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Vanessa Viruet Artist Talk and Closing Reception

March 5, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Vanessa Viruet Artist Talk and Closing ReceptionMarch 5th

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art at University of Southern Indiana is proud to present PAÑUELXS by Chicago-based artist Vanessa Viruet. PAÑUELXS includes textile works and sculpture in the main gallery space, as well as a temporary public art piece in New Harmony’s Maclure Square. The exhibition closes Saturday, March 5, 2022. Vanessa Viruet will present an artist talk at 3:00 PM CT in the gallery on March 5, with the closing reception immediately following from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. COVID safety procedures will be required, including masks and social distancing, in accordance with University of Southern Indiana policy.
Vanessa Viruet utilizes materials such as bandanas, hoop earrings, cars, and found objects to investigate gender roles, cultural identity, and socioeconomic experiences. In PAÑUELXS, large-scale installations, printed fabric, shiny objects, and repetitive patterns using bold shapes and colors serve as symbols—or “flags”—to share both communal and personal stories.
Vanessa Viruet is a Chicago-based fiber artist of Puerto Rican descent. She creates monumental scale artworks to examine the complex histories rooted in textiles such as identity, cultural heritage, gender, and class. Viruet holds a BFA and a MA in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She currently serves as an art instructor for Chicago Public Schools and teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Someday she hopes to have her own scholarship for artists of color.
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art promotes discourse about and access to contemporary art in the southern Indiana region. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts. New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is a proud outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana.


March 5, 2022
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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