Medina receives Mayor’s Art Award
Phoenix mayor, Greg Stanton, recently presented the first-ever “Mayor’s Arts Awards” at the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, and selected Hugo Medina as the recipient of the City’s Public Art Award. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Medina immigrated to New York as a child, where his interest in art was fostered by his architect father. While completing his undergraduate work in New York, Medina volunteered to teach classes at a summer program at the Kumayya Indian Reservation in California. His experience at the reservation is what led him to become an art teacher. Hugo’s desire to give back to the community and his love for children led him to a teaching career. Medina’s great appreciation for the Southwest brought him to Phoenix, where he has been the mastermind behind some of the city’s best public murals.