San José

Artemio Posadas has made a significant impact on Northern California and Mexico throughout his career as a musician, dancer and educator. The contributions of his distinguished career represent the ideals of the California State University and San José State University.

Mr. Posadas is a musician, dancer and teacher of traditional Mexican music. The 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where he discovered son huasteco, regional music punctuated with poetic, instrumental and dance improvisation and falsetto breaks.

A graduate of Universidad de San Luis Potosí, Mr. Posadas recorded songs with the late Beno Liberman for the Antología del Son Mexicano and began holding music and dance workshops in California in 1974, where he later became an American citizen.

Mr. Posadas served as a master artist through the Alliance for California Traditional Artists and taught at the Center for Training and Careers in San José and in the East Bay public school system. An influential educator of Mexican music and dance, Mr. Posadas has taught musicians and dancers for 40 years.

Through his commitment to creating community and honoring cultural heritage, Mr. Posadas epitomizes Spartan pride. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and dedication, the California State University Board of Trustees and San José State University are proud to confer upon Artemio Posadas the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.