Irene Villaseñor's visual arts training includes attending the Cooper Union School of Art Saturday Program for high school students, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Teen Programs, the Art Student's League, and Greenwich House Pottery.
After graduating from City-As-School High School in 1998, she worked at Educational Video Center where she co-produced documentaries commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her accomplishments as a filmmaker were recognized with the 1999 Best Young Filmmaker Award from the Nashville Film Festival, the 2000 Women We Love, Women We Honor Award from the Astraea Lesbian Action Foundation, and the 2001 Urban Hero Award from the Catalog for Giving.
From 2000-2009, Irene served as the Director of the Youth Views Project at American Documentary | P.O.V. (point-of-view) on PBS. She developed a pilot youth outreach project at public television's acclaimed independent documentary film series into a national program that served over 10,000 youth annually by training young producers and community leaders in media advocacy skills, which included providing technical assistance in how to use independent non-fiction media as resources for civic engagement in diverse communities.
Ms. Villaseñor has served as an expert on Film/Video/Media for arts grant-making panels at the Ford Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Tribeca Film Institute.
Your Creative Influences
Fay Chiang, Max Ernst, Thomas Allen Harris, Hannah Höch, David Wojnarowicz, Tomie Arai.