2022 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The awards provide unrestricted support to individual artists to recognize and foster exceptional creative work.
CURATIVE COLLECTIVE CONVERSATION
National Museum of Women in the Arts
June 14, 2021
Evelyn Rydz & Melani N. Douglass in conversation about Comida Casera
In this series, join us for in-depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change.
In The Memory of Water, the second of Galería Ponce+Robles exhibitions dedicated to the four elements, artists Genesis Báez, Raúl Díaz Reyes, Frances Gallardo, Lina Puerta, and Evelyn Rydz present works that visibilize the sensorial and perceptual experiences of water and watery phenomena, and their impact on collective and personal narratives.
ON BELONGING IN OUTDOOR SPACES
Close Attention: Exploring a creative practice inside and outside the studio
A free speaker series on access, inclusion, & connection in nature.
Awarded by the U.S. Latinx Art Forum
The U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF) announces its inaugural round of the CHARLA FUND for visual artists. Through the financial generosity of the Ford Foundation, the CHARLA Fund will comprise three total rounds of 10-15 grants to support the realization and documentation of artist-generated dialogues.
OBSERVATION AND IMAGINATION: The Art of Evelyn Rydz
Art Review by Jacqueline Houton, Issue 6, 2021
Boston Art Review
‘Attention,’ the poet Mary Oliver wrote, ‘is the beginning of devotion.’ It’s also the starting point for Evelyn Rydz, a multidisciplinary artist whose diverse creative practice – which includes drawing, photography, site-responsive installations and participatory community projects that bring people together in person and online - is grounded by a commitment to close attention as a form of care and a means for connection.
DRAWING ON LOVE & JUSTICE: a call for participation, a call for change
Drawing on Love and Justice (September 1 - November 3, 2020)
Project Partner: MIT LIST Visual Art Center
In a time marked by a pandemic and racial injustice, this project asks artists to reflect on how we use our creativity and artistic tools to bear witness to the world, expose inequality, and to imagine new possibilities for a more just future.
DLJ Sketchbook Collective (February 18 - April 16, 2021)
Project Partner: Harvard University's Ethelbert Cooper Gallery
Drawing Workshops at ICA, Boston / Drawing Workshop at MassArt Art Museum
Free virtual community art making workshop that welcomes participants to draw from observation and imagination. Leading up to the US elections, this is a call for action — to make a commitment to draw on love and justice for positive change.
A TIDE OF ART TO COMFORT AND CALM
Art Review by Cate McQuaid
The Boston Globe
Before COVID, Evelyn Rydz ran “Comida Casera” (meaning homemade or comfort food), a peripatetic gathering around a table for a meal and storytelling. In lockdown, she knew food couldn’t be tasted online, but stories could still be shared. So she launched “Recetas de Casa,” or “Recipes From Home.” Twenty participants Zoom in from around the world to share recipes that remind them of home, and tell the stories behind them.
Part of BODYMONOPOLIZINGPOLITICKING,
a series of exhibitions curated by Camilo Alvarez
Brookline Arts Center
Evelyn Rydz and Gabriel Sosa created a new series of collaborative and site-specific works on paper for the Brookline Arts Center that explore longing, division, contagion, and the passage of time. In consideration of the BAC’s history as a former fire station, Rydz and Sosa use the antagonistic nature of fire and water to emphasize urgency and heightened divides.
Art Review by Robin Hauck, April 2020
Raised in Miami to a Cuban father and Colombian mother, Evelyn grew up along the southernmost coast of the US, just 330 miles across the mix of Atlantic and Gulf waters from her father’s native land. Working in photography, drawing, site-responsive installation and participatory community events, Rydz grounds her practice in field study and research. From gathering detritus on beaches and riverbanks to studying individual specimens through jeweler’s glasses, Rydz ponders the artifacts’ personal and political meanings, and invites us to do the same.
Although there was no physical shared table or food, there was a virtual unifying idea of the table created by the experiences of all being at home during these uncertain and challenging times, said Rydz, who was able to bring together current or former Boston residents of all ages and backgrounds, without asking them to break self-isolation and leave their homes.
AWAKEN: Conjuring Our Tomorrow
Salem State University's Winfisky Gallery
February 5 - March 13
A group exhibition curated by Allison Maria Rodriguez featuring Latina artists exploring climate justice issues in their practice.
University of Massachusetts, Intercampus Exhibition
Organized by: Kirsten Swenson, Sam Toabe, and Rebecca Uchill
January 21 – March 6
Artist Evelyn Rydz is in Mahoney Gallery on South Campus carefully working about 500 drinking glasses into the shape of the Merrimack River. She arranges them to resemble its vast mouth, its turns and some long stretches now used for recreation.
- UML News, Story by David Perry
Boston-based visual artist Evelyn Rydz partners with East Boston’s Eastie Farm on a provocative installation at the ICA Watershed inviting us all to the table to share the power of community, food, and cultural identity.
- Article in Edible Boston, by Robin Hauck
A LA MESA
August 27 - September 15, 2019
MIT LIST Visual Arts Center
As part of its programming for the exhibition, the List Center commissioned artist Evelyn Rydz to create A La Mesa, an interactive installation which uses food and storytelling to bring people together to create community. A site of social engagement for visitors, the project is inspired by Rydz’s ongoing multi-generational project Comida Casera.
13th HAVANA BIENNIAL
Ríos Intermitentes, Palacio de Justicia, Matanzas, Cuba
Curated by: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
with Octavio Zaya, Salah Hassan, & Selene Wendt
Bienal de la Habana 2019
Campos Pons forged an exhibition concerned with intersections and connections, titling her exhibition after the unique landscape of Matanzas, with its convergence of three rivers. She looked at the biennial as an opportunity to bring the work of over 20 artists and collectives who live and work in Matanzas into dialogue with dozens of artists invited from international locations, from the US to Pakistan.
- Ríos Intermitentes in Hyperallergic's Best of 2019
JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION
Painters and Sculptors Grant Recipient
The grant recipients' work represents a wide range of artistic techniques, approaches, and concerns, and engages with such pressing issues as migration, identity, notions of belonging, and representation within the art historical canon and in social and political spheres, among other important subjects. The final selections for the grants are made with a particular eye toward artists whose work has contributed to important artistic and cultural discourse, but who have nonetheless remained under-recognized on a national level.
JMF Painters & Sculptors Program
9 MOMENTS FOR NOW
The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University
Group Exhibition, Curated by Dell Marie Hamilton
Part of the 50-state/For Freedoms Initiative, Through January 21, 2019
Sound and a neatly set table fill the rest of the space, encouraging perusal of the recipes that Evelyn Rydz has collected via A La Mesa/To The Table and awareness of the daily rituals that allow people to retain a sense of continuity in terms of cultural identity
- Review in Dig Boston, Now Now Now, by Heather Kapplow
PLASTIC ENTANGLEMENTS: ECOLOGY, AESTHETICS, MATERIALS
Chazen Museum of Art
September 13 - January 5, 2020
Smith College Museum of Art
February 8 - July 28, 2019
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Palmer Museum of Art
Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies. Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, this major loan exhibition features work by an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists.
UNRAVEL TO SPLICE
Solo Exhibition at Ellen Miller Gallery
September 7 - October 13, 2018
COMIDA CASERA PROJECT
"This Boston Artist Hosts A Very Intimate Dinner Party For Total Strangers"
Story by Maria Garcia for WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station.
Aired on Morning Edition September 12, 2018
There are women at the dinner from China, Turkey, Cambodia, Italy and beyond. After we eat, laugh and cry, I realize there's been a catharsis — that these women have unloaded some real feelings about home, about the beautiful and complicated nature of families, about what they take from the women in their lives and what they shed.
ART ON PAPER, NYC
Art on Paper, Pier 36, March 8 - 11, 2018
Ellen Miller Gallery, Booth #303
ARTIST'S RESOURCE TRUST (A.R.T) GRANT
Awarded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
SALTY > SOUR SEAS
Art Lab, Institute of Contemporary Art
October 7 2017 - March 11, 2018
Closing & Phytoplankton Popsicle Tasting: March 10th, 12 - 4pm
She tries to show that water is the common thread of humanity. The ocean, Rydz says, is so fierce, sometimes threatening, powerful, but also fragile, vulnerable to our human activity. It holds our histories, our migrations, our wars.
- Story on WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station by Maria Garcia
Contemporary Art at the Barr Foundation
Curated Art Collection
HENRICKS ART WALL
Installation on View 2017 - 2019
Science and Engineering Complex, Tufts University
As an ongoing project, Rydz conducts coastal field studies, gleaning tiny samples of debris that have washed ashore. She magnifies and documents her findings under a microscope to create portrait-sized photographs. The resulting body of work encourages active contemplation about the material properties of these samples in relation to our ideas about oceans, time, and the production of everyday objects.
January 24 - May 21, 2017
Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center
The Tufts Daily, Exhibition Review by Paige Spangenthal
Evelyn Rydz’s Floating Artifacts, at the Aidekman Arts Center, is presented as a part of SMFA’s larger project, The Ocean After Nature, which examines the human effects on the ocean. Rydz’s collecting, cataloging, and display of the “floating artifacts” is an ongoing process in which our collective fascination with the open water and our tangled relationship with it is explored.
- Big Red and Shiny, Exhibition Review by Karolina Hac
WHEN HUMANS INTERSECT WITH OCEANS
Story by Craig LeMoult, 2017
A new exhibit at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Tufts University is taking a close look at how humans interact with the ocean, as well as at the environmental impact those interactions can have.
December 2 - January 28, 2017
WORLD OCEANS DAY
Story by Marisa Gertz, 2016
Evelyn Rydz is a Boston-based artist who takes photographs and creates illustrations of man-made objects that have washed ashore, presenting these artifacts like an archeologist of contemporary history.
GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, Traveling Exhibition & Catalog:
Anchorage Museum, Alaska
February 7 - September 6, 2014
David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Atlanta, GA
January 26 - June 19, 2015
USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
September 2 - November 21, 2015
Thompson Gallery, San Jose, CA
February 2 - March 25, 2016
Gyre: The Plastic Ocean looks at human consumption, modern materials and environmental change and their impacts upon one of the largest, most mysterious and critical components of our planet: the ocean.
- Gyre Exhibition Catalog, Edited by Julie Decker
VISTING ARTIST TALK & WORKSHOP
MFA Teen Arts Council
HOMiE: In Our Eyes
Solo Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
April 19 - September 14, 2014
Kamilo Beach, on the southeast coast of the island of Hawaii, is more perdition than paradise. Plastic trash blankets the shore. At its worst, before regular cleanups started in 2003, the debris topped out at 8 to 10 feet high. Now, several cleanups a year remove tons of plastic from the area. The job is never done. For Boston artist Evelyn Rydz, who documents flotsam and jetsam in meticulous drawings, Kamilo Beach was a destination.
-The Boston Globe, Exhibition Review by Cate McQuaid
By Amelia Urry, 2014
PULSE, Miami Beach
Miller Yezerski Gallery - Booth B9
December 4 - 7, 2014
Still Life Lives
Fitchburg Art Museum
September 22, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Ellen Miller Gallery, Booth D204
December 6 - 9, 2012
VISITING ARTIST TALK
Donkey Mill Arts Center, Holualoa, HI
Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture
August 23, 2012 6 - 8pm
2012 TRAVELING FELLOW
SMFA at Tufts University
2012 BRUCE DAYTON FACULTY FELLOWSHIP
Prole Drift Gallery
Curated by: Joe Wardwell
March 1 - April 2012
MCC: Award Recipients in Painting and Drawing
Aidekman Art Gallery
June 2 - July 31, 2011
SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION
Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
August 4 - August 27, 2011
VISITING ARTIST: Conversations Around Drawing
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Lecture: April 4, 2011, 6pm
Curated by:_ Evelyn Rydz
March 28 - April 22, 2011
ISLAND #5 PRESENTED AT LOUIS VUITTON
Louis Vuitton Copley Boston, MA
March 17 - March 20, 2011
JAMES AND AUDREY FOSTER PRIZE EXHIBITION
Institute of Contemporary Art, Announcement
September 22, 2010 - January 17, 2011
EXHIBITION AT LOUIS VUITTON
Louis Vuitton Copley Boston, MA
December 12 - 21, 2010
SIXTH FINCH JOURNAL
Winter 2011 issue
ON THE MARK
Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA
November 11 - December 11, 2010
Q&A WITH EVAN J. GARZA
New American Paintings Blog
September 22, 2010
THE PENCIL OF NATURE
Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
July 1-August 20, 2010
NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS
North East Edition
February/ March 2010, #86
GRACIAS POR PENSAR EN MI
Parque Cultural del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia
Curated by: Maria E. Dieppa
January 28 - February 19, 2010
ARTIST A DAY
Featured in 2010
Artist a Day
DRAWING ITSELF: A Survey of Contemporary Practice
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont
Curated by: Mara Williams & Craig Stockwell
November 22, 2009 - February 21, 2010
THE DRAWING CENTER, NY, NY
Viewing Program, Artist Registry