A Finding Aid to the Tony Ortega Papers, 1984-2010, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.ortetony
Creators:
Ortega, Tony
Dates:
1984-2010
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.9 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of muralist, illustrator, and Chicano activist Tony Ortega measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1984 to 2010. The papers are comprised of project and exhibition files for murals, public art projects, and children's book illustration exhibitions. Also found are printed materials consisting of articles about Ortega, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and a calendar and note cards featuring artwork by Ortega.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of muralist, illustrator, and Chicano activist Tony Ortega measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1984 to 2010. The papers are comprised of project and exhibition files for murals, public art projects, and children's book illustration exhibitions. Also found are printed materials consisting of articles about Ortega, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and a calendar and note cards featuring artwork by Ortega.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as two series.
  • Series 1: Project and Exhibition Files, 1989-2006 (Box 1, OVs 3, 5; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Printed Materials, 1984-2010 (Boxes 1-2, OV 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Tony Ortega (1958- ) is a muralist, illustrator, and Chicano activist in Denver, Colorado.
Ortega received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder where he also received a master's in fine arts. Ortega has been a professor in the fine and performing arts department at Regis University in Denver since 2004.
Community activism has been an ongoing theme in Ortega's career. He is a member of Artnauts, an artist collective founded by George Rivera that connects artists globally. He also uses art as a way to connect communities through numerous commissions and volunteer projects that engage children and adults in the creation of public artworks and murals.
Ortega is also the illustrator of Day of the Dead: Aztec Adventure of Cholo, Vato and Pano and Who am I? Family Adventures of Cholo, Vato, and Pano, children's books written by George Rivera about Mexican and Chicano cultures.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2018.
Author
Sarah Mundy
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated by Tony Ortega in 2015.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Tony Ortega papers, 1984-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Illustrators -- Colorado -- Denver Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- Colorado -- Denver Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Political activists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chicano movement Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Rivera, George F. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artnauts (Art collective) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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