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    Emigdio Vasquez LAN Maestro Award Ceremony

    Presented by and at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

    May 25, 2013


    Emigdio Vasquez LAN Maestro Award Ceremony

    Emigdio Vasquez, one of the most prolific and famous artists to come out of Orange County, has been selected for the prestigious “Maestro” award from the Latino Arts Network (LAN), a California association of Latino Museums and Cultural Centers in partnership with the California Arts Council.

    The award & reception will take place Saturday, May 25 from 11am-4pm. The event will be hosted by local arts leader United Artists of Santa Ana (UASA) and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). OCCCA will also feature an exhibition of Mr. Vasquez’s work in March 2014.

    In depicting multi-cultural mid-century Santa Ana, Emigdio Vasquez excelled in portraying many Orange County landmarks & personalities: Fruit Pickers, Labor Leaders, Zoot Suits, Pachucos, and Nostalgic Neighborhoods & Street Scenes.

    Mr. Vasquez has created over 400 paintings and 22 murals in Orange County. Additionally, his work hangs in the residence of the US Ambassador to the United Nations stationed in Rome, Italy.

    Mr. Vasquez’ art will be on display for the duration of Saturday’s event and the maestro himself will be present along with family & friends to celebrate his 74th birthday. Local families, seniors and art lovers are all invited to this free event!

    Mr. Vasquez was recently honored by Cal State Fullerton and featured in both the OC Weekly & OC Register as a major Orange County artist. Presenting the award will be Latino Arts Network Executive Director, Rebecca Nevarez, and President, Tomas Benitez.

    In addition to LAN & UASA representatives, several local speakers will pay tribute to Emigdio Vasquez throughout the event, including


    The Caged Chameleon art gallery was an early supporter of Mr. Vasquez's art, exhibiting his work throughout the 80's & 90's


    Emigdio Vasquez’s website

    For more information about United Artists of Santa Ana, please visit

    For more information about the Latino Arts Network, please visit

    For more information about the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, visit


    Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

    117 North Sycamore Street
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

    General Day and Time Info:

    An After-Party will be held at Diego's (3rd & Spurgeon) from 4:00 PM to 6:00 pm in honor of Mr. Vasquez's creative legacy.

    Phone: 619-701-0073

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