Nayda Collazo-Llorens is an internationally recognized artist engaged in a multidisciplinary practice that includes drawing, installation art, text-based work, print media,video, interventions and an interdisciplinary approach to art making. Her work explores concepts of navigation, language and hyperconnectivity through examination of how information is perceived and processed. Nayda holds an M.F.A. in Studio Art from New York University, and a B.F.A. in Printmaking/Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art. Born in Puerto Rico, Nayda currently resides in Kalamazoo, MI where she most recently was an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Kalamazoo College. She has held previous Residency positions in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico, and also has teaching experience from Carnegie Mellon University and Indiana University in Pennsylvania. In 2013, she was the Juror, Coordinator and Exhibition Designer for Western Michigan University’s ArtPrize Venue in Grand Rapids. From 2001 to 2006 she served as a Studio Assistant to Antoni Muntadas, an internationally recognized Catalan multidisciplinary conceptual artist working in New York City. A recipient of many grants, in 2012 she was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Nayda’s work is represented by LMAK projects, New York, NY, a gallery emphasizing artists’ processes and interdisciplinary practices.
In Nayda’s work, concept is as important as the physical manifestation of the idea, an approach to making art that presents an alternative to what is currently focused on in many of the department courses. Interdisciplinary crossing and combining is also a unique approach that students will learn about through working with Nayda and gaining knowledge of studio practice. A quote from Nayda’s website about her work states, “My work invites the viewer to reflect on the complexities of the mind and the fragmented manner in which we perceive what is inside and around us, particularly as we try to cope with a complex world in an age that is as much about data overload and hyperconnectivity as it is about distancing and dissociation.” Nayda will bring to the Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence position and the students in the Department of Art and Design her range of diverse experiences in art making and her ability to forge connections and establish collaborative liaisons within the university and larger Grand Rapids Community.
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