Engraver LaToya Hobbs to speak at Austin Peay as part of the CECA Visiting Artists Lecture Series


CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Department of Art + Design, with support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to welcome renowned printmaker LaToya Hobbs to continue the 2021-22 season of the Artist Speaker Series ECSC guests.

“This semester has been loaded with visits from one world-class artist after another,” said Michael Dickins, Chairman of the Guest Artist Speakers Committee. “LaToya Hobbs creates large-scale woodblock prints that deal with figurative images that address the idea of ​​beauty, cultural identity and femininity as it relates to women in the African Diaspora.

“Nina Gaze” by LaToya Hobbs

Hobbs’ public lecture will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the Sundquist Science Complex, room 106. The lecture will also be available live, courtesy of CECA. Registration for the livestream is available at https://bit.ly/HobbsAPSU. The conference is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.

Hobbs is a founding member of Black Women in Print and recently received the Sondheim Artscape Prize and a Joan Mitchell Artist in Residence Award.

“During Hobbs’ visit, she will be working with our printmaking teacher, Patrick Vincent, and some of our students to create a new print edition of her work,” Dickins said. “One of the pieces from the edition will be donated to the APSU Art Collection. This will augment our collection of contemporary prints that we have built up over the past few years. this new work in the halls of the Art + Design Building.

LaToya Hobbs’, “Birth of a Mother”

About the artist

Hobbs is an artist, wife and mother of two from Little Rock, Arkansas who lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Purdue University.

Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibitions at venues such as National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, Florida, Community Folk Arts Center in Syracuse, New York, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, and the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San José, Costa Rica, among others.

Hobbs’ work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of Harvard University’s WEB Dubois Institute for African and African American Research.

His work is held in private and public collections such as the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the Getty Research Institute and the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and a 2019 Artist Travel Fellowship awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore. Additionally, Hobbs devotes his time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

To learn more about Hobbs and his work, visit him website or follow her on Instagram at @latoyahobbs.

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