LJ Roberts is a visual artist who creates large-scale installations, embroideries, artist books, and collages. Their work investigates overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, narrative and craft. LJ’s work has been shown at venues such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Arts and Design, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Vox Populi, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Powerhouse Museum, The Oakland Museum of California, Gordon Robichaux, The DePaul Art Museum, The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at The University of Southern California, The Museum of the City of New York, and The Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
LJ’s work has been written about in The New York Times, American Craft, Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, Art In America, Hyperallergic, The San Francisco Chronicle, Transgender Studies Quarterly and The Journal of Modern Craft among other publications.
L.J. also maintains a critical writing practice that bridges craft and queer theory. Their writing can be found in the anthologies Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture in Contemporary Art published by Duke University Press and Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism on Arsenal Pulp Press. They have contributed writing to publications such as Studio Potter, Hyphen Magazine and Art Practical. Most recently LJ wrote the introduction to DUETS: Dean Daderko and Elaine Reichek on the late Nicolas A. Moufarrege published by Visual AIDS.
LJ has been the past recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Fountainhead Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, ACRE, The Textile Arts Center, Queenslab, IASPIS-Stockholm, and The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2015 LJ was one of nine recipients of The White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI Artists. Additionally they were awarded The Women’s Caucus for Art President’s Award for Art and Activism in 2019.
LJ’s work will be featured at the upcoming show Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Contemporary Art in the 50th Year of the Stonewall Era, at the The Brooklyn Museum opening in May of 2019. LJ lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Parsons School of Design.
MA, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts
MFA, Fine Arts, California College of the Arts
BA, English (Critical Literary Theory and Poetry), University of Vermont. (Honors)
BA, Studio Art, Univeristy of Vermont.
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