Dacey Dia Villarreal was born in Ripon, Wisconsin and moved to Bakersfield over 15 years ago. In Wisconsin, she obtained her BFA in Art Education, from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In 2011, she completed her MFA in Fine Art at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Villarreal has dedicated 16 years to teaching drawing, painting, and graphic arts at the high school level. Villarreal was an adjunct professor at Taft College, where she taught Drawing and Composition, Painting, and Introduction to Art. In the past few years, Villarreal has started to emerge on the art scene in Bakersfield, where she has exhibited in group shows at The Foundry, The Metro Gallery, Bakersfield Art Association and Bakersfield Museum of Art. Villarreal lives in Bakersfield with her husband David and their dog Packer.




MFA    2011    Fine Art                      Academy of Art University       San Francisco, CA

BFA     1998    Art Education           University of Wisconsin            Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI

Professional Experience

1999-Present    Art Teacher 1999-2008 Ridgeview High School (Beginning Art, Creative Arts, Advance Art, Graphic Arts, Ceramics) 2008-Present Independence High School (Beginning Art, Intermediate Art, Advance Art, Graphic Arts), 1999-Present Art Club Advisor, 2007-2011 Visual and Performing Arts Department Head, Bakersfield, CA

2015-Present    Adjunct Art Professor Bakersfield College, (Art Appreciation), Bakersfield, CA

2010-2013      Adjunct Art Professor Taft College, (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Art Appreciation), Taft, CA

2010               Internship Art Teacher California State University Bakersfield, (Fall 2010  Beginning Painting), Bakersfield, CA

1999-2001    Museum Assistant, (Curator Assistant, Education Program Teacher, Docent), Bakersfield, CA

Exhibition Record

2016          Composition-Group Show                         Empty Space, Bakersfield, CA

2016         Latination 7-Group Show                           Metro Galleries, Bakersfield, CA  

2015         Celebrations of a Moment-Solo Show      Wire and Pearl, Bakersfield, CA

2015         Faculty Show-Group Show                        Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA  

2015         Visual Arts Festival-Group Show                 BMoA, Bakersfield, CA  

2015        Teachers Who Are Artists-Group Show      Younger Gallery, Bakersfield, CA

2015        Those Who Teach Can Do-Group Show    Art Institute of California, Hollywood, CA

2015        Latination 6-Group Show                            Metro Galleries, Bakersfield, CA

2015      Real People-Group Show                       Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

2014       Botanicals-Group show                              Online Gallery, Light Space & Time

2014       Member Show-BAA Group show             Stars Theater, Bakersfield, CA

2013        The Stories We Tell-Group show              The Phoenix Gallery, New York City

2013         Layered Beauties-Solo show                    BAA, Bakersfield, CA

2013        Eye Gallery: 96 Hours-Group show         BMoA, Bakersfield, CA

2013        Visual Arts Festival-Group show              Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

2013        Latination 5-Group show                           Metro Galleries, Bakersfield, CA

2013        Monochromatic-Group show                    The Foundry, Bakersfield, CA

2013        Art Imitates Art 2-Group show                  The Foundry, Bakersfield, CA

2013        BLANK Gone Wild!-Group show              NXcaffe, Bakersfield, CA

2013         Fifty Shades of Color-Faculty show          Taft College Gallery, Taft, CA

2013               Textures & Exploration- Solo show         Dagny’s, Bakersfield, CA

2013               It Isn’t Easy Being Green-Group show    The Foundry, Bakersfield, CA

2012               Small Works Show-Group show              Metro Galleries, Bakersfield, CA

2012               Chairs and Stools-Group show                BAA, Bakersfield, CA

2012               Visual Arts Festival-Group show               BMoA, Bakersfield, CA

2011               Spring Art Show-Faculty Show                 Taft College Gallery, Taft, CA

2010               Burn the Witch-Group show                    Spot Light Theater, Bakersfield, CA

2010               Visual Arts Festival-Group show              BMoA, Bakersfield, CA

2008               Visual Arts Festival-Group show             BMoA, Bakersfield, CA

2007               Visual Arts Festival-Group show             BMoA, Bakersfield, CA


2015                Third place-Visual Arts Festival, Bakersfield, CA

2014                First place-Latination 6, Bakersfield, CA

2014                Best Art Project in Kern High School District-Peak Awards, Bakersfield, CA

2013                Best in Show-It Isn’t Easy Being Green Exhibit, Bakersfield, CA

2012                People’s Choice Award-Chairs and Stools Exhibit, Bakersfield, CA


2015 Stefani Dias, “Art Teachers: That's how it's done, kids," The Bakersfield Californian, April 9, 2015, 30.

2013 Stefani Dias, “Brave the heat for some cool art,” The Bakersfield Californian, July 4, 2013, 20.

2013 Stefani Dias, “Chapter 7: Many Doors,” The Bakersfield Californian, June 6, 2013, 16 & 17.

2013 Stefani Dias, “Artists blooming in winter,” The Bakersfield Californian, January 3, 2013, 21.

2010 Jessica Miller, “New Taft College Art Instructor,” Taft Independent, August 8, 2010, 7.

2001 Jason Gutierrez, “Splash of Color,” The Bakersfield Californian, March 10, 2001, 9.


Women's Caucus for Art, Stories We Tell. Instant Publishers, 2013.

Cover Artist: Griffin, Shamir. Identity in Shades: Wisdom & Soul. CreateSpace Platform, 2013. Print.

Art Editor: Review of various artists work, Wisconsin Review, Vol. 30, Issue 1, 2, and 3, 1998.

Art Editor: Review of various artists work, Wisconsin Review, Vol. 31, Issue 1, 2, and 3, 1997.

W. Enstice & M. Peters, Drawing; Space, Form and Expression, 2nd Edition, 1996, 57.


National Art Education Association Conference, 2014 San Diego, CA

College Art Association Annual Conference, 2012, Los Angeles, CA

California Art Education Association Conference, 2011, Bakersfield, CA

California Art Education Association Conference, 2001, Cambridge, CA

California Art Education Association Conference, 2001, Bakersfield, CA

Professional Service

1999-Present             Chalk artist in Via Arte’ Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

2011-Present              Installation of art for Panorama Art Show, Bakersfield, CA

2014-2016                 Art Mix art donation, Bakersfield, CA

2013                            Art Imitates art donation, Bakersfield, CA

2012                            Paint the Town Red art donation, Bakersfield, CA

2011                             California Art Education Association presenter, Bakersfield, CA

2011                             20/30 Club art donation, Bakersfield, CA

2009-2011                   I.H.S. Fine Arts Booster Club art donations, Bakersfield, CA

2002-2006                Court Appointed Special Advocate art donations, Bakersfield, CA

Professional Organizations

College Art Association

California Art Education Association

National Art Education Association

Bakersfield Museum of Art

Exhibitions Juried

2011    Assisted Curator at Bakersfield College Jones Gallery with upcoming shows 2011-2013