Biography

Allison Maria Rodriguez is a first-generation Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist working predominately in video installation and new media. She creates immersive experiential spaces that challenge conventional ways of knowing and understanding the world. Her work focuses extensively on climate change, species extinction and the interconnectivity of existence. Through video, performance, digital animation, photography, drawing, collage and installation, Rodriguez merges and blends mediums to create new pictorial spaces for aesthetic, emotional and conceptual exploration. She uses art to communicate beyond language – to open up a space of possibility for the viewer to encounter alternative ways of connecting to the emotional realities of others.

Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited internationally, throughout the country and extensively in the New England area, in both traditional and non-traditional art spaces. Versions of her immersive room-sized installation “In the Presence of Absence” have been featured at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Fitchburg Art Museum in MA, with an upcoming showing at Smack Mellon in NY. Her work has recently been supported by grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The CreateWell Fund, the Boston Cultural Council, the Arlington Cultural Council, The Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation and Assets for Artists. Her most recent projects include several large-scale public art video installations commissioned by Boston Cyberarts, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Illuminus Boston. Rodriguez is a grand prize winner of the Creative Climate Awards (2017) sponsored by The Human Impacts Institute for her video installation “Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos”, which was also featured in solo exhibitions at the Boston Children’s Museum and The Dorchester Art Project (2018). Rodriguez was recently awarded an Earthwatch Communications Fellowship for a residency at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba to work on their “Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge” project. In 2019 she was honored by WBUR’s The ARTery as one of “The ARTery 25”, a celebration of 25 millennials of color impacting Boston’s arts and culture scene.

Rodriguez received her MFA from Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and holds a BA in Language, Literature and Culture from Antioch College in OH, obtained also through study at Oxford University in England and Kyoto Seika University in Japan. She has taught courses in art theory and media production in a variety of contexts, from universities to children’s museums. Rodriguez is also an independent curator, with exhibitions such as “Awaken: Conjuring Our Tomorrow” featuring Latina artists focusing on climate justice issues in their practice on view at Salem State University in 2020. She participates in artist collectives such as the CreateWell Collective Leadership Alumni Board and the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance (BLAA).

Rodriguez has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, the Ragdale Foundation, the Dorchester Art Project (inaugural resident), Wassaic Project, Arts Letters & Numbers and The Studios at MASS MoCA at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She has her studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.

(Photo by Tory Corless of Allison Maria Rodriguez in her video installation “Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos” at The Dorchester Art Project, 2018)


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