Inside and Out

Friday, May 9, 2014 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mia Tarducci Henry
2014 Emerging Artist of the Year

Emerging Artist of the Year Mia Tarducci Henry, was raised in Newport, Rhode Island, and moved to Pittsburgh in 1998. Her work consists primarily of oil paintings. For this exhibit, the stylistically diverse works are predominantly 2D and will range from the literal to the abstract, with other elements such as a small sculpture, benches, painted barrels, and more. Humor, color, and scale are integral in the overall body of her work, and are thematically tied together. “All the work will reflect my thoughts about my emotional world and its relationship with the world around me” she says. “The abstract series uses color to visually communicate emotion: indifference, loneliness, anger, confusion, impulsiveness, euphoria, chaos, sadness, joy and peace – emotions of the human experience.” Henry studied at the University of Siena, Italy, and earned a BSL in Italian from the school of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Since first showing her work publicly in 2009, Henry has had multiple group and solo exhibits. 

The Artist of the Year award, originating in 1949, is one of the oldest and most celebrated tradition at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. This annual award recognizes those making significant creative contributions to Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. After a successful retrospective of all previous honorees in 2001, an Emerging Artist of the Year award was also implemented honoring the work of an artist at an earlier stage in his or her career. The awards provide support to develop new work leading to major solo exhibitions at the Center, confirming the dynamic role of artists in the region’s past, present and future.

Artisit's Website: miatarduccihenry.com