FLEUR AND CHARLES BRESLER RESIDENCY
Meet our current Bresler Resident Artist: Maria-Theresa Fernandes, January 4 – May 7, 2017
Place, travel and environment play an important part in the fiber artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes’s internationally acclaimed work. Throughout her career, travel has given her the opportunity to reflect and create works relating to the surroundings of the countries she experienced. History and poetry are brilliantly woven into the fabric of Fernandes’s works, which translate her physical and emotional attachment to the lands she visited. Born in Kenya, Fernandes studied in London and Manchester, England. She received her B.A. (Hons) degree in Textiles with a specialty in Embroidery. The United Kingdom is the only country to confer this degree. A graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit with a M.F.A. in Fiber Art, Maria-Theresa Fernandes has participated in over 25 solo exhibitions and several international exhibitions. This global artist is the recipient of prestigious international grants and awards and such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Ruth Cheven Foundation award, and the UNESCO –Arts International award.
About the residency
This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. Each year the current Bresler Resident Artists will present their work in a three-person exhibition at VisArts.