Dr. Juan J. Prieto-Valdes is an accomplished educator committed to student success and the author of more than 100 academic papers and textbooks. In 2015 President Barack Obama granted Dr. Prieto-Valdes a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to education and community. With the same devotion Dr. Prieto-Valdes applies to his work in science, he has produced a courageous artistic collection, an impressive array of paintings, sculptures, and writings that speak well of his quest for freedom. His memoirs, written like novels, deliver strong indictment against violation of civil and human rights. His art evokes ideas together with physical reality, symbolic and expressive art.