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Nora Valdez

6 Monadnock St
Boston, MA 02125, U.S.A.
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Phone: 6174629281     Fax: 6174629281
URL: http://www.noravaldez.com

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BIOGRAPHY Nora Valdez is an Argentine artist working and exhibiting since 1977. In 1982 she graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Mercedes San Luis, Argentina) with the title of Professor of Fine Arts. During this time she showed her work throughout Argentina, winning prizes and critical acclaim. In 1984 she moved to Brazil and later that year she moved to Europe with a scholarship to Perugia Italy where she further developed and exhibited her work. In 1985 she moved to Zaragoza, Spain where she started working in marble at the "Matadero", a sculptors' studio funded by the city of Zaragoza. In 1986 she moved to the USA to Boston MA. She has shown her work at the Fuller Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum, the Artists' Foundation, Mobius, the Harbor Gallery at UMass, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Danforth Museum and other venues. Valdez moved to Austin, Texas in 1997. She gave classes at the Elisabeth Ney Sculpture Conservatory and the Austin Museum of Art. In 1999 she moved to Jekyll Island, GA where she began developing work in conjunction with the environment. In 2000 she moved back to New England to western Massachusetts where she directed and created numerous public art projects and sculptural installations including the Manhan Rail Trail mural in Easthampton and an installation for Amnesty International in Japan. In 2004 she returned to Boston MA. She was invited to carve in numerous International Sculptures symposium in Brookline, NH in 2004. In 2005 she participated in Quebec, Canada, winning the 1st prize. She also participated in Murnau, Germany and the Island of Thassos, Greece. In 2006 she received the New England Foundation for the Arts grant to create a sculpture garden at the Boston Day and Evening Academy. She was curator and resident artist in 2006 in Sumter, SC. She has also participated in an annual cultural exchange with Ayacucho, Peru since 2006 to 2011. Valdez participated in 2007 in a Symposium in Brussels (Belgium). In 2008 she was invited to China to create a sculpture at SIAS International University. In 2009 she was the Guest artist201 for Stonefest, Seattle, WA. She participated in The International Marble Symposium in Vermont and in 2010 and in Peru and 2011 in Peru and in Argentina. In 2012 Valdez is invite to the international Sculpture Symposium in Hong Kong. In 2013 she completed a Monumental Sculpture in Argentina and received the NEA grant to do a Public Art piece in Fitchburg, MA. In 2014 she curate and exhibit a international show at the Qorikancha ( the temple of the sun) in Cusco, Peru. In 2015. Her work INSIDE HOME is install at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA. In 2016 she got commissioned to do a reading garden at The Duxbury Public Library and got the NEFA grant for her project IMMIGRATION NATION. In 2017 got the MCC Fellowship grant in Boston MA Valdez has appeared in numerous publications, including L’informatore del Marmista, Verona Italy in 2011, La Pintura y Escultura en San Luis in 2006. A review of “the Journey” appeared in Sculpture Magazine in 2003. Her work has received funding from a variety of public and private institutions including the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Georgia Arts Council. 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. Most recently her focus has been on the nature of home, the immigrant experience and roots/rootlessness. 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

 Selected Exhibitions and Public Art Projects

2016        Identidad y Presencia, Escuela De Bellas Artes Gallery, Cusco Peru

                Wondering Spirits, The Castletown Downtown Gallery, Rutland, VT

Relocation, Colo Colo Gallery solo show, New Bedford MA

2015        Cuore, Boston Sculpture Gallery, Boston, MA

Inside Home, Boston Sculpture Gallery Group, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA

Mujeres: Poetic revelations of our life, Two person show. IBA Boston MA

2014        Sculpturefest 2014, West Rutland, VT “INSIDE HOME”

Visiones/Visions, Int’l Sculpture show. Museum Qorikancha Cusco. Peru. Curator and participant

Transcripciones/Transcripts, Drawing show. ICPNA Cusco, Peru

2013        Endless Journey, Solo show. Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston MA

Baggage, Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg, MA Solo show

Boston Harbor Art, Occupying the Present: An Exhibition of Temporary Site-Responsive Art

Unlimited, Harvard University Educational Portal, Boston, MA Group show

2012        Hong Kong International Sculpture Symposium, Hong Kong, China

Home/Hogar, two person show SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery New York, NY

Bone Structures< Chaffee Gallery, Rutland VT

2011        III International Sculpture Symposium, El Trebol, Santa Fe, Argentina

Encuentro Internacional de Escultores, Ayacucho, Peru

2010        International Sculpture Symposium, West Rutland, VT Marble sculpture

2010-14 Bench Project, Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, Rutland, VT, benches for public spaces

Walking with Memories, Boston, MA Permanent outdoor sculpture installation

2006-11 Cultural Exchange, Ayacucho, Peru, Resident Artist sponsored by Carving Studio of VT & Chirapaq

2009        Soto Studio, Boston, MA Sculpture and installation

Stonefest 2009, Seattle, WA Guest Carver

2008        Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT Solo show “Walking with Memories”

International Sculpture Symposium, NWSSA, Mt. Vernon, WA Guest Artist

International Sculpture Symposium, SIAS International University Zhengzhou, China

2007        Sculpturefest, West Rutland, VT Limestone installation “Walking with Memories”

International Sculpture Symposium, Brussels, Belgium, Marble sculpture

2006        International Sculpture Symposium, Sumter, SC, Curator and participant

Stone Garden, Boston, MA, Permanent outdoor sculpture installation

2005        Accessibility 2005, Sumter, SC, Permanent outdoor sculpture installation (limestone, granite)

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC, “Totem” Sculpture installation

4th International Sculpture Symposium, Thassos, Greece, Marble sculpture

1st International Sculpture Symposium, Murnau, Germany, Limestone sculpture

International Snow Sculpture Symposium, Quebec, Canada

2004        7th International Sculpture Symposium, Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, NH, Granite sculpture

Motoazabu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “Fighting Back” Amnesty International show “Come Back Later”

2003        Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, "The Journey, part 2"

Buttstop Art, Springfield, MA, Two benches for City of Springfield/PVTA bus routes

2002        Manhan Rail Trail Mural, Easthampton, MA, Mural with community participation for bicycle trail

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Faculty Show

2001        Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, "The Journey" Sculpture Installation

2000        Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island, GA, Gallery show: Driftwood Beach Project and public event

1999        Alma de Mujer/Las Manitas, Austin, TX, International Women’s Day, Group Show (sculpture)

1998        Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

1997        Bosnia Book Project, Chelsea, MA, Book/Poster project with Bosnian immigrant children

1996        Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA "Walk Down Memory Lane" Outdoor installation

1995        Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, "Strokes of Genius, Miniature Golf by Artists"

Grants

2017        MCC Fellowship grant 2017, Boston MA

2016        Immigration Nation, Creative City NEFA grant, Boston MA

2012-13 Main Street Art Project (w/ Fitchburg Art Museum, The City of Fitchburg and The University of MA in Fitchburg) NEA

2009-16 The Bench Project (with Carving Studio and Sculpture Center), Vermont Cultural Council

2010        The Marble Symposium (with Carving Studio and Sculpture Center), NEA

2009-10  “Walking with Memories Project”, Boston Day & Evening Academy, Boston, MA, MCC

2006        New England Foundation For The Arts

2004        UMass Cultural Council grant for "The Journey part 2" Interactive commentary/installation

2003        Localmotive: Public Art Off the Beaten Path, Lowell, MA, NEA Creativity Grant w/ Revolving Museum

Buttstop Art, Springfield, MA Federal Transit Enhancement Grant

2001        Manhan Rail Trail Mural, Easthampton, MA, Massachusetts Cultural Council/NEA

Student Affairs Cultural Enrichment Fund for "The Journey", with University of Massachusetts

2000        Driftwood Beach Project, Jekyll Island, GA, Grassroots Art Grant (Ga. Council for the Arts/NEA)

1997        Bosnia Book Project, Chelsea and Boston, MA, grants from VSA Arts, Revolving Museum (MCC/NEA)

1993        "On the Wall" Mural Project, NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

1992        Individual Project Grant for "Interpretations: Festival of Dreams" with Jeff de Castro, MCC

Awards

2016        Selected to be in the permanent collection at the Museum of the Changchun World Sculpture Park

2011        Honorary Member of the Asociacion Peruana Ayacuchana, Qory Allpa

Distinguished Award by the Town Hall of San Juan Bautista, Ayacucho, Peru for Public Art

2008        Selected Best of Latino Art  Celebration in the Arts, The 17th Annual Massachusetts Housing, Boston,MA

2005        1st Prize, L'International de Sculpture sur Neige du Carnaval de Québec, Québec, Canada

2002        Artist Fellowship Grant, Springfield Cultural Council, Springfield, MA

1998        3rd Prize(Sculpture) 14th Annual Juried Women’s Art Exhibit, Guadalupe Cultural Center San Antonio TX

Commissions

2015-16 Reading Garden, Duxbury Public Library, Duxbury, MA

2014        We Are All Immigrants, East Boston Library, Boston, MA

2013        The Immigrant, Monumental Sculpture, City of Fitchburg, MA

Georgina, Monumental Sculpture, Private Collector, San Luis Argentina

1993-06 First Night Installation on the Boston Common, Government Center and Back Bay Station with neighborhood youths, Boston, MA

2004        Manhan Rail Trail Stele, Easthampton, MA, Commissioned limestone monument

2003        Hestia Mural Restoration, Northampton, MA, Artistic Director of 4,000 sq ft mural restoration

"Women on the Rise", Northampton, MA, Commissioned murals, poster for Safe Passage

1999        Art in Public Plases, Austin, TX, Fountain, bas-relief and murals commissioned for Plaza Saltillo

1998        Children's Universe Mural Project, Austin, TX, Mural with community youths

1994        Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, "Passport Please" Installation as part of "Strokes of Genius, Minigolf by Artists"

Education

 

1989        Mass. College of Art, Boston, MA, Individual Study: Welding

1984-85   Universita per Straniere, Perugia, Italy, Italian Studies

1983        Argentine Institute of Museology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Certificate in Restoration of Antiques

1982        College of Fine Arts of Mercedes, Mercedes (San Luis) Argentina, Curriculum: Art Education, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture. Graduated 1982, Title: Professor of Fine Arts

Workshops, Panels, and Educational Experience

2016        Demonstration/Talk, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

2015-16   Till, Watertown, MA Workshops with people with disabilities

2013        Conference – Artist’s talk, documentation Complejo Molino Fenix V. Mercedes S.L. Argentina

2006-16   Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, W. Rutland, VT Stone sculpture classes

1993-15   VSA Arts of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, Residencies in Boston Public Schools

2006-11   Cultural Exchange, Ayacucho, Peru – Resident Artist sponsored by Carving Studio of VT, Chirapaq

2005-15   Boston Day & Evening Academy, Boston, MA Artist in Residence

2005        County House of Corrections Conference, Quinsigamond College, Worcester MA, Artist

2004        Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, Creating Art for the Public – Lecture

2002-04   The Guild School, Easthampton, MA, Stone Sculpture classes

2000-05   Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA, Stone Sculpture classes - Museum School

2002        National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, Panelist, Visual Arts Access, Heritage & Preservation Grants

Massachusetts Cultural Council, Panelist, Youth Reach grants

1995-'01  Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, "Art All State" - Mentor for youth program with artists and high school art students

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Portrait Painting

1998        Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory, Austin, TX, Stone Sculpture classes

Labuna Gloris - Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX, Sculpture and Painting classes

Mexic-Arte, Austin, TX LA PEÑA, Austin, TX, Art workshops in Austin elementary schools

1997        La Peňa, Austin, TX, Art workshops with youths from Meadowbrook Housing Project

1996        Mobius, Boston, MA, "Collectivism, Collaboration, Cooperation and Consensus" – Panel discussion

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Artists on Artists - gallery talk on "Inside the Visible"

Women's Caucus for the Arts National Conference, Boston, Ma, Panel Discussions: "Freedom of Expression" and "New Genre Public Art/Art Activating Communities"

1995-96   Wang Center,Boston, MA, "Arts by Kids" - Judge for show as part of outreach program "Young at Arts"

1995        The School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Lecture to graduate students about Community Art

1994        Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, "Public Interventions" - Panel discussion on Public and Community Art

1993        Children's Museum, Boston, MA, Visiting Artist November 1993

 

Publications

2015        Artscope Magazine, November/December 2015 Featured Artist

2016        Rutland Magazine, Vol.10 Featured Artist/Stone Bench Project

2011        L’informatore del Marmista, Verona Italy, Anno L .N 593, Giorgio Zusi editore, Maggio 2011

2007        Carving Out A Dream, B. Amore (Ed.), Kokoro Press, 2007

2006        La Pintura Y La Escultura En San Luis, Vol. III, C. Sanchez Vacca, Payne S.A., 2006

2006        “Stone Garden”, International Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 10, December 2006

2005        “Painting the Town”, Rails to Trails Magazine, Winter 2005  

2003        “The Journey”, International Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 22, No. 4, May 2003

Illustrations in Prima Verba, Romania, Nr. 2, 2003

1999        La Pintura Y La Escultura En San Luis, Vol. II, C. Sanchez Vacca, Payne S.A., 2006