The Gracias por la Vida exhibit will be on display throughout the Main Library (4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen, TX 78504) during normal library hours.
Monday - Thursday: 9AM - 9PMFriday - Saturday: 9AM - 6PMSunday: 1PM - 9PM
Celia was a professional photographer/artist whose work revealed her sensitivity to nature, as well as to special cultures in developing countries and in the United States. Her images placed emphasis on the beauty and delicacy found in the natural world
along with the grace and dignity she experienced among diverse populations. These qualities are reflected in images Celia took of our nation's migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.
Her extensive photographic essay began in 1992 when Celia was commissioned by the Colorado Department of Migrant Health to undertake a black and white study of Colorado's fieldworkers which was featured at the 1993 National Migrant Health Conference in
Denver, Colorado. Recognizing the importance of the contribution that they offer each of us through their labor, she chose to continue documenting these remarkable workers and their families while traveling throughout the United States and parts of
Mexico for the next twenty-two years.
Celia was an honored recipient of a 2006 Plate of Bounty Award from the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association for making a difference in the lives of migrant and seasonal farmworker children and families. She also received a national Migrant
Education Harvest of Hope Award in 2010 for her contribution to the farmworker community. Her work has been featured at numerous other conferences over the past two decades.