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 notable exhibitions at the Hirschhorn Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin. Her work is included in many public collections including those of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Mexican Museum of San Francisco.