VCUarts Fountainhead Fellows @ Page Bond Gallery
Two-person exhibit by Jaydan Moore and Olivia Valentine, Craft/Material Studies Fellows

April 4-April 26
Opening reception Friday, April 4, 2014.
1625 W Main Street Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: Sonya Clark / 804-828-1750 / syclark@vcu.edu
Gallery Contact: Page Bond / 804-359-3633 / page@pagebondgallery.com

Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present, Fountainhead Fellows: Jaydan Moore and Olivia Valentine, a two-person exhibit of artwork created during the artists’ nine-month fellowships in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Craft/Material Studies.

Jaydan Moore, Fountainhead Fellow in Jewelry/Metalsmithing, has created a series of objects and investigations his interest on the heirloom. Using the imagery of found silver-plated tableware, he fragments and reassembles these objects into new forms to challenge and commemorate the individual’s ability to designate value to/ his her own valuables and memories.

Olivia Valentine, Fountainhead Fellow in the area of Fiber, creates work that explores architectural spaces through large-scale textile installations. Together the fellows’ work represents the next generation of artists thinking through the media and concepts of craft in refreshing ways.

Moore and Valentine were chosen from pool of over 60 applicants from around the nation who have recently received Master of Fine Arts degrees in the field of glass, fiber, metal, ceramics or wood. Sonya Clark, Chair of Craft/Material Studies says, “given the caliber of the applicants, we always find ourselves having a hard time only selecting two fellows each year.” From the west coast, Moore received a BFA in jewelry and metal arts from California College of the Arts and went on to receive his MFA/MA in art from the University of Madison Wisconsin. Prior to receiving the VCUarts Craft/Material Studies Fountainhead Fellowship, he was an artist in resident at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Valentine completed her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design before going on to receive her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Valentine recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship for Installation Art in Turkey (2012-13).

“The fellowship is an opportunity for the most talented recent graduates from other institutions to mix it up with the Richmond’s incredible art community. They teach alongside the devoted, award-winning artists on our faculty and are mentored for next stages of their art careers,” according to Clark. Fellows receive free housing and studio space provided by Richmond developer, Fountainhead Incorporated; access to the equipment and studios in the Department of Craft and Material Studies; a generous stipend provided by the Windgate Foundation; and an exhibition at one of the top galleries in Richmond.