UVa in Mexico

UVA in Mexico: Muralism, Indigeneity & Contemporary Art in Cholula

This course is a studio art structured time of working together on a mural in Cholula, Mexico.  While working collectively on a mural, this course will also focus on the history, culture, and indigeneity specific to Cholula.  Learning about contemporary artists and muralists in Mexico will also be an emphasis in the course.  To better understand the local complex history, the class will visit archaeological sites and museums.  Contemporary galleries and museum site visits will also be an important part of the course activities with dedicated time to the City of Puebla.  Guests artists from Mexico will share their knowledge and artistic practice with the class to better understand contemporary art in Mexico and Latin America.  


Puebla is one of the 31 states in Mexico. It is located in East-Central Mexico. The capital city, Puebla City was founded in 1531. The city’s important sites include the oldest library in Latin America, the Museo Amparo, and the Forte de Loreto museum. We will be spending much of our time in the city of Cholula, one of the oldest preserved Mesoamerican cities in the continent with much history, culture, traditions, and art to offer.

Accommodation and Meals

All students will stay together in the Hotel Real De Naurales. Breakfast will be included with the lodging. 
Students are responsible for their own lunches, and most dinners. 


Liz Wellbeloved (she/her) | eaw5cf@virginia.edu

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