Black Women of Print Speaker Series: LaToya Hobbs
Thursday, January 28, 5 – 6 pm EST | Zoom webinar, free and open to the public
This project is made possible with funds from the NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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 BA in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. She creates a fluid and symbiotic relationship between her printmaking and painting practice producing works that are marked by texture, color and bold patterns. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibits in locations such as the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL, the Community Folk Arts Center in Syracuse, NY, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL and the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica among others. LaToya’s work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her work is housed in private and public collections such as the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the National Art Gallery of Namibia. Other accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, a 2019 Artist Travel Grant awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, a 2020 Artist in Residence award at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA and she was the winner of the 2020 Jane and Walter Sondhiem Artscape Prize. Additionally, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and she is 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 for the future.