About

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My Art Practice

Using an interdisciplinary approach, I make maps, grids, patterns and natural forms that investigate notions of impermanence, interconnectivity, hybridity and translation. Drawing, painting, sculpture, video and sound are my preferred mediums. When making work, I often use my body and things found in my home environment as tools or materials, extrapolating from my suburban daily life and experiences as a Latin American immigrant. My process involves a great deal of trial and error, layering and excavating, balancing chance and chaos with control and order. My maps, grids, patterns and forms serve as platforms for channeling my sense of vulnerability, harnessing predictability, connecting me with history, rooting me to the place where I now live, and searching for new ways of thinking that affirm sustainability. Grounded in abstraction, my art invites viewers to engage with their own perceptions and associations, enticing them to imagine fluid possibilities.

Bio

I am an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. I was born in Bolivia to an international family and grew up navigating many languages, cultures and landscapes, living in Brazil, Uruguay and New York City besides my native Bolivia. Initially, art was a passion I nursed in my private time while I studied literature as an undergraduate, attended law school, practiced labor law, and stayed home with my two children. I taught myself how to draw and paint, honing my skills during a decade of weekly figure drawing sessions at the studio of local artist Micheline Klagsbrun. Eventually, I went on to receive a BA and an MFA in studio art from the University of Maryland, where I now teach drawing. I have shown my work nationally, receiving a warm welcome.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Marks of Existence, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, Maryland

2018-19 Beneath My Lawn, Common Grounds Gallery, VisArts, Rockville, Maryland

Group Exhibitions

2019 The Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, Maryland (national juried exhibition curated by Sandy Guttman, Curatorial Assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)

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

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

2018 Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, New York (summer juried exhibition curated 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

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

Awards

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

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

2017 Graduate Award,Visualizing Migration, 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

2019-2020 Adjunct Professor, Elements of Drawing, University of Maryland at College Park

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

2017-2018 Teaching Assistant, Elements of Drawing, University of Maryland at College Park

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

Prior Experience

2001-2007       Assistant Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, National Treasury Employees Union, D.C.

2005-2007       Complaints Examiner, Office of Police Complaints, Government of the District of Columbia, D.C.

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

1997-1999       Associate, O’Donoghue and O’Donoghue LLP, D.C.

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

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 MFA University of Maryland at College Park

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

1997 JD Georgetown University Law Center (recipient of the Labor Law Scholarship Award)

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