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Education

MFA | Present | Savannah College of Art and Design
     Major: Illustration

BFA | 2018 | Sam Houston State University
     Major: Studio Art
Concentration: 2-Dimensional Studio Art

AA | 2014 | McLennan Community College
     Major: Visual Arts

Professional Experiene

Illustrator | The Jigglewatts Burlesque Revue | April – August 2020 | College Station, TX
     Internship focused on creating illustrations for the use of marketing and merchandising for select members of the troupe.

Photographer| Mom365 | April 2019 – March 2020 | Bryan, TX
     Photograph newborns and their families within a controlled and limited environment.

Painting Instructor | Art Center of Waco | June 2018 | Waco, TX
     Instruct children, ages 8 – 12, to various methods of painting.

Gallery Worker | Sam Houston State University |May – July 2017 | Huntsville, TX
     Catalogued the University’s art collection and curated an exhibition of selected work from the collection.

Designer | VIDA & CO. | 2015 – Present | San Francisco, CA
     Designer for fashion apparel and contributor to a global partnership of co-creators.

Illustrator | Freelance | 2013 – Present | Texas
     Creating private commissioned illustrations for individual buyers.

Curatorial Projects

2017
     trEat Well Inc., Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     Selections from the University Collection, (Co-Curator) Lowman Student Center Gallery, Huntsville, TX

2016
     Zeitgeist, Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     Selections from the University Collection, (Co-Curator) Lowman Student Center Gallery, Huntsville, TX

Solo Exhibitions

2018
     Arcana, Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX

Group Exhibitions

2019
     The Tiny Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2018
     Sketchbooks on the Island, Governor’s Island – South Battery, New York, NY
     The Sketchbook Project 2018 Tour
Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA | Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL | Historic Distillery District, Toronto, Canada | Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
     Studio Art, Photography, and Animation Senior Exhibition, Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     The Senior Preview Show, Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     Work from Students in Advanced Classes, Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     Black Canvas, Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX

2017
     SAA Juried Show – Dream State, Lowman Student Center Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     trEat Well Inc., Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     Choices, Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX
     The Human Form, The Cellar Wine Lounge and Gallery, Huntsville, TX

Commissions

2018
     Private, Monica + Kyle, digital photography, graduation photos

2017
     Private, Corazon y Casa, medium-scale painting (3’ x 5’), oil on Masonite in ornate frame
     Private, Team Arrow, traditional illustration (9” x 12”), ink on paper
     Corporate, Knightly Valor, medium-scale painting (4’ x4’), oil on Masonite, Academy of Combat for European Martial Arts

2016
     Private, New Life, medium-scale painting (4’ x 4’), oil on Masonite

2014
     Private, Snared, traditional illustration (9” x 12”), colored pencils on paper

Publications

2020
     “Meet Blanca Cardenas | Illustrator”, Shoutout HTX, December 2020, https://shoutouthtx.com/meet-blanca-cardenas-illustrator/

2018
     “Meet Blanca E. Cardenas Barragan”, Voyage Houston, July 2018, http://voyagehouston.com/intereview/meet-blanca-e-cardenas-barragan/
     “The Ties That Bind”, LINE WEBTOON, June 2018, https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/the-ties-that-bind/list?title_no=190878

Honors and Awards

2018
     Kenneth Zonker Endowment Scholarship – Honorable Mention, Sam Houston State University

2017
     Faculty and Student Team (FAST) Grant – Inventorying collection for the art department at Sam Houston State University

Permanent Collections

2019
     The Tiny Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2018
     The Sketchbook Project 2018, Brooklyn Art Library, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY