Carmen Lomas Garza (b. 1948) was born in Kingsville, Texas. Trained primarily in education, Garza received her BS in Education from Texas Arts and Industry University, a Masters in Education from Juarez-Lincoln/Antioch Graduate School in Austin, Texas, and her MA from San Francisco State University. As a Chicana artist interested in the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s, she creates work inspired by the Mexican-American experience and her own memories of family and culture, both as a source of pride for her people and as an educational resource for those learning about Chicano/a culture. Garza has had exhibitions at the Hirschhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Texas. Her work is included in many public collections including those of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, the San Antonio and El Paso Museums of Art, and the Mexican Museum of San Francisco.