‘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.
- J. Houton, writer & art critic
Evelyn Rydz is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, Brother Thomas Fellowship, U.S. Latinx Art Forum Charla Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, SMFA Traveling Fellowship, Artist Resource Trust Grant, and a Visual Arts Finalist of the Cintas Knight Foundation.
Rydz has created participatory community projects for the LIST Visual Arts Center at MIT, University of Massachusetts, ICA Watershed, Boston University's 808 Gallery, Urbano Project, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Palacio de Justicia (Matanzas, Cuba), Palmer Art Museum (Penn State University, PA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Cooper Gallery at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), El Parque Cultural del Caribe (Barranquilla, Colombia), USC Fisher Museum (Los Angeles, CA), DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA), Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) among others.
Her work is part of collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Barr Foundation, Tufts University Art Galleries, Fitchburg Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, and Fidelity Investments.
Rydz received an MFA from SMFA at Tufts University and is currently an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.