By Susan Wallner
A hot young artist making waves at the current Whitney Biennial, LaToya Ruby Frazier has a laser focus and a committed work ethic. She commutes daily to her job at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers in New Brunswick, where she curates the gallery and teaches photography. She shows her work internationally, with exhibitions in Italy, Korea, and Spain in 2011 alone. The artist, born in 1982, creates evocative yet hard-hitting work about her family and the place where she grew up – the decaying steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh.