Over the last decade, Boston based artist Evelyn Rydz has focused her work on contemporary coastlines and ways our everyday lives impact are impacted by changing oceans. Exploring perceptions of scale, her work draws connections between everyday actions and lasting impacts, fleeting and geologic time, unstable and fixed conditions.
Raised in Miami, Rydz received an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BFA from Florida State University. A selection of recent and upcoming exhibitions include Plastic Entanglements at the Palmer Art Museum, Penn State University, Forever Yours, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Floating Artifacts, a solo exhibition at Aidekman, Tufts University Art Gallery; GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at the Anchorage Museum, Alaska, USC Fisher Museum, L.A., and CDC Museum, Atlanta; the Foster Prize Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the DeCordova Annual at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; To Extremes: Public Art in a Changing World at Maseeh Hall, MIT, Cambridge; The Pencil of Nature at Julie Saul Gallery, NY; El Parque Cultural del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia; and Drawing Itself at Brattleboro Museum, Vermont.
Rydz is the recipient of a Brother Thomas Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Drawing Fellowship, an SMFA Traveling Fellowship, an Artist Resource Trust Grant, and a Bruce Dayton Faculty Fellowship. Her work is part of numerous collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Barr Foundation, Fidelity Investments, Fitchburg Art Museum, and DeCordova Museum of Art. Rydz has led community art projects as visiting artist at the MFA, Boston; the ICA, Boston; and MOCA, North Miami. She is currently an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.