Mildred Beltré, Maybe Tomorrow, 11 x 14" (2017)
Born and raised in New York City, Mildred Beltré received her undergraduate degree at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She continued her tour of the midwest by studying at the University of Iowa, where she received an MA and an MFA in printmaking and photography. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in printmaking and drawing as well as residencies at the Lower East Side printshop and the Vermont Studio Center. Mildred Beltré is an artist, an activist, a popular educator, a mom, and a professor at the University of Vermont.
Beltré’s work is constantly evolving, is never polished, and is in a perpetual state of progress. Borrowing imagery from diverse sources – West African iconography, political movements, planar geometry, plant growth, and sports – Mildred Beltré’s playful abstract constructions are attempts to describe relationships in the world both as they are and how they might be. She is an activist who's work focuses on social justice and the promotion of grassroots movements. She is also co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine.