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Gisela Insuaste

Gisela Insuaste is an Oakland-based artist, administrator, and educator. She enjoys traveling on a bicycle or on foot, taking photos, and making paintings and sculptures inspired by the built and natural environment, and the interconnectedness of people, places, and things. Gisela has worked with organizations in social justice, community engagement, and arts education with artists and communities of color in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. She is a consultant with the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in Oakland, and she recently served at the San Francisco Arts Commission, working with cultural equity grants programs for organizations and individual artists. Gisela has also worked on public programming and museum education at Wave Hill, El Museo del Barrio, the Chicago History Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute. She is the recipient of fellowships, arts grants and awards by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Artadia, MacDowell Colony, The Laundromat Project, and the Smithsonian Latino Center. Projects and exhibition participation include El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Untitled Art, FIAC, Southern Exposure, Cuchifritos Gallery, and El Centro Cultural de Ecuador. Throughout the year, Gisela volunteers with Friends of Sausal Creek and Oakland Trails to better connect POC youth and families to the outdoors. Gisela holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Studio Art from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.