b. 1985 Chicago, IL
Lives in Chicago, Illinois
2013 MFA, Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
2008 BFA, Painting, Sculpture, Art History Minor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
2006 Semester Abroad, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom
2012–13 The Mildred Suliburk Dennis Memorial Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
2011–12 Graduate School of Art Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
2008–09 Student Tuition Support Award, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
2005 1st place winner in the Latin Grammy Poster Competition, Los Angeles, California
2004 1st place winner in the 23rd Annual Congressional Arts Competition for District 16, Evanston, Illinois
2011 Soñar Despierta, Efebina’s Café, Chicago, Illinois
2008 Visions of Poetry, La Casa Cultural Latina, Champaign, Illinois
2023 Naturally: Art Faculty Exhibition, Carlson Tower Gallery at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois
2020 Quilt: Art Faculty Exhibition, Carlson Tower Gallery at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois
2020 Evanston Art Center Faculty Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
2019 Impact Color Impact Black and White, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park , Illinois
2016 Women in Art, LaLuz Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2016 The Creative Soul: Art and the Sentient Being, Life Force Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois
2016 Parsing Illusion: A Remix of Sameness, Constructing a Praxis of the Local, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois
2015 Organic Expressionism, La Catedral Café, Chicago, Illinois
2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri (curated by Meredith
2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
2010 Connected, Rumble Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois
2010 Entre Calles y Fronteras, La Casa de Arte y Cultura, Pilsen, Illinois
2010 12th Annual Chicago Artists’ Coalition Art Open, River East Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2010 Presence, Illini Union Building, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois
2008 B.F.A. Undergraduate Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
2008 Retrospective Latino Art Beat Art Exhibit, Hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, Washington D.C.
2007 NCTE National Conference of Teachers of English Poster Commission, (14″ x 17″) Ink, Watercolor,
and Digital Media, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
2005 Ford Foundation Project Poster Commission: Uncovering the Differences Diversity Makes, (30″ x 32″)
Pen and Color Pencil on Paper Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Diana Pando, “Interview with Artist Vivian Zapata,” Proyecto Latina (blog) January 7, 2012. 12:00 am.
“Student Designs Latin Grammy Poster,” Brilliance at Illinois Annual Report, July 20, 2006. 8.
Eduardo Alegría, “Pintora De Corazón,” La Raza, Chicago, IL, October 22, 2005. 52+.
Melissa Lou, “Camino Al Grammy: Local Artist Receives Latin Grammy Makeover,” Extra Bilingual Newspaper,
Chicago, IL, November 10, 2005. 22+.
2020 Adjunct Faculty, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois
2015–18 Adjunct Faculty, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois