The annual Comité Noviembre poster is in high demand by teachers, educators and the community. It becomes a collector’s items because of its limited edition status. The poster is distributed throughout New York, New Jersey and the tri-state area. (Click here for past CN themes.)
Each year, Comité Noviembre commissions a Puerto Rican artist to design the annual poster to promote and inform the public about Puerto Rican Heritage Month and to create an artistic expression of the annual theme. and it is the cover of the annual Journal Calendar of Events.
CN’s 2015 ARTIST
Nitza Tufiño is perhaps one of the most influential muralist and public artist in our community. Her most recognized ceramic murals have been commissioned for a number of public locations including the 103rd Street and Lexington Avenue subway station, the Third Street Music School, and LaGuardia Community College.
Nitza was born in Mexico City in 1949 to the late Puerto Rican artist, Rafael Tufiño and Mexican dancer and model, Luz Maria Aguirre and grew up in Puetro Rico. Nitza was greatly influenced by both her parents. In her youth, she learned graphic arts while working with her father. After earning a B.F.A. from, Academia San Carlos in Mexico City, she moved to New York City. In 1969, together with a group of artists, educators and activists, Tufiño founded El Museo del Barrio. As associate director of Taller Boricua, she oversees the Rafael Tufiño Studio Workshop, a free collective printing workshop for artists.
In the early 1980s she returned to school and obtained an M.S. in Urban Affairs from Hunter College on a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Her career as a muralist and public artist flourished. She was commissioned by educational institutions and governmental agencies, including: the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, La Guardia Community College, Trinity College, and the Hospital for Special Care. As resident artist teaching art and design at the Central Connecticut State University, she developed and created the first murals public art program at CCSU.
In 1970, Tufiño began her 45 year relationship with El Taller Boricua. Nitza is a proud member of “El Consejo Grafico”, a national coalition of Latino printmaking workshops and individual printmakers. She has received numerous awards including one from the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the 1991 “Outstanding Puerto Rican Professional in the Arts Awards” from the Office of Andrew Stein, New York City Council President and the Association of Hispanic Arts, as well as grants and fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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