LaToya M. Hobbs, The Founder, 2020. Acrylic, collage, and relief carving on wood panel, 48 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ariston Jacks.

MARCH 9–JUNE 11, 2023

When artist LaToya M. Hobbs sees women of her community, she sees them for the deep, powerful, and complex people that they are. Much like the delicate tendrils of plant life edging their way into her panels, Hobbs’ women are fully formed and thriving in their own right. Drawing from her experience as a printmaker, Hobbs carved their images into wood panel to explore “the print matrix as art object.” These multifaceted, mixed media relief carvings hover between sculpture and painting. Each one is richly textured and three-dimensional, much like the women they represent.

Hobbs is an artist, wife, and mother of two from Little Rock, AR who is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Purdue University. She has exhibited widely both within the United States and abroad. Her work is in prominent collections like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museum, Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the Getty Research Institute, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.


LaToya M. Hobbs, Queen Ann, 2022. Oil, acrylic and collage on carved wood panel. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ariston Jacks.


Instagram Live Chat: LaToya M. Hobbs

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Join Senior Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with past and current Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists. Guest artists will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration. Find us on Instagram @virginiamoca.

This month's guest is LaToya M. Hobbs.