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This is a draft of the text in which Puerto Rican artist Myrna Báez explains why she would like to be considered for the prestigious Guggenheim Scholarship. Báez states that she has not been able to dedicate herself fully to her painting and printmaking due to teaching obligations, and the Guggenheim Scholarship would allow her to focus exclusively on those disciplines. Báez goes on to explain that, with regard painting, she has attempted to undertake a visual revision of the landscape genre in Puerto Rico. In printmaking, meanwhile, the artist states that she has developed a new technique to print collagraphs, and she would like to offer workshops to explain and teach it to other Latin American printmakers. In her view, this technique is particularly suited to artists with scant resources who have to produce in less than ideal circumstances.
Myrna Báez (San Juan, b. 1931) studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando [San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts] in Madrid, at the Taller de Gráfica del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [Puerto Rican Cultural Institute Print Workshop], where Lorenzo Homar was the director, and at the Graphic Arts Workshop at Pratt Institute in New York. Together with José A. Torres Martinó and other artists, she was a founding member of the Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos [Fraternity of Graphic Artists] in 1981, which was organized to protest the cultural intervention of the annexationist government that was in power at the time. In 1988, the VIII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano [8th San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Prints] honored her as a Puerto Rican artist.