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Rodriguez is an Artist, Educator, Curator, and Cultural Organizer. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons The New School of Design. With The Bronx as her backdrop Rodriguez's combination of costume design and sculptures creates whimsical revealing imagery of the complexities of her experiences as a Dominican American raised in The South Bronx. Through her art Rodriguez’s explores her dreams and realities, blending the lines between fashion and performance arts as a search of self-discovery.

Rodriguez expressed an early interest in the arts. As a sophomore in high school she acquired a scholarship with the Parsons Scholars Program. She continued her undergraduate education in fashion design at Parsons The New School of Design, were she graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design, attained a scholarship to study photojournalism in Paris, and Fashion Design at Central St. Martins London.

Rodriguez dedication to her community has been the driving force behind the creation of La Lucha, an artist-based organization that brings Dominican and Haitian artist together. As the founder of La Lucha, Rodriguez curates with the purpose of educating future generation. 


Anna Toonk Scholarship, 2010: Full scholarship to attend Parsons Paris Summer Intensive Program
Parsons Scholars Program, 2006-2008: Full scholarship to attend college prep studio classes and programming at Parsons the New School for Design


An Artist Illuminates Our Need to be Seen and Recognized The indispensability of recognition is simultaneously made both more urgent and more complicated when you realize, as Yelaine Rodriguez does, that we are mutable, never sufficing to be just one person. Learn More

Artist Yelaine Rodriguez speaks about her new project Black Is US for the Concurso de Arte Eduardo Leon Jimenes Biennal in the Dominican Republic.

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Co-Curator: Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez + Yelaine Rodriguez

RESISTANCE, ROOTS, AND TRUTH - is an alumni exhibition which showcases the work of emerging visual artists, facilitators, and performers who have completed the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (ICA). Curated and organized by ICA alumni Yelaine Rodriguez, and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez. Each participant is an ICA alum. The Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (ICA) provides a platform for emerging to mid-career arts professionals from under-represented communities. Thus far, over 100 artists, educators, art administrators, and arts activists have participated in the program. 

We are honored to present the various talents of 11 ICA Alumni. Each piece celebrates and acknowledges the shared vision with the center since art is one of our most powerful tools of resistance. This exhibition features various art medium by visual and non-visual artists, in an effort to celebrate the common ground shared amongst the alumni and institution. Although some stories may overlap, or share a common theme, the difference in each artist’s story is captured and acknowledged to demonstrate each person’s truth as it applies to them.

Co-curated by ICA Alum Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez & Yelaine Rodriguez.

Featuring: Ariana Faye Allensworth, David Rios Ferreira, Gerald Leavell II, Haydil Henriquez, Joselina Fay, Mirland Terlonge, Nadia Williams, Stephanie Cunningham, Vanezza Cruz, Vanessa López, and Zeelie Brown.

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Exhibition Highlights the Foundational Contributions of Parsons Alumni of Color to Art and Design

To shed light on the rich foundational contributions of Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities — particularly those made by artists and designers of color who graduated from Parsons — the curators conceived of and launched (under)REPRESENT(ed). The exhibition features work by Parsons School of Design alumni of color whose creative practices explore the lived experience of race and aim to dismantle systems of racism. Read More