“telling stories of feminine grandeur”

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Austin based artist, Whitney Avra is a contemporary mixed-media artist working with vintage portraiture photography to explore ideas about female identity. She considers herself a visual storyteller sharing a point-of-view.

Whitney has exhibited at The Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX, and her artwork has been featured in The Austin Chronicle, Austin CultureMap, and Glass Tire. Pieces by Whitney belong in private collections internationally.


ABOUT THE WORK

Working with vibrant acrylic paint, women in vintage images begin to glow like goddesses. Layering a visual story beyond what the viewer can see, tapping into what is felt, the work starts with a color field— a veil, an ever existent barrier between souls. Then a golden halo is manifested, and embroidery stitch is added— a nod to femininity and the thread that binds women together. Lastly, tiny details are added to signify that no moment is too small to be insignificant.


CURRICULUM VITAE

2017—present

atxGALS, Co-Founder

2016—2017

VERGE Art Events, Artist Coordinator


EDUCATION

2010

Graduate Certificate— Gifted & Talented Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2008

Bachelors of Science— Elementary Education, University of Central Arkansas

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

COUNTERCULTURE, Soma Vida Gallery— Austin, TX

FEMININE GRANDEUR, The Elisabet Ney Museum— Austin, TX

WILD WOMEN, Nina Berenado Jewelry— Austin, TX


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

The 3rd Annual Galentine’s Show, Fair Market w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

International Women’s Day SXSW Kickoff Party w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

BLOOM 2019, The Refinery w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

WEST Austin Studio Tour, Blue Genie Big Top— Austin, TX

2018

The 2nd Annual Galentine’s Show, South Congress Hotel w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

Art City Austin, Palmer Events Center— Austin, TX

BLOOM, The Refinery w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

WEST Austin Studio Tour, Blue Genie Big Top— Austin, TX

Friending is Not Friendship, Cobalt Riesling Gallery— Austin, TX

LUSH, Native Hostel w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

EAST Austin Studio Tour, The Studio ATX w/atxGALS— Austin, TX

RESIDENCIES

2018

Soma Vida Summer Artist in Residence— Austin, TX



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