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Oscar Melara
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Oscar Melara

Oscar Melara, artist and SamTrans busdriver, is a founding member of renowned La Raza Silkscreen Center, founded in 1969 to design and print silkscreen posters on local and international political issues and recognize community concerns and events. He served as the Center’s co-director from 1969 to 1982. In 1994, after having begun work as a SamTrans driver, Melara began the cartoon series “Side Swipes,” which describes the trials and tribulations of his fellow bus operator’s work lives. He also creates illustrations for labor newsletters and offset posters for community organizations. Selected Group Exhibitions “Klak* Pow! Whine!: Comix, Cartoons and Manga from City College of San Francisco,” Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, City College of San Francisco (2001) “Arte Chicano,” Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba (1988) “Buscando America,” Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (1987) “A Traves de la Frontera,” Universidad Autónoma de Mexico, Tijuana, Mexico and Mexico City, traveling exhibition (1983) “Raza Poster Artists,” Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA (1982) “Nuestro Calendario,” Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA (1980) “The Fifth Sun, Contemporary/Traditional Chicano and Latino Art,” University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA, traveling exhibition (1977) “Images of an Era: The American Poster, 1945-1975,” Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., traveling exhibition (1975) Collaborative Projects “Our Work Life,” (with Kate Connell) (2001-2004) “The Nacimiento Project,” (with Kate Connell), San Francisco, CA (1995-2006) Collections California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA Experience Cartoonist, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1574 Newsletter, (1990-present) Art Director, Channel 58, Sacramento, CA (1988-1990) Freelance graphic artist, accounts included Kodak, Caltrain (1980-1990) Founding member, Co-director, Educator and Artist, La Raza Silkscreen Center, San Francisco, CA (1969-1980)