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Avani R Patel
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge



ARTIST STATEMENT: Music evokes the body to respond to a rhythm and become an embodiment of exuberance, expression and movement. My idea of painting is a rhythmic performance with music that creates a whole new language of abstract harmony, as a means of expressing music in visual form. The inspiration of Indian performance and various music selections inspire a language of expression, harmonious elements, and abstract figures which form patterns on my canvases. My paintings invite the viewer to wander through a universe of color and pattern in motion - a world of energy in music manifested in visual form. In the small universe I altered and accepted life of being, from everyday appreciation that gets created on canvas or in my drawings. The idea is to interpret the content of the music and express it via visual images; to create an environment of joy and passion conveying a feeling of dance and festivity while using the psyche’s imagination. ,
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ARTIST RESUME:


Avani Patel
646-509-1331
Avani_r_p@hotmail.com
www.avanirpatel.com

Education:
2002 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting and Drawing, Temple University- Tyler School of Arts
2000 Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in painting and drawing, Pennsylvania State University

Awards:
2003 Gen Art Grant (Emerging Artist)
2001 Tyler School of Arts Fellowship
2002 Tyler School of Arts Fellowship
2000 Penn State Art Award
1995 National Art Honor Society Award, School Districts “Best Portfolio Award”
1994 Scranton Tribune News Award, Scranton District Art Award.

Lecture and Activities:
2011
Public Art Project: Dream catcher (Community Project)
Akershus Kunstsenter Art Center, Oslo, Norway.

2009
Public Art Project: Columbus Park in Chinatown (America’s Chinatown Voices) Asian American Art Center, NY,
New York.

2008
Public Art Project: Metropoles (America’s Chinatown)
Asian American Art Center, NY, New York.

2007
Verrazano Foundation Workshop (Arts for Recovery) Artist Living with Mental Illness.
In workshop, participants worked on mylar with paint, ink, and conte to explore the landscape of family connections in varied cultures. Staten Island, NY.

Women’s History Month Closing Celebration.
Wrap up: “In the Privacy of Her Studio: Women Artists Speak. About Their Experiences” (Join the dialogue!) New Jersey City University, NJ.

2006
The Jam Jar Gallery in Dubai, UAE. Lecture and Workshops.

2005
New Jersey City University (Artist Talk) Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.
Asian Art Center, Lecture, NY, NY.

Art at the Embassy Program in Panama City, Panama.
Lecture and Workshops.

SAWCC (The South Asian Women's Creative Collective)
Lecture, NY, NY.

Residency:
2003-2005
Snug Harbor Cultural Center Studio Program, Staten Island, NY.

2004-2005
Chashama Residency in Visual Arts, New York, NY.

2006
Triangle Residency Workshop, New York, NY.

Publication:
India Abroad: http://www.iaac.us/erasing_borders2010/review5.htm

Victoria Donohoe: Art of Diaspora at Twelve Gates, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2, 2010.
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/weekend/97606984.html#ixzz0sWbrZtIM

Time Out New York: http://newyork.timeout.com/events/city-picks/283151/4022781/americas-chinatown-voices May 26, 2009.

Julie Shapiro: Discovering voices in Columbus Park, Volume 22, Number 02, The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan, May 22 - 28, 2009. http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_317/discoveringvoices.html

Press Conference: Americas Chinatown Voices 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siXCsKjUz20

Amy Chase: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/the-gallery/the-gallery-avani-patel-014807
November 16, 2006.

Brazilian Press: http://brazilianpress.locaweb.com.br/20061018/local/noticia03.htm
October 10, 2006.

The Christian Science Monitor
Backstory: Adoption for Art Lovers.
By: Lee Lawrence | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor.
http://www.brecehoneycutt.com/popUp/monitor/monitor.html
2006

José Martins: ‘Para server as artistas comunitarios, Luso-Americano, October 25, 2006.

Robert Flemming: Title of the show “Connectivity” 6 New York Artist, A Little Bit of New York.
City Times, Khaleej Times Second Page, December 29, 2005.

Rosssana Villaflor: ‘Evolving Patterns’ stir viewers’ senses, The Gothic Time, October 13, 2005.

Michael Fressola: On the arts, ‘Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition’ (Hard Proof), Staten Island Sunday Advance E3, March 13, 2005.

Sree Sreenivasan: SAJA Pulse TV Program (South Asian Journalists Association) February 24, 2005.
Interview with American Desi, NY, NY.
Noticias de Colón http://colon.usvpp.gov/041405.html, April 2005.

Bill Van Siclen: Art Scene, ‘Beauty is academic’, The Providence Journal (Page 16), January 22-25, 2004.

Marcia Mayo: Publication Editor, United States Embassy Panama, “Art at Embassies Program”, Washington, D.C., September 2003.

Exhibitions:

2013
Flushing Town Hall Queens, NY
Hammond Museum North Salem, NY
2012
Crossing Arts Queens, NY
Bronx Charter School for the Arts Bronx, NY
Art 6 Richmond,VA
2011
Queens Museum of Art New York, NY
Visual Arts Centre of New Jersey Summit, NJ
Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University
Aicon Gallery New York, NY
Jorgensen Gallery, Storrs, CT
University of Connecticut
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Summit, NJ
2010
Chelsea Art Museum New York, NY
Hudson Studios 13th floor
Organized by: Design and Agents
Two person show
Curator: David Cohen
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Summit, NJ
Twelve Gates Gallery Philadelphia, PA
The Guild Art Gallery New York, NY
Curated by: Vijay Kumar
(Indo-American arts council's
Erasing borders 2010
Exhibition of contemporary
Indian art of the Diaspora)
2009
Tamarind Art Gallery Art 4 Barter New York, NY
Group Show
Lana Santorelli Gallery New York, NY
Group Show
Asian American Art Centre Metropoles New York, NY
2008
DUMBO Art Centre Brooklyn, NY
Group Show Private Auction
2007
Art Lab Gallery Staten Island, NY
Group Show Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Triangle Alumni Show Brooklyn, NY
Group Show
Queens Borough College Queens, NY
Project Diversity
2006
Gallery Twenty One Newark, NJ
Two Person Show
Triangle Open Studio Brooklyn, NY
Group Show
The Jam Jar Gallery Dubai, UAE
Solo Show
DUMBO Art Centre Brooklyn, NY
Group Show
Curated by: Virginia Shore
Sideshow Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Group Show
The Jam Jar Gallery Dubai, UAE
Group Show
Puccio Gallery New York, NY
Group Show
2005
New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Group Show
Curated by: Midori Yoshimoto
Snug Harbor Cultural Center Staten Island, NY
New Contemporary House
Group Show
Curated by: Creig Manister
Chashama 40 Worth Resolve Studio New York, NY
Group Show
2004
Art Lab Gallery Staten Island, NY
Group Show (Snug Harbor Cultural Center)
Regis Center for Art Minneapolis, MN
(University of Minnesota) Katherine Nash Gallery
Tattfoo Gallery Staten Island, NY
Group Show
Creative Artist Network Philadelphia, PA
Group Show
Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL
Group Show
Velpo Gallery Staten Island, NY
Solo Show
Wheeler Gallery Providence, RI
Emerging Artist Art At
2003
The American Embassy Panama City, Panama
Group Show (2003-2005)
Curated by: Virginia Shore
Banana Republic and Gen Art New York, NY
Tribute Group Show
Tixe Gallery New York, NY
Two Person Show
2002
Brown University Providence, RI
Solo Show
Viridian Artists @ Chelsea New York, NY
Group Show




 








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