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Artwork by Athena Solan


Artist in Focus

When I was a child, my parents decided that I was to be an international competitive athlete. With daily rigorous gymnastics practice, there was no room for my budding interest in art.I grew up surrounded by people who were inflexible and unwilling to change which inspired me to crash those barriers.

In elementary school, art class was part of the standard curriculum. However, my experimentation with creating a polygon-shaped house for a class project met with criticism and a failing grade from the 2nd-grade teacher. It wasn’t the last time I would face rejection from a teacher. Luckily, in high school, there was a photography teacher who took notice of my determination and encouraged me to build a portfolio that would open the door to my formal art studies in a college degree program. Ever since I’ve charted my own artistic path.

My way into art was learning how and when to break routine. I’ve witnessed first-hand the rigid mechanical routines that people adhere to within the context of their daily lives. It’s like they’re hard-wired and won’t deviate from these patterns. I often wonder why is it that some people manage to get unstuck from social constructs while others simply can’t.

My current work is largely informed by my personal understanding and ‘outsider’ view of social structures and human interactions. With mark-making, layering, drawing, and sewing I relish the freedom to explore my own landscape of emotions, movements, and patterns, and that of others. 

Athena in Focus

Credentials

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Art, 2D Studio Art, Summa Cum Laude, University of Arizona, Tucson

Honors Program Candidate, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

 

EXHIBITIONS

Saturday Gallery Walks - The Cube Colony, Tucson, AZ (2020)

Saturday Gallery Walks - The Cube Colony, Tucson, AZ (2019)

“Primary Materials: Winnowing the 34th & 36th” - Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Tucson, AZ (2019)

“Monster Drawing Rally” - MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ (2019)

“Narrative of the Undefined” Group Show - Wilhelm's Family Vineyards at Ventana, Tucson, AZ (2019)

Fall Studio Tour - 8th Avenue Loft Project, Tucson, AZ (2018)

“Excavations on Hirta” Solo Exhibition - Joel D. Valdez Library, Tucson, AZ (2017)

“Nasty Women Group Show” - Borderlands Brewery, Tucson, AZ (2017)

“Layers: Collage and Assembly” Juried Exhibition - Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ (2014)

“Psyche Discovered” Solo Exhibition & Art Talk - Solar Culture, Tucson, AZ (2014)

Annual 2D Exhibition – Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2014)

“Cabinet of Curiosities” - Haunted Hands Gallery, Tucson, Arizona (2014)

University of Arizona Juried Student Show, Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2013)

“Semifinalist Showcase” RAW Artists of Tucson - Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ (2013)

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2011, 2014)

Tau Sigma National Honors Society, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2013, 2014)

Visual Artist of the Year - RAW Artists, Hotel Congress Tucson, AZ (2013)

Creative Achievement Award, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2013)

BFA Honors Studio Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2013)

AA Spain Scholarship- School of Fine Arts Endowment Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2013)

School of Art Grant, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2012)

Laura and Archer Brown Scholarship, Honors College, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2012)

Altrusa Club Scholarship, Honors College, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2012)

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