Gloria Chapa is presently an Artist-in-Residence at the Otis Street Arts Project (OSAP) in the Washington, DC Metro area. Gloria has been instrumental in the development of a nurturing and successful art environment at OSAP. She has over 20 years experience as in active artist in the Washington DC area.
The rich multi-cultural environment of a Catholic upbringing in South Texas helped develop Gloria’s analytical and creative skills that allowed her to venture into seemingly unrelated disciplines. She exited a ten-year career in telecommunications engineering to immerse herself in another world. A world that had been beckoning intensely – ART. The development of her practice was fast paced. It included extensive world travel (Russia, England, Colombia, Iceland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico) and a multi-disciplined art experience (metals, resins, glass, 3-D printing, wood, 2-D, performance, olfaction, and casting).
Gloria, initially, earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics at the University of Houston, in Houston, TX. After her engineering career she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio, in San Antonio, TX. Gloria was then awarded a scholarship to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Gloria has taught at the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, VA), and at the Universidad Distrital Jorge Caldos (Bogota, Colombia).