Contemporary artist Lisa Iglesias to speak at UAB on Feb. 12

Lisa Iglesias teaches at the University of Florida and works both individually and with her sister, under the name Las Hermanas Iglesias. She will speak on her interdisciplinary and collaborative practice.
lisa iglesius web"first inventor" 2015; Lithograph with chine colle, spray paint and graphite drawn element on paper; Produced at the University of Florida with printmaker Adreena Cook; 30 x 22 inches

Artist Lisa Iglesias will lecture on her interdisciplinary and collaborative practice at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Presented by the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History, the visiting artist’s lecture will take place in the Hess Lecture Hall of the CAS Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. For more information, contact DAAH outreach coordinator Jared Ragland at

In her artist talk, Iglesias will discuss her collaborations with her twin sister, Janelle Iglesias, as well as her individual practice grounded in drawing. Her visit to UAB is in conjunction with an exhibition of works at The Fuel and Lumber Company’s Tuscaloosa Project Space. The Fuel and Lumber Company is a curatorial initiative founded in the summer of 2013 by artist Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte, assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama. In addition to her lecture, Iglesias will visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History Bachelor of Fine Arts studios for one-on-one critiques with graduating seniors.  

Lisa and her sister, Janelle, were recently featured by Bric TV’s “Brooklyn Is Masquerading As The World” Episode 6, viewable online.

“We indulge in cheekiness and fun and play, and play as a really productive site for creativity,” said Janelle Iglesias. The sisters’ work “is very much about fusion, very much about a lot of absurdity,” Lisa Iglesias said. “So we’ll do sibling rivalry projects, or we’ll do work that comments on mashing up Norwegian and Dominican traditions and tropes.”

Lisa Iglesias is an assistant professor at the University of Florida and divides her time between Gainesville and New York City. She was born and raised in Queens, received her B.A. degree from Binghamton University in 2001 and attended the University of Florida for an MFA in 2006. She has held residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Blue Mountain Center, Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) through LMCC, 6_a Inc (Tasmania), the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, among others.

In 2009, she was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and has exhibited nationally and internationally at various spaces, including El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art and the Jersey City Museum. A recipient of a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts and the 2009-2010 Urban Artists Initiative Grant/New York City, she works both individually and with her sister under the names Las Hermanas Iglesias and Lisa and Janelle Iglesias. For more information about Lisa’s individual and collaborative work, visit

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