About

My Art Practice

My work probes the connection between daily life and what I perceive as the larger grid out there—a mesh that entangles all peoples, beings and things, cuts across all time, and is always in flux. Drawing from my everyday life and experiences as a Latin American immigrant, I incorporate materials from my suburban home environment in my multidisciplinary approach, creating organic forms and grids to abstract, excavate, ground and find universal truths in the quotidian. I bring attention to the power of our imagination to infuse the material world, particularly nature, with meaning and subjectivity, underscoring that we construe truths based on our perceptions and associations, and that these truths are also always in flux.

Bio

Born in Bolivia to a multinational family, I moved to the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area when I was a teenager. I grew up moving, 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 for a few years, and stayed home with my children. I went on to receive a BA in studio art from the University of Maryland, where I am presently pursuing an MFA. I have shown my work nationally and received a warm welcome, obtaining the 2018 American Landscapes Juror’s Choice Award from the Maryland Federation of Art and the 2018 First Place Price Award from the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development.

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 Marks of Existence, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, Maryland (MFA thesis exhibition)

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, Common Grounds Gallery, 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 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 (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 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 Instructor of Record, Elements of Drawing I, University of Maryland at College Park

2017-2018 Teaching Assistant, Elements of Drawing I, 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

2019-2020 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)

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