Teliza V. Rodriguez

Teliza V. Rodriguez is the Curator at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) where she has served since 2005. Prior, she was Director of Haydon Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, a project of the Nebraska Art Association under the auspices of the Sheldon Museum of Art. At the Haydon, Rodriguez curated over 45 exhibitions, both solo and group-themed shows. While at MONA, she has curated over 150 exhibitions including A Greater Spectrum: African American Artists of Nebraska 1912-2010Across the Lands and to Nebraska: The Photographs of Andrew MooreJun Kaneko, Drawings and PrintsTherman Statom: A Divergent ExperienceTraces of Our Past: Artifacts by the First NebraskansStitching Time: Over 100 Years of Quilts in NebraskaGlimpses of Emery Blagdon’s Healing Machine in collaboration with Nebraska Educational Television; and in 2016, Mujeres, an exhibition that focused on the work of five Latina women connected to Nebraska. Most recently, she curated Adornment, a large-scale exhibition that looked at how all facets of communities use art to embellish or alter their appearances through creative thought. In 2013, Rodriguez was named a Fellow for the Center for Great Plains Studies. In 2016, she was invited to take part in the National Endowment for the Arts event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. titled “In Pursuit of the Creative Life: The Future of Arts and Creativity in America.” She has juried numerous regional exhibitions, served on and led art panel discussions, is a volunteer for non-profit groups to educate about art and museums, and was recently awarded as a Catalyst-Cohort recipient ⎯ a project of the Sherwood Foundation of Omaha, Nebraska. Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Studio Art in Photography with a specialization in Art History. She completed further studies in art history and photography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.