Rockport Center for the Arts | "Elena Rodriguez Accepts Appointment as Curator of Exhibitions"

Rockport Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Rodriguez as Curator of Exhibitions, effective January 2, 2018.

Rodriguez was born in the Dallas area, where she grew up. She spent her formative years at Washington University in St. Louis where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in Film and Media Studies (2007). In 2011 she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in painting at New York Academy of Art in Manhattan.

Rodriguez has called the Coastal Bend home since 2013 when she assumed an administrative and later a leadership role for Art Center Events and Membership. In the fall of 2015, she stepped into a hands on role for the Rockport Film Festival. In 2016 and 2017 she stepped up as Creative Director for the 11 year festival. “Elena’s creative contributions, marketing ideas and public relation strategies have had a profound effect in the growth of the Rockport Film Festival,” stated Luis Purón, Executive Director. Between 2014 and 2016, event attendance grew from 900 to 1,500 participants, a staggering 67% growth. He added “Her personal and professional appreciation for the art form of cinema, and the power in storytelling, led her to kick-off one of the most successful Film Festivals on record in November, just 10 weeks after Hurricane Harvey, 1,000 people attended.” This year, for the festival’s 12thedition, Rodriguez will be sourcing films at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and South by Southwest in Austin.

During her tenure at the Art Center, Rodriguez had a hand in enhancing The Penny Redmon Fund which has now become a staple program that lay dormant for years. Her vast knowledge about art and her international connections in the art world, brought five significant artists to Rockport to lecture and host workshops in art mediums and techniques that are not available in our region in less than a year. Through workshops in silverpoint drawing, gold leaf application, stop-motion animation, charcoal portraiture, and printmaking; she has a hand direct involvement in broadening the scope of offerings for local artists that wish to enhance their art making skills.

“I am excited and honored to take on the role of curator at Rockport Center for the Arts. What excites me most about working at the Art Center is the chance to support the local art community by both exhibiting the work of local artists and bringing in work from across the country. This is a challenging time for the art community in Rockport, but I have no doubt that we will not only persevere, but come back stronger than ever," stated Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is a practicing artist who has exhibited widely since 2009. She has curated exhibits at The Bend Magazine in Corpus Christi in 2017; and at The Art Collective in Asbury Park, NJ in 2014.

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