Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Silvia Lopez Chavez

Silvia is an interdisciplinary Boston-based artist with roots in hte Dominican Republic. Her work is informed by her own personal narratives and responds to her identities as an immigrant, educator, artist and designer. She is motivated by the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her collaborative works  with community partners and commissions include public art projects in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lynn, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Marblehead.

Silvia holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and has exhibited her work in solo and group shows including the Fitchburg Art Museum, Boston Children's Museum and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  

In 2017, she completed the first professionally commissioned mural on the Charles River Esplanade, and in 2016 she received a ‘Creative City’ grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts for Lemonade Stand an interactive art installation throughout the city of Boston in partnership with another artist.

In 2015 through a Boston Foundation grant, Chavez was commissioned by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4Si) to create a temporary public art installation called Color Up! in Dorchester, MA. The project invited the community to help design and apply temporary spray-painted patterns to surrounding areas of the Upham’s Corner train station as part of the Lighting The Line Project. In 2013, Silvia received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for her ‘Fresh Air: Portraits’ of Chelsea project; which explored the environmental and political aspects within air quality issues in Chelsea, MA and was also a finalist for the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award. For two years, Chavez served as a Steering Committee member for the City of Boston Mayor’s Office to help shape the Boston Creates  cultural plan for the city.

Chavez is currently an artist in residence at Boston Children's Hospital and continues her studio art practice at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

In addition to her fine art practice, she is an award-winning design professional, working for over 13 years with high-profile companies and institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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I Have Worked With

  • September 2008 to June 2016

    Teaching artist at RAW. Led a highschool all-female public art team in summer time, also worked in a variety of projects with elementary and middle school groups, also portfolio building groups for teens, printmaking workshops, and co-led Art Tag in partnership with Lynn public schools.

  • July 2015

    Artist in Residence as part of the Creative Arts Program 

  • January 2006

    For over 10 years worked at the MFA as graphic designer until 2008. I have also taught an adult printmaking class as part of their studio art classes.

  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artist / Illustrator / Graphic Designer
Physical Address: 
Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont St. Studio 406D
Boston, MA 02116
Last Name: 
Lopez Chavez


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Graphic
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Community Arts
Design Services
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston Center for the Arts (BCA)
United South End Artists (USES)
Boston Children's Hospital -
Raw Art Works, Inc. (RAW)
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, MA
Altos de Chavon The School of Design, DR
SMFA - Printmaking, Silkscreen
Haystack School of Crafts
Escuela de Bellas Artes y Cultos, Santiago
Creative City Grantee/Alum Network
LCC, Massachusetts Cultural Council grant recipient, 2013
The Boston Foundations' Brother Thomas Award - Finalist, 2014
Altos de Chavon School of Art & Design, Scholarship 1997
Jamaica Plain Arts Council grant for 'The Evolving Art Wall', 2013
HOW Magazine In-HOWse Award 2008
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient