Rosie Gordon-Wallace is a recognized curator, arts advocate, community leader, and pioneer in advancing contemporary diaspora art. She founded the Diaspora Vibe Culture Arts Incubator (DVCAI) in 1996 to serve as a local and global laboratory dedicated to promoting, nurturing, and cultivating the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean Diaspora, artists of color, and immigrant artists. Twenty-six years later, DVCAI is recognized as a global resource and one of the region’s leading platforms dedicated to providing diaspora artists with a venue to explore and experiment with new forms and themes that challenge traditional definitions of the Caribbean and of Latin American art. DVCAI artists have traveled and engaged in conversations with artists in France, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Antigua, Suriname, Guadeloupe, and Belize. In addition to her service on several prominent boards, she is an active member of the PAMM Fund for African American Art and serves on The Cultural Affairs grant panels for Miami Dade County and Florida State’s Department of Cultural Affairs. She serves on the Museum Association of the Caribbean curatorial selection board. Her awards include the Knight Foundation Cultural Award, The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Third Annual Calabash Amadlozi Visual Arts Award, International Businesswoman of the Year, and One of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals, to name a few.
Recent curations include Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from The Creole City at the Corcoran Art Museum, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture, and the Miami Design District Art space; Chromatic Cogitations: Rhythm Reboot at Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver; Order My Steps: There are no answers here, move on, a solo exhibition of African American photographer Roscoé B. Thické at Oolite in Miami Beach; and IM(O)ther Threads of the Maternal Figure, a solo exhibition featuring Katrina Coombs at The Sarasota Art Museum. A strong schedule of curatorial projects exists in the pipeline, with the proudest accomplishments the 2022 launch of the new photo-collective DVCA~eye. Under Gordon-Wallace’s leadership, DVCAI intentionally develops artistic platforms that encourage maturation of emerging artists.
Photo: Roy Wallace