Valerie Hird

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SELECTED BIOGRAPHY

1973-74 Beloit College, Beloit Wisconsin

1978 BFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design

1977-78 Conservator, assistant to the curator, Museum of Rhode Island School of Design

1978 Teaching Assistant, printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design

1979-86 Owner, Passepartout Gallery, Winooski, Vermont

1990 Restoration studies, Courtald Institute, London

1996-2002 Trustee, Vermont Arts Council

2015 Adjunct Faculty, CORE Division, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont

2003 – present Adjunct faculty, Community College of Vermont, Burlington

2007 MFA, Visual Art, Vermont College at Union Institute

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016       Genesis Tree New York 16, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

2015       Origin of Birds, MCLA Gallery, North Adams, MA

2013       Origin of Birds, The Studios of Key West, Key West, Florida

2013       Maiden Voyages Project, Center of the Book Arts, NY, NY

2012       The Fifth Day, Nohra Haime Gallery, NY, NY

2011       Trinity, La Galeria NH, Cartagena, Columbia

2009       Maiden Voyages Project, Amy Tarrent Gallery, Flynn Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT

2008       Everyone Wants To Be a Superhero, ArtChicago, Nohra Haime Gallery, Chicago Ill

Hero Worship, Nohra Haime Gallery, Red Dot, Miami, Fl

2006       Myths Now and Then, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 east 57th, New York

On The Road, Lucky Street Gallery, Duval Street, Key West, Florida

2004       Cycles of Faith/ Cycles of Fiction, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th, New York

Faith Based Facts, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

2003       End of the Silk Road, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th, New York

2001       Nomadic Connections, Visual Arts Museum at the School for the Visual Arts, New York

Portraits of Time: Mountain Profiles, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th, New York

Trekking Through Asia Minor, Amy Tarrent Gallery, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, Vermont

2000       Nomadic Connections, Peter Pap Gallery, San Francisco

From Andalusia to Kurdistan, watercolors by Valerie Hird, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

1999       Nomadic Connections, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont

1998       Andalusian Landscapes-Paisajes Andaluces, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, New York

Valerie Hird, Manhattan Athletic Club, New York

1997       Nightscapes in the Pamirs, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, New York

The Nile and Beyond- Works on Paper, The Armory, Norhra Haime Gallery, New York

1993       Nomadic Reflections, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

1992       Gallery North Star, Stratton, Vermont

1991       Gallery North Star, Stratton, Vermont

                Zimmermann Saturn Gallery, Nashville, Tenn.

Passepartout Gallery, Winooski, Vermont

1990       Gallery North Star, Stratton Vermont

Beside Myself Gallery, Arlington, Vermont

1989       Passepartout Gallery, Winooski, Vermont

1988       Gallery Two, Woodstock, Vermont

Beside Myself Gallery, Arlington Vermont

1987       Passepartout Gallery, Winooski, Vermont

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015       Genesis Tree, Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI

2013       Art Miami, Nohra Haime Gallery, Miami, FL

Islam Contemporary, Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA

2012       Bird, Furchott Sourdiff Gallery, Shelburne, VT

StoryTime, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT

Priene Hali, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

2011       Superheroes: Casita Maria, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Bronx, NY

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA

Digital Checkpoints: Maiden Voyages Project, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF)

On-line digital exhibition, Sharon Lin Tay (London), Dale Hudson (Abu Dhabi) co-curators

2010       Trifold: Maiden Voyages Project, Williamsberg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Dream Paintings, Nohra Haime Gallery, NY, NY

Art of Action, Vermont Arts Council, Senate Rotunda, Washington, DC

Lucky Street Gallery – Lucky Again, Key West, Florida

Sacred and Profane, Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art, Portsmouth, NH.

Fiction Project, Brooklyn Art Library

Maiden Voyages, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY,

Maiden Voyages, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

2009       Art of Action, Vermont Arts Council, Touring State Exhibition

Gullubahce / Rose Garden Benefit, Priene, Turkey

2008       Drawing Beyond the Plane, Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL

Contemporary Drawings, 69th Street Armory, NY

DIVA Digital Art Fair, Paris, France

2007       Bridge Art Fair, Nohra Haime Gallery, London, UK

Celebration of the Book, Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Vermont

Graduate Exhibition, Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont

Contemporary Drawing, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock , Arkansas

2006       The Art of War: Fotofest Biennial, Gremillion Fine Art Galleries, Houston, Texas

TAF Exhibition, Nashville, TN

2005       State of the Art 2005 Biennial Watercolor Invitational, Art Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, Il

Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Landscape, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Body Human, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th, New York

Faceless Faces Body Files, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th, New York

Art of the Twentieth Century, The 67th Street Armory, New York

Salon 2005, Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th , New York

2004       Crossing Boarders, Key West Literary Seminar, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

Food, Clothing and Shelter, Onisaburo Gallery, Interfaith Center of New York, 40 East 30th, New York

Art at War, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, Il.

Art at War, Illinois State University, Chicago, Ill

Past Present Future: The State of the World, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Niceville, Fl

In The Back Room, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

2003       Beautiful Changes, Poet Artist Collaborative Project, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West FL

2002       Artist as Traveler, Southern Vermont Art Center, Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Manchester, Vermont

2001       Artist as Traveler, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont

Gallery North Star 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery North Star, Manchester, Vermont

Member’s Exhibition, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont

1999       Antique Fair, Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, San Francisco, CA

The Use of the Hand, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

Into the New Century, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

1998       II Uovo nel Arte, Turin, Italy

1997       Works on Paper, With Paper and Drawings by Gallery, Artists, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

The Power of Color, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

1996       Libra Donne Del Arte e di Carta Biblioteca Civica, Turin, Italy

Art Miami, Nohra Haime Gallery, Miami, FL.

The Art Show, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

Masks, AKIM, Sotheby’s, New York

Art Chicago, Nohra Haime Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fifteenth Anniversary, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

1995       Art Miami, Nohra Haime Gallery, MiamI, FL

The Art Show, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

Works on Paper, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

FIAC, Nohra Haime Gallery, Paris

1994       Art Miami, Nohra Haime Gallery, Miami, FL

The Art Show, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts

Excellence in Watercolor, Summit, NJ, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, In Vermont, Brattleboro, Vt

FIAC, Nohra Haime Gallery, Paris, France

1993       12×12, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

FIAC, Nohra Haime Gallery, Paris, France

1990       Art and the Law, West Collection, West Publishing Co. Minnesota, traveling exhibition

1989       Seven Women Artists- New Talent, Katerina Rich, Perlow Gallery, New York

Arts Alive Invitational, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, Vermont

1984-92 Stratton Mountain Arts Festival, Stratton Vermont

COLLECTIONS

US State Department, Art in Embassies Program; Turkey and South Korea

Standard Charter Bank, New York, NY

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

U.S. State Department

Advance Corporation, Miami, Fl

Cargill Investment Service, New York

Exxon Corporation, Dallas, TX

Fletcher Allen Health Center, Burlington, Vt

Pizzagalli Construction, Burlington, Vt

Ventura, Miami, Fl

Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

AWARDS

2013 Residency – The Studios of Key West

2009 Commission – Orton Foundation, Art In Action: Shaping Vermont’s Future

2008 Grant – Community Foundation of Vermont

1992 Fellowship – Vermont Council on the Arts

1985 Juror’s Award Stratton Mountain Arts – Featured Artist

1984 Fellowship – Vermont Council on the Arts

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th Str., N.Y., N.Y.C. 10022

Lucky Street Gallery, 1120 White Str., Key West, Florida 33040

Artist's Statement

VALERIE HIRD graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Vermont College.

Hird is a Vermonter with creative ties to the people and countries of the Middle East and Central Asia where she has worked and traveled for 25 years. Her work explores cultural mythologies and the roles they play in Eastern and Western societies.

Although her primary media are oil and watercolor painting, she also works in drawing, printmaking, video and artist books. The Nohra Haime Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue, New York City, has been her primary representation for the past twenty years and has been responsible for her US and international exhibitions. Hird has also participated recently in a number of exhibitions including the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan, MASSMoCA, Portsmouth Museum, and the Tampa Art Museum.

Hird’s first decade’s travel and study of semi-nomadic societies and their iconic visual language resulted in 1999 in a nationally touring exhibition: ‘Nomadic Connections’ which premiered in Vermont at the Helen Day Art Center, and traveled to San Francisco’s Peter Pap Gallery before being presented in New York at the Museum of the School for the Visual Arts in 2001.

Another ten years were devoted to the icons of Western culture, specifically our cyclical – and sometimes humorous – fascination with the superhero. This prolific period resulted in the solo exhibitions entitled ‘Cycles of Faith – Cycles of Fiction’, ‘Myths Now and Then’, ‘Everybody Wants To Be a Superhero’, and ‘Hero Worship’, as well as the artist books Towers of Babel, Mindlines, and A Consumer’s Guide to Religion, and the video ‘Everybody Wants To Be a Superhero‘, exhibited by the Nohra Haime Gallery at FIAC and DIVA in Paris, Bridge Art Fair in London and Art Basel Miami.

In 2007 Hird returned to the Middle East where she created The Maiden Voyages Project – an extensive series of her sequential drawings illustrating the written diaries of individual women from Jordan, Iran, Egypt and the Palestinian West Bank, and exploring their cultural differences. The project, animated for the internet, also inspired a series of presentations and lectures at the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; South Florida University, Panama Campus; and Rhode Island School of Design. The original artwork for the project premiered in Vermont at the Tarrant Gallery of the Flynn Center in 2009 and has recently been exhibited along with updated interviews with the participants, at The Center for Book Arts in Manhattan in 2013.

Starting in 2010, Hird’s exploration of cultural mythologies then led to a series of paintings, books and videos describing a new creation mythology. Based on her travel and study with indigenous peoples from the Berbers of Northern Africa to the Inuit of the Pacific Northwest, she has blended a vast panoply of creation stories into her own unique cosmological narrative. The first exhibition in the series, entitled The Fifth Day, premiered in New York in 2012; and portrayed the emergence of an uninhabited and complex primal world.

Subsequent bodies of work focus on origination stories starting with the Convocation Of Birds. The series – begun during a residency at the The Studios of Key West, FL in 2013 and presented as illuminated watercolor scrolls – explores this wonderful species as metaphors for the elements of earth, sea, sky and fire. Accompanying the paintings is a large-scale primordial tree installation made from several thousand small origami forms. Hird’s intent is to  visually demonstrate the delicate and complex interconnection of the natural systems. The canopy blossoms at its edges into unique elemental birds.

The United Nations Art in Embassies program has twice acquired Hird’s work for their embassies in Turkey and Chile. Other collections include the US State Department, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design,  Fleming Museum, and Standard Charter Bank.

Hird is at present an adjunct professor of art at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont where she has taught drawing for fourteen years. Hird also conducts workshops for the Art Student’s League in New York. Her teaching emphasis is on visual narrative as a medium for cultural exchange.

Awards and grants include several Vermont Arts Council fellowships, residency at The Studios of Key West, Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation and the Orton Foundation.

News

Blog Posts

 

 

artNEWS: Twenty Years of a Singular Vision, February 2017

 

 

artTALK: Good Taste/Bad Taste?, January 2017

 

 

artNEWS: Valerie Hird – Dreaming of Another World, Nomadic Reflections, January 2017

 

 

artNEWS: Hello, My Name is… Addicted to Art, June 2016