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Virginia ArrisuenoBiography: My work focuses on a few main themes: gender and society, notions of identity, personal investigation and the relevance of the subconscious or certain dream qualities. Utilizing different techniques ranging from sewing to painting, I attempt to translate my emotional and physical state into a visual language. A common trend throughout each one of my pieces is the human body. I draw inspiration from the body, and use my own as a reference point. I believe that the body acts as a cocoon, which houses our desires, sufferings and emotions. It is a vehicle for how we think, how we feel and how we cope. I am overall fascinated by the complexity of the human form in regards to its physical and psychological components, and I am constantly investigating and asking questions in relations to those ingredients. Virginia Blanca Arrisueño was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1980, and received her BFA from the University of Maryland at College Park in May 2002. Her work was most recently featured in Viridian Artists, Inc. Fourteenth Annual National Exhibition juried by Robert Rosenblum, Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. She received first prize among hundreds of applicants. In addition, Virginia was featured in "WPAC Auction & Gala 2003 and 2004" at the Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC; "128 Portraits" at Gallery 128 in New York City; and "Anonymous" at Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC. She received the Sadat Art for Peace Award for the best artwork commemorating the 2001 Sadat Peace lecture delivered by Nelson Mandela and recently been included in the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities acquisition, 2003. Virginia Arrisueño currently works and resides in Washington, DC. Country: USA Birthyear: 1980 Galleries: 09/04-09/04 Hot Damn / A group exhibition curated by Faith Flanagan /Washington, DC. 09/04-09/04 Arts on Foot / Washington, DC. 08/04-09/04 128 Portraits / Gallery 128 / NYC, NY. 05/04-06/04 Alumni Exhibition / Transformer / Washington, DC. 02/04-03/04 WPAC Anonymous / Flashpoint / Washington, DC. 02/04-03/04 Sixth Annual Juried Competition / Touchstone Gallery / Washington, DC. 01/04-01/04 WPAC Gala & Auction / Corcoran Museum / Washington, DC. 10/03-10/03 Propaganda / Warehouse Theatre / Washington, DC. 7/03-07/03 14th National Juried Exhibition / Viridian Artists, Inc. / NYC, NY. 7/03-07/03 Alternative 4th of July / Sponsored by Adbusters / Washington, DC. 04/03-06/03 Juried Solo Show / Greenbelt Arts Center / Greenbelt, MD. 04/03-04/03 192 Hours / Transformer / Washington, DC. 03/03-03/03 WPAC Auction & Gala / Corcoran Museum / Washington, DC. 02/03-03/03 Juried Group Show / Khoja Gallery / Arlington, VA. 01/03-02/03 Juried Group Show / Transformer / Washington, DC. 11/02-01/03 First Annual Juried Group Show / Khoja Gallery / Arlington, VA. 10/02-11/02 Art-o-matic / Former E.P.A Building / Washington, DC. 10/02-10/02 Juried Group Show / Hick Fox Warner / Georgetown, Washington, DC. 05/02-06/02 Juried Group Show / PGC Arts Center / Maryland. 05/02-06/02 Honors Thesis Show / University of Maryland / College Park, MD. 05/02-06/02 Propaganda / Clarice Performing Arts Center / College Park, MD. 03/02-04/02 Sculpture Exhibition / West Gallery / College Park, MD. 11/01-12/01 Response / George Mason University / VA. 04/01-05/01 Portrait / University of Maryland / College Park, MD 11/00-01/01 Art Spin / Hyattsville Community Center / Hyattsville, MD. Awards: 07/03 Viridian Artists, Inc Fourteenth National Juried Exhibition / First Prize Group exhibition juried by Robert Rosenblum, Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. 01/06/02Colonel Wharton Award / First Place Award determined by a vote from each art faculty member for the most outstanding artwork in the senior art exhibition held at the end of each year. 01/11/01 Sadat Art for Peace Lecture / First Place Award for the best artwork commemorating the 2001 Sadat Peace Lecture delivered by Nelson Mandela. Media: other, Conceptual Art: ranging from photography to sculpture Style: other, The style is dependent on the piece's conceptual idea. Subjects: other, Conceptual Art.
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