Juana Valdes has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. These include “Treasure Island,” at the Lower Eastside Print Shop, “Third Space: Inventing the Impossible” at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, “Then & Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Book Arts,” in New York and was a finalist for the 2011- 2012 CINTAS Fellowship Finalist Exhibition in Visual Arts, Miami Dade College Freedom Tower in Miami. Past exhibitions include a solo shows at SENSEI Gallery 2013 and at UNTITLED art fair, Miami Beach, “Remnants-What Remains,” at the Thomas Hunter Project Space, CUNY, and “Mettre Noir Sur Blanc” at Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey.
She has participated in residency and exhibited her work in the following spaces: Hudson River Museum, Art in General, El Museo del Barrio, White Box Gallery, Bronx River Art Center, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator and Nohra Haime Gallery. Valdes has been an active participant in national and international residencies that include: VAN Artist-in-Residency (2014), the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands (2012), the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (2009), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2008), the Artist Residency at the Center for Book Arts (2007), the Lower East Side Print Shop, (2005), the Smack Mellon Studio Program (2004), and the P.S.1 International Studio Residency Program (1998).
She holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts her B.F.A. in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design in 1991 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1995. She was born in Cabañas, Pinar Del Rio, Cuba and is a US citizen. Valdes is Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Department of Art.
Juana Valdés is a multi-media installation artist trained in Western post-modern philosophy and with backgrounds in sculpture, ceramic and printmaking. Her artwork examines the post-colonial history of the Americas and the current representation of Latinos, Caribbean citizens, Blacks or “Other” in mainstream America. Her work elicits migration as a complex process, constructing history through a continuum that involves both the homespace of the diasporic community and their new homeland. In her most current series, Valdés invites the viewer to question the history of global trade through the display of china, other domestic wares she collects and uses as part of her installation works. She reevaluates the worth of artistic production once considered craft-like. She uses them as a medium to identify herself and as a means to subvert the modern conception of value in visual art. These arrangements of mass-produced ceramic ornaments from all over the world function as ethnic and religious identification signs that carry aesthetic value of the social class collecting them. These images weave a narrative of historical periods, styles and modes of production. The final outcome speaks of tensions, which explore issues of personal identity and one’s role in multiple collectives. Valdes’ work has been exhibited in the United States, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe. She has received support from numerous grants and fellowships including the New York Foundation for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Joan Mitchell Grant, Cuban Artist Fund Grant and The Netherland-American Foundation.
In her current work Valdes joins many contemporaries in creating artwork by utilizing collecting, hoarding and recycle objects in search of locating her own identity in these spaces of representation defined by the modernist tradition. In her latest series of ceramic pieces entitled “Colored China Rags,” she worked with Bone China for its ever-shifting values as a commodity and its history of trade between Europe, Asia and the Americas. Valdes alters the clay “body” by inserting pigment directly to the clay, changing its chemical composition. Its “skin” tone thus bringing into consciousness past histories in present day experiences that engage social justice to question economic inequalities due to race, class, and gender prejudice. These art works question how aesthetic value is assigned and modes of power are sustained through the production of mass-produce objects. This ethno-social exploration serves as the raw material for her aesthetic and formal investigation, as it circumscribes issues of transmutation via the everyday object, as a personal and time-based reference that is diachronic in orientation.
School of Visual Arts, New York, M. F.A. 1993
Parsons School of Design, New York, B.F.A. in Sculpture 1991
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine 1995
“From Island to Ocean: Caribbean and Pacific Dialogues,” Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. (2person show) Sept. 2015
“Mettre Noir Sur Blanc,” Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ. 2015
“Remnants- "What Remains,” Thomas Hunter Project Space, Hunter College, CUNY, NY 2014
“Part 008: In The Fold,“ SENSEI Exchange Series @ "The Cellar" of Little Fox Café, NY.2013
“Past/Present Tense — Tiempos del Subjuntivo,” Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, NY.2009
“Looking Back 1994 – 2004,” paul sharpe contemporary art, New York, NY. 2006
“The Land that time forgot” Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL. 2006
“Juana Valdes/Pedro Velez,” Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY.2002
“Haarlem/Harlem-Transported Illusions”, Begane Grond Kunstcentrum, Utrecht, Netherlands.2000
“Empty Space,” The Avram Gallery, Southampton College-Long Island Unv. Southampton, NY.2000
“YUCA,” Miami Dade Community College, Inter-American Gallery, Miami, FL.1998
“Sweet Honesty- Tender Pink,” Phoenix Gallery Project Room, NY.1997
“Day & Night,” Procter Bldg. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.1996
“Sweet Nothings,” Experimental Intermedia Huis, Gent, Belgium.1996
Guttenberg Arts Space, Time Artists Residency (STAR), Guttenberg, NJ. 2015
Dialogues in Cuban Art, Artist Exchange Program Between Miami/Cuba, 2015
Immersion Artist Residency, Power Arts Center, William Patterson University, NJ. 2015
Visual Artists Network, Artist in Resident, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Miami, FL. 2014
European Keramic Work Center, Ceramic Residency, The Netherlands, Summer 2012
Jamaica Center for the Arts & Learning, Artists-in-Residency, NY. 2008-09
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Fl. Joan Mitchell Grant, 2007
Lower EastSide Printshop, Key Holder, NY. 2005
The Center for Book Arts, Artist Residency, NY. 2005
Smack Mellon Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY. 2003
European Ceramic Work Center, Artists Residency Award, Den Bosch, Netherlands.2002
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, National and International Studio Program, LIC, NY.1997 Experimental Intermedia Huis, Gent, Belgium.1996
Manhattan Graphic Center, Artist Residency, New York, NY.1992
The Lifelong Learning Society (Jupiter) Faculty Research and Travel Fund, FL. 2012
The Netherland American Foundation, Cultural Arts Grants, 2011
Faculty Research Mentoring Program, FAU, FL. 2011
New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture/Craft, 2011
National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture, Visual Artists, 2009
The City University of New York’s Diversity Projects Development Fund, NY. 2008
Atlantic Center for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Grant, New Smyrna, Fl. 2007
Cuban Artist Fund Grant, New York, NY. 2003
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY.1998
Cosby Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.1995
School of Visual Arts, Merit Scholarship, New York, NY.1992
“Made Here,” New Works by Artist in Residency, Guttenberg Arts, NJ.
“Then & Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Book Arts,” Curate by Alex Campos, Executive Director, New York, NY.
“Alternate Currents | New Art,” DVCAI, 18th International Cultural Exchange to Guadeloupe, L’Artocarpe Contemporary Space, Guadeloupe.
”Third Space: Inventing the Impossible,” curated by William Cordova and Gean Moreno
Museum of Contemporary Art, North, Miami, FL.
”Negritud in Latin American Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
”MIA_ATL,” SaltWorks, Atlanta, GA.
” Pulling the Devil’s Tale,” The Fisher Gallery, Horance Mann School, New York, NY.
”Treasure Island,” Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY.
”Mujeres al borde de una isla/ Women at the Edge of an Island,” Sweet Home series of the Museo Cubano. Ileana Fuentes, Cultural Consultant and Jesús Rosado, Guest Curator, Miami, FL.
”MIA/BER,” Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler, Berlin, GE.
”Identity and the Accumulation of Memory, Contemporary Cuban Artist, curated by, Alexis Mendoza, Boricua College Art Gallery, NY.
”Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts”, Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, Jen Larson, Collections Specialist, and the Collections Committee. Essay by Erin Riley-Lopez, Curator, Freeman Gallery, Albright College.
January 28-April 15, 2013 The Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA.
October 1-Dec. 31, 2012 Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
May 31-August 25, 2012 Museum of Printing History, Houston, TX .
February 3-May 6, 2012 Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
October 6-Dec. 9, 2011 Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA.
“3rd Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2012, Dynamic Convention Contemporary Latin American Art,” Gordon Parks Gallery, College of NEW ROCHELLE ANNEX, New York, NY.
“Operating System,” The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art, curated by Heng-Gil Han, NY.
“ART/QUAKE, Print Portfolio, Co-Sponsor by Haiti Cultural Exchange, Five Myle, NY.
2011- 2012 CINTAS Finalists Exhibition in Visual Arts, Miami Dade College Freedom Tower, Miami, FL.
”Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts”, Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, Jen Larson, Collections Specialist, and the Collections Committee, NY.
''Faces of the Economy,'' Art for Change Gallery, New York, NY.
ART/QUAKE,Print Portfolio, Co-Sponsor by Haiti Cultural Exchange, RFA Gallery, NY.
“Planet of Slums, Curators Omar Lopez Chahoud and LaToya Ruby Frazier, 3rd Streaming Gallery, NY.
“Planet of Slums, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, Curators Omar Lopez- Chahoud and LaToya Ruby Frazier, New Brunswick, NJ.
“Three Latina Artists / Artistas Latinas,” Curated by Alejandro Anreus, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts Court Gallery, William Patterson University. NJ.
“Seaworthy,” Corridor Gallery, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
“D’Ailleurs-I Won’t Play Other To Your Same,” Galerie Art Esai, University Rennes, FR.
“Red Badge of Courage,” Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Newark Arts Council,NJ.
“Intransit,” Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY.
“CINTAS Foundation 2008 Fellowship Finalist Exhibition, Visual Awards, Miami, FL.
“FATHOM: Exploring the Depths of Water as Concept, Content and Context,” Texas State University - San Marcos, TX.
“From Taboo To Icon: Africanist Turnabout”, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, Curated by Sophie Sanders and Shervone Neckles.
“Feminine Mystique” Curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum, NJ.
“Pleasure Beach,” Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY.
“TRANS_” Curated by Juliana Driever Queens Library Gallery, NY.
“Multiplicity: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” Landmark Arts Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
“Multiplicity: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX.
“Multiplicity: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, TX.
“TROPICALISMS,” Curate by Rocio Aranda, New Jersey City Museum, NJ.
“Cultural Redress: Reinterpreting Fashions from the Index of American Design” Queens Library, NY.
“Multiplicity: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture,” Portland Art Center, Portland, OR.
Art Miami, Art Fair, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami Beach, FL.
“Glimpse” Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
“Feature Artist Project,” Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.
“Art Miami, Art Fair, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami Beach, FL.
“Outcaste”: Crossing the line to the Model Majority, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Art Basel, Miami, FL.
“Accessibility2005: TRANSPLANTED - Latino Artists in the USA,” Sumter, SC.
“Deep Blue: Caribbean-American Statements,” Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL.
“Deep Blue: Caribbean-American Statements,” Florida Craftsmen, St. Petersburg, FL .
“ASSumptions,” Paul Sharpe Contemporay Art, Curate by Paul Sharpe, NY
“Body Human,” Nohra Haime Gallery, NY.
“Un-staged” Arti et Amicitiae, Curated by Charlie Citron, Amsterdam, NL.
“Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Window,” Jamaica Art Center, Queens, NY.
“All the numbers I know,” Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Presence of Light”, Curate by Kathleen Gilrain, The Berkshire Museum, MA.
“Hope & Glory: The Enduring Legacy of Oscar B. Cintas” 2004 Visual Awards, Miami Art Center, Miami, FL.
“Ahora Es El Futuro/ The Future Is Now,” Contemporary Cuban Artists Part 1, Show Walls, NY.
“The Caribbean Abroad: Contemporary Artists and Latino Migration,” Curated by Carmen Ramos, Newark Museum, NJ.
“Telling,” FiveMyles, Curate by Tom Kotik, Brooklyn, NY.
“Brooklyn on 57th Street,” Nohra Haime Gallery, NY.
“Dutch Souvenirs,” Galerie Binnen, Amsterdam, NL.
“Attention Span”, Video lounge, FreeSpace, Sydney, Australia.
“Anthology of Art,” website http://www.anthology-of-art.net,
“Prodigal Prodigy, White Box Gallery, curated by Theo Tegelaers, New York, NY.
“The Brewster Project,” 2-Day Event -Site Specific Installation, Brewster NY.
“The Program,” Curate by Pedro Velez for FGA, Chicago, IL.
“S-Files/Selected from the Files,” El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY.
“Laffite-Soler al Malecon,” Interventions 7th Havana Bienal, Cuba.
"Dusty," Kentler International Drawing Space, Theo Tegelaers Curator, New York, NY.
“European Contemporary Art In The Point of Intersection Between Culture and Nations, International workshop- residency, Ryn, Poland.
“TV Guide Video Show,” SOAPBOX Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
“Studio Arts Faculty Exhibition 2000,” Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
“Point of View: Between Two Cities,” Cultural Exchange Project, Art & Idea,
Garillo Gil Museum, Mexico D.F. and Art In General, New York, NY.
“Hallowed Halls: A Hybrid Halloween,” Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY.
“Art For Park: N.A.G. Benefit,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY.
“Ruido,” Taller Boricua Gallery at The Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, NY.
“Open Salvo,” White Box Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, New York, NY.
“Wish You Luck,” 22nd Studio Residency Program Exhibition, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.
“Hanging by a Thread,” The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.
“one. one. one. one.,” Rush Foundation Art Gallery, New York, NY.
“Objects of Domestic Display,” Longwood Gallery, Bronx, NY.
“Resisting Categories,” City Without Walls, Newark, NJ.
“Personal Property,” Art in General, New York, NY.
“What are you looking at,” 128 Rivington Gallery, New York, NY.
“Art in the Clinic,” The Women's Health show, Women's Center, Bronx, NY.
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