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Exhibitions, Communication and Education

From the beginning for the San José Museum of Art in 1974 to the present for Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Jesús Garza has been asked to talk about his photographs, participate on panels, teach workshops and university classes.

Jesús Garza's photographs are collected by individuals, corporations, universities and museums - including the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. Garza has exhibited and lectured about his photos from coast to coast. Venues range from the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D. C., San Bernardino Valley College, University of California at Berkeley, University of Redlands, Saint Mary's College of Maryland, University of North Texas, San Bernardino County Museum and San José State University.

The photographer is expanding and now exhibits internationally. In 2013 at Mexico City's El Museo Universitario Arte Conemporáneo (MUAC) de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and in 2014 in Bordeaux, France at the Musée d'Aquitaine. Feel free to contact Mr. Garza if you would like to show his photographs. Call (682) 365-8702 or send an email

2015 Kickstarter Campaign

I have initiated a Kickstarter (http://kck.st/1uTI7QG) photography campaign. My goal is to gain funding for a standard zoom lens and basic studio lights. This equipment will allow me to pursue my goal of capturing new portraits and environments. In the recent past I have taken these photographs using a Nikon D800 with a standard 50mm lens. The additional equipment will allow me to shoot a bit wider for effect and also tighter for better portraits.


I am not affiliated with a college or other organization that offers staff ready access to grants, equipment, supplies and venues. For over 40 years I have been self funded. I had to save for years so I could purchase my one and only digital camera. By asking for community support I hope to speed up the process and increase the quality of my work. I am providing those who contribute $100 a print valued at the same price. Click the button below to learn more about my Kickstarter campaign. 

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Jesús Garza has exhibited his photographs and lectured on behalf of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Please donate to the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. They strive to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Jesús Manuel Mena Garza is proud to be a participant in the program.

Jesús Manuel Mena Garza's 2015 Photography Catalog

Jesús Garza's documentary photographs are available as individually signed prints. Click here to download the Catalog (PDF) via Google Drive. The catalog includes an order form. Call the photographer at (682) 365-8702 or send an email if you have questions.

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