M.F.A., Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
Professor Ortiz teaches ART 3352 Digital Imaging, Art 4318 Advanced Digital Imaging and ART 3360 Intermediate Photography. In 1992 he received his M.F.A in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY, Brockport) in Rochester, NY. In 2000, Ortiz won a "New Photography Award," from En Foco Inc. in New York, which supported the continuation of his "Disconnection/Reconnection" series. He was also given the opportunity to exhibit the work in New York in 2001 and to have an image from the series published in the photographic journal, "Nueva Luz" in early 2002. Other recent exhibitions include "Salvajes, Locos, Ninos y Poetas" in Mexico and the "Binational Art Exhibit," in Paraguay. Ortiz has also participated recently in the exhibitions "Within Sight" at the Arlington Museum of Art; "The Power of Place: Contemporary Chicano Artists" at Fine Silver Gallery in San Antonio; "Open and Closed" at Ball State University in Muncie, IN; "Chicano Invitational" at Boise State University in Boise, ID and "El Espejo: Arte Latino" at ArtScan Gallery in Houston. His work has been shown in web-based exhibitions sponsored by the Mediterranean Foundation for Art in Italy and the University of Houston's Digital Imaging Forum (DIF) run by Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom. In 2002 The Houston Center for Photography was awarded a NEA grant to present his work in a solo exhibition. In 2003 he participated in the Inaugual Exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas. The exhibition was curated by noted professionals; Dr. Ybarra-Frausto, Dr. Goldman and Ms. Tere Romo: 333 entries were reviewed and 33 were chosen for the exhibition. Ortiz was invited to exhibit his work at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2004 in a one-person show, and had a solo exhibition in Tallahassee, FL, at Florida State University in 2006. He was honored to be included in the two-volume book, Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Artists, published (2002) by Arizona State University.