This fall, the historic Rotherwas Room meets contemporary art as the Mead inaugurates its biannual exhibition series, the Rotherwas Project. In “Rotherwas Project 1,” the works of Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez bring a new palette and iconography to the historic oak-paneled room. Influenced by feminism, quilt design, and non-Western as well as Western art, Ms. Valdez combines paint, fabric, and embroidery on canvas to yield abstract forms with undeniable relation to the human body.
Ms. Valdez is the recipient of numerous awards, including artist-in-residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Center. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She resides in New York.
Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Mead unveils its renovated main gallery and opens six new exhibitions and installations that offer a fresh perspective on the Amherst College art collection. All are invited to join Amanda Valdez at the opening, which is followed by a reception.
Friday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m.
Amanda Valdez will be on campus for a noon lunchtime conversation that is free and open to the public.