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JANUARY 30, 2017

BCA Announces New Public Gallery Program Artist at Work

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BCA Announces New Public Gallery Program Artist at Work

Program Debuts With Vermont Artist Wylie Sofia Garcia

Burlington, VT (January 23, 2017):  Burlington City Arts invites you to join us for Artist at Work: Wylie Sofia Garcia, taking place at the BCA Center Thursday, February 16, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Artist at Work is a new community program series that explores art and professional practice.  The first Artist at Work program features BCA’s 2016 Barbara Smail Award winner, Wylie Sofia Garcia. Garcia will give an artist talk on her new series of paintings and lenticular prints currently on exhibit at BCA and participate in a moderated discussion on community artist resources. A networking reception for artists and community members will follow. Artist at Work is held in conjunction with BCA’s current exhibition With This Voice, I Am Calling You Home.

Artist at Work is a two-part program: Garcia will begin with an artist talk in BCA Center’s Roth gallery. Following the presentation and a brief break, BCA Curator Heather Ferrell will facilitate a discussion between Garcia and the audience that addresses professional development topics related to the artist’s experiences including: artist resources, studio visits, residencies, and the challenges and rewards of being a professional artist. Afterwards, a reception will provide artists and the public an opportunity to network with each other and speak with Garcia.

Artist at Work is free and open to the public. Through this program, BCA Center promotes discussions among Vermont artists that engage a professional artist with their artistic peers. Burlington City Arts has designed this program in response to addressing our artists’ desire for more professional interaction, development, and opportunity to gather and grow as an arts community. 

Wylie Sofia Garcia (b. 1980, Houston, TX) is an American artist currently residing in Burlington, VT. She received her BA from University of Chicago in 2002 and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2008. Garcia has presented her work in exhibitions such as BCA’s Uncharted Territories in 2009 and in year-long performances such as The Dress That Makes The Woman. She is the recipient of several grants including three Vermont Arts Council grants: 2009 Artist Development grant and 2012 and 2016 Creation grants. Garcia also was awarded the Vermont Studio Center’s 2012 Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship and grant.

Wylie Sofia Garcia’s richly patterned paintings and lenticular prints embody themes of domesticity, meditation, and personal place making. Imbued with emotional connotations, these artworks and moments create a physical and metaphorical place for Garcia – a space to embrace her roles as an artist, wife, and mother – and a place of familiar, everyday comforts where one can call home. 

Photo credit: Wylie Sofia Garcia, Walking Backwards, 2016, acrylic on canvas.

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BCA’s exhibitions are core offerings of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, and dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, related public programs, classes and workshops, please contact 802.865.7166 or visit BurlingtonCityArts.org