“You look at the landscape, but the landscape also looks back at you; Landscape is more about what you don’t see than what you do see.” 

Acclaimed artist Teresita Fernández joins Jeffrey De Blois, organizing curator for the Boston presentation of Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s-Today, for an evening of conversation on art, the Caribbean, and the sources of inspiration for her breathtaking mixed media artwork in the exhibition– Manigua(Mirror).  

Teresita Fernández is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, also known as the Genius Grant, for demonstrating ‘extraordinary creativity’. In 2011, she was appointed by former President Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and is the first Latina to serve on the 100-year-old federal panel, which advises the president and Congress on national matters of design and aesthetics. In 2016, she conceived and directed the U.S. Latinx Arts Futures Symposium with the Ford Foundation, which brought together artists, curators, museum directors, and scholars from across the country to discuss modes of visibility within cultural institutions. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally in prestigious venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Harvard University, Cambridge; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, among others. Fernández has also created numerous large-scale public sculptures, including at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; New Orleans Museum of Art; Ford Foundation, New York; and Madison Square Park. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Generous support for Artist’s Voice: Teresita Fernández is provided by The Ronni Casty Lecture Fund.