J. Leigh Garcia is an artist born and raised in Dallas, TX. Following the roots of her own biracial ancestry, Garcia explores the complex relationship between Texans and Mexicans—particularly, the racialization and displacement of unauthorized Latinx immigrants. Garcia frequently creates and exhibits work with collaborative art partners in projects such as Soñé una Milpa, We Are Women United Against Hate, and Resiliencia
Garcia received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and BFA from the University of North Texas. She has received numerous awards for her work including Southern Graphics Council International Best in Show, Arts Institute Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, Madison Arts Commission Art Education Grant, and Madison Print Club Madison Printmaking Award.Her work is in the permanent collections of the Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), University of California- Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Texas Christian Univeristy Collection, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX; Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Special Collections Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Wisconsin Union Art Collection, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI; Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas; and the Printmaking Educational Collection, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.