Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Stamp Gallery Operations

The Stamp Gallery's physical space will open on Monday, September 22, with an occupancy cap of 20 visitors at a time. If you would like a virtual tour of the gallery for your large group, we encourage you to email us at We can also provide in-person tours for small groups.


Additionally, the gallery will be reservation-only for the first hour of every day. You or your group can reserve a time to view the exhibition in 30 minute slots. Sign up at Please note that reservations are not needed to visit the gallery during other hours- visitors are welcome to walk in!


Connected Diaspora Programming

Opening Instagram Live curator's talk and Artist Panel 1 with curator Veronica Melendez, Johana Toruño, Galileo Gonzalez, and Paulino Mejia


on Instagram @stampgalleryumd




Keynote Speaker: Mauricio E. Ramírez, artist, curator and Ph.D Candidate in Latin American and Latino Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Visual Studies


THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 5:00-6:15 PM

Online through Youtube:


Speaker Biography:

Mauricio E. Ramírez is an artist, curator, and Ph.D. Candidate in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Visual Studies. An expert on Latinx public murals and visual art in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mauricio’s dissertation, “Painting Central America: U.S. Central American Visual Art of San Francisco,” explores the visual expressions and solidarity that emerged in San Francisco’s Mission District as a response to the civil wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua beginning in the 1980s. His research sheds light on the history of Central American art and activism, the emerging 1.5 and second-generation U.S. Central American artists, and the intersections of Latinx solidarity with Central Americans. Mauricio is currently a University of California President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellow and a SOMArts curatorial resident, co-curating the upcoming exhibition, CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present), in San Francisco, March 2021.


Artist Panel 2 featuring Jessy DeSantis, Celea Guevara and curator Veronica Melendez

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 5:00-6:15 PM
livestreamed to Youtube at


Artist Panel 3 with La Casa de la Cultura de El Salvador 

featuring artists Beatriz Cortez , Muriel Hasbun, and Kiara Machado

Thursday, OCT. 8, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

livestreamed to Youtube at and on Facebook



Zine Making Workshop with La Horchata Zine
THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 5:00-6:15 PM
UMD Students Only- registration to be published
week of 9/21/20



Virtual DJ Exhibition Closing Dance Party
FRIDAY, OCT 16, 8:00-10:00 PM
Zoom link at


The Stamp Gallery Presents: Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media

posted on September 11, 2020

Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media

Xiomara Garay, Latina. Jigsaw Woodcut, 2017


Exhibition on view September 22- October 17

Stamp Gallery 



Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media casts light on a new generation of artists who visually reflect on U.S Central American lives and experiences in the era of social media. These new voices from the Central American diaspora have built a creative community that transcends state lines and borders.


Their practices range from delicate ceramic sculptures to large scale paintings to digital art—exploring images of displacement, war, and trauma. Contemplations on everyday life, nature, and architecture, coupled with insights on invisibility and empowerment, are all manifested in this visual assembly. Central Americans make up the third largest U.S Latinx group—a statistic that is not equally reflected when referencing Latinx art. Beyond news articles, Central Americans in the diaspora are a creative force leading the way to a more expansive discourse on Latinx Art.


Curated by Veronica Melendez


Featuring artwork by: Eddy Leonel Aldana, Galileo Gonzalez, Kim LaVonne, Glenda Lissette, Dennissé Carlota Nieto Zelaya, Jessy DeSantis, Xiomara Garay, Celea Guevara, Kimberly Benavides, Veronica Melendez, Elizabeth Fernanda Rodriguez, Kiara Machado, Julia Mata, Juan Madrid, Isidra Sabio, Paulino Celestino Mejia, Keith L Torres, Johanna Toruño


Co-sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UMD, as well as La Casa de la Cultura de El Salvador in Washington, DC 


Registration information for additional programming held over Zoom will be added to the week of September 14th

Gallery Hours

Beginning on Monday, September 22



10am - 7pm
10am - 7pm
10am - 7pm
10am - 7pm
10am - 5pm
11am - 5pm

Mission Statement

The gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming the gallery offers an outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunity. The gallery space can be used as a laboratory for emerging artists and curators to experiment and work through their ideas, emphasizing the importance of the process to contemporary artistic practice. The gallery serves by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.





The Stamp Gallery is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. To discover more about Maryland State Arts Council grants and how they impact Maryland's arts sector, visit


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