Tuesday, September 3, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm
Room 101C, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work blends installation, performance, video and beyond to explore aspects of ritual retention and cultural identity through marginalized histories. Her work has been exhibited through group and solo presentations at venues such as El Museo del Barrio, MoCADA, the Knockdown Center, Rush Arts Gallery, Pulse Miami Beach, the Material Art Fair in Mexico City and the International House of Japan in Tokyo among many others. She was the recipient of the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship at A.I.R. Gallery in New York in 2017–2018, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota in 2018, and the 2018–2019 JUSFC Creative Artist Fellowship supported by the National Endowment of the Arts where she traveled to Japan to continue research for her long-term endeavor, "Project: Iceberg." Rodriguez-Izumi was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up between that island and East Harlem, NY, where she currently lives and holds a studio. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2009 and an MFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visuals Arts in 2017. She will be joining the faculty at her graduate alma mater of SVA in fall 2019.