About

My Art Practice

At a time when the value of truth is being questioned, my artwork draws attention to the power of our imaginations to infuse the material world, particularly nature, with meaning and subjectivity. I use materials found in my suburban home environment, combined with traditional and new media. My multidisciplinary, process driven approach involves trial and error, heavy layering, and laborious repetitions and groupings. I infuse my pieces with a sense of materiality and uncertainty of meaning, inviting viewers to engage with their own associations and feelings to interpret the work, becoming aware of how they construe facts and speculations. Drawing from my everyday life and experiences as an immigrant from Latin America, my poetics connect the quotidian with larger, more universal underpinnings. 

Exhibitions

2019/April-May Agglomerations, University of Maryland Art Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park (MFA thesis show)

2019 Creating a Space, Rhizomes, Herman Maryl Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park (curated by the Department of Art Honors Students)

2018-19 Beneath My Lawn, VisArts, Rockville, Maryland (solo show)

2018 American Landscapes, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland (juried by Joann Moser, Senior Curator Emerita, Smithsonian American Art Museum)

2018 Summer Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, New York (juried by John Yau, poet and critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, co-starter of Hyperallergic Weekend)

2018 Juncture, Holtzman Gallery, Towson University, Maryland

2018 Media Lux, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park (MFA midpoint show)

2018 Facing the Wall, Art League of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island (juried by Julia Samuels, Director, Overpass Projects)

2018 Sadat Art for Peace: Confronting Prejudice and Hate, Herman Maryl Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park

2018 Back and Forth, Herman Maryl Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park (curated by the Department of Art Honors Students)

2017 WorkFlows, Herman Maryl Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park 

2017 Being Sentient, Sentient Being, Wills Creek Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, Maryland (juried by Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Lecturer, Department of Art History and Archeology, University of Maryland at College Park)

2017 Visualizing Migration, Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, University of Maryland at College Park (curated by Christina Walter, Professor, Department of English)

2016 Primordial States, Herman Maryl Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park (MFA first-year show)

Awards

2018 American Landscapes, Juror's Choice Award, Maryland Federation of Art (Joann Moser, Senior Curator Emerita, Smithsonian American Art Museum)

2018 Sadat Art for Peace Competition: Confronting Prejudice and Hate, First Place, The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, University of Maryland at College Park

2017 Visualizing Migration, Graduate Award, Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, University of Maryland at College Park

Media Coverage

Wexler, Ellyn. “VisArts Exhibits Installation of Small Three-Dimensional Drawings: Passions for Nature and Art Inform Multicultural Artist’s Work.” Culture Spot Montgomery County. December 18, 2018.

Mullineaux, Kat. "Interview with Media Lux Artist Irene Pantelis." The Stamp Gallery Blog. May 2, 2018.

Hailemariam, Setota. "Media Lux Artists at the Stamp Gallery Share What Inspires Their Art." UMD Writers Bloc. April 7, 2018.

Teaching Experience

2019 Elements of Drawing I, Instructor, University of Maryland at College Park

2018 Elements of Drawing I, Teaching Assistant, Leslie Berns, University of Maryland at College Park

2018 Elements of Drawing I, Teaching Assistant, Matthew McLaughlin, University of Maryland at College Park

2018 Elements of Drawing I, Teaching Assistant, Jowita Wyszomirska, University of Maryland at College Park

2018 Elements of Drawing I, Teaching Assistant, Thomas Bunnell, University of Maryland at College Park

2017 Elements of Drawing I, Teaching Assistant, Clay Dunklin, University of Maryland at College Park

2017 Introduction to Digital Art, Teaching Assistant, Narendra Ratnapala, University of Maryland at College Park

Prior Experience

2001-2007       National Treasury Employees Union, Assistant Counsel, D.C.

2005-2007       Office of Police Complaints, Examiner and Adjudicator, D.C.

 1999-2001       Slevin and Hart, Associate, D.C.

 1996-1999       O’Donoghue and O’Donoghue, Associate, D.C.

 1995-1996       United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Honorable Judge Gladys Kessler, Intern

Committee Involvements

2017-2018 Graduate Student Representative, Committee on the Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost, University of Maryland at College Park

2017-2018 Mentor, Annual Exhibition Curated by the Department of Art Honors Students, University of Maryland at College Park

Education

2019/Expected MFA University of Maryland at College Park

2016 BA University of Maryland at College Park (Studio Art)

1997 JD Georgetown University Law Center

1993 BA University of Maryland at College Park (Spanish Language and Literature, Honors Citation, Cum Laude)

Bio

Born in Bolivia to a multinational family, I moved to Maryland when I was a teenager. Prior to that, I had relocated frequently, living in addition to Bolivia in Brazil, Uruguay and New York City. While I moved often, I spent every summer at the same place—my grandparents’ farm in Colonia, Uruguay. Initially, art was a passion I nursed in my private time, while I studied literature as an undergraduate, attended law school, practiced labor law for a few years, and stayed home with my children while they were very young. It was after my children started school that I decided to take the leap, attend art school, and officially launch my life as an artist.