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Wilfredo Valladares Lara

Associate Professor of Sculpture and Department Chair
Visual Arts and Humanities
School of Liberal Arts


Master of Fine Arts
University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Maryland Institute College of Art

A Little More

Born in Trujillo Colon, Honduras, Central America, Wilfredo Valladares Lara began his career as an artist and educator. Due to his creative abilities and challenging perceptions as a teacher during a time of conflict in his country, it was necessary to seek political asylum.

In the early 1990s, he arrived in the United States, where he continued his journey as an artist. He attended Montgomery College then the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. He continued his studies at the University of Maryland where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture. It was evident that his chosen path would lead him to make contributions in the academic and artistic arenas.

Since his arrival at AACC, he has been part of numerous artistic and educational events such as group shows, solo exhibits, workshops and environment installations. In 1997 he had his first international sculpture show in Milan, Italy, where he had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of artists and curators. Lara's work is designed to cross boundaries and move beyond the traditional paradigm of cross-cultural art. One of his most notable installations, “Ofrenda al Dios del Maiz,” explored Mayan mythology. It captivated the imagination of its viewers and transported them to a place cloaked in mystery with endless discoveries yet to be uncovered. His most recent commission project is a sculptural stainless steel form designed for the Georgia and Wayne avenues park in Silver Spring.