Photo by Adriana Moracci, T-shirt by Matt Hopson-Walker

Miguel Rivera

Miguel Rivera, associate professor and chair of printmaking, is a practicing artist who has had many solo and group exhibitions in Poland, China, Argentina, Mexico, Japan and the United States. Before joining KCAI, he was chair of the art department at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico, where he also served as an associate professor of printmaking and computers in art. He has lectured as a visiting artist in Argentina, Peru, Mexico and the United States, appearing at the Contemporary Arts Festival in Guanajuato, the Southern Graphics Council conference and an alternative printmaking workshop at the second annual Art Students Conference in Queretaro. He earned a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting from Southern Oregon University in Ashland and an associate degree in printmaking from the University of Guanajuato. He also received an MFA from West Virginia University in Visual Arts and Applied Media. He has been a visiting artist in the Italy, Mexico, Japan, US, Argentina, China and Peru.

His work is collected by university collections, private collections and museums. His work is now part of the Nelson Atkins Museum permanent collection in Kansas City, Missouri.

He has been a board member at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, KC Artists Inc Steering Commitee Advisor and a former board member at Mattie Rhodes Center in Kansas City.



Miguel Rivera


lives and works in Kansas City


Curriculum Vitae

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2019, Geo/Matrix, Studios Inc. Kansas City, MO

2019 Davidson Gallery, Seattle WA.

2018 Drawn and Etched, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO.

2017 Vortex trinity, Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO.

2016 “TRIADA - Estampas Híbridas” - Galería Café des Artistes, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

2016 University of Colorado at Boulder, New works

2014 Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Day of the Dead installation featuring Miguel Rivera, Kansas City, MO (forthcoming)

2011 Dialogue Between Cities Proyecto ‘ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010 Ritual: New Works on Paper by Miguel Rivera and Soad A. Kader, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2009 Prints by Miguel Rivera”, Mexican Cosulate, Kansas City, MO, Works on Paper”, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO.

2008 Large Format Drawings (confirmed exhibition for June), Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato, Mexico.

2007 Miguel Rivera and Cara Jaye Collaboration Part 1, Crossover/Cruce de Vias, Shift Studio, Seattle, WA

2007 Miguel Rivera and Cara Jaye Collaboration Part 2, Crossover/Cruce de Vias, Gallardo Gallery, Gto, Flying 2006 Miguel Rivera-Prints, Diego Rivera Museum, Guanajuato, Gto. Mexico

2003 Prints by Miguel Rivera, Blanche Gallery, Osaka Japan

2000  Cyclic Prayers Querétaro Art Museum, Queretaro Mexico

2000  Episcopales Monotypes and Monoprints, Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato, Mexico

1999  Cyclic Prayers Polivalente Gallery, University of Guanajuato, Mexico



Selected Collaborative and Group Exhibitions

2019 New Perspectives in Printmaking, Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber University,  Ogden Utah.

2019, Venture into Optics, Johnson County Library, KS

2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Johnson County KS Arts and Heritage Center,

2019 Tribuna Graphic International Printmaking Exhibition, Muzeul de Artã Cluj-Napoca,Rumania

2019 Trayectory and Linear Perspectives, Studios Inc., Kansas City, MO

2019 Lineage + Impact, Haw Contemporary Kansas City, MO

2019,  Studios Inc, 2019!, Kansas City, MO

2019  Midwest Print Invitational, Peninsula School of Art Fish Creek WI

2018, Tried, True and Techno, Constellation Studios Lincoln, NE

2018, Signs and Symbols, The Hand Magazine and The Expanded Field, Fraction Studio KC

2018-20, The Kansas City Collection, Kansas City Consortium

2018, 2018 IAPA Exhibition, Taoxichuan Art Museum, Jingdezhen City, Jiangxi Province, China.

2018 Unexpected Encounters, Curated selection from the Permanent Collection, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

2018 Studios Inc. 2018 Artists, Kansas City, MO

2017 Post-Digital Printmaking Exhibition, Redefinition of Print, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland

2017 PaperWest. A National Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT (Nov. 2017)

2017, Preservation Portfolio, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence KS

2017 Current States, a  Curated Show of Printmaking Faculty from the Midwest region, University of Kansas Art Gallery.

2017 Studios Inc. Artists in Residence

2017, KCAC Auction Show

2016 Triada with Nunik Sauret and Ireri Topete, Cafe de Artists, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

2016 KCAC 40th Anniversary River Market Regional Exhibition

2016 KCAC Auction Show

2015, Crossover, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA.

2014 HR Block Art Space Flat File exhibition, Kansas City, MO.

2013, Made in China, Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014  Crossover II, University of Boulder CO

2014 Traces and Gestures, Richmond Center for Visual Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

2013  Traces and Gestures, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

2013  Traces and Gestures, Proyecto ‘Ace, Dialogo Space/Central Hall, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013  Traces and Gestures, King Family Exhibition Space, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

2013  Traces and Gestures, Greymatter Gallery, Milwaukee, WI   (Part of SGCI International Conference)

2012  The Art of Giving Mattie Rhodes Art Center,.

2011 Self-Portraits, Exhibition Center Raymond-Lasnier of the Culture House of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.

2011 Narrow Margins, KCAI faculty biennial, Kansas City, MO

2009 From the Muddy Banks of the Monongahela, WVU Laura Mesaros Gallery, curated by Robert Bridges.

2009 KCAI Art and Design Auction, Kansas City MO, June

2009 IMPRINT,Kansas City Institute Printmaking Faculty, The University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery.

2008  Faculty Review/Preview, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA October-November

2008 HR Block Art Space Flat File exhibition, Kansas City, MO.

2008 New Three HR Block Art Space, Kansas City MO

2008 Between Walls/ Entre Muros, University of Miami, FL, January 25-February 22.

2007 Faculty show, University of Guanajuato, May

2007 Tokyu Gallery Hotel, Kyoto, Japan.

2005 Mexico & Japan Printmaking Show, Polivalente Gallery, University of Guanajuato

2005 Day of the Dead Billboard Art Show, Guanajuato

2004 Alumni Invitational, Laura Mesaros Gallery, CAC, WVU

2004 Day of the Dead Billboard Art Show, Guanajuato

2004 Congregating Printmaking, Regional Center for the Arts, Salamanca

2004 Summer Prints, Corazones 19 Gallery, Guanajuato

2003 Planting-Harvesting-Multiplying, Regional Center for the Arts, Prints from Six Mexican States, Salamanca

2003 Prints, Corazones 19 Gallery, Guanajuato

2002 Day of the Dead Billboard Art Show, Guanajuato

2002 Rescuing Roots, IFAI Foundation, San Miguel de Allende

2002 Homage to Art Deco, State Congress Building, Guanajuato

1999 Domestic Mapping, Las Muertas Gallery, Guanajuato

1999  Amistad Show University Gallery, Guanajuato

1998 Prints, Corazones 19 Gallery, Guanajuato






Studio Residencies

2018 Scuola Internazionale de Grafica, Venice, Italy

            2017-19  Studios Inc, Kansas City, MO

2014 Landfall Press Santa Fe, NM

2012, Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China

2012 Borderless Studio Visits with Lisette Solarzano and the Cuban Center for Photography, Havana Cuba.

2012 Kansas City Artists Coalition for Crossover Artists summit.

2011 Project ACE, Buenos Aires Argentina.

2003 Hiroshima Junior University and Blanche Gallery, Osaka Japan.






The Anatomy of a Group of International Printmakers,

University of Colorado Special Collections, Boulder ,Colorado.

Permanent Collection of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, Saint Lawrence University, Canton. NY.


From All Directions: Excellent Printmakers from Everywhere.

University of Colorado Special Collections, Boulder ,Colorado. Permanent Collection of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, Saint Lawrence University, Canton. NY.

Proyecto ACE Print Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Hand, Eye and Bird.

University of Colorado Special Collections, Boulder ,Colorado.

One more collection University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, NV USA.

University of Colorado Special Collections, Boulder, Colorado

Cork Printmakers Special Collection, Cork, Ireland

Boise State University Printmaking Collection, Boise, Idaho

University of Colorado Special Collection
Proyecto´ace Print Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Permanent Collection of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, 
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY


Nelson Atkins Print Collection

University of North Texas Print Collection.

BKD, LLP Kansas City, MO.

Jane Vorhees Personal Collection, Kansas City. MO.

Sandra Castillo-Jackson Personal Collection, Kansas City, MO

Merry Quakenbush Personal Collection, Kansas City, MO.

Proyecto ‘ACE Print collection.

Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato, Mexico


1997 MFA West Virginia University, WV

1995 BFA Southern Oregon University, OR

1992 Associate’s Degree in Printmaking, University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico