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Kayla E. (she/her) is an award-winning artist, cartoonist, and designer of Mexican-American descent who works as Art Director at Fantagraphics Books and is Principal at Design Altar. She is the co-founder and President of Nat. Brut Inc., a non-profit that produces an art and literary magazine, of which she is the Editor-in-Chief and Art Director. She earned her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, where she served as the Art Director for the Harvard Lampoon. Kayla has been profiled by TIME, The Establishment, Feministing, The Huffington Post, Latina Magazine, NPR, and Literary Hub, among others. As a public speaker, Kayla has been invited to expand on her practice at major universities and creative conferences across the country. Precious Rubbish, her experimental book-length autobiographical memoir, will be published by Fantagraphics Books in 2024. 

 

Kayla works out of her downtown attic studio in rural North Carolina. She lives down the road with her wife, writer Laura Bullard.

Education

2013

Harvard University, BA in Visual and Environmental Studies

Awards

2021

Simon Rockower Award in Layout and Design, American Jewish Press Association

2020

American Illustration 40 Winner

2013

Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, Nat. Brut

2018

American Illustration 37 Winner

2013

Albert Alcalay Prize in Visual Arts, Harvard University

Curatorial

2018

Juror, American Illustration 36

2014

Juror, "Hecho En Dallas," Latino Cultural Center Dallas, TX

Exhibitions

Solo

2019

"DRUNK TANK," Culture Hole, Dallas, TX

2014

"Kayla: Now and Then, Now and Again," Deep Ellum Windows, Dallas, TX

2014

"Watch Kayla," The Safe Room, Dallas, TX

Group

2020

Culture Hole TV, Episode Three: Drugs

2014

Dallas Aurora, Dallas, TX

Selected Publications

2020

"The Dreadfuls Special," Rotland Press

2020

"Marge's Little Lulu," The Comics Journal No. 305

2018

"Precious Rubbish," Rotland Press Single Shot

2018

"Death in Desoto, Texas," Booth Journal, Issue 12

2017

"Precious Rubbish," Resist, edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman

2017

"Precious Rubbish," The Southeast Review 35.2

2017

"Kayla Sees the Lowcountry," Ecotone Magazine Issue 22

2017

"All of Them Witches," Black Eye No. 3, Rotland Press

2016

"Precious Rubbish," The Spectacle

2014

"Kayla's Day In," New Delta Review

Public Speaking

2019

University of Chicago

2017

ArtCenter College of Design

2017

 Los Angeles County High School for the Arts 

2016

ICON Conference 9: main stage speaker and workshop leader

2016

Oberlin College

2016

 The University of Texas at Dallas 

2016

Southern Methodist University

2015

Harvard University