Elisa Turner is an award-winning art critic and journalist. In 2019 she was honored to receive the Leadership Award of the Florida Chapter of ArtTable. In 2018 she was nominated for the Leadership Award of the Florida Chapter of ArtTable. Her background reflects wide-ranging experience in teaching, editing, writing, and public speaking. Having written about visual arts for the Knight Ridder-owned Miami Herald for 21 years, she takes great pride in her tenure as the newspaper’s primary art critic from 1995 to 2007, when she received international assignments to cover artists in Cuba and Haiti, as well as to cover the Venice Biennial and Art Basel in Switzerland. Currently she teaches at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, and continues to pursue her writing and speaking career. Her professional and volunteer work for Miami’s art community is an ongoing, intellectually lively passion. Since the 1980s she has been Miami correspondent for New York-based, award-winning magazine ARTnews. Her writing appears in various online and print publications, most recently in ARTBURST, Delicious Line, and Hamptons Art Hub.


Rocking Chair Sessions

Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.

The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.

Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.