Eva Rocha is a multimedia artist from Brazil. After working as a performer and actress with Brazilian and international groups and philosophers of theater such as Peter Brook (London) and Eugenio Barba (Italy), she studied Cultural Studies and Arts in Brazil, the US and in the Andes of Peru, earning her Masters of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2016. In 2015 she was honored with the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of Emerging Artist. Her work has been shown in special exhibitions at the fallow museums: the Art Museum of the Americas, Museu Brasileiro de Escultura and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts VMFA in 2013, VMFA in 2014 and 2015; Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA-VA, King William Museum and Taubman Museum in 2016, The Black History Museum in 2017 and The Valentine Museum in 2017/18. An article about her work was written by Art-Historian Fredrika Jacobs for the Woman Art’s Journal – Fall/ Winter 2018/19.

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EDUCATION
2016 Master of Fine Arts Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU School of the Arts – United States
2008 Art student at the Escuela de Arte Mario Urteaga, Cajamarca – Peru
2002 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies in the Dramatic Arts, VCU/transferred from Universidade Estadual de Londrina — Brazil

MUSEUMS special exhibitions
2019 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA-VA New Waves 2019: Virginia Beach, VA 2019 (March 22 -August 18): Virginia Beach, VA
2018-2017 Valentine Museum: “Coro”: Richmond, VA (April 2017-Feb 2018)
2017 Black History Museum: “The Pigeonhole” Richmond, Va 

2016 Taubman Museum: Homeward Bound juried triennial. “I am not in the business, I am the business” and “Ode to the Object”- Roanoke,VA
2016 William King Museum: install of works “Bride”/”Dowry”/”Bulk” VA.

2016 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA-VA “Nicho” New Waves 2016: Virginia Beach, VA
2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts sculpture garden: installation “Object-Orientalis” during the 1708 Inlight Festival: Richmond, VA. 

2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “After Botero’s After Velasquez” puppet commissioned for the event VMFA Family Day: Colombia displayed at VMFA’s Atrium: Richmond, VA
2013 Museo Brasileiro de Escultura MUBE: “Gilded” Cupcake Project: São Paulo, Brazil

2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “Chancay Puppets” commissioned for the VMFA’s Family Day: Peru displayed at VMFA’s Atrium September 21 and subsequently displayed at Focus Education Gallery. Work acquired for the VMFA Education collection. 

2013 Grounds of Art Museum of Americas AMA installation “Procession: an installation for the Dead” inside the Virginia Center for Latin American Art Bus Gallery, Washington, DC

GALLERY shows
2018 The Depot: “Silent Chorus” installation. Richmond, VA
2017 Fed Galleries at Kendal College of Art and Design. ArtPrize9 Grand Rapids, MI

2017 Reynolds Gallery, (two artists solo – gallery A) Richmond, VA
2017 Anderson Gallery Six Alumni ReachOut: Richmond, VA
2014 Art Space: Installation “Fodder::Beauty” Richmond, VA
2011 6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational Think Small, Art Space, Richmond, VA

SPECIAL LOCATIONS
2018 Memorial Room of the Fountain Street Church: Grand Rapids, MI
2017 Santa Fe Art Institute /front: Installation “Severed” during SFAI 140. Santa Fe, NM
2016 Tobacco Warehouse 14 – a solo on my own in a complex of 40 warehouses, Richmond, VA
2015 Tobacco Warehouse 14, solo on my own of all the work created from Abril of 2015 to Nov 2016 while occupying the space of a warehouse. Richmond, VA

AWARDS

2015 Awarded Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of Emerging Artist, Richmond, VA.

2016 Awarded “Woman in the Arts” by Style Magazine, Richmond, VA.
2015 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for 1708 Gallery Inlight Festival at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: installation “Object- Orientalis” Richmond, VA.

NOMINATIONS
2018 Silent Chorus- chosen by Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator of Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum as ArtPrize Top Five in the Installation category, Grand Rapids, MI

GRANTS

2017 Awarded Frey Foundation Seed-Grant to attend ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
2017 Awarded CultureWorks Grant, Richmond, VA.

2017 Awarded Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Visiting Artist Project Grant, VA.

RESIDENCIES

2017 Equal Justice International sponsored residency -Santa Fe Art Institute, NM
2017 The Anderson Gallery: Alumni Summer Studio Residency, VA.

2016 Vermont Center Studios: Artist resident, VT.

2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: artist resident during the exhibition “Rodin: Evolution of a Genius” Richmond, VA.

COLLECTIONS
2015/2016/2017 TryMe Collection: “I Am Not in the Business; I am the Business” (2015); Coro #1 (2013), #2 (2014), #3 (2015); Camile’s Contribution (2015-gifted) Collected Object (Mudra series 2016) Leaning (2017); Madre,Patre, Putrefate (2007-gifted).

REPRESENTATION
Representation in Virginia: Reynolds Galler -for 2-D works (drawings with threads over canvas), VA.

MEDIA

2018 Woman’s Art Journal Fall/Winter 2018: “Eva Rocha // Corpus of Memory” by Art-Historian Fredrika Jacobs (pgs 12- 21 / pg 66 color plates)
2017 Equal Justice on the Ground // Artists-in-residence at SFAI reroute criticism through creativity. Santa Fe reporter: installation “Severed” featured in the article: https:// www.sfreporter.com/arts/2017/11/22/equal-justice-on-the-ground/ Santa Fe, NM
2016 “The Memory Palace” //Artist Eva Rocha Prepares to Leave Richmond Warehouse.., http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/artist-eva-rocha-prepares-to-leave-the-richmond- warehouse-that-bore-her-biggest-work/Content?oid=2382069
2016 Eva Rocha// “Women in the Arts” by Style Magazine, Richmond, Va. March 5, Social contributions and project related to trafficking of women/ arts.
2015 Eva Rocha// “Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts” category Emerging Artist. Richmond Magazine, October 2015.
2015 Inlight Announce winners: Installation “Object-Orientalis” by Eva Rocha, displayed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and selected for the People’s Choice Award at 1708 Gallery’s “inLight Richmond”, Va – an event attended by eleven thousand people: http:// www.styleweekly.com/Studi/archives/2015/11/16/inlight-richmond-announces-winners for media. About the project: www.objectorientalis.com November 2015.
2012 Eva Rocha// “Powered by Purpose” Personalities/ Profile in an article in Belle Magazine: June-July 2012 issue, pg. 8.
2011 Human hair on fiberglass “Eaves” featured in Style Magazine article, “Let’s Get Small” on November 2, 2011, by which reviewed the 6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational – Think Small.