Grand Valley State University has selected internationally recognized visual artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens as the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for the 2014-15 academic year.
Endowed by Holland area businessman Stuart Padnos, and his late wife, Barbara, the nine-month position offers an opportunity to teach and mentor students in the art and design department, as well as speak on campus and to the wider community. The Artist-in-Residence recognition is granted to a working artist or scholar with an established record of promise or achievement in art and teaching.
“[Nayda] will be here in the department primarily working with our students and providing them with an example of what a practicing, active artist in the world does while helping them understand how they’re going to manage, navigate and succeed once they have graduated,” said Virginia Jenkins, professor and chair of art and design.
Collazo-Llorens will also teach Intermediate Drawing and participate in critiques and reviews of students’ work — specifically junior and senior reviews at the end of each semester.
“I appreciate the opportunity of linking my studio practice to Grand Valley, sharing research and making purposeful connections with students, faculty and other members of the community, within and beyond the department of art and design,” said Collazo-Llorens. “I envision this position as one of exchange, which allows me to exist in a porous and elastic space within the institution.”
Working in various forms of media including drawings, prints, video, installation works and interventions, Collazo-Llorens strives to examine the way in which information is perceived and processed while dealing with concepts of navigation, language, and hyperconnectivity.
“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,” said Collazo-Llorens.
Collazo-Llorens received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from New York University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking/Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art. 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.
For more information about Collazo-Llorens’ work, visit www.naydacollazollorens.com