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Virginia Abbott

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Mediums: Sculptor · Mixed media
Studio: 337

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Commisions

Doylestown Hospital- Bucks County PA - Visual History of V.I.A., 1994 State of Georgia - Atlanta, GA - Seven-foot bronze of Governor Ellis Gibbs Arnall, 1997 St. Thomas More Church - Allentown, PA - Seven-foot Jesus with seven children, 2003 Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg Campus- Five low relief pieces of local history, 2012 Lehigh Valley Hospital- Allentown, PA- Flora and Fauna, 2007 Day and Night, mixed media sculpture, 2010 DaVinci Science Center - Allentown PA - Parallax concave Mona Lisa image, 2010 Greenway in Bethlehem, PA - 7-Foot Herons collaboration with local students, 2010 Phil Rogers Memorial Fund - Princeton University, Bronze award presented to rugby student, 2008 City of Easton - Easton PA Rededication of the sailors and soldiers monument, 2000 Arts Community of Easton- designed and produced awards, “green art”, AWARDS Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) Honored Member, 2000 CLWAC Anna Hyatt Huntington Horse Head CLWAC Board of Directors award, 2011 CLWAC First Prize in sculpture, 2012


2003-2013

North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden CO first prize in sculpture Knickerbocker Artists silver medal Peddlers Village Outdoor Art Best of Show National Sculpture Society - Youth Awards, Gloria Medal, and Ben Hawkins and Marian Weisberg Award Doylestown Art League - Grumbacher medal Gallery in the Park - second prize in professional, Sellersville, PA Phillips Mill - Patrons Award for Sculpture Hazelton Art Alliance - Purchase Award EDUCATION Sculpture study and apprenticeship with master sculptor Zenos Frudakis, 1983-1997 (while an apprentice, worked on many large-scale and small-scale pieces.
Figure Study with Jacques Fabert, 1980-1983 York Academy of Arts, Diploma awarded, 1980 TEACHING Sculpt Today - Consultant and Model builder with Steve Golden, at Art Skills, to produce a box set for teaching home school students the art of sculpture.

Banana Factory, Bethlehem PA Classical Portraiture Easton Clay Works - Instructor Northampton Community College Adjunct Professor, 2001-2005 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Studio 337 at the Banana Factory- Bethlehem, PA 2008-Current East Stroudsburg High School Pleasant Valley High School - PA Council of the Arts PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP National Sculpture Society Elected Member Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club ACE Arts Community of Easton Lehigh Valley Arts Council.


Artist statement
GREEN EARTH GREEN ART

When people see my work, I hope they are moved by the subject matter. But it is just as important that they discover how intricate, beautiful, and sturdy sculpture made from recycled materials can be.

I create cast paper sculpture entirely from post consumer pulp which is pressed into molds made from my original art.

It's my small way of keeping the earth green by producing green art. Who knows, if more of us thought about ways of turning garbage into gold, waste into wonder, trash into treasure, it might not be such a bad thing. Mother Nature would certainly approve.

ART PROCESS

The work begins with a clay model, then a mold is built, removed, and recycled paper pulp is pushed into the cavity. Cast paper is made with shredded egg cartons and an additive to make it acid-free. The works are painted with acrylics, and metallic paints.

My professional work is primarily commission based; portraits, life-style, editorial, commercial, food and architectural. Personal work is usually anything that catches my eye, but tends towards figure work, landscape and abstract.


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