Adriana M. Garcia, is a homegrown San Antonio visual artist, muralist, illustrator, and set/graphic designer. Her debut picture book ALL AROUND US (by Xelena Gonzalez, Cinco Puntos Press) was awarded the prestigious 2018 Pura Belpré Honor for illustration among other honors. Her second book “Where Wonder Grows” by the same author and press is set to come out May 2021. One of Garcia’s favorite mural creation “Changing the World” is installed at Northwest Vista College (Fall 2019) and centers around access to education. The mural project “De Todos Caminos Somos Todos Uno” completed for the San Antonio River Authority was recognized in the 2019 Public Art Network Year in Review. Adriana has exhibited her artwork both locally and nationally and has been invited to present at conferences, schools and museums such as the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) and the McNay Art Museum. She has enjoyed working as an arts administrator and an art/design instructor for both youth and adult learners. She is a big fan of portraits and loves depicting strong women as a way to honor those who have come before and those who continue to lead by example.