Executive Director

Executive Director: Narciso Argüelles

Argüelles grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of California, San Diego in Studio Art. After graduation, Argüelles joined the bi-national art collective the Border Art Workshop. Exhibits at the Sydney Biennale, the Tucuman Alternative Biennale, and the Johannesburg Biennale soon followed. Argüelles received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.

After graduate school, Argüelles started working at the prestigious art school, Art Center College of Design as their Minority Recruiter and Admissions Counselor. This lead to a career in education. In California, he taught art at several colleges and after his move to Oklahoma, he taught at the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma City Community College. His art career also continued in Oklahoma with a residency and group art exhibit at the AHHA-Hardesty Art Center, and he is one of the 2017 Art365 recipients.

Narciso continues to teach at the college level and full time at the high school level. He also curates art exhibits and judges student art exhibits. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a grader for the Advanced Placement Test in Studio Art. His community involvement includes volunteering at several non-profits and art organizations. Argüelles is the recipient Shannon Calderon Primeau 2016 Artist of the Year Award presented by the Hispanic Art Council of Oklahoma.