2021 Keynote Speaker
2021 NCCCIAP Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor of Art – Sculpture, TAMUCC, Texas
An interdisciplinary artist, object maker, and sculptor, Leticia R. Bajuyo lives, works, and teaches in Corpus Christi, Texas. In her studio practice, Bajuyo reflects on how cultural labels and demographic bubbles can foster a sense of fragmented displacement that is continually searching for equilibrium. As a Filipinx-American artist, her interest in perception and cultural capital began with her autobiography: growing up bi-racial, the daughter of an immigrant, and in a culturally isolated small, midwestern town on the border of Illinois and Kentucky gave her a unique perspective on the surrounding dominant culture. Bajuyo's search for equilibrium yields outcomes ranging from miniature to architectural in scale, from temporary to permanent in timeframe, and from drawings to interactive in installation as she invites audiences to participate in theatrical re- arbitrations of value.
The Not So Little Engine: Divided
cast broze, artificial grass, wood
cast at Falls Art Foundry in Louisville, Ky
For twenty-two years, sculpture has been the interdisciplinary nexus connecting Bajuyo's diverse inspirations and concentrations as she continues to be motivated by the variety of methodologies in the expanded field. Her artworks have been exhibited nationally in recent solo exhibitions at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery in Dallas Texas; Beeville Art Museum in Beeville, Texas; Hall Art Gallery at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi; the Rudolph Blume Fine Art Gallery in Houston, TX; and K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, Texas. Recent international exhibitions include FRAME OF MIND 2016, a Northern Mindanao Contemporary Art exhibit in Mindanao, Philippines, and the 2015 IV International From Waste to Art Exhibition at the From Waste to Art Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan. Bajuyo's large-scale, site-specific art installations include creating artwork in the silos of the Site Gallery at Sawyer Yards in Houston, Texas; at the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee; and in the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In addition to exhibitions of her individual artwork, Bajuyo seeks community and collaboration by participating in artist collectives. She is a member of Project Vortex - an international not-for-profit collective of artists, designers and architects actively focusing on the global problem of plastic pollution through their work. Furthermore, Bajuyo is one of six artists in the Land Report Collective - a group of artists in Wyoming, Tennessee, and Texas who create and exhibit artworks together as they deal with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point. She is one of three artists comprising the TLC Art Collective, whose approach to public art is intrinsically community-focused. Bajuyo is also a member of ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors, an organization of female sculptors who gather and exhibit in respect of Louisville native and recognized sculptor Enid Yandell (1869-1934).
The continued emphasis on interdisciplinary creativity, sculpture, and community, has led her to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for the Speed Museum in Louisville and on the Board of Directors for the National Performance Network based in New Orleans, Louisiana. While her role for those institutions has concluded, her commitment to this dialogue has led to presently serving on the boards for the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance and for the Texas Sculpture Group, where Bajuyo seeks to support the larger communities of sculptors and encourage her students to participate in those networks.
Bajuyo received her M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her B.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Beginning fall 2017, Bajuyo joined the faculty at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, where she is an Associate Professor of Art - Sculpture. Prior to this professorship in Texas, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Notre Dame and Professor of Art at Hanover College.