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Re:definition was launched in 2016 with the goal of redefining historic cultural space. With this purpose in mind, STG has transformed our Paramount Theatre’s lobby bar into an art gallery. Rotating exhibits throughout the year showcase works from visual artists whose pieces highlight issues of race and social justice, both locally and globally.

Re:definition 2019 is curated by Juan Alonso-Rodríquez. More details below!

We remain grateful to our inaugural curators, Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters, for helping to establish this ongoing program. For more information on their contributions, as well as those of past curators and artists, please visit our archive.


The Latinx Diaspora

Re:definition 2019 features a visual art exhibit highlighting works by artists from the Latinx diaspora, as curated by Juan Alonso-Rodríguez. Spanning two exhibits, the various works will emphasize ideas of home, bi-cultural identity, and a sense of place.


CURATORS’ STATEMENT: I dream of a borderless world where culture is shared rather than appropriated or labeled by a powerful few; where the concept of home can mean every corner of the world or one that resets nightly, depending on where the traveler comes to rest.

Home can mean a physical building, a birthplace, or something in between. For those of us who migrate, this definition is often blurred. While we cling to our identity, we also embrace and adapt to the challenges and opportunities we encounter. The artworks I have selected lean towards the abstract, hoping each viewer comes away with a higher appreciation for the artist’s passion and fewer preconceptions about their ethnicity.



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Cuban-born Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a self-taught artist with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish and Harborview Hospitals, and General Mills among others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College.

His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, two 4Culture Individual Artist Grants, ArtSpace’s 2016 DeJunius Hughes Award for Activism and the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant.

Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.

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Monica Arche was born to Cuban parents in Puerto Rico on April 15, 1969, and raised in Miami, Florida. Her studio is located at home in Seattle where she resides with her family. Monica comes from a line of well-known Cuban artists, including her paternal grandfather Jorge Arche and her paternal great uncle, Aristides Fernandez, both of whom were part of the Vanguardia Artists from Cuba during the 1940’s.

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Felicia Gonzalez was born in Cuba. She believes that language and the act of speaking are not only physical, but also have a geographic presence. An alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and the curator for the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Program, her writing has received numerous awards including an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. A poet and short fiction writer, she was awarded an individual artists grant from the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle to produce the chapbook Recollection Graffiti. Felicia is currently working on a collection of interrelated short stories, Swimming in Mercury, exploring the relationship of language to identity. She currently serves on the Board of 4Culture.

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Fulgencio Lazo is a painter and printmaker, working predominantly with acrylics on canvas at his studios in Seattle and in his hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico. He has had more than 50 solo shows throughout the United States, Mexico, and Japan, and has numerous pieces in public collections. He has worked for nearly three decades to promote and grow the Latino artistic and cultural scene in Seattle, promoting community traditions like Day of the Dead and most recently, co-founding Studio Lazo. The Seattle Weekly praises Lazo’s paintings which “evoke Paul Klee and Marc Chagall in their vividly whimsical celebration of family, heritage, and community in his native Oaxaca.”

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