Olivia Arratia


Visiting Lecturer






Olivia Arratia is a photographer residing in Dallas, Texas. She received her AA from Brookhaven College, her B.F.A. in Photography and Business from Texas Woman's University and her M.F.A. from SMU. Arratia creates photographic prints, sculptures and book art.

“Olivia Arratia has created a series of tableaux that reflect her own menudo, filled with memories of family and home….”

Her work engages in the social, cultural and religious aspects of Hispanic culture, as well as the material culture and built environment of where she was born and raised in Southern California.

Arratia's work has been exhibited in Texas at places such as the Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, and Goldmark Cultural Center (Dallas), SP/N Gallery (Richardson), Greater Denton Arts Council (Denton) and Rockport Center for the Arts (Rockport). Her photographs have also been featured in a variety of online publications including LenscratchDeep Red PressA New Nothing and Voyage Dallas.


M.F.A. Studio Art, Southern Methodist University
B.F.A. Photography with a minor in Business, Texas Woman’s University
Associates in Arts, Brookhaven College

Recent Work

Articles and Essays

Arratia, Olivia, "Cultural Formation of Place: Making Yourself at Home" (2022). Art Theses and Dissertations. 21. 

Course list

Photo 1 ASPH 1300
Photo 2 ASPH 1300

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