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Artist Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez to present Artist Talk April 6

Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez
Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez

Artist Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez will present an Artist Talk at 5pm April 6.


 

Artist Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez will present an Artist Talk at 5pm April 6.

Born in 1988 in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, she  was the first generation of her family to grow up in the U.S, and the diverse perspectives of her Persian and Puerto Rican heritage inspire her multidisciplinary ethos.

She combines poetry and prose with images, glass objects and neon signage to create layered experiences for the viewer. These installations touch upon themes of desire, personal transformation and a longing to find magic amid a culture of repetition for survival.

Ahmadizadeh Melendez has been a professional glassworker for over 13 years, a path that has led her to artist residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, The Creative Glass Center of America, MASS MoCA, STARworks Glass Lab, and the UTAG Glass and Neon Studios. Her work has been shown internationally at several venues, most notably in Young Glass, a once-per-decade exhibition featuring rising international glass artists under 35.

Her work has been shown internationally at several venues, most notably in Young Glass, a once-per-decade exhibition featuring rising international glass artists under 35. Domestically she recently exhibited at Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. Her sculptures are included in New Glass Review #33 and #38, publications of The Corning Museum of Glass.

A contributing writer to Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly and GAS News, Ahmadizadeh Melendez is passionate about educating others on glass and neon’s use as artistic mediums. She is currently adjunct faculty at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, from which she received her BFA in Glass. She holds an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. vahmadizadeh.com.