TINA LA PORTA

Born in 1967 in Chicago, while still an undergraduate, Tina La Porta developed a body of work photographing the Pro-Choice movement in Chicago, Milwakee, Waashington D.C. and New York City. In 1992 Ms. La Porta moved to New York's East Village to persue her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at The School of Visual Arts where she studied with Lisa Spellman, Sarah Charlesworth and Nan Goldin. During that time she interned at Pace/McGill Gallery and for Historian, Naomi Rosemblum while she wrote her book A History of Women Photographers (Abbeville Press). Her intial post-graduate work was immersed within the global internet art movement where she created several internet specific art works such as: net.works + avatars, distance and Re:mote_Corp@REALities. After 9/11 she focused her attention on mediated representations and coverage of war. Most Recently, Ms. La Porta's work explores symptoms of mental illness and the side effects of prescription medications.

Since 1991 Ms. La Porta has exhibited work in numerous solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and Internationally. Her work has been on view in South Florida at The NSU Art Museum;  Bailey Contemporary Art, The Cornell Museum of Art; The Art and Culture Center; The Young At Art Museum and The Court Room Gallery at The Arts Council of Martin County. Ms. La Porta has been featured in several exhibitions in Miami's Wynwood Art Distric, Mana Miami and in Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village Art District. Other venues she has exhibited include, The New Museum, NY; Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museu do Essencial e do Alem Disso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; Centre Cultural de la Fundació "la Caixa," Barcelona, Spain; The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL.; The Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL

She has lectured and presented her work widely at The NSU Art Museum; The Florida Art Museum Directors Association Conference; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; Liceo Artistico Statale Caravaggio, Milan, Italy; The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; College Art Association/Women's Caucus for Art.

Ms. La Porta received commissions to create new work from The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; The Alternative Museum, New York, NY; and Turbulence.org, New York, NY .

Her work is included in Public Collections such as The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY; Sound Art Museum, Rome, Italy; The Young At Art Museum in Davie,Florida and The Vasari Project, Miami-Dade Public Library System in Miami, Florida.

She has been published in many periodicals including Digital Art: World of Art Series (Thames and Hudson); The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (Routledge); From Technological to Virtual Art (MIT Press); as well as The New York Times, Miami New Times(Featured Cover Artist), LA Weekly, Sun Sentinel, Leonardo and Ms. Magazine.

While living in New York City, Ms. La Porta taught at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels in Fine Art at Cooper Union, New York University, The New School, Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, Fordham University, St. John's University and Fairfield University.