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Platemark s3e11 the print ecosystem: LaToya M. Hobbs, artist

In s3e11, Platemark host Ann Shafer talks with artist LaToya M. Hobbs whose commissioned installation will be on view as visitors enter the IFPDA Print Fair at the end of October 2022. The works will be front and center at the entrance and will no doubt garner lots of attention for LaToya. Speaking with LaToya was a distinct pleasure for Ann because the artist is based in Baltimore, is full-time faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and recently had a monumental, five-part, carved wood piece on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which the museum subsequently purchased for its permanent collection.

LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. LaToya is a founding member of Black Women of Print, a collective whose vision is to make visible the narratives and works of Black women printmakers, past, present, and future. LaToya grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, received her B.A. in painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and earned an M.F.A. in printmaking at Purdue University.