Bernadette Esperanza Torres: art faculty and community artist

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Bernadette Torres is a fine arts instructor and director of the Carter Art Center gallery at MCC-Penn Valley. Torres is also a working artist who has had exhibitions across the Midwest.

Her solo ceramic art exhibition “Blooming Dreams and Fading Memories” is on view at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Aug. 13 -Oct. 22, 2015. The show features 20 works, including a few graphite/ink-on-paper drawings and ceramic sculptures.

This exhibition is the first Texas showcase for the Mexican-American artist and the premiere of six never-before-exhibited works from her “Sisters” and “Dream Clusters” series.

In what Torres describes as “autobiographical narratives,” floral and avian imagery frequent the artist’s work.

“As a daughter of a florist, flowers are intrinsic to my sculptures. They create a dialogue internal to my work,” Torres says. For her, flowers represent the life cycle because they are always present at major life events such as baby showers, weddings and anniversaries.

Bernadette Esperanza Torres earned her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F.A. from the University of Miami. Since 2001, she has taught ceramics, sculpture and drawing at MCCe-Penn Valley. Her sculptures are featured in academic publications published by Lark Crafts.

Torres has received grants from the Charlotte Street Foundation (through the Kansas City Artists Coalition) and ArtsKC. Her work is in permanent collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, as well as several private collections.