a letter from the alphabet and find images that start with that letter. Cut them out to create your own Lucia-Hierro-inspired artwork. Do you have favorite letter? What color paper would you use to describe your favorite letter? What color would you use to describe your least favorite letter?

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

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