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Alma López named 2013 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: September 30, 2013

DENVER – Alma López, a visual artist know as the “Digital Diva” and self-described “queer Chicana feminist activist,” has been named Metropolitan State University of Denver’s 2013 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor.

This year’s professorship, Oct. 7-8, continues a16-year history of bringing renowned Latino and Latina scholars, artists and community leaders to the University. This year’s theme: “Chicana Feminist Art: Embodying La Politica.”

López is a visual artist and a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Her work has been showcased internationally over the last two decades in more than 100 national and international solo and group exhibitions. She is also the co-editor, along with her spouse, Professor Alicia Gaspar de Alba, of Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s Irreverent Apparition (University of Texas Press, 2011). The book features one of her highly publicized art works, Our Lady.

López’s work complements the Castro Professorship mission and commitment to diversity and social activism. Her implementation of multiple collaborative art groups has helped initiate cultural and social dialogues addressing the topic of gender equity.

Founded in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at the University, the professorship honors civil rights activist and MSU Denver graduate and instructor Richard T. Castro, who served five terms in Colorado’s House of Representatives. For more information on Castro’s legacy and López, visit

Free community events open to the public include: 

Mon., Oct. 7

La Bienvenida – Welcome Reception 6 – 8 p.m.

Su Teatro

721 Santa Fe Drive,


Tue., Oct. 8

Luncheon and Keynote Address 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Cajetan’s Event Center, Auraria Campus


“I Love Lupe” – Screening and Discussion 1 – 3 p.m.

St. Cajetan’s Center, Auraria Campus


“Our Lady of Controversy” – Panel Discussion 5 – 7 p.m.

Panelists: Emma Pérez, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder Ethnic Studies professor; Carlota Espinoza, Denver artist; and Alma López.
SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver - Ballroom
1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO  (Corner: Speer Blvd/Auraria Parkway)


Seating is limited for the free public events. For more information and to RSVP visit

or contact Mercedes Salazar at 303-556-3124,



About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.