Valerie Mendoza was born in the Bay Area and taught part-time at the San Francisco Art Institute, U.C. Santa Cruz and Civic Arts Education before accepting a position as an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida in 1999. She lived and worked in Florida for five years. She has been an Assistant Professor with San José State University since 2004.
Mendoza received an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1995, and a BFA from San José State University in 1992. She has exhibited internationally, with installation and video work included in Ars Latina 2007, at the Centro Estatal de las Artes in Mexicali, Mexico (June 2007), Site, Intervention, Identity at the Limerick City Gallery of Art in Limerick, Ireland (2004), and the 16th Annual Festival International Du Film Vidéo, Vébron, France (2003). Recent national exhibitions include Her Shorts, with the Plugged Women’s Video Collective in Tucson, Arizona (May 2007), Tergloba at the Meadowbrook Art Gallery in Rochester, Michigan (March 2007), Illegal Entry featuring the work of 5 artists addressing border issues at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco, California (May, 2006), Packed, an exhibition featuring the work of artists from Ireland and the US at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia (February, 2006), the 8th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (March, 2005), En Masse, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, California (March, 2005) and The Art of Illness: Examining the Biomedical Paradigm at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Museum Gallery (January, 2005), among many others.