The work of artist LaToya Hobbs is now on display in the Fine Arts Gallery at UW-Marinette. Her work uses the female figure “to challenge past notions of identity concerning the black female body, deconstruct them and resurrect an ideology grounded in positivity,” explained Hobbs. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., through April 15.
On display is a selection of large-scale relief prints and an installation that comments on the “The Brown Paper Bag Test,” a form of discrimination in the 1900s-1950s among intra-racial social organizations. Hobbs said her work is meant “to cut away negative ideologies imposed by others to expose or embrace their true selves.”
A native of North Little Rock, Ark., Hobbs received her undergraduate degree in studio art with an emphasis in painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned her master’s in fine art in printmaking from Purdue University. Her work has been displayed at several national and international exhibitions, including the Tulipamwe International Artists’ Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Africa, Prizm Art Fair, Art Basel Miami and the Black Creativity Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Her work also has been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In addition to her own studio practice, Hobbs teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
For more information on the exhibit or the UW-Marinette Fine Arts Gallery, contact Lisa Wicka, at 715-735-4300, ext. 4322, or firstname.lastname@example.org.