Silvia López Chavez

Neighborhood Salon Luminary

Interdisciplinary artist Silvia López Chavez believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. She enjoys making art with others, which has led her to collaborative works and public art commissions, including the first professionally-commissioned mural on the Charles River Esplanade; Lemonade Stand, an interactive art installation throughout Boston; a mural for Salem’s Punto Urban Art Museum; and most recently, a mural commissioned by Northeastern University.

Chavez’s work has received recognition through awards, grants, and commissions, including from Barr Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, Now and There, Punto Urban Art Museum, Brother Thomas Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Design Studio for Social Intervention. Her exhibit record includes the Fitchburg Art Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and as artist in residence at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to her fine art practice, Chavez is an award-winning graphic design professional, working for over 15 years with high-profile companies and institutions. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and continues her studio art practice at the Boston Center for the Arts.

As part of the Neighborhood Salon Luminaries cohort, I not only have had the opportunity to meet and learn from other local artists, but have also been able to provide my perspectives and ideas at the table with the director and curators of the Museum. I find these salons to be refreshing and innovative here in Boston. It has been an intimate and inspiring experience.

— Silvia López Chavez

During her time as a Neighborhood Salon Luminary, Silvia activated the Tapestry Room with a playful, participatory conversation about art and life during our Third Thursday: Creative Play event, along with fellow Luminary Sabrina Dorsainvil. Silvia is also a featured artist in the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series, working in the Museum over a three-month period to develop hands-on workshops for the public in the Bertucci Education Studio, and will be presenting an interactive Studio project this summer on Thursday, August 9, as part of our Neighborhood Night Block Party: Cosmic Cycles.

Follow her on Instagram at @silvialopezchavez.