Teresita Fernández (b. 1968, Miami, FL; lives in Brooklyn, NY) received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from Florida International University. She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation fellow and the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts artist’s grant, an American Academy in Rome affiliated fellowship, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany biennial award. Appointed by President Obama, Fernández served from 2011-2014 on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the president, Congress, and governmental agencies on national matters of design and aesthetics. Fernández’s commissions include large site-specific installations at the Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan; the Seattle Art Museum for the Olympic Sculpture Park; Madison Square Park, NY; Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan, CT; and Louis Vuitton, Shanghai and Paris. Fernández’s works are included in many prominent collections and have been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Spain; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.