Virginia Erdie


Another Reality


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Don't Take The Local Roads


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Website:http://www.virginiaerdie.com


E-mail: virginia_erdie@bellsouth.net


Artist Statement:

Virginia Erdie was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, and lived on a semi-working farm for the first 14 years of her life. She was mostly isolated for these years with most time spent riding her pony bareback and constantly catching salamanders, turtles and the like to take home as company.

She left Fairmont when she was 23 years old on scholarship to The Maryland Institute, College of Art and graduated with a BFA in 1986. She used her scholarship money to spend two trimesters at The Central School of Art & Design in London, England in 1984-1985. She went on to obtain her Master's degree in Art Therapy fromThe School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989.

Her biggest influences are Dali, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Chagall, Bosch, Ernst, Gorky, and Magritte. She saw many of their paintings while she was visiting the great galleries in London, Washington, DC, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, St. Petersburg, Chicago and Baltimore.

Virginia exhibits frequently and has gained the attention of the more innovative Press for her unconventional and thought-provoking imagery. Her work has evolved from her studies of psychology, as she worked as an art therapist with the criminally insane for 6 years. Also inspiring her work are her concerns about humanity, as she feels that our time spent on this Earth should not be consumed by greed and power and the striving for material things which obstruct the natural process of individual evolution necessary to make a healthier humankind.

Education:

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: MAAT - Masters of Art in Art Therapy

The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland: BFA - Printmaking/Fine Art

Central School of Art & Design, London, ENGLAND: Exchange Student on Scholarship

Exhibitions:

New York on the Ave, Delray Beach, Florida (2012)

Island City Art Walk, Wilton Manors, Florida (2012)

Art Basel, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida: MICA in Miami.(2011)

Park Art Fair International, Geneva, Switzerland (2011)

100 Artists / 100 Dreams: The Film, La Leona Arts. Stella May Theatre, Kingston, NY (2011)

Naples Museum of Art, INCOGNITO, Naples, FL (2011)

The 100-Year Anniversary of International Women's Day, Miami, FL (2011)

CityLoftArt, the Miami Design District, Miami, FL (June 2009 - June 2010)

SOMArts Cultural Center, "Corrections" International Juried Exhibit, San Francisco, CA (March 5 - April 16, 2009)

Ward-Nasse Art Gallery, Salon Show, Soho New York City, NY (May 2008 - October 2008)

New Port Richey Progress Energy Art Gallery, Group Exhibit, New Port Richey, FL (April - May, 2008)

Gifford Lane Art Stroll, Street Festival, Coconut Grove, FL (March 16, 2008)

Infusion Gallery, Group Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA (March 2008)

Progress Energy Art, Group Exhibit, New Port Richey, FL (December 2007 - January 2008)

VooDoo Lounge: New Times Tenth Anniversary Party, Fort Lauderdale, FL (December 1, 2007)

Mad Hatter Art Festival, Outdoor Art Festival, Coconut Grove, FL (November 10-11, 2007)

One Tea Lounge, Solo Exhibit, Wilton Manors, FL (October 2007)

ArtServe, Group Exhibit, ?The Red Eye - A Multi-Media Experience?, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - (July 15 - August 10, 2007

ArtServe, Group Exhibit, ?Mix It Up? - mixed media exhibit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (May, 2007)

South Regional BCC Library, 2-person exhibit ?Generations of Women Moving History Forward?, Pembroke Pines, FL (March, 2007)

Red Pearl Yoga, A Group Performance and Art Exhibit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (March, 2007)

Comfort Zone Spa and Gallery, Group Exhibit, Hollywood, Florida (September 2006 ? Present)

Taste of Paradise, a Food and Art Extravaganza, Outdoor Art Festival, Hard Rock Seminole, Hollywood, FL (Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 2006)

Artwalk, Group Exhibit, Hollywood, Florida. THE GODDESS STORE (July, 2006)

Starving Artist Show, Group Exhibit, Gallery 6, Broward Library, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (July, 2006)

Gallery of the Unknown Artists, Group Exhibit, Hollywood, Florida (November 13, 2005)

Patch Reef Park, Two-person exhibit, Boca Raton, Florida (July 2005)

The Primitive Art Gallery, Group Exhibit, Hollywood, Florida (January 2004)

Hollywood International Art & Music Festival, Outdoor Art Festival, Hollywood, Florida (2003)

Taste of South Beach, Outdoor Art Festival, Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida (1998)

FestivArts, Outdoor Art Festival, Espanola Way, Miami Beach, Florida (1998)

World Resources, Group Exhibit, Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida (1998)

Smiley's, Solo Exhibit, Marathon Keys, Florida (1997)

The MVSEVM, Chicago, Illinois, Group Exhibit, "The Art of Survival" - non-profit organization for exhibiting artists (1994)

The Village Tap, Chicago, Illinois - on-going exhibits for local artists (1994)

The Charleston, Chicago, Illinois - on-going exhibits for local artists (1992 ? 1993)

The Gallery Cabaret, Chicago, Illinois - on-going exhibits for local artists (1989 ? 2005)

The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore Maryland - student shows (1982 ? 1986)

Cignel, Baltimore, Maryland - 2-person exhibit at large alternative dance club (1985)

Central School of Art & Design, LONDON, England - student show (1985)

Gallery 33, Baltimore, Maryland - 3-person exhibit at JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY GALLERY (1984)


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