About: Orlonda Uffre is an artist, photographer, educator and independent curator, originally from Brooklyn, New York. Although very much an American, her mother’s Caribbean ways have forever permeated her sense of self, her thoughts, and her art.
She began her life as an artist, when she was accepted to the HS of Art & Design in New York City, and studied with Alvin Hollingsworth at the Art Students League in New York. She received her MFA from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2009.
Her artistic trajectory was punctuated by her activities as a founding organizer of the Womens InterArt Center in New York, the founding Artistic Director for Brava! for Women in the Arts, in California, and most recently as a Curator for Art of the African Diaspora.
Uffre has exhibited throughout the US, and abroad, including shows at PCOG Gallery in New York, Limner Gallery New York, MarketWatch in San Francisco, the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society at Fort Mason in CA, Bomani Gallery in San Francisco, Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland Ca, the Fort Smith Arkansas Convention Center, the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA. and the Marin Community Foundation, in Novato CA.
She was a featured artist and interviewed by the International Museum of Women in 2008, and was included in the MOAD Stories Project, with her photographic collection of the aftermath of Katrina, entitled “Shelter from the Storm”.
Additionally, she was honored by the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, which chose her paintings for the Ambassadorial Residence in 2001 -2003 in Maputo Mozambique.
Orlonda believes that it is critical to actively address conditions that block social justice, while working proactively to create healthy, respectful, inspiring communities, that include our true histories, and the healing properties of Art.