LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photographs and videos examine and re-define the impact of America’s industrial revolution through a nine-year collaboration with her family that transcends the objective practice of classic documentary. Frazier was born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania, and earned a BFA in applied media arts at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and a MFA in art photography from Syracuse University in 2007. She recently completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Frazier’s work has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtForum, Artnet, Art Papers, Art Info, Art in America,The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in New York City including P.S.1 MOMA Greater New York, the New Museum of Contemporary Art Younger Than Jesus, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Living and Dreaming, the Museum of the City of New York, Moveable Feast and at the Andy Warhol Museum’s first Pittsburgh Biennial, Gertrude’s /Lot. Her first solo-museum show Mother May I was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in 2010. Frazier’s work has been exhibited internationally at the 2011 Incheon Women Artist’s Biennale, Incheon Korea, in Commercial Break, Garage Projects, Venice Italy and at the Michel Rein Gallery in Paris. Currently LaToya is a featured artist in the new Art 21 online documentary seriesNew York Close Up. She is also included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. She is the Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries in the Department for Visual Arts where she also teaches photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year! Organized by PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA students in coordination with associate professor Harrell Fletcher, the PSU Art & Social Practice MFA Lecture Series includes a wide variety of lecturers including artists, writers, farmers, educators, curators, and administrators whose work in someway relates to the field of art and social practice. The lecture series is sponsored in part by Dave and Erika Cianciulli, The Platt Family, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.