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Nora Valdez is an Argentine artist working and exhibiting since 1977. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Mercedes San Luis, Argentina) with the title of Professor of Fine Arts. She left Argentina in 1984, living in Brazil, Italy and in 1985 moved to Zaragoza, Spain where she started working in marble at the "Matadero", a sculptors' studio funded by the city. In 1986 she moved to Boston for 10 years and has since lived in Austin, TX and Jekyll Island, GA. At the end of 2000, Valdez moved back to New England.
Valdez work has been shown in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. She has served on numerous arts panels and appeared in a variety of publications. Her work has received funding from institutions such as the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Georgia Arts Council. Valdez has taught at the her alma mater, art museums in Austin, TX, Worcester and Springfield, MA and various art institutions and organizations.
In addition to sculpture, she is an accomplished muralist and participates in many community and public art projects.
From the beginning, Valdez has utilized sculpture and installations to create images that reflect on the nature of change, the life of the individual and the natural or societal forces that buffet our souls. All is interpreted as if in a dream like state; everything becomes a container, holding within some human attribute. While her earlier installation work explored the effects of alienation caused by various forms of repression, her stone work seeks to make more subtle comments on these concerns. Her thematic concerns are also reflected in her involvement with the community: doing public art projects and giving workshops at a variety of urban institutions. Art becomes not just a way to explore issues of human rights but to have a direct effect on them as well.
Selected sculpture and installation exhibitions:
- 2002 REVOLVING MUSEUM, Lowell, MA; "HOME-MADE pioneers & public art" (group)
- 2001 HAMPDEN GALLERY, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA; "The Journey" (solo) through 12/6/2002
- JEKYLL ISLAND MUSEUM, Jekyll Island, GA; Gallery show: Driftwood Beach Project
- DRIFTWOOD BEACH PROJECT, Jekyll Island, GA; Public art event: Sculpture, installation, performance, video (Artistic Director)
- LA PEÑA GALLERY, Austin, TX; "Barro, Piedra y Madera" (group)
- ALMA DE MUJER/LAS MANITAS, Austin, TX; International Women's Day (group)
- 1998 GUADALUPE CULTURAL CENTER, San Antonio, TX; 14th Annual Juried Women's Art Exhibit (group)
- FIRST NIGHT '97, Boston, MA; "A Wish for a Wish" Installation on the Boston Common
- FULLER MUSEUM OF ART, Brockton, MA; "Walk Down Memory Lane" Outdoor installation
- FIRST NIGHT '96, Boston, MA; "Trees of Hope - Bosque de Esperanza" Installation
- DECORDOVA MUSEUM, Lincoln, MA; "Strokes of Genius - Miniature Golf by Artists" Multimedia installation
- MILLS GALLERY - BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Boston, MA; "Pinball ARTcade" (group) Installation
- FIRST NIGHT '95, Boston, MA; "Boston T-Party" Installation at Back Bay Station
- INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Boston, MA; "Public Interventions" Exhibit exploring public art
- ARTISTS FOUNDATION GALLERY, Boston, MA; "Here and Gone" (group) Video Installation
- INVISIBLE CITIES, Somerville, MA; Neighborhood-wide Performance/Installation event.
- MOBIUS, Boston, MA; "Transmography" (solo) Installation
- WORCESTER STATE COLLEGE, Worcester, MA; "9 Artists in the Blue Lounge" (group) Installation
- FIRST NIGHT '94, Boston, MA; "Safe Neighborhood Tower" Installation
- MOBIUS, Boston, MA; "Memory: The Persistence of Politics" Installation
- ARTISTS FOUNDATION GALLERY, Boston, MA; "Mirror, Mirror: Artists' Self-portraits" (group)
- 1992 FESTIVAL BETANCES AT VILLA VICTORIA, Boston, MA; 'Interpretations: Festival of Dreams" Installation and performance
- 1991 THE ART GALLERY AT BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Charlestown, MA; Two person show Sculpture
- 1990 JORGE HERNANDEZ CULTURAL CENTER, Boston, MA; "Los Cuentos de Eduardo" Installation