Origin, Celebrating UMW Studio Art Alumni Abernathy Bland and Anna Prezioso

duPont Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25th 2018, 5-7pm

Exhibition on view: January 25- March 1st

Abernathy Bland, The far side of the sea, even there., 2017. Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24”

Anna Prezioso, Past Your Limit, 2016. Mixed Media, 10×10”

About Abernathy Bland:

Abernathy Bland is an artist, educator, designer, and writer. She is a teacher and the Art Director for SPARC Theater’s Live Art, a collaborative theater arts program for students with and without disabilities. She works as an artist mentor with Milk River Arts, a studio providing career-focused support for adult artists with disabilities.

Some of her design projects include Old Kent Road Theater and Piper McKenzie Productions in NY and Richmond Ballet in VA.  She presented work in Puppet BloK! at Dixon Place with OKRT’s Make it Work! Keep Going. Her work can also be seen in the dining room design of Richmond restaurant Foo Dog. Her piece, go for it. all, is part of the Richmond mural scene. She is also an American Sign Language Interpreter.

Painting, illustration, and sculpture are all important avenues for her message. See more from her creature studio and follow her blog about her creative journey and the importance of community, authenticity, and kindness at Riding Bareback Beside a Train, abernathyart.blogspot.com.


About Anna Prezioso:

Anna Presioso is best known for her multimedia discipline, creating works that evoke a sensual
and encompassing atmosphere that dictates an experience. Currently living and working in the
District of Columbia, her practice continues to capture remnants of memory with fervor. Her
large scale installations and mixed media work displays an overwhelming repetition of harvested
mediums. This expression of vocabulary rapidly develops into the form of collage and
embroidery to sounds and fragmented imagery. These all become stitched together to give the
viewer a cohesive narrative from a collection of a decomposed life. Prezioso’s artwork has been
exhibited in group and individual shows, such as Vilnius Academy of Arts; Forum Art Space;
and Katzen Museum; as well as GlogaurAIR studios in Berlin, where she also attended as a
residencident. She’s been selected for several publications, including a feature for the “Artist of
the Week” by ArtSee DC .

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