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The Gallery U | Fall 2015

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Last winter/spring, I did an online internship with The Gallery U, a web-based gallery founded by Marcie Browne. The gallery is full of inspiring work by talented college students from across the U.S. and I’m happy to be participating again this fall. Below are links to my posts from each week. We are currently finishing week 11 (time is flying!). Enjoy :)

Week 1: Self-Portrait
Week 2: Process (After Lucier)
Week 3: Color Studies (Cells)
Week 4: Untitled (Mechanical)
Week 5: Color Studies (Blobs/Blocks)
Week 6: Blind Portrait Series
Week 7: Color Study (Red Drop)
Week 8: Body
Week 9: Untitled (Spacey)
Week 10: Untitled (Hover)
Week 11: Self-Destruct

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Interwoven

Updated Interwoven FlyerIt’s been a while since this show took place, but I finally have time to write about it! Interwoven was a show curated by my ambitious friend and peer, Pia Cruzalegui, and it included the work of many (class of 2016) SAIC Low Residency MFA students. Our second six-week summer together began on June 13th and the perfect way to kick it off was with this show opening.

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The show took place at Throop Studios in Chicago and was designed as a pop-up show, which means it was only up for one night. A lot of work went into making that one night a success. Pia was able to find support from literally across the world in order to properly promote and organize this show. There were lots of emails and phone calls back and forth. Back in Virginia, I was responsible for creating a Facebook event page and making posts on our Facebook page every day about all the artists who would be a part of the show.

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From left to right: Kelly Long, Mohamad Kanaan, Janice Marin
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June 13th was a hectic day since I flew in that afternoon. I spent a few hours getting partially settled in and before I knew it, it was time to head over to Throop. The space looked beautiful (a team of awesome fellow students had set up the night before) and the reunion was emotional since most of us hadn’t seen each other since last summer.

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From left to right: cathy pach, eleanor neal, jennifer chadwick, amy malcolm
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The turnout for the show included faculty, new students, family members, and other visitors. There were many conversations about events from the past year and the directions our work had taken. It was great to see new work from my cohort. Everyone was exhausted, but the show was a success. At the end of the night, it was time to deinstall the show and prepare for the next six weeks of craziness.

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I couldn’t include all the photos from the show, so please check out our Facebook page for more:

INTERWOVEN on FACEBOOK

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May Inspiration

Last month I was largely inspired by performances and stories…

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1. Movie: Big Eyes

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2. Documentary/Exhibition: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

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3. Musical Performance: Banda Magda

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4. Joseph Marr’s sugar sculptures

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5. Kurt Pio’s diamond paintings

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6. Karen Schwartz’s abstract paintings

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6

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The Gallery U: Spring 2015

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For the past 15 weeks I’ve been sharing links to my posts on The Gallery U website. If you don’t already know, The Gallery U is a recently launched website featuring the artwork of college students across the US. I am one of 18 interns who has posted new work every week along with a brief description. It’s over for this semester, but it continues in the summer and I will join again in the fall! Here are all of my posts from the spring semester:

Week 1: Self Portrait

Week 2: Untitled (Madame Insulin in Red)

Week 3: Insulin is Not a Cure

Week 4: Ebb and Flow

Week 5: MI Framed

Week 6: Yes.

Week 7: Too Sweet

Week 8: Untitled (Pig Composition)

Week 9: Breathe

Week 10: Finger Lickin’ Good

Week 11: Yes II

Week 12: Untitled (Artist Book 1)

Week 13: Yes II (Phase 7)

Week 14: The Face of MI

Week 15: Untitled (Mark-Making)

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The Gallery U: Weeks 1-6

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Every week I will share links to my posts on The Gallery U website. If you don’t already know, The Gallery U is a recently launched website featuring the artwork of college students across the US. I am one of 18 interns who will be posting new work every week along with a brief description. If you visit the site, you will notice a small heart icon on each post. The intern with the most clicks at the end of 15 weeks will be featured in V23, a New York-based blog which showcases the music, creative writing, photography, and art of young adults. If you like what you see, please help me increase my chances of winning by clicking that heart! xoxo

Week 1: Self Portrait

Week 2: Untitled (Madame Insulin in Red)

Week 3: Insulin is Not a Cure

Week 4: Ebb and Flow

Week 5: MI Framed

Week 6: Yes.

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The Gallery U

A few months ago, I was invited by a colleague to participate in a web-based internship. The newly-launched site is called The Gallery U and its purpose is to feature the work of college artists around the country and serve as a platform for artists to talk about art and the things that are influencing and inspiring their work.

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I am one of 19 interns this semester and my job is to post new work (plus a brief description) every week for fifteen weeks. The site officially went live this week and each of the interns was introduced through self-portrait posts. My posts will go up every Friday and you can see my first post here.

Although I’m already very busy, this internship is an opportunity for me to connect with other artists and it will also provide an extra dose of pressure when it comes to producing work consistently. As I mentioned in a recent post on here, one of my goals this semester is to produce a lot of work.

Throughout the internship, all of the interns will be competing for a feature in V23, a New York-based blog which showcases the music, creative writing, photography, and art of young adults. If you like what you see and read every week, you can increase my chances of winning by clicking the little heart at the top of each article.

xoxo

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Fall Home Show in Roanoke

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This past weekend, I exhibited some of my work at the 19th annual Fall Home Show in Roanoke, VA. The show took place on Saturday from 10-6PM and Sunday from 12-5PM. This was the first time I’ve ever done a show like this so it was definitely a learning experience.

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There was a decent amount of visitors (the event wasn’t free) and several people took my business card, but I made no sales. I sort of expected this. My main goal was to get more people to see my work and my name and if I sold something then that was a bonus. It was also a chance for me to see how the non-artist community reacted to my work. Several people had nice things to say, and others not so much (no one said anything rude to my face, just loud enough to where I could hear them…).

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Anyway, I’m happy that I got this opportunity to show my work in Roanoke and talk to new people. And if any of you happen to be reading this, thanks for coming out! :]

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Diabetes Art Day 2014!

Hey guys! It’s that time again! Today I’m sharing not only my submission for Diabetes Art Day, but also my niece’s submission. She’s a talented little artist and she told me she wanted to participate :] Her dad also has Type 1 diabetes.

Candidates of the Day

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Ana Morales
17″ x 14″
Sharpie and fine point ink pen

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Elena Morales
11″ x 8.5″
Markers and crayons

And to check out the entire 2014 gallery for Diabetes Art Day, go HERE. Enjoy!

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Show at Larkin Arts

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Larkin Arts is a space in downtown Harrisonburg, VA that offers supplies, classes, studios, and gallery space for small art shows. It is owned and run by three super talented individuals: Lynda Bostrom, Valerie Smith, and Scott Whitten. They opened this wonderful place in September of 2012 and seem to be doing an awesome job of getting involved in the community and giving artists the means to create and showcase their work.

As an art student at James Madison University, which is also located in Harrisonburg, I heard about this new place that was opening. I figured they would be taking applications for art shows in their space and I was right. I immediately applied for a spot and patiently waited. In early March, I received an email from Lynda saying that I had been one of the two artists selected for a show in August. I was so excited!

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I had already decided that I wanted the show to be about my diabetes again. I received a lot of great feedback at my first art show, which was also about diabetes, and I wanted to expand this body of work and share it with more people.

I set up the show the day before the opening and my mom came with me to help out. Set-up went super smoothly, thanks to Lynda who is totally a gallery expert. For this show, I was paired with local artist Michael Houghs, who displayed an awesome series of metal sculptures. We agreed that the combination of his sculptures and my colorful paintings worked really well!

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The 3-hour opening reception took place on Friday August 2nd and it totally exceeded my expectations. My parents and younger brother were able to come to Harrisonburg with me for the event, which was great. Several people came through to check out the art and I was able to talk to many of them about my work. I heard all kinds of stories and was blown away by how people responded to my own story and my work. I was even able to talk to some young kids about the paintings, which forced me to think about how I can effectively get my message across to a child.

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Here are some of the comments people left in my comment book:

“What an amazing and powerful presentation. So eye-opening into the world of being diabetic. My heart goes out to every (especially young) person who struggles with the day to day challenges.”

“You have touched my heart—thank you.”

“This is an amazing show. I love when an artist truly puts something of themselves into the art and you have given yourself completely to your art, I love it. You’re amazing, keep it going.” 

“I feel that nobody truly understands what it is like living with this disease! I feel that I have a spiritual sister of some sort as I gaze upon your work. It is awe-inspiring! Please, keep doing what you’re doing—giving others like us hope and kinship of sorts! Thank you for your work. It was and is truly a blessing!”

“I live with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia pain. I’m working to express visually how that feels—thanks for this!”

“Meaningful work. The world needs this.”

“Really cool! Love your brushstrokes, color, and subject matter.”

“Saw your work today. Awesome. No one realizes what diabetes does to a person—my husband has it—my mom had it. Your paintings are awesome. Get the word out—people can identify with these feelings.”

“I commend you for sharing this part of your life through your beautiful artwork! It’s a unique perspective that blesses us all!”

“I love walking into the exhibit and then making my way over to your intro and realizing your pictures tell a story. Absolutely stunning and heartbreaking.”

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I am so so thankful for the opportunity that Larkin Arts gave me to share my work with more people. I met some really great people and came out of the experience with ideas on how to take this message further. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to come to the opening and to all the kind people who helped me out :]

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