b.    Bronx, NY 1979

h.    Jamaica, Kingston

Lives and works between Tampa Bay Area, FL and Bronx, NY

La’ford is interested in the additive and subtractive processes, negative and positive spaces, obsessions, interconnectivity, evidence, and manipulation.

Education

MFA, Interdisciplinary, AIB, Boston, MA

JD, Cum Laude, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL

BFA, Painting, Florida State University, FL

Professor

University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Saint Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Campus, Seminole Campus & Clearwater Campus

2015

Tampa International Airport Selected/Featured Artist Exhibit, Tampa, FL

In Development: Jamaica Community Based Initiative Part II

 2014

Atlantic Center for the Arts, ‘INsideOUT’, New Smyrna Beach FL

Installed Tribute to Keith Haring Cultshare II

Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship Award

Residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach FL

Fine Tuned, FC Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Tampa International Airport Selected/Featured Artist Exhibit, Tampa, FL.

SPC Art Faculty Exhibition:  Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg, FL. 

2013

Jamaica Community Based Project

Under the Influence: Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA. Juried by Jason Andreasen

Glass Gallery Eighth Annual Art Competition. Pembroke Pines, FL

Finalist: Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum

Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship nominee

2012

Entangled: AIB Graduate Exhibit, University Hall Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Boston Young Contemporaries 2013, Juried Exhibition, Paine Gallery, Boson

Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem. Harlem, NY, Featured on tumbler:  http://studiomuseum.tumblr.com/post/19355149151/bearden-inspires-ya-laford

10th Annual Art Futura: Art in Motion Exhibition, Chicago, IL. Juried by James Rondeau:                                                                     Third Prize by James Rondeau.  Art Institute of Chicago curator, 10th Annual Exhibition

2011

Seven State Biennial Exhibition –Part II. Charles B. Goddard Center. Ardmore, OK. Juried by Jesus Morels

Seven State Biennial Exhibition –Part I. USAO Art Gallery. Chickasha, OK. Juried by Jesus Morels

3rd Coast National. K Space Contemporary. Corpus Christi, TX. Juried by Tony Magar

John R. Math Gallery. Light Space & Time Exhibit

Boston Young Contemporaries. Boston, MA. Juried Camilio Alvarez & Matthew Rich

The Big Show. Lawndale Art Center. Houston, TX. Juried by Larissa Harris

Named Top Three People Choice Award, The Big Show. Lawndale

Theater Under The Stars. Annual Art Benefit and Art Auction. Houston, TX

Emerging Artist – Grand Opening Show. HANS Payan Art Gallery. Houston-Heights, TX

 Artist Lectures

Art Institue of Boston, Graduate Artist Talk, Boston, MA

Univeristy of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL

Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

Maryland Institute College of Art, Painting Seminar, Baltimore, MD

Collections

Boston Public Library. Permanent Installation. Boston, MA

Maya Angelou Collection,  Georgia

Brighthouse Corporate  Headquarters Collection, FL

Jeff Koons Collection, NY, NY

In Process: Clark Atlanta University, GA