ABOUT THE ARTIST

Eva Rocha is a Brazilian, and American, multimedia artist. After working as an actress and performer in Brazil, she studied arts in the Andes of Peru and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s VCU School of the Arts in 2016.  In 2015 she was honored with the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts in the category of Emerging Artist. Her work, which confronts viewers with traumatic aspects of personal/collective experiences, has been shown in special exhibitions at the following museums: the Art Museum of the Americas and the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura in 2013, the MOCA-VA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2015, the William King Museum in 2016; the Black History Museum and the Taubman Museum and the Valentine in 2017/18.

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EDUCATION
2016 Master of Fine Arts Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU School of the Arts – USA
2008 Art student at the Escuela de Arte Mario Urteaga, Cajamarca – PERU

MUSEUMS 

2018-2017 Valentine Museum: “Coro”: Richmond, VA (April 2017-Dec 2018)
2017 Black History Museum: “The Pigeonhole” Richmond, Va 

2016 Taubman Museum: Homeward Bound juried triennial. Roanoke,VA
2016 William King Museum: install of works “Bride”/”Dowry”/”Bulk” VA.

2016 Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA-VA New Waves
2015 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: installation “Object- Orientalis” Richmond, VA. 

2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “After Botero’s After Velasquez” puppet commissioned for “VMFA Family Day: Colombia” displayed at VMFA’s Atrium.

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 Virginia Center for Latin American Art Bus Gallery, Washington, DC

GALLERIES
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 solos – gallery A) Richmond, VA
2017 Anderson Gallery Six Alumni: Richmond, VA
2014 Art Space Installation “Fodder:: Beauty” Richmond, VA
2011 6th Biennial International Miniature Invitational Think Small, Art Space: work “Eaves” made from human hair on fiberglass, displayed and featured in Style Magazine article, “Let’s Get Small.” November, 2011. 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 (in a complex of 40 warehouses), Richmond, VA
2015 Tobacco Warehouse 14, Richmond, VA

COLLECTIONS
2015/2016/2017 TryMe Collection of Bill and Pamela Royall. Works: “I Am Not in the Business; I am the Business (2015); Coro #1, #2, #3 (2013, 2014, 2015 – 3 of a 16 Santo-Sculptures installation created 2013-2017); Camile’s Contribution (2015); Leaning (2017)

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.

MEDIA

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 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 piece “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.