"MINER, HACKER, AND MANIPULATOR"
Join us on Zoom for this FREE virtual art salon.
When: Jan 5, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Lisa Rockford, founder of Rockford Projects, is an independent curator, artist, and educator with a definitive interest in contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches, new media, and the re-invention of traditional media and techniques. She thoughtfully stages innovative artworks in thematic exhibitions that will spark dialogue, and act as catalysts for cultural exchange.
Known to be a passionate avid arts advocate, working to offer more exhibition opportunities to underrepresented artists, she has organized multi-disciplinary exhibitions, public lectures, artist workshops, and interactive experiences, designed to be accessible to a broad audience. In 2013, she was dubbed a "Rising Star" in Gold Coast Magazine’s article, “40 under 40,” and named a “Change Agent” in local press for her community building art events. As an independent curator, and founder of Rockford Projects, she has working relationships with over 400 artists and has curated 23 exhibitions.
Lisa was born in Texas and raised in South Florida, before earning her BFA from Bowling Green State University in 1999, and MFA in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007, after returning to South Florida, Lisa was among the first to be selected for a residency at Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts in Fort Lauderdale. During her seven-year residency, she was the principal organizer in converting 3 floors of common space into an artist-run, public exhibition space called 1310 Gallery. She quickly gained media attention for her thematic curated exhibitions at the gallery, focusing on humor, gender, power hierarchies, contemporary fiber art, the use of recycled material, and non-traditional practices. Her projects have been featured on PBS’ television series Art Loft, and six of her curated exhibitions received grants from the Broward County Cultural Division and offered cash prizes for the artists.
Lisa has since been invited to curate exhibitions at Whitespace-the Mordes Collection/West Palm Beach, The Projects Contemporary Art Space FATVillage/Fort Lauderdale, and Bailey Contemporary Arts/Pompano Beach, and commissioned to facilitate projects for the Girls Club-The Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Collection/Fort Lauderdale, the Broward Art Guild, Plantation City’s Art in the Park, Young at Art Museum/Davie, and the ArtFTL 2019 art fair, and selected to jury art exhibits for the Broward Art Guild, ArtiGras Palm Beach, and other local art fairs.
Lisa is currently a tenured Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Broward College, where she instituted their first visiting artist series on the campus, annually bringing national artists to give lectures and workshops, and instituted ArtFest, an annual festival, mural contest, and DIY marketplace. In 2014, she received the Robert Elmore International Exchange Award through the Honors department to travel to China, and The A. Hugh Adams Endowed Teaching Chair in 2018.