Sofia V. Gonzalez

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Sofia V. Gonzalez is an artist and educator living and working in Sonoma County, California. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including California, the Midwest and the South. Recent awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship for her work in Contemporary Craft from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Since 2014, Sofia has taught natural dye workshops that invite the public to learn how to make dye from waste materials and local plants. Sofia has taught as an Adjunct Professor at various universities throughout Arkansas and San Diego, CA. Returning to the Bay Area in 2022, this is her first-year teaching at the University of San Francisco.


  • Textiles
  • Natural Dyes & Pigments
  • Two-Dimensional Design

Research Areas

  • History of Color
  • Creation of natural color through dye and pigments
  • Ecology
  • Ethnobotany
  • Environmentalism


  • California College of the Arts, MFA, 2014
  • University of San Francisco, BA, 2012

Prior Experience

  • Associate Professor of Art, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, Southwestern College, San Diego, CA
  • Lecturer in Studio Art, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Awards & Distinctions

  • Visiting Artist at ASU Print Invitational, Arizona State University, 2021
  • Artist in Residence, Art Produce, San Diego, CA 2020
  • Individual Artist Fellowship Award, Contemporary Craft, Arkansas Arts Council, AR, 2017
  • Contemporary Craft Zeitgeist Award, awarded by juror Namita Wiggers, VisionMakers 2016
  • Exhibition at 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, OK, 2016

Selected Publications

  • ArtBeat, City of Irvine Fine Arts (Winter, 2022-23)
  • Fiber Revolution, Surface Design (Spring, 2022)
  • Twenty-Twenty San Diego, (Alfa Charlie, 2020)
  • AiR 2020 Journal, (Art Produce, 2020)
  • Nature, Dye, and Life (Shanghai: Sandu Publishing, 2016)