Born and raised in Chicago, Herman Aguirre’s U.S. citizenship not only sheltered him from the impoverished, crime-filled area in Mexico that was home to other members of his family but it also provided him with opportunities for education and training. As a public school student in Chicago, he won prizes for his painting, then received an undergraduate scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and finally a merit scholarship in the MFA program in painting. His work has been shown at Yollocalli, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, and The Mad Center Gallery. His Fellowship will cover the substantial costs of materials, studio rental, and travel, including trips to Madrid, New York City, and Mexico City. He also intends to send proposals and portfolios to various institutions throughout the U.S. and Mexico to gain exposure for his work with an international audience.