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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Edward Noriega


NUEVOlution Artist Edward Noriega

We are pleased to introduce the artists who have contributed works of art to ¡NUEVOlution! These talented artists represent the NUEVO South, as well as Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and many other countries. Their work expresses their experiences, stories and inspirations, from their home countries to their new homes in the South. 

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South is on display now and includes complementary programming throughout its 13-month duration. You can see a list of all our programs on the Museum calendar.

Meet ¡NUEVOlution! Edward Noriega

You’ve been a design teacher at several different schools. How do you promote social change within the classroom? Have your students taught you anything in return?

I have taught at the College level for over 30 years. Living in the South for the past 15 years has given me insight as to what it is like to live in a culture that is complacent, indifferent, passive and socially conservative. The classroom is my opportunity to teach students about social issues.

Topics covered so far have included: inequality, economic development, downtown revitalization, child abuse and neglect, literacy, obesity and STD’s in our communities. My students learn about these issues and how they impact this region, they create campaigns and informational graphics to educate others.

The most important thing that I have learned from my students is to listen carefully to what they say and believe. Showing respect to them first, allows me the opportunity to earn theirs. 

Edward Noriega Cleansing Alabama, 2012You have lived in many different parts of the United States. How do people from different regions view the Hispanic community and social change as a whole?

I grew up in East Los Angeles, went to college in New York City and studied in Switzerland for a year. I now live in Southeast Alabama. Growing up in Los Angeles, I felt the Hispanic community was seen as underprivileged, undereducated and economically challenged. I have no clue how people from different regions view the Hispanic community. I know how I viewed myself as a Chicano growing up in these different places.

Growing up, I did see myself as a victim of social inequality and circumstances. I now view myself as an empowered leader and a catalyst for social change and equality.

How do you promote social change through your work? What messages are you trying to generate?

My most recent work addresses the HB56 Immigration law that was passed in Alabama in 2012. I believe this law targets and vilifies a group of people that for all intent and purpose, enrich diversity and provide economic growth and stability to our communities. I think it is ludicrous to blame immigrants for taking jobs away from American citizens. The jobs that we need to be focusing on getting back, are the jobs that are being outsourced to India and China. I believe it is easier to blame the disenfranchised than to go after large corporations and force them to bring high tech, high touch jobs back home. I also believe the HB56 law is xenophobic and intended to create ethnic division.


What do you want others to learn by looking at your design work?

I want people to look at my work, think, ask questions, have an opinion love it, hate it, but please don’t ignore it.

About Edward Noriega

Edward Noriega is a Cooper Union graduate. He participated in the graphic design program at the Kunst Gewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, and the Yale Summer Program in Graphic Design in Brissago, Switzerland. He taught art and design courses and developed curricula for nearly twenty years at Cooper Union, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons School of Design. He has lectured nationally and internationally on design, color and technology.

In 1999, Edward was awarded the Distinguished University Teaching Award from the New School University, and awarded the Wallace D. Malone Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award from Troy University in 2005.

Edward Noriega is a professor of graphic design at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He also serves as the Director of <<>>, which stands for The Center for Design Technology and Industry. The mission of this center is to promote design as a catalyst for social change. His work addresses local and regional planning, politics, and economic development in the Southeast region.

Edward Noriega is the principal of a graphic design studio specializing in book design, information graphics and presentations. He is also the co-author of Design Fundamentals for the Digital Age, 1998, John Wiley and Sons. He is currently working on his second publication about color and technology.


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