Teresita Fernández

MFA, 1992

Teresita Fernández is a conceptual artist best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Fernandez’s work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. Her experiential, large-scale works are often inspired by landscape and natural phenomena as well as diverse historical and cultural references. She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant, an American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Appointed by President Obama, Fernández served from 2011-2014 on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the President on national matters of design and aesthetics.

photo credit: Billy Farrell

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Teresita Fernández, one of the Sculpture Department’s most celebrated alumni, delivered a keynote address to the graduating class of 2013 at the VCU School of the Arts. Titled, “On Amnesia, Broken Pottery, and the Inside of a Form,” the speech is a powerful reflection of Fernández’s philosophy on pursuing a creative life.

Her Keynote Address