Guampedia Adds 25 New Artist Profiles to Its Website


Guam – just finished a new section profiling 25 Guam artists, with funding provided through a CAHA grant.

Users can find it on the  home page here . Look for the box with the photos of Guam’s artists and click on it which will take you to the overview on Guam Arts:

The 25 new artists profiles were added to 26 artists and musicians that completed earlier along with overviews on various art forms (painting, traditional craft, theater  etc.) last year.

This will always be a work in progress, with more profiles being added and updates being made. Contact information for the artists is available through a link to the CAHA Artist Directory, whenever available.

The new artist profiles are:

Adriano Pangelinan (painter)
Ariel Dimalanta (graphic artist)
Ben “Sinahi” del Rosario (traditional jewelry)
Clotilde “Ding” Castro Gould (story teller)
Evelyn Flores (writer)
Flora Baza Quan (musician) about
Floren Paulino (weaver)
Frank Rabon (dancer, choreographer)
Greg B. Flores (graphic artist)
Herman Crisostomo (photographer, film maker)
Joaquin “Jack” Lujan (blacksmith)
Johnny Sablan (musician)
Jose J. Babauta (painter)
Julie “Jill” Quichocho Benavente (traditional jewelry)
Leonard Iriarte (chanter)
Manny Crisostomo (photographer)
Maria Yatar McDonald (tattoo artist, visual artist, musician)
Mark Dell’Isola (painter)
Melvin Won Pat-Borja (spoken word poet)
Peter Onedera (writer, storyteller, theater)
Richard “Ric” Castro (painter, printmaker)
Robert Taitano (wood carver)
Ron Castro (graphic artist, painter)
Segundo Blas (wood carver, canoe maker)
Vince Reyes (dancer, choreographer) is a community project to create a comprehensive online resource about the history, culture and contemporary issues of Guam. Guampedia Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization. It’s offices are located at House No. 3, Dean’s Circle, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam. Please call 734-0217 for further information. It’s staff is Rita P. Nauta, managing director, Shannon J. Murphy, managing editor, Dominica Tolentino, content editor, and Nathalie Pereda, media editor.

The creation of Guampedia was funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guam Preservation Trust, the Bank of Guam, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Gannett Foundation, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency and other sources. The project was founded by the Guam Humanities Council in 2002. In 2009 a new non-profit organization, Guampedia Foundation, Inc. was incorporated and Guampedia became independent of the Council.

Guampedia, which receives funding from the Government of Guam,  is being developed with the cooperation of the University of Guam under the Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center and many other community institutions and organizations, including the Guam Preservation Trust, Department of Chamorro Affairs, the Guam Museum, the Guam Public Library, the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Historic Resources, the Archdiocese of Agana and Micronesian Seminar.

Through peer-reviewed entries and accompanying media, Guampedia provides an important educational and informational resource for Guam teachers and schoolchildren, for Chamorros living away from Guam, for visitors to our island, and for those who want a richer understanding of our island and its people.

Guampedia was launched in April 2008 with the first 350 entries and two years later, has 700 entries. More than 100 people have been a part of this project to date, doing research, writing, peer reviewing, fact checking or copy editing the Guampedia entries and media. Another 600 entries are planned and will be added as they are completed.

Guampedia will always be an ongoing and dynamic project that will be updated and added to regularly as events unfold and technology allows.