Mark Menjívar is a San Antonio based artist and Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. His art practice primarily consists of creating participatory projects while being rooted in photography, oral history, archives, and social action. He attended McLennan Community College, holds a BA in Social Work from Baylor University and an MFA in Social Practice from Portland State University.
Mark has engaged in projects at venues including the Rothko Chapel, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Houston Center for Photography, The Puerto Rican Museum of Art and Culture, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and the Krannert Art Museum.
He has partnered on projects with many community organizations including San Anto Cultural Arts, Bloom Project, Black Outside, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, CAST Schools, Libraries Without Borders, and the H. E. Butt Foundation.
Mark is the artist-in-residence with the Texas After Violence Project, a public memory archive that fosters deeper understandings of the impacts of state violence.. He is also a member of Borderland Collective, which utilizes collaborations between artists, educators, youth, and community members to engage complex issues and build space for diverse perspectives, meaningful dialogue, and modes of creation around border issues.
Lindsay Reckson is an Associate Professor of English at Haverford College. A scholar of post-Reconstruction U.S. literature, performance, and visual culture, she is the author of Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature (2020) and the editor of American Literature in Transition, 1876-1910. She teaches and writes at the intersections of creative expression and social justice, and has taught courses at Haverford on the cultural history of capital punishment and the poetics of incarceration and abolition. In 2018, she collaborated with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery to help coordinate The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America exhibit and symposium at Haverford College.