Morgan DeLuna was born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and relocated to Southern California in 2004. 

Morgan’s background in the performing arts was a precursor to her visual arts practice. Using a conceptual approach she explores the human condition and liminal space. Themes around the relationship between identity, appearance, and human connection are the core of her work. 

Growing up in a Midwestern, multi-ethnic, interfaith family informs DeLuna's practice. Researching topics in the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, and science is a crucial element to her art-making process. 

Morgan's work has been exhibited in spaces nationally and internationally including the San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center of Photography, and FotoNostrum in Barcelona.

Morgan DeLuna - CV

Born, 1981 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, lives and works in Southern California

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Morgan DeLuna: Phenotype, Subtext Gallery, San Diego, CA

Curated Exhibitions

2020 OMA Art Auction, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

2020 The 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition, Gallery FotoNostrum, Barcelona, Spain

2020 Strong Strong Women, The Frame Maker, San Diego, CA

2019 PAISANOS trashumantes, creadores anacrónicos... de origen disímil (Traveling Exhibition), Mexican Consulate, San Bernardino, CA

2019 Photographs in Conversation, Lenscratch, May 31, 2019, Online http://lenscratch.com/2019/05/the-2019-photographs-in-conversation-exhibition-part-3/

2019 Woman/Self, The Photographer's Eye: A Creative Collective, Escondido, CA

2018 Hotels/Motels (Unofficial Art Fair 2018)-The Bourbon Room, San Diego, CA

2018 Sensorium by Vanguard Culture, San Diego, CA

2018 ABOUT-FACE, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

2017 Hotels/Motels (Unofficial Art Fair 2017)-The Waiting Room, San Diego, CA

Juried Exhibitions

2020-2021  A Show of Hands, Don't Take Pictures, Online Exhibition

2019 Americans, The Rankin Arts Photography Center (RAPC) at Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, Juried by Paula Tognarelli

2019 LOVE &/or FEAR, LACP/Freewaves/LACE, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2018 The 5th Biennial Of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Space Nau Bostik, Barcelona, Spain 

2018 CorpoRealities, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2018 Women Seen By Women, Galeria Valid Foto BCN, Barcelona, Spain

2017 Size Matters, San Diego, CA

2017 Vista Visions 2017, Vista Civic Center, Vista, CA

2016 Enlightened Lens, Hearth Rotating Gallery, San Marcos, CA

2015 Enlightened Lens, Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, CA

2014 Invented Worlds, Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN

Speaking Engagements

2020 Guest speaker, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

2020 Guest speaker, Portfolio taught by Donna Cosentino,  Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

2019 Presenter at Open Show LA #51, hosted at Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Guest speaker, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

2018 Presenter at Open Show San Diego #7 hosted by Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego,CA

Publications and Books

2021, Diffusion, Volume X | Print Annual, OneTwelve Publishing, Blue Mitchell

2019, SHOTS Magazine, Issue No.145 - Fall 2019: "The Journey", pg. 9

Articles, Reviews, Features, & Interviews

SHOUTOUT SOCAL (Online), Meet Morgan DeLuna-Photographic Artist, Patrick Harris, December 21, 2020, https://shoutoutsocal.com/meet-morgan-deluna-photographic-artist/

Meet a Member (Online), Member Interview with APA San Diego, October 12, 2020, https://apasd.org/category/meet-a-member/

LACP (Online), Member of the Month, September 2020, https://lacphoto.org/morgan-deluna-featured-lacp-member-september-2020/

art and cake (Online), written by Genie Davis, published by Kristine Schomaker, December 12, 2019, https://artandcakela.com/2019/12/12/artist-profile-morgan-deluna/

SD Voyager (Online), Art & Life with Morgan DeLuna, Patrick Harris, October 24, 2018, http://sdvoyager.com/interview/art-life-morgan-deluna/

Lenscratch (Online), Amanda Dahlgren, September 19, 2018, http://lenscratch.com/2018/09/morgan-deluna-phenotype/

The Coronado Times (Online), Bridgeworthy, Chris Kelly, April 24, 2018, https://coronadotimes.com/news/2018/04/24/bridgeworthy-san-diego-art-institute-presents-about-face/

Keep the Channel Open: Episode 63: podcast interview with Mike Sakasegawa, April 11, 2018 https://www.keepthechannelopen.com/episodes/2018/4/11/episode-63-morgan-deluna

Modern Luxury Magazine (Online), 7 Top Art Influencers, Angela Ashman, December 1, 2016, http://www.modernluxury.com/san-diego/features/7-top-art-influencers

Honors

2019 Winner, Self-Portrait Women Seen by Women Category-Norah, 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Juried by Elizabeth Avedon, Rebecca Robertson, and Analy Werbin

2018 Honorable Mention, Self-Portrait Series-Phenotype12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award

2017 Honorable Mention, Lina-American from WE WALK TALLWomen Seen by Women - Special Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, The Photography Gala Awards

2017 Second Place Award, Vista Visions 2017

Education

2013 - 2017 Palomar College, San Marcos, California, Photography

2010 - 2012 University of California-San Diego, California, Certificate of Achievement - Art and the Creative Process

Mentorship Program

2017 Far Sight, Mentorship with scott b. davis - Medium Festival of Photography

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