Carla Rokes is based in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. She has been teaching studio art at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 2003. She served as gallery director for the University from 2009-2015. She is currently the Chair of the Art Department. Her areas of concentration are Digital, Drawing, and Design.
While at UNC Pembroke, she has received two teaching awards. Before joining the Art Department Faculty at UNCP, Carla worked as a Development Officer at The Drawing Center in New York, NY.
Rokes is actively involved in nonprofit community projects throughout Southeastern North Carolina including Communities in Schools (a K-12 Artist Residency program) and DREAMS of Wilmington.
Her current work explores a hybrid-drawing process combining digital and traditional techniques and features two creative processes: experimental animation via 16mm and digital film montage, and comic abstraction using mixed media drawing techniques. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Rokes received her B.F.A. in Drawing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina (1993) and her M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (2003).