Kandy G. Lopez-Moreno, M.F.A., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. As a visual artist, Professor Lopez-Moreno 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. Professor Lopez-Moreno 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.
Professor Lopez-Moreno’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums. Recent exhibitions include: Delray’s Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, the Girls’ Club, Broward College Rosemary Duffy Gallery, Yeiser Art Center, Lincoln Center Fort Collins, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Gallery 51-Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Santa Fe’s Gallery 901, Armory Art Center, and Palm Beach International Airport. Professor Lopez-Moreno has served on the studio art and design faculty at Dayton State College, Florida Atlantic University.