Bio: Lorie Caval.
Lorie Caval is a New York City-based writer, visual artist and organizer. Lorie is a painter, working primarily in oil, and recently began exploring other mediums such as multi-media and social practice/engagement art. Her work explores the intersections between spirituality, personal power, dreaming and identity. Lorie is a writer (currently blogging on her Travesía Artística [Artistic Voyage]) and poet. She is a long-time student of capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art, incorporating movement and music). Drawing on her own experience as a multidisciplinary artist of a multicultural background, Lorie is especially interested in cultivating connections and environments where art, expression and social exchange take place to create new dialogues and opportunities for fostering cultural equity.
Lorie has a BA from Hunter College where she studied English (Literature, Language, Criticism) and Art History. She received a professional certificate in Community Arts and Cultural Equity through the program “Community Arts University Without Walls” (CAUWW) at Interamerican University in Puerto Rico (2015), through the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). In 2016 she was accepted into CCCADI’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship; a leadership training program with an emphasis on the advancement of cultural equity and social justice through the arts. She attended an art residency at UNIDEE (University of Ideas at Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto) in Biella, Italy (2016), receiving a certificate for a program called “Elapsing Time in Expanded Artwork: Practices of the Unconscious through Means of Activism.” Lorie is a founding member on the Steering Committee for an arts collective, Queens Creative Solidarity (QCS), which aims to support creative communities and cultural practices in NYC’s most culturally diverse borough. QCS was chosen to do a six-week art residency at Queens Museum (2016), Studio in the Park with ArtBult Mobile Studios.
Lorie’s personal history in arts and outreach dates back to high school when she won awards in Multicultural Understanding and interned at Abron’s Art Center gallery at Henry Street Settlement. Her interest in nightlife was piqued as a regular at New York’s legendary nightclubs including the Limelight, Red Zone, Mars and the Palladium. She would start to meld her love of art, music and social dance by producing and curating her own “Arty Parties” at the age of 19. She started her writing career in the offices of Paper Magazine as a nightlife columnist and nightclub reporter for Paper Live, their online radio show.
Lorie was the Managing Editor for Mia (a ground-breaking independent magazine for generation X/Y Latinos) Associate Editor for Next Magazine (a widely-read weekly LGBT magazine) and freelance writer for various arts and music publications such as Black Book, One World and the Source. Lorie co-founded Pro Deuce Entertainment; conceptualizing, producing and publicizing underground nightclub events across North America which were regularly written about in publications such as ID Magazine, New York Magazine, Time Out New York and DJ Times. Her most notable event was Bang the Party, an event focused on underground House music, art, and dancing that ran on a weekly basis for over six years (1997-2003) and spawned projects like the compilation “Bang the Party Vol. 1,” a documentary about Bang the Party (featured at the Big Mini DV Festival in 2010). Additionally, Lorie is a poet/songwriter, credits including the single, “I Am the Road” with E-Man and Markus Enochson (Masters at Work Records) and her own spoken-word releases on Liberate Recordings. In 2016, “I am the Road” was used by choreographer Kyle”Just Sole” Clark as the namesake for a piece created for the Ailey II dance company, premiering in NYC and subsequently going on a world-tour.
As a visual artist, Lorie’s paintings have been included in a number of group exhibitions, including: the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance (BAAD) annual BAAD-Ass Women Festival (2005); “Symbols of Ourselves,” presented by Art for Change at Carlito’s Cafe y Galleria (2005); the “Soulful Arts Collective” at the Living Gallery (2015); and as a participating artist in Occupy Museums “Debtfair” installation at the Whitney Biennial (2017). Lorie’s collaborative multi-media project, “Mashups” with photographer Muema, was exhibited at “The B-Sides” exhibit at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (November 2008).