Each year, RISCA presents a fellowship and a merit award in 13 disciplines. These grants encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their creative work, and celebrate the amazing artists that make Rhode Island home. In the spring grant deadline, fellowship and merit award recipients are selected in 7 disciplines: crafts, film & video, fiction, poetry, play & screenwriting, photography, and three dimensional art. Over the past week or so, we have featured the 14 recipients.
Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo
Fellowship Recipient in Photography
Juan submitted 10 images from his series Virgenes de La Puerta, which honors the transgender women of Peru. Panelists described this work as political and important and human, as well as praising the technical aspects, especially the lighting and composition, of the works.
Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo (Peru, 1976) received his Bachelors Degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He has received MFA degrees in both painting and sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has had numerous exhibitions in the US, including shows at the Nielsen Gallery; The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; Chazan Gallery, Providence; The Fitchburg Museum; the Attleboro Museum; and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. His work has been featured internationally in galleries and museums in Tokyo, Athens, and Italy, as well as the Cecilia Gonzales Gallery of Lima, Peru. Recent awards of note include first prizes in the 2008 Ceramic Biennial of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the 78th Regional Exhibition at the Fitchburg Museum in 2014. Also in 2014, he was named the Breakout Artist of the Year by Artscope Magazine. He is the recipient of two previous RISCA fellowships: painting in 2015 and sculpture in 2016. Barboza-Gubo currently teaches at Rhode Island College. www.barboza-gubo.com