The Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas, recently named Elena Rodriguez its new curator of exhibitions. Rodriguez first joined the arts organization in 2013 as an administrative and special events manager. She served as the associate director of special events and membership from 2015 to 2016, and most recently, as director of special events and membership, and as event director for its annual Rockport Film Festival.
“Elena’s creative contributions, marketing ideas, and public relation strategies have had a profound effect in the growth of the Rockport Film Festival,” Luis Purón, the Rockport Center for the Arts’ executive director, told Glasstire. “Her personal and professional appreciation for the art form of cinema, and the power in storytelling, led her to kick off one of the most successful film festivals on record in November, just ten weeks after Hurricane Harvey, 1,000 people attended.”
The center sustained heavy damages after the category four hurricane struck the coastal city in August. The building’s porch and roof were destroyed and, as a result, it lost several original artworks. It has since been fundraising to get back up and running and has received a $15,000 grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts in order to rebuild.
“What excites me most about working at the Art Center is the chance to support the local art community by both exhibiting the work of local artists and bringing in work from across the country,” Rodriguez said. “This is a challenging time for the art community in Rockport, but I have no doubt that we will not only persevere, but come back stronger than ever.”