Leticia Bajuyo will discuss her sculptural works, which often incorporate nontraditional materials in site-specific installations, in a visiting artist’s lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Bajuyo’s visit from March 3-8 is presented by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History in collaboration with Space One Eleven. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place in the Hess Lecture Hall of UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. It is funded by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities.
Her visit to UAB is scheduled in conjunction with an installation of sculptural work made from discarded compact discs at Birmingham’s Space One Eleven. Bajuyo will install the work, which will be viewable from the street and sidewalks of Second Avenue North, with assistance from UAB sculpture students, led by Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway. The public is invited to visit the installation or help with the construction March 5-7 at Space One Eleven.
Bajuyo’s sculptures and installations have been exhibited nationally in recent solo exhibitions at Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) in Athens, Georgia; Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma; The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Indiana; and Women & Their Work Gallery in Austin, Texas. Recent international exhibitions include FRAME OF MIND 2016, a Northern Mindanao Contemporary Art exhibit in Mindanao, Philippines, and the 2015 IV International From Waste to Art Exhibition at the From Waste to Art Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan. Bajuyo’s large-scale public art installations in 2016 and 2017 include the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee; the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the entrance of the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis; and the Lyon Square outdoor plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to exhibitions of her individual artwork, Bajuyo is a member of Land Report Collective. This group of six artists in Wyoming, Tennessee and Indiana create and exhibit artworks together as they deal with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point.
Bajuyo is a recipient of Hanover College’s Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, a Great Meadows Foundation Professional Development Grant, and a Visual Artists Network Exhibition residency and grant. She received her MFA in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her BFA in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame. Last fall, Bajuyo joined the faculty at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as assistant professor of sculpture. Prior to this professorship in Texas, she served as a visiting assistant professor in sculpture at the University of Notre Dame and professor of art at Hanover College. For more information about Bajuyo’s work, visit www.leticiabajuyo.com.