M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez earned her MFA degree in Museology from Syracuse University with distinction and full acad. scholarship. Specializing in museum management, her nearly 30 year career includes museum registration, traveling exhibitions, curatorial and directorial work at the Key West Museum, Fla.; The Newark Museum, NJ; The Morris Museum, NJ; Montclair State University Art Galleries/George Segal Gallery, NJ. She was a grant coordinator for the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Com. and headed the Middlesex County Neighborhood Art Consortium between 1995 and 2000.
Ms. Rodriguez also received an MA in Art History focusing on modern art from Case Western Reserve University, Cleve., OH with full acad. scholarship from the P.E.O. International Scholarship Fund. She also has extensive knowledge of Chinese, Japanese and Philippine art.
Ms. Rodriguez completed a BFA degree in advertising, minor in painting from the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, and a recipient of the 2013 Centennial Award and 2007 Outstanding Achievement award from the college. She exhibited paintings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Manila Hilton Art Center, was art director of Sterling Chemical Co. and an art instructor at the University of the Philippines. She was part of the Philippine presidential research team for the writing of an ambitious book series, Tadhana: The History of the Filipino People.
A 2014 keynote speaker at Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, UN, New York, she juried and lectured art in New York and New Jersey and was a board member of the Montclair Arts Council. She is currently the director of the Montclair State University Art Galleries and the George Segal Gallery, and a professor in Exhibition Planning and Management at MSU. Her publications include: Transparent Colors: Filipino American Watercolorists, Phila., PA: XLibris Corp.,2007; Alexander Calder Hammocks and Wall Hangings, exhibition catalog, 2006; (George Segal's) Street Crossing: Photographs by Donald Lokuta, exhibition catalog, 2006, Call No.: NB237.S44 A4, Smithsonian Institution Libraries; "Celestial Boundaries," Transcultural New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University,vol.II, 2004; Palay (Rice): Trapunto Murals by Pacita Abad, Call No. ND 1029.A23 A4 2001, Smithsonian Institution Libraries; Igarta: Monumental Figures, exhibition catalog, 2000; Alfonso Angel Osorio: St. Joseph the Worker Mural, Victorias Sugar Mill Chapel, Philippines, Altrusa International Research Grant, 1982; Social Basis of Museums: Third World, Call No.: AM7.R69,1979,Smithsonian Institution Libraries; "Ads Before 1900," Zone-D, Journal of the Humanities Dept., Univ. of the Philippines, 1976.