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October 5, 2020

JR Vala _ Sea Shell and Lady of Uruk

JR Vala
Sea Shell
stoneware, chiffon, brass, 20” x 9.5” x 5", 2018

Lady of Uruk
stoneware, brass, chiffon, 30" x 35" x 19", 2018

JR Vala
b. 1977, Madison WI
Currently resides in Cheshire OR

Vala has exhibited with solo exhibits at Anno Domini in 2001 featuring an igloo with buffalo installation and "Cloud Paintings," Vala's second solo exhibit was November 2002 with "The Dark Wood", and in June 2006 Vala exhibited with C. Ryder Cooley in "Deer Wood and the Coral Cavern". Vala's most recent appearance at the gallery was in May 2019's Dual Duel group exhibit with Kelie Bowman in "Goddess Talk" a (video) performance art piece akin to a public access show with New Age theme.

About the Artist

JR Vala is a multimedia artist working in ceramics, video, installation, and print. Vala received an MFA from University of Oregon and a BFA in painting and ceramic sculpture from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited at Truck Gallery (Calgary, Canada), V1 Gallery (Copenhagen, Denmark), Present Company (Brooklyn, NY), Torrance Art Museum (California), and has been featured in art fairs in New York and Miami, FL.  Vala was an artist in residency at Fjuk residency (Husivik, Iceland), Playa at Summer Lake (OR), Jentel (WY), Can Serrat (Spain) amongst others. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, PICA, and the Ford Family Foundation. Vala is part of a music and bi-coastal art collaboration Light Hits. Vala is part Ungrund Collective, a collective of female video artists who curate screenings nationally. Currently she is career faculty at the University of Oregon.

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