June 1 @ 6:00 pm
In Conversation on the AMFA Exhibition Together
The inaugural Artist Talk not only brings together artists featured in AMFA’s Together exhibition, but illustrates the Museum’s Grand Opening goal of bringing our community back together in celebration.
The talk invites three artists to demonstrate the importance of their voices and their work, while also highlighting the diversity in their artistic backgrounds, media, and concepts. Artists will be introduced throughout the program, continuing to expand and strengthen the conversation as they come together on stage for an unforgettable night of talking about art.
About LaToya M. Hobbs
LaToya M. Hobbs is an artist, wife, and mother of two from Little Rock, AR, who is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her B.A. in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Purdue University.
Her work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. Her exhibition record includes numerous national and international venues, including the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia; SCAD Museum of Art; Albright Knox Museum, and Sophia Wanamaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica, among others.
Her work is housed in private and public collections such as the Harvard Art Museum, Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the Getty Research Institute, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Other accomplishments include a 2023 Distinguished Fellowship in Printmaking at the Penland School of Craft, a nomination for the 2022 Queen Sonja Print Award and a 2022 IFPDA Artis Grant and the 2020 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
Hobbs is also a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a founding member of Black Women of Print, a collective whose vision is to make visible the narratives and works of Black women printmakers, past, present and future.
About Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto is an artist, writer and filmmaker based in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in prominent collections including the Harvard Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been profiled in numerous publications and media including Radiolab, Krista Tippet’s On Being, and the New York Times.
He has held research fellowships and residencies at a range of cultural and scientific institutions, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
In 2016 he was appointed as the Texas State Artist Laureate. In 2020, he was a research consultant to the popular science television series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which aired on National Geographic and Fox.
He is currently serving as Artist-at-Large at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, and is working on his first book, Life Signs: The Tender Science of the Pulsewave, published through the University of Chicago Press and co-authored with art historian Jennifer Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard.
In 2023, he will open a ten-year survey show entitled The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.
About Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Alison Elizabeth Taylor works in marquetry hybrid which includes wood veneer marquetry, oil, acrylic, and photography. She developed this medium to create a new perspective on painting.
Her work is included in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; among others.
Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, Museum of Art and Design, NY, Château de Nyon, Switzerland, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, NY and in the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia.
In 2017, she installed Reclamation, a permanent installation at Cornell Tech in NYC. Taylor has received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a NYSCA/NYFA fellowship, and won the Outwin Boochever Grand Prize at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Taylor currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.