The term “family” is elastic in its nature and application. A family is a group of people that may or may not share genetic material, yet find safety, love, and empowerment in each other. Families are often represented in Latinx art as an incredibly integral part of the Latinx culture. Though entrenched in tradition, Latino families transcend cultural expectations, adopting new customs and ideals as they migrate from country to country. The artists explored personal family dynamics, ancestral history, and responsibilities older relatives transferred onto them. 

El término “familia” es amplio en su naturaleza y aplicación. Una familia es un grupo de gente que comparte material genético, aunque no necesariamente, pero cuyos miembros se brindan seguridad, amor y empoderamiento unos a otros. Las familias representadas en el arte Latinx son parte integral de la cultura latina. Aunque están enraizadas en tradiciones, las familias latinas transcienden expectativas culturales y adoptan nuevas costumbres e ideales cuando emigran de un país a otro. Los artistas en esta exposición exploraron la dinámica de su familia personal, su historia ancestral, y las responsabilidades que les fueron otorgadas hacia sus parientes mayores. 
Mother
Ian Aviña (he/him) - Forsyth Central High School​
Digital illustration​
2023​
16 x 20 in.​
My work portrays La Catrina embracing a mother and child. It is meant to convey the way our culture embraces us the same way a mother embraces her child, and how that embrace is carried on through generations.​
My name is Ian Aviña, and I am a Mexican-American senior in high school. I have always been inspired to create cultural works. ​
Family Forever​​​​​​​​
Layla Beasley (she/her) - Lumpkin County High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
2023​
16 x 20 in. ​
What I saw in Hispanic and Latino art the most was the concept of family. I see this as a great influence because I am a family gal myself. I love my family and I decided to add my parents to this work because I think that they are what makes our family a family to begin with. It's my tradition to spend time with them at least once a week. The artist that inspired me was Raelis. ​
Hello, my name is Layla and I’m in the 10th grade. A fun fact about me is that I am left-handed, so I think on the creative side of things. My two favorite art movements are Surrealism and Realism because they are interesting.
Grandma​​​​​​​
Ansley Brown - Lumpkin County High School​
Acrylic and watercolor​
2023​
12.5 x 12.5 in.​
My artwork symbolizes Hispanic/Latino culture through its use of bright colors. They also use flowers as a means to express feelings and convey emotions, and I have used flowers here to show significance towards my grandma.​
My name is Ansley Brown, and I am 16 years old. I’m a junior at Lumpkin County High School. I’m currently in Art 4, and I enjoy pushing myself to do more challenging things.​
Our Gold Rush​​​​​​​
Jade Eliasson - Lumpkin County High School​
Digital illustration​
2023​
16 x 20 in.​
This artwork represents Latino culture through its bright and vivid colors, like how Judy Baca uses values. It shows the tradition of my mom and me buying Gold Rush food. Gold Rush is unique to our small town of Dahlonega, and it is a tradition that people from all over come to see. People of all types sell one-of-a-kind, handmade works, such as homemade jams, dreamcatchers, jewelry, and more!​
My name is Jade Eliasson. I am 17 years old and in 12th grade. One day, I want my artwork to be known in some way. It does not matter how, as long as it makes people happy and inspired. I want my art to be seen.
My Sister and Her Girlfriend​
Olivia Gallagher (she/her) - Lumpkin County High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
2023​
12 x 16 in.​
This artwork is of my older sister and her girlfriend. They've helped me through everything and continue to. I know without them I wouldn't be here. They are the most important people in my life and mean the world to me. This work was influenced by what people do for the Day of the Dead— allowing those who are most important to come back. All the bright colors are a result of Hispanic art inspiration.​
Hi, I'm O. Gallagher. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Lumpkin County High School. My favorite color is pink, and I really like zombie movies and reading. My favorite people are my sister and her girlfriend.​
Lujan​​​​​​​
Ivon Hernandez - East Hall High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
2023​
20 x 24 in.​
Through this painting, I wish to let society know how many people from small ranches in Mexico grew up with the traditions of our grandparents. ​
My name is Ivon Hernandez. I am 16 years old, and I am in 11th grade. I grew up on a ranch in Durango, Mexico, where I lived for 10 years.
Matriarch​​​​​​​​
Madeline Kearney (she/her) - Lumpkin County High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
2023​
18 x 20 in.​
In my household, and even more so in Latin culture, women are the “rulers.” Grandmothers give to mothers who then pass on to daughters. I wanted to represent this idea and expand on it—the legacy of women passing on the ‘power’ to the younger generations. The glowing power represents life and womanhood. Furthermore, I wanted to represent the close connection females have to others and the power these relationships have in communities.​
My name is Madeline Kearney, and I am currently attending Lumpkin County High School as a senior. I was born in Maryland, but I moved to Georgia when I was five years old. Artists that have inspired my work include feminist artist Judy Chicago, @nephrosoupp on Instagram, and Judy Baca.​
Broken
Indie Moore (they/them) - Lumpkin County High School​
Ceramic, acrylic, plastic​
2023​
11 in. x 11 in. x 1 in. (3D work)​
My artwork is about my family. The plate is broken symbolically, and my parents are on the sides looking away from each other and us. My siblings are in the middle, some looking towards my mom, some towards my dad. My artwork relates to Latino art by focusing on the family dynamic. It’s also on a ceramic plate like a lot of Latin art. The colors are inspired by Gleo's work & the colors she uses.​
Hi, my name is Indie Moore. I'm 14, and in the 9th grade. I have lived here in Georgia for about 4 years. I was born in Florida and have also lived in other states. I have been doing all kinds of artwork ever since I was little, and I use it as a way to express myself.
Tokyo In My Dreams​​​​​​​
Sophia Welch (she/her) - Lumpkin County High School​
Acrylic on canvas ​
2023​
24 x 24 in.  ​
"Tokyo In My Dreams" is an artwork of me finally in the city of Tokyo. My family has a tradition that right before you graduate, you get to pick a big trip you want to go on. I have always been fascinated with Japanese culture, so I’m going to pick Tokyo, Japan. My influence in this artwork is the vibrant colors in Latino art and the splatter paint in Jose Parla’s artwork.​
My name is Sophia Welch, and I am 16 years old. I am currently enrolled at Lumpkin County High School, and I am one of the Co-Presidents of our school’s Art Club and National Art Honors Society. I enjoy expressing my emotions through my art by creating and drawing unique characters.
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