P R O F I L E  &  R É S U M É

 

Chispa was born in Venezuela and spent her childhood there and in the neighboring island of Trinidad where her developing senses were surrounded by lush vegetation, aquamarine seas with stunning rocky shores and picturesque  towns whose populations included many East Indians and British colonial blacks.  It is, then, not surprising that from her earliest years she has defined her surroundings first and foremost by color!  "Color reaches my heart and my mind first, all other definitions follow."   Throughout her artistic career the salient quality in her work has been the use of rich color, regardless of medium or subject matter.

Just as she has welcomed the many twists and turns in her life's exciting paths, Chispa has relished experimenting with the many approaches and technical directions necessary to travel a variety of mediums and subjects: from landscapes to figures, or from 'magic realism' to abstraction, binding it all together with luminous color.  Her first choice of medium was watercolor.  Later, as she was introduced to oils and was captivated by the intensity of color that she could achieve with that medium.

Chispa has been exhibiting her work throughout the U.S since 1980 and has been elected to full membership in the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Society of Layerists in Multi Media, and many Southwestern, regional and local art societies. She has served as instructor in college (Texas A & M Univ., C.C.) and conducted workshops in Texas, France and Venezuela. Chispa lives and works in the Texas gulf coast town of Corpus Christi.

R É S U M É

Chispa Hernandez Bluntzer

PLACE OF BIRTH

	Caracas, Venezuela


EDUCATION

1995	Post Graduate Studies
	New York University                             New York, NY
1991	B.F.A. - Painting
	Texas A&M University                            Corpus Christi, TX


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2008    Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX
        Design Workshop

2000 - Present  Central Catholic Elementary             Corpus Christi, TX
	Art Teacher

1998	Les Cerqueux s/Passavant                        France
	Atelier sans Frontieres
	Instructor

1995	Texas A&M University	                        Corpus Christi, TX
	Adjunct Professor - Art 206

1993	Smith Art Workshops                             Caracas, Venezuela
	Instructor Watercolor

1992	Texas A&M University                            Corpus Christi, TX
	Adjunct Professor - Art 490 & 506

1992	Creative Art Center                             Corpus Christi, TX
	Instructor - Children's Summer Art Program

1991	Victoria Art Association                        Victoria, Texas
	Watercolor Instructor & Collage Workshop

1989	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX
	Watercolor Instructor

 
SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2007	Galvan House Gallery                            Corpus Christi. TX
	'Speaking of Birds'

2005	Art Center for the Islands                      Port Aransaas, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer: Meet the Artist

2004	Kucera Gallery, Art Center of C.C.              Corpus Christi, TX
	'Sometimes Green is Black'

2000	Seller's  Market Gallery                        Kingsville , TX
	Chispa Bluntzer, Guest Artist

1993	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer - Various Mediums

1991	Corpus Christi State University                 Corpus Christi, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer, B.F.A. Exhibition

1987	Corpus Christi Public Library                   Corpus Christi, TX
	Inaugural Exhibition: Chispa Bluntzer 

1985	Thomason Gallery                                Fort Worth, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer - Works on Paper

1985	Bay Front Plaza Arts and Science Center         Corpus Christi, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer - New Works

1981	Joske's of Texas                                Corpus Christi, TX
	Distinguished Corpus Christi Artists Series

1981	Corpus Christi Museum                           Corpus Christi, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer - Regional Watercolors


 
SELECTED INVITATIONAL  EXHIBITIONS

2007	Coastal Bend College                            Beeville, TX
	Simon Michael Gallery
	'Three Women Artists'

2007	Galvan House Multicultural Center               Corpus Christi, TX
	'Las Comadres'

2006	Texas A&M University, CC                        Corpus Christi, TX
	Islander Gallery
	'Merienda '06'

2005	Art Center of Corpus Christi, Kucera Gallery    Corpus Christi, TX
	'Las Comadres: 10 th Anniversary

2005	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX
	Masters Invitational

2005	Del Mar College, Cain Gallery                   Corpus Christi, TX
	22 Drawings from the Holmes Collection

2005	Texas A&M University, CC                        Corpus Christi, TX
	Islander Gallery
	'Visual Dialogue'

2004	The Nave Museum                                 Victoria , TX
	'Las Comadres: Women of Vision'

2004	Art Center for the Islands                      Port Aransas, TX
	"Color X 3"

2004	Del Mar College Cain Gallery                    Corpus Christi, TX
	'Selecciones Hispanas'

2003	South Texas Institute for the Arts,
	A. E. Garcia Ctr.                               Corpus Christi, TX
	'Los Nuevos Artistas'

2003	Texas A&M Corpus Christi Univ., Weil Gallery    Corpus Christi, Tx
	'ConTejas  Contemporary'

2002	Prudential Securities                           Corpus Christi, TX
	"Rock Solid Art'

2002	K Space Art Studios/Gallery                     Corpus Christi, TX
	'Healers & Saints"

2002	Wilhelmi-Holland Gallery                        Corpus Christi, TX
	'Art & Ornament'

2001	Texarkana Regional Arts Center                  Texarkana,  AK
	Las Comadres: Kitsch 'N Art

2000	Texas A&M University                            Kingsville, TX
	Las Comadres: Boundaries

1999	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX
	"Las Comadres: 9 Points of View "  (Catalogue Available)
	Curated by: Melissa Miller

1999	Rockport Center for the Arts                    Rockport, TX
	"Texas Layerists"

1998	Wilhelmi / Holland Gallery                      Corpus Christi, TX
	"Great Expectations"

1998	Texas Institute for the Arts:                   Corpus Christi, TX
	A.E. García Education Center
	"Women Artists"   (A Project of Texas A&M Univ., CC, Art Deptment.)

1998	Corpus Christi  Multicultural Center            Corpus Christi, TX
	"Las Comadres: Kitsch 'N Art"

1998	Rockport Art Center                             Rockport, TX
	"Viva" Invitational Exhibition

1997	Multicultural Center                            Corpus Christi, TX
	Molcajete: Blending Cultures and Friendships
	Las Comadres Invitational Exhibition

1997	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX
	The Hispanic Voice - Selections from the permanent collection

1996	Multicultural Center                            Corpus Christi, TX
	Las Comadres: Pairs & Parodies

1995	Weil Gallery - Texas A&M University             Corpus Christi, TX
	Return to Ward Island - 2nd Invitational Alumni Exhibition

1992	University of Texas Health Science Center       San Antonio,TX	
	The Universal Link: Art is for Healing
	Curator: Richard Newman, Artist


1992	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX
	Target: South Texas-Subjective Visions (Catalogue available)
	Curator: Margaret Gilham, AMST Curator

1988	Southwest Craft Center                          San Antonio, TX	 
	Endeavors

1988	Western Colorado Center for the Arts            Grand Junction, CO
	National Watercolor Society Invitational
	Curator: Stephen Doherty, Editor, American Artist Magazine

1987	Zanesville Art Center                           Zanesville, OH 
	Layering/Connecting

1986 	Tiburon Gallery                                 Austin, TX
	Chispa Bluntzer & Ron Pokrasso

1983	Bonner/White Gallery                            Corpus Christi, TX 
	Premier Exhibition
 
SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS (since 1988)

2008	Tri Group 44 (Award)
	Juror: Dr. Carey Rote, Tx. A&M Univ. CC
	Cain Gallery, Del Mar College                   Corpus Christi, TX

2007	South Texas Art League Annual Juried Exhibition (Award)
	Juror: Michelle Locke, Curator/Registrar AMST
	Art Museum of Sout Texas                        Corpus Christi, TX

2006	South Texas Art League 48 Annual (Award)
	Juror: James Moltz, Artist/Teacher/Master Jeweler
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX

2006	South Texas Art League Annual Juried Exhibition
	Juror: Dr. William Otton, Director AMST
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX

2005	Corpus Christi Art Center Dimensions 33         Corpus Christi, TX
	Jurors: Jayne Duryea, Coastal Bend College Art Chair
	Joe Pena, Teacher TAMUCC

2005	South Texas Art League Annual Juried Exhibition
	Juror:  Masafumi Hase, International Artist/Teacher
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX

2005	South Texas Art League 71st Annual (Award)
	Juror: Larry Felder, Graphic Designer
	Corpus Christi Art Center                       Corpus Christi, TX

2005	Watercolor Society of South Texas, 36 Annual
	Juror: KenHosmer, Artist/Teacher
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX

2004	Tri Group 40  (Award)
	Juror: Charles E. Weissinger, TAMUK Professor
	Cain Gallery, Del Mar College                   Corpus Christi, TX

2004	Art Center of C.C.: Dimensions '04              Corpus Christi, TX
	Jurors: Charles Field, TX Univ. S. Antonio Art Dept.
	Richard Scherpereel, Texas A&M, Kingsville Art Dept.

2004	South Texas Art League Annual Exibition         Corpus Christi, TX
	Juror: Renzo Barchi, Houston Art League

2003	37th National Drawing & Sculpture Show
	Juror: Brian Paulsen,  Univ. of Nebraska
	Cain Gallery, Del Mar College                   Corpus Christi, TX
2003	South Texas Art League 69 Anniv. Exhibition  (Award)
	Juror: Deborah Fullerton, Art Museum of S. TX. Curator
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX

2003	Tri Group 39                                    Corpus Christi, TX
	Juror: Amorette Garza, Del Mar College Art Dept.

2003	Art Museum of South Texas Bienial 
	Juror: Dr. Edmond P. Pillsbury, Pillsbury/Peters Fine Art, Dallas, TX
	Art Museum Of Sout Texas                        Corpus Christi, TX

2002	36th National Drawing & Sculpture Show          Corpus Christi, TX
	Juror: Marty Mayo, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston
	Cain Memorial Gallery,  Del MarCollege          Corpus Christi, TX 

2001	South Texas Art League Annual  (Award)
	Juror: Cynthia Perkins, Del mar College Art Dept.
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX

1999	33rd. Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show  (Purchase Award)
	Juror: Susan Shatter, N.Y.
	Cain Memorial Gallery,  Del MarCollege          Corpus Christi, TX

1999	Tri Group Annual Exhibition  (Award) 
	Cain Memorial Gallery, Del Mar College          Corpus Christi,TX

1998	South Texas Art League Annual Exhibition
	Juror: Alice Carrington, Carrington Gallery Ltd., San Antonio, TX
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX

1997	Watercolor Society of South Texas 27th Annual Exhibition  (Award)
	Juror: Angie B. Brown, Dallas, Tx 
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi,  TX 

1995	Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 20th Annual Exh.   (Award &
	Selection for Travel Exh.) 
	Juror: Virginia Cobb, AWS
	Transco Towers Galleries                        Houston, TX

1995	"Artists of the Gulf States"  (Award)
	Juror: Luis Jimenez, Artist
	 Art Center of Corpus Christi                   Corpus Christi ,TX

1994	South Texas Art League Annual Exhibition
	Juror: Martha Fenstemaker, Chair, Art Department, Laredo Community College
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX


1994	Watercolor Society of South Texas 24th Annual Exh.  (Award)
	Juror: Don Andrews, AWS
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX

1993	South Texas Art League,60th Anniversary Exh. (Award)
	Juror: William Otton, Director, Art Museum of South Texas
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX

1993	South Texas Art League, Citation '93  (Award)
	Juror: Jim Edwards, Former Curator, San Antonio Art Museum;
    Prof. Art History, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi,TX

1993	South Texas Watercolor Society Annual 
	Juror: Alex Powers, AWS
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi ,TX  

1992	Citation Show  (Award)
	Juror: Reginald Rowe, Professor, San Antonio Art Institute
	Art Museum of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX

1991	South Texas Watercolor Society Annual  (Award)
	Juror: Leo Smith, AWS
	Art Center of Corpus Christi                    Corpus Christi, TX

1991	Tri Group 27  (Award)
	Juror: Kiezo Koga
	Cain Memorial Gallery - Del Mar College         Corpus Christi, TX

1991	South Texas Art League Annual Exh. (Award)
	Jurors: Randolph Flowers, Greg Reuter, Professors of Art
	Cain Memorial Gallery - Del Mar College         Corpus Christi, TX
			 
1991	Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 16th Annual Juried Exh.  (Award)
	Jurors: Virginia Cobb, AWS & Keith Crown, AWS
	Corpus Christi Art Center                       Corpus Christi, TX

1990	Citation'90  (Award)
	Juror: Maggie Gilham, Curator, Art Museum of South Texas
	Cain Memorial Gallery - Del Mar College         Corpus Christi, TX

1989	Texas Watercolor 40th Annual Exh. (Selected for traveling exhibition)
	Juror: Gerald Brommer, AWS
	The McNay Art Museum                            San Antonio, TX

1989	Texas Visual Arts Association -16th National Open Exh.	 
	Juror: Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg, Curator of Painting & Sculpture, National Museum of
 American Art of the Smithsonian Institute          Dallas, TX

PUBLICATIONS

Books	

	Creative Collage Technique, Nita Leland and Virginia Lee Williams, North Light Books,
 Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995, color illustration page 127.

	Collage Techniques, Gerald F. Brommer, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1995,
 color illustration page 114.

	Watercolor and Collage Workshop, Gerald F. Brommer, Watson-Guptill, Publications,
 New York, 1986, color illustration page 94.


Newspapers & Periodicals

	Corpus Christi Caller Times, Arts & Entertainment,  "The Art of Las Comadres" 
	by Paige Ross, June 17, 1999, page B6

	Corpus Christi Caller Times,  Review  by  Paige Ross, May 27,1999, page A22.

	Corpus Christi Caller Times,  Artview by  Ed Lambert, March 7, 1997 page E10, 
	Illustration page E14.

	Southern Texas Informer, Art & Books, Patricia M. Holt, April 1990, Volume III, No. IX, 
	page 16, illustrations pp.16 &17.

	Corpus Christi Caller Times, Review by Maurice Schmidt, December 22, 1985.

	Corpus Christi Caller Times, Art & The Artist, Michael Spies, May 8, 1981, illustration 
page 1, section D.

	Southern Watercolor Society Scene, Spotlight on the Artist, December 3, 1981, 
illustrations pp. 2 & 3.

 
PUBLIC and CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

	Art Museum Of South Texas                       Corpus Christi, TX
	Permanent Collection

	Corpus Christi  Museum of Science and History   Corpus Christi, TX
	Permanent Collection

	Commerce Bank                                   Corpus Christi, TX

	Corpus Christi Bank & Trust,                    Corpus Christi, TX

	Corpus Christi Cathedral                        Corpus Christi, TX

	Nations Bank                                    Corpus Christi, TX

	Suemaur Oil                                     Corpus Christi, TX

	Porter Oil                                      Corpus Christi, TX

	Landmark Condominiums                           Corpus Christi, TX