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Miami Dade College Professor Awarded Grant to Travel to New Mexico to Study Iconic Artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s Inspiration

Professor Sandra Castillo- alt

Sandra Castillo

Miami, May 7, 2012 - A Miami Dade College (MDC) professor was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in the 2012 Landmarks in American History and Culture Workshop for Community College Faculty Members in Santa Fe, New Mexico this summer. 

Sandra Castillo, an MDC professor since 1989, will travel to northern New Mexico next month to learn about the area’s rich Native American and Hispanic art, the area’s history and culture and how Georgia O’Keeffe used the New Mexico landscape as inspiration for her art.

The trip will allow Castillo and other college faculty members from across the U.S., to spend time in the land that influenced O’Keeffe during the second half of her life. There will be daily seminars provided by guest scholars, a visit to historic Taos and Abiquiú, as well as interaction with on-site specialists. 

Castillo currently teaches in both the English and Social Science departments at the Kendall Campus. She is a published author, whose work has appeared in various literary journals, including Harpur Palate, The Bellevue Review, The North American Review, and many others. She is the author of My Father Sings to My Embarrassment (2002), and Red Letters (1989).

Castillo holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Florida State University.

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