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MOCA Makers × Kandy G Lopez

Artwork by Kandy G Lopez

Every 3rd Saturday.
Every month.

Saturday: 9.21.19

Featuring Kandy G Lopez


Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage month where we will be spotlighting Afro-Dominican artist and professor, Kandy G Lopez. Join her to create an environmental collage, showcasing the concepts of cultural identity influenced by physical location. “Where we live reflects who we are and how we grow or change. This workshop will explore identity through our communities with collage. Collaging is an art technique where you take a variety of different forms and piece them together to build a whole, just like our communities. By looking at repetitive societal images within magazines and newspapers, this workshop will explore the idea of self, community and perspective. The students will discover new ways of seeing texture, color and shape to create a new or nostalgic landscape that reflects who they are and how they have changed within these spaces.”

Kandy G Lopez was born in New Jersey and moved with her family to Miami. She received her BFA and BS from the University of South Florida concentrating in Painting and in Marketing and Management. She received her MFA with a concentration in Painting from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. She has taught at Florida Atlantic University, Daytona State College, and is now teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at NOVA Southeastern University. As a visual artist, Lopez explores constructed identities, celebrating the strength, power, confidence and swag of individuals who live in urban and often economically disadvantaged environments. With a variety of mediums, her images develop a personal and socially compelling visual vocabulary that investigates race, the human defense mechanism, visibility and armor through fashion, and gentrification. Lopez wants her artwork to help educate, communicate, and foster uncomfortable topics that we seem to look past or avoid in our multi-cultural society. Representing individuals within poor communities in the U.S., these portraits help her, as a female Afro-Dominican American, come to terms with the way she too has to adopt and perform identities of survival.

Kandy G Lopez’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums. Recent exhibitions include: The ARC – Arts and Recreation Center, the Girls’ Club, Broward College Rosemary Duffy Gallery, Yeiser Art Center, The Catalina Hotel for Art Basel, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Santa Fe’s Gallery 901, Stephen F. Austin University, and Umpqua Valley Art Center.


$20 MOCA Members & City of North Miami Residents

$25 for Non Members

Please check in at the front desk in the museum to receive your wristband, all MOCA Members or City of North Miami residents must present a valid ID. 



"trapped", 18" x 24", collage, thread and transparency paper, 2017

Work Pictured:

“America 2016”, collage and thread, 2016

“trapped”, 18″ x 24″, collage, thread and transparency paper, 2017