Fort Lauderdale, FL
My project “What’s Your Elephant’ is ‘creative conversations around the unknown’. The mission of this project is to provoke awareness and facilitate discussions unveiling unaddressed topics including, but not limited to: gender, discrimination, and abuse. WYE works with the public, at-risk groups and communities. The value of a share & engaging the masses will demonstrate how the creative arts can assist in self-healing, bring awareness, and strengthen communities. Along with this project, my personal body of work in a series titled “I AM THE ELEPHANT” which includes multimedia installation art- I am sharing my own ‘elephants’ of being a survivor of child molestations, growing up in a religious cult and exploring the concepts of masks & identities.
My intentions for #whatsyourelephant is to create a safe space where can share & bring awareness. If sharing my elephants empowers even one person to consider their choices & its impact, speak up when they see an injustice or be a voice for the many who are still living in fear & denial- my job is done.
“It’s about acknowledging the elephant and owning it, so that it doesn’t define you.”
– Niki Lopez
Some of my works also include live art, commissioned work, and abstract concepts & styles that are more representational than photo realistic. My representational work allows me to share and explore stories, symbols and concepts from ancient cultures and ideologies, as well as provoke thought as to the probability of life in other dimensions, multiple universes and galaxies, how they are all inter-connected with us here on planet earth.
Niki Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist and activist whose award-winning work has traveled as far as New York, California and New Orleans; and who has worked with such luminaries as CCH Pounder. "My representational work allows me to share and explore stories, symbols and concepts from ancient cultures and ideologies, as well as provoke thought as to the probability of life in other dimensions, multiple universes and galaxies, how they are all inter-connected with us here on planet earth".
Lopez has been curating and programming avant-garde art shows and creative events since 2008, including her signature annual art exhibits at Fort Lauderdale’s 1310 Gallery.
Lopez’s representational work allows her to share and explore stories, symbols and concepts from ancient cultures and ideologies, as well as provoke thought about the probability of life in other dimensions, multiple universes and galaxies... showing how they are all inter-connected with us here on earth.
She is a core team member, pre-visualization artist and producer of the 1310 Bandits, an award-winning women-lead team of visionary filmmakers creating stories that advocate consciousness and social responsibility.
Lopez founded “What’s Your Elephant,” a movement that creates a safe space for people to use expressive arts. It includes visual and performing arts, creative community building, hands-on projects, workshops and events.
Lopez is one of 4 members of the Artists for Black Lives Matter collective. Artists for Black Lives Matter #a4blm is a space to express yourself creatively around issues pertaining to Black Lives Matter. A4BLM combines exhibits, workshops, social engagement & peaceful awareness campaigns surrounding Black Lives Matter issues including police brutality and the loss of life due to racial injustice.
A well-rounded curator, Lopez has used her skills for various private group exhibits within South Florida, including working with cultural groups, grassroots initiatives and nonprofits such as African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Arts United, Drag It Out, LadyFest Miami and Spoken Soul Festival.
Known for her community spirit and advocacy, Lopez has donated artwork for fundraising initiatives to support breast cancer awareness and help orphanages in Haiti and Rwanda.
In addition, Lopez runs her independent, award-winning Graphic Design company, Niki Lopez Creative.
Panelist/Speaker at Black Beauty Symposium, Xavier University, New Orleans, February 2018
Broward Cultural Grant awardee, 2017 in support of ‘What’s Your Elephant’ art exhibition 2018
Sistrunk Artists in Residence, 2017/2018
Broward Cultural Grant awardee, 2016 in support of ‘What’s Your Elephant’ art exhibition 2017
HIRED as guest Curator & programming for African Heritage Cultural Center, Miami January 2017 (curated ‘Resurrecting Venus’ art exhibit & artists talk)
HIRED as Poetry event Programmer & promoter for Arts United (501C3) Non-Profit LGBTQ Arts Group) Fort Lauderdale, January 2017 (developed ‘We Rise’ poetry slam to highlight Black & Brown LGBTQ Poets & bring diversity.
Co-producer & featured artists of 2017 Spoken Soul Festival, Miami FL - Adrienne Arsht Center March 2017
Co-curated & programmed art exhibit & artists talk – Artists for Black Lives Matter in Fat Village – Fort Lauderdale, February 2017
Curator & programming Art + Performance + Community Outreach month-long exhibit at 1310 Gallery, 2008 to the present.
Curatorial and Gallery Intern, Fall 2007 to2008
During Miami Art Basel- the largest art exhibit in the US. Gallery assistant and help to curator Mark Murphy of Murphy Design from San Diego, California with gallery booth
“Scribble” Murphy Gallery – December 2008, Aqua Wynwood Art Fair
“Know” Murphy Gallery – December 2007, Gen Art Vanguard
Broward Arts Guild- participated in jury-selected group show as well as selected for membership printed book “60th Anniversary Commemorative Members' Book”
Artspace’s Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts original resident member since 2008
Artserve - 1310 Gallery Group membership
May 2017 - “I AM THE ELEPHANT” at Old Dillard Museum, Sistrunk, FL
March 2017 - “Spoken Soul Festival” Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami FL
January 2017 - “Resurrecting Venus” Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami FL
April 2011 – Donated original artwork for a fundraiser event for OVERTOWN RHYTHM & ARTS FESTIVAL
October 2010 – Selected as one of the featured artist for UTV’s “My Art Show”. Exhibit and filmed interview for TV broadcast
April 2009 - Jury selected to participate in Soffer Collective’s annual poster show “Peep” fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and shown in both Florida and New York
Fall 2007 - Selected resident of Artspace’s Sailboat Bend Artist Community
Curated & Produced Exhibits include:
· March 2018- “Feminnus: Making our Mark” exhibition honoring Women’s History Month -Cannon Ball Studio for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale (month long: Art + Performance + Community Outreach)
· July/August 2017- “What’s Your Elephant” exhibition -1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale (month long: Art + Performance + Community Outreach)
· May 20, 2017 – “I Am the Elephant” Emancipation Festival solo exhibition – Old Dillard Museum, Fort Lauderdale
· July/August 2016- “What’s Your Elephant” exhibition -1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale (month long: Art + Performance + Community Outreach)
· February 2017- “Artists for Black Lives Matter” exhibition + artists talk – Fat Village, Fort Lauderdale
· January 2017- “Resurrecting Venus” exhibition + curation + artists talk – African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami
· July 18 2015- “The Elephant” -1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
· February 5 2015- “Unspoken” -City of Sunrise Art Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
· July 20 2014- “L’éléphant dans la Salle” -1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
· July 20 2013- “Parallels” -1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
· July 21 2012- Culture Clash“ -1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
· July 16 2011 – “Into the Rabbit Hole”-1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale. Collaborating with Luzalma Gonzalez of Colabo Fingers. Art Exhibit, performance, workshops
· July 2010 - “Space, Art + Love” – Group show, performance night, workshop and fund raiser. Collaborated with Bailes Ferrer’s Flamenco In the Sun event, James Shermer of Broward Cultural Division for artist workshop, and The Renmen Foundation a non-profit organization with a food drive collection for their school/orphanage in Haiti.
· August 15 2009 – “Colors, Lines & Soul” Multidisciplinary art show, performance, and networking event. Month long. 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale.
Jury Selected Exhibits:
October 1, 2011 - BE Inspired! at MoA|FL (Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale)
March 26 2011 - “Spoken Soul Festival” The Stage, Wynwood Miami FL
Sept 18 2010 - Broward Art Guild group show “Abstractions” at Gallery 101
May 16 2009 – “Signs of Oneness” 1310 Gallery
February 19 2009 – “Peep Show” by SOFFER Collective Poster Art Show. Show in South Florida and Japonais Restaurant-Lounge, New York. Selected artwork was printed and sold as a poster benefiting a breast cancer charity.
December 19 2009 -18 Rabbit Gallery. Presented by Wemerge Magazine
October 24 2009 –‘Easels & Turntables’ Kitchen 305, Miami FL
November 19 2008 - Off The Hookah Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale FL
May 2017 - “I AM THE ELEPHANT” at Old Dillard Museum, Sistrunk, FL
February 2010 – “Wilton Manor Artwalk” at Copy This Wilton Manor, FL
October 30 2008 –“Mahogany Nights” Miami Gardens, FL
June 29 2008 – “Art of Seduction Sundays” West Palm Beach, FL
January 29 2016 - “Pop! #kinetic” Pompano Citi Centre, Pompano Beach
September 12 2014 - Uncommon Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
April 21 2012 - “Rites of Spring“-1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
February 18 2012 – “Love Thy Neighbor”-1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale
June 18 2011 – “The Lynching Eye” Broward Historical Commission, Fort Lauderdale FL
March 31 2011 – “Sister 2 Sister” Old Dillard Museum, Fort Lauderdale FL
March 26 2011 – “Spoken Soul Festival” The Stage, Wynwood Miami FL
March 10 1011 – “Pieces of Jamaica” the LAC Gallery, Lauderdhill FL
January 29 2011 – “Art Night Pompano”, Pompano, FL
January 22 2011 – “The Ellen Art Show” Gab Studio Wynwood Miami FL
July 9 2009 – “Second on Second” Fort Lauderdale
March 21 2009 – Exhibit- “Don’t Back Down” 1310 Galleries, Fort Lauderdale FL
December 12 2008 – Groups show at BADRUTT Restaurant & Lounge, Miami, FL
November 29 2008– Exhibit “Collision” at 1310 Galleries, Fort Lauderdale FL
April 30 2008– Grand opening of Sailboat Bend Artists Community
March 10 2008 –Sponsored artist booth, North Miami Beach Community Art Festival
May 2017 - Women-Led Film Collective 1310 Bandits Triumphs in the Year of Kali Mah – Miami New Times
March 2017 – Floridas Female-led filmcrew accepts award and screens feature-at Filmapalooza – South Florida Caribbean
March 2017 - Grants help local artists explore new projects - Sun-Sentinel
August 2014 - South Florida Times: L’éléphant dans la Salle - Though Art Woman
July 2014 - Sun Sentinel: L’éléphant dans la Salle
July 2013 – Broward NewTimes: Parallels art exhibit
July 2013 – VoicePlaces feature: Parallels art exhibit
July 2012 – Sun-Sentinel feature: “Are we E.T.?” Entertainment
July 2012 – feature on Arterpillar -South Florida Artists Blog
February 2012 – featured artists on Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth Blog
January 2012 – feature on Arterpillar -South Florida Artists Blog
June 2011 - cover of South Florida Live
June 2011 - article South Florida Times
March 2011 - article South Florida Times
March 2011 – WeMerge Magazine
September 2010 – article The Parklander
July 2010 – City Link – Art Murmur
April 2010- DY Magazine, Philadelphia, PA
March 2010- WeMerge TV interview
October 2008 – Featured artist in WeMerge Magazine
August 2008 – article Sun-Sentinel
2009 to 2011 Assists Drag It Out non- profit at various events as photographer, show set up assistance, promotions.
2011 Elected board member for Sailboat Bend Civic association. Help developing website and newsletter. Also created and monitor Facebook page for the group.
2010 – Membership and Events Committee for the Sailboat bend Civic Association
2010 – Contacted The Renmen Foundation to be highlighted and have food collection during a curated exhibit.
2009 – Email/Social media marketing for Sailboat Bend Artists Community. Created mail chimp account and developed mailing list, and email blasts for events. Mailing lists consists of local artists, art patrons, organizations, and press. Email updates and show info for monthly shows and workshops, circulating via Facebook, twitter, and other social media.
2008 – Web designer and programmer for Sailboat Bend Artists lofts website/directory
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale
Broward Art Guild
Drag It Out – non profit
The Renmen Foundation – non profit
Project Witness – non profit
South Florida Artist Association – non profit
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Women Arts – non profit
Stonewall Education - non profit
Spoken Soul Festival (SWAN)
2017/2018 – Sistrunk Artist in Residency in partnership with Destination Sistrunk & HACFL
2015 – Multiple dates for What’s Your Elephant Workshop
August 2014 – What’s Your Elephant Workshop
July 2013 – Full day workshop/ community outreach “Cultivating Creativity” facilitated at the 1310 Gallery with the FLITE Center
September 2012 – 8 Week Art Teacher residency at Hollywood Elementary via VSA
Dec 2011- Kumba Art Workshop – African American Research
Muse Center for the Arts – December – April 2011
VSA Florida - The State Orginzation on Arts & Disabilities. Multiple residencies since 2010.
Including residency completed June 2017 at the Broward Youth Treatment Center - I worked on a mural with the boys during a 10 hour program.
Private contract - Art teacher for elders and summer youth arts program at Lauderdale Lakes Senior Center
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Bachelor of Science
Major: Graphic Design
Graduation: September 2009
Artist as an Entrepreneur Alumni June 2012
Certification program via Broward Cultural Division
Painting I, II, III
Major was graphic design, however utilized my electives towards painting classes as well as being self-taught.
Education Intern, Summer 2008
Graphic design and photography for NBC 6/Telemundo 51
Developed logos, branding, design
Photography for T.V. talent
· The Steve Kramer Award for Community Service, 2014 & 2015, Nominated by Artspace USA
· 2015 & 2016 48 Hour Film Challenge Winner. Represented South Florida in the Filmapaloza
· 2017 Awarded best Movie poster design by Miami/Ft Lauderdale 48 Hour Film Project
· Lou Peters Award (Highest Civilian Humanitarian award), 2004
by Federal Bureau of Investigation
Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography, Social Media, Wordpress, Video Editing & Arts Event Coordinating.