Gracia Melina de Pick Glass Gallery



Gracia MOlina de Pick Glass Gallery

gracia molina de pick glass gallery

Glass GalleryThe Glass Gallery was made possible by generous donations and support of 2014’s Tribute to Gracia Molina de Pick event held at San Diego Mesa College. Proceeds from the event supported the design, fabrication and installation of gallery signage, a plaque, and a biographic narrative for the Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery located in the Humanities and Multicultural Studies Building at Mesa College. The six-panel glass gallery features a rotating series of displays, beginning with the first exhibit, dedicated to Gracia.

about gracia molina de pick

Gracia Molina de PickGracia Molina de Pick, a life-long Educator, Feminist, and Community Activist, was born in Mexico City into a family of political reformers. At age 13, she went with her aunt on Sunday visits to Frida Kalho’s home (where she also met Diego Rivera) and learned from Frida that “great people are never only for themselves, but always fight for those who cannot defend themselves.” This lesson helped shape her future.

Gracia attended the Feminist University in Mexico City. She met Richard A. Pick, an American visiting Mexico City on business. In 1957 they married and moved to San Diego. Gracia worked as a teacher and mentor to Mexican American students in National City, co-founded IMPACT, a grassroots organization fighting for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans, and taught Peace Corps recruits at San Diego State College. As a San Diego Mesa College tenured professor, Molina de Pick developed a program that gave birth to the first Chicano Studies Department in a community college. She was also founding faculty member of what is now Thurgood Marshall College at UCSD.

Gracia’s work has earned awards from numerous organizations, including the California Legislature, the California and San Diego Democratic Party, California Rural Legal Assistance and the Centro Cultural de la Raza. In addition to the endowment made to San Diego Mesa College, she has also established an endowment fund supporting the Logan Heights Branch Library, and its education and literacy program.