Leticia Bajuyo creates, lives, and teaches in southern Indiana where she is a Professor of Art at Hanover College. After earning a BFA in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she moved to Hanover College to join the Art and Art History Department. Bajuyo is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Performance Network and Visual Arts Network (NPNVAN) and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky. In January 2016, Bajuyo will be returning to the University of Notre Dame as a Visiting Assistant Professor till May 2017.
In her studio practice, Bajuyo pulls materials and objects from the mainstream cycle of capitalist consumerism and tailors them to dialogues about local or regional cultural identities. Bajuyo's interests in perception began with her own history of growing up bi-racial in a small town on the border of Illinois and Kentucky. The dynamics of growing up partially displaced developed into a heightened interest in perception and the arbitration of value. An essential goal in Bajuyo's artwork is the fostering of an awareness of the role of social amnesia on consumer behavior and the ethicality of these behaviors.
A 2012 Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Program Grant recipient and 2012 Visual Artists Network Exhibition residency and grant recipient, Bajuyo has had recent solo exhibitions at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, Indiana; at Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma; at Gallery H100, Eastfield College, Dallas, Texas; and at Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas. Recent group exhibitions include Space Landscape, HEREart Gallery, New York, New: Biennial 27 at the South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana; and The 7 Borders at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky. Recent projects include installing a permanent, site-specific, suspended sculpture for the South Bend Museum of Art; participating in a group exhibition titled Transmission at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; and traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan to participate in residency and exhibition titled From Waste to Art.