Drawn to Judy Baca

Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work

The cover for the comic Judy Baca: The Big Picture. Illustrated by Elisia Fernandez.

Born to Mexican American parents and raised in a house of women, Judy Baca is a Chicana artist, professor, arts administrator, community leader, and social and cultural activist. In her murals and paintings, she tells stories of underrepresented communities, giving voice to women, the working poor, LGBTQ+, people of color and immigrants. 

This comic is part of a series Drawn to Art: Tales of Inspiring Women Artists that illuminates the stories of women artists in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Inspired by graphic novels, these short takes on artists’ lives were each drawn by a student-illustrator from the Ringling College of Art and Design.

We invite you to read the comic and share with your friends and young people in your life.