portrait of Leticia Bajuyo, Associate Professor

Leticia Bajuyo

Associate Professor
College Of Liberal Arts Faculty

A Filipinx-American interdisciplinary artist and object maker based in Texas, Leticia R. Bajuyo started creating in rural Midwest flyover communities. Bajuyo received her B.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2017, Bajuyo joined the faculty at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, where she is an Associate Professor of Art - Sculpture. Prior to this professorship in Texas, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Notre Dame and Professor of Art at Hanover College. Additionally, Bajuyo serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, Texas Sculpture Group, and Public Art Dialogue.

Through her large-scale works, Leticia Bajuyo engages audiences and connects with communities through her site-specific installations that involve community collections of media and memories. Bajuyo’s drawings, sculptures, and installations highlight the impact of desire and the machines that create more desire. Her interest in unpacking value perceptions began with her autobiography growing up bi-racial small town named Metropolis on the border of Illinois and Kentucky. The time and space of quiet landscapes outside and the multi-national dialogues inside her family’s house influenced the development of her critiques of consumer capitalism, fickle domestic desires, and internalized pressures of assimilation. Her continued research of cultural privilege and consumer pressure yields a drive to both create and question a vision that is comfortable, contained, and controlled. By incorporating recognizable materials and forms including CDs, artificial grass, and insulation styrofoam, Bajuyo creates spaces and multi-layered experiences that invite audiences to participate in theatrical re- arbitrations of value.

Her recent solo exhibitions include the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery in Dallas, Texas; Beeville Art Museum in Beeville, Texas; Hall Art Gallery at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi; and Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery in Houston, Texas. Bajuyo's large-scale, site-specific artworks include creating installations at the From Waste to Art Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan; in the silos of the Site Gallery at Sawyer Yards in Houston, Texas; at the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee; and in the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico.