Evan Apodaca is a media artist based in San Diego, CA. He received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and is the director of Que Lejos Estoy: Picturing Assimilation, an animated documentary, which streamed nationally through PBS and received over 325 thousand views. In 2018 Apodaca was the recipient of the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation and the Port Spaces grant from the Port of San Diego to begin work on hybrid-documentary series, Secret City. In 2018 he was the Associate Producer and Animator for “Singing My Way to Freedom”, an award winning feature documentary about musician and civil-rights activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Evan's films have also screened at film festivals and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Chicano International Film Festival (LA), the Tijuana Film and Food Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. In 2013 Evan was a resident artist for the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Taos, New Mexico.

Contact: evanapodaca@gmail.com


2009    Bachelors of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Screenings and Exhibitions

2018    ¡Frontera Filmmakers!, San Diego Latino Film Festival, CA

2017    Deep Time University,  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
            Tijuana Film & Food Festival,  Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico 

            National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit, LA, CA

            Que Lejos Estoy , New Americans Museum, San Diego, CA 

            San Diego Film Week,  Museum of Photographic Arts, SD, CA

2016    PBS Online Film Festival, Nationwide

            Chicano International Film Festival, Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA

            San Diego Latino Film Festival,  AMC Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA

            San Diego Underground Film Festival,  Tenth Avenue Arts Center, SD, CA 

            National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit, LA, CA 

            Date Night , San Diego Art Institute, Horton Plaza, San Diego, C

2012    International Symposium of Electronic Arts, University of New Mexico, NM

2011    The Body Parlor , Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL

            Off the Wall,  Space4Art, San Diego, CA
            Learning Modern,  SAIC, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2009    SAIC Spring BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition,  Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
            Happening in Bronzeville , The South Side Community Arts Center, Chicago 

            Don’t Put It Past Me,  Koscielak Gallery, Chicago, IL


Reviews & Publications

2018    La Prensa, Beyond Storytelling, Marielena Castellanos

            Union Tribune, San Diego Foundation Announces, James Hebert

2016    SD City Beat, Video Players, Seth Combs

            San Diego Union Tribune, Talento Local Brilla, Pablo J. Sainz


Grants, Awards & Residencies

2019    Art Spaces Commission, Port of San Diego, CA

2018    Creative Catalyst Grant, San Diego Foundation, CA

            Audience Award for Best Documentary Film San Diego Latino Film Festival

            Best Frontera Feature Film, San Diego Latino Film Festival

2007    SAIC Full Tuition Chairman Merit Scholarship
            Fine Arts Club of Pasadena Visual Arts Award

2006    Jeane Ward Foundation Grant
            William B. Memorial Scholarship Award


Professional Experience

2019    Arts Advisory Committee Chair, Centro Cultural de la Raza

2018    Instructor, Special Effects, Platt College

2018    Associate Producer/Editor/Cinematographer, Espinosa Productions

2017    Instructor, Media Arts Center, San Diego, CA