Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
This fall, the historic Rotherwas Room meets contemporary art as the Mead inaugurates its biannual exhibition series, the Rotherwas Project. In "Rotherwas Project 1," the works of Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez bring a new palette and iconography to the historic oak-paneled room. Influenced by feminism, quilt design, and non-Western as well as Western art, Ms. Valdez combines paint, fabric, and embroidery on canvas to yield abstract forms with undeniable relation to the human body.
Ms. Valdez is the recipient of numerous awards, including artist-in-residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Center. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She resides in New York.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website