Join us for an Artist Talk with artist Ana Flores as she tells us about her process and artwork!
Ana Flores is a sculptor, ecological designer, educator, curator, and activist. Her sculptural work focusing on cultural and ecological narratives is shown internationally and included in private, corporate and institutional collections throughout the United States and abroad. For over two decades she has been promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and groundbreaking collaborations between the arts and sciences. She has worked with communities to design award-winning outdoor installations, parks, and programming that engage people with the history of their local landscapes and the landscapes they carry within- as cultural heritage. Flores interest with deep ecology and histories of place is rooted in her own experiences of displacement, she was born in Cuba and arrived with her family in the United States as refugees. She now lives and has her studio in Charlestown, Rhode Island, surrounded by forest that is ancient Narragansett land.
As an educator, Flores has been teaching courses on Ecological Art and Designt at Bryant University,Smithfield for over a decade and has also taught the course at Rhode Island School of Design. At the Rhode Island School of Design, she was co-creator of the first course on Arts and Healing and formed an arts partnership called Manos that did many commissions and workshops in Healthcare settings. Flores has been a visiting artist and lecturer in institutions across the United States and abroad. In 2018 year she was the first Schumann Fellow in Environmental Art for the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy School of Fine Art.