Athena LaTocha (b. Anchorage, Alaska) is an artist whose massive works on paper explore the tenuous relationship between human-made and natural worlds, in the wake of Earthworks artists from the 1960s and 1970s.
Her work has been shown across the country in places such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; CUE Art Foundation and Artists Space, New York; South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota; and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2019 she had solo exhibitions at JDJ | The Ice house in Garrison, New York; the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota; and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Also in 2019, she was artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is currently on view in Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art through December 2020 and in ID: Formations of the Self at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center in New York City through January 15, 2021.
LaTocha is the recipient of prestigious artist grants, residencies and awards, among them the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2019 and 2016, Wave Hill in 2018, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2013. LaTocha received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stony Brook University, New York. The artist divides her time between New York City and Peekskill, NY.