The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium
Athena LaTocha (b. Anchorage, Alaska) is a Hunkpapa Lakota / Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe artist whose large-scale works on paper explore the tenuous relationship between natural landscapes and landscapes marked by human intervention. LaTocha’s preferred mark-making tools include rocks, bricks, and automobile tire shreds, which she utilizes for their physicality and ability to convey gestural intensity. She works on the floor, reflecting the relationship between human and landscape. LaTocha will participate in a month-long residency at Plains Art Museum, exploring and creating work inspired by the land through her unorthodox method. This exhibition in our 1st Floor Atrium will showcase work created during LaTocha’s residency.
Athena LaTocha has been featured at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, CUE Art Foundation, Artists Space, New York State Museum, South Dakota Art Museum, and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2017 she had a solo exhibition at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe. In 2013 LaTocha was awarded the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Most recently, she completed the 2018 Winter Workspace Program residewncy at Wave Hill in the Bronx, New York. LaTocha received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stony Brook University, New York.