Armando's commitment to handing down knowledge is a responsibility which compels him to work in the field of education as a teaching artist. The most satisfying thing to him about being a teaching artist is when you see someone accomplish what you have set out to teach and share, and a smile and a connection is made. His vision as a teaching artist is to implore the possibility of belief in one’s own creative spirit and to know that we all can express what is special within each and every one of us. Armando will work with the teacher to create a team in the classroom and have daily checks to assure that educational goals, timelines, and expectations are being met. He also encourages teachers to engage during his classes or residencies in being learners so they can further understand what the students are experiencing and learning.
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Born in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Gutiérrez is a versatile artist working in various mediums. Known primarily as a painter and muralist, he is also an actor/performer and musician. His artistic studies include the University of MN and Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, which were his foundational studies as a painter. He has also traveled to most of the major art museums in the United States, Mexico and Europe for his personal artistic growth.
He is the recipient of the Leadership in the Neighborhood (LIN) Grant for study of murals by the great masters of Mexico. In 1998 he received the U.S. Bank Sally Ordway Irvine Award for initiative in the Arts, and in 2000, he was awarded a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. He has also been awarded several Minnesota State Arts Board Grants throughout his career as an artist. In 2012 he received La Familia Hispanic Heritage Award for his contributions in the Arts. Mr. Gutiérrez also works as a consultant for the collaboration of arts organizations, artists, and the public schools. Mr. Gutiérrez also works as a consultant for the collaboration of arts organizations, artists, and the public schools.
Mr. Gutiérrez has been involved with numerous schools, colleges, and conferences giving lectures and providing residencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mr. Gutiérrez has his projects studio located in Saint Paul, at the ACVR Warehouse. He is Co-Founder of Studio Pintura in the Northrup King Building Artist community showing his work in Gallery 293, where he accepts commissions, for murals, portraiture and still life.