Virtual Alumni Panel: Layo Bright, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Francisco echo Eraso

September 13, 2023 7PM

In this panel discussion Fine Arts alumni discuss their work, research and trajectory of their practices. Featuring MFA and BFA alumni: Layo Bright, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, and Francisco echo Eraso.

This discussion will take place virtually on Zoom.

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Layo Bright’s practice explores migration, inheritance, legacy and identity through hybrid portraits, textiles, and mixed media works. Bright received her LL. B (Hons.) from Babcock University and received her MFA in Fine Art (Hons.) from the Parsons School of Design. Bright has exhibited work both internationally and nationally including: Johnson Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA; moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago, IL; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY; among others


Headshot by Rebecca Ou

Kevin Quiles Bonilla (b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a BA in Fine Arts – Photography from the University of Puerto Rico (2015) and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design (2018). His work has been presented in Puerto Rico, The United States, Mexico, China, Belgium, and Japan. He’s the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from The John F. Kennedy Center (2017). He has presented his work at The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, The Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Ford Foundation. He has been an Artist in Residence and Fellow at Art Beyond Sight’s Arts + Disability Residency (2018-2019), Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Queer Performance Residency (2019), LMCC’s Workspace Residency (2019-2020), En Foco Inc Photography Fellowship (2021) and Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program (2022-2023). His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, BOMB Magazine, The Washington Post and The Guardian. He explores ideas around power, colonialism, and history with his identity as context. He lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York.


Image courtesy of María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid

Alt-text: Francisco leans on a large floor loom in his art studio. He is a white latinx trans man with long wavy dark hair, a short beard and gold earrings. His shirt is blue and many items in his studio are yellow and re

Francisco echo Eraso (he/él) is a disabled, trans, Colombian-American interdisciplinary craft artist, educator and access consultant. He graduated from The New School in 2018 with a BA/BFA in Visual Studies and Fine Arts and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Eraso has been a Kennedy Center LEAD awardee and recent artist-in-residence at EFA and Textile Arts Center. His work has been featured in Art in America and presented at Museo Antonini, Mead Art Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Ford Foundation Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, Chashama Space Gallery, among others.