Alumni in Joint-Exhibition, 'Verano'

December 1, 2017

Two MFA Visual Arts alumni, Esteban Cabeza de Baca ‘14 and Heidi Howard ‘14, wrapped up their joint-exhibition, Verano, at Gaa Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts last week.


Verano, which means “summer” in Spanish, features Howard and Cabeza de Baca’s paintings, which are “a sensorial meditation on the elliptical, lengthened days of the seasons.” The paintings were completed as the artists, who first met in 2012 while they were graduate students at Columbia, traveled through Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and the U.S.


Howard’s work “draws on the intimacies of friendship as a foundational element of her inventive paintings, which are characterized by loose, free strokes and detailed, staccato texture.” She has had two solo exhibitions at Nancy Margolis Gallery. In a 2015 article, Kate Liebman of the Brooklyn Rail described Howard’s portraits as seeking “to capture [the] physical likeness and that more intangible beast—personality—with her unique sense of color and an original use of pattern.”


Cabeza de Baca’s paintings “derive from dreams and [are] shaped toward capturing and reimagining lost cultural histories.” He has been featured in group exhibitions at Yale University, MA, Dickinson Gallery, NY, and David Richard Gallery, NM, to name a few. Cabeza de Baca is a resident at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands.