Vienne Rea is an exhibiting visual artist. Her diverse creativity is expressed through multiple visual arts—primarily, photography and sculpture. She prefers to work in themed series in both art forms. Having been a fine art photographer for over thirty years, her extensive body of work includes thousands of black & white images of children, nature, fine art nudes, and architecture. Previous photographic themes she has explored include the Holocaust of WWII, African-American slavery, Childhood, Divinity, and the Collective Feminine. New themes are forthcoming. Through the use of digital and analog photography, Vienne creates imagery mainly reminiscent of the Pictorialist style of late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a sculptor, Vienne uses a wide variety of materials and hardware to create contemporary sculpture, which has come to represent a single theme: Ladders. Across all creative artforms, there are nuances of consciousness in Vienne's art that convey a certain sensitivity within her, which in turn invites the viewer to look more deeply from within themselves.
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Photography: Vienne received seven awards (1 Silver Star, 6 Honorable Mentions) in the ND Awards 2017 competition (sponsored by Neutral Density Magazine) comprised of a judging panel of international industry professionals: including gallery owners, publishers, editors, and renowned photographers. Her work showed in 2016 and 2017 at FOTOWEEK/DC, a citywide photography exhibition held yearly in Washington, DC. In 2017, she was awarded the CJC Artist-in-Residence Endowment from Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland. Vienne was vetted into Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 with six photographs, including those from her series Human Property and Never Again, two of which hung in a separately featured gallery commemorating the Holocaust. Her Human Property series was exhibited at the National Geographic Museum in a group exhibit in Fall/Winter 2016. The judges likened her photographic style to that of the Masters when she was recognized as a Finalist in all six categories of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in 2015—an achievement never before accomplished in the history of the award. That same year she was dually commended in multiple categories as a Finalist for the Black & White Charles Dodgson Award. Forty photographs from Vienne's long-archived Childhood series were exhibited at the Hal Gomer Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland in Fall 2017 in a solo exhibition, along with her entire Ladder sculpture series.
Sculpture: Vienne’s sculpture has exhibited in museums, galleries, and private collections. In her early sculpting career, she used assemblage techniques with metal, acrylic, and distinctive hardware to bolt, lace, and drill onto paintings and her photographs to create a third dimension. Vienne pursued other sculpting techniques after receiving a vision in a dream—a dream with a singular, inspired theme: Ladders. Fueled by her new inspiration, Vienne sought a mentor to guide her in metal welding, which led her to the renowned sculptor David Hess. Shortly thereafter, in Fall 2013, the first six sculptures from The LADDER Series premiered at The Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery in Maryland. The Maryland Federation of Art featured her solemn sculpture, titled '9/11', in their sculpture-only group exhibit in June 2016. In June 2017, Vienne’s sculpture 'John, Dear' won Juror’s Choice Award, given by Dr. Oliver Shell (Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art) in a vetted group exhibition at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. Most recently, in January 2019, Ben Simmons (Director of Academy Art Museum) gave Vienne's sculpture 'PRIDE' the Best of Show Award in the Winter Members Show at Circle Gallery. Since its premiere, The LADDER Series has been growing in both number and scale: including the five new sculptures she produced for her photography and sculpture solo exhibit at the Hal Gomer Gallery in Fall 2017, and upcoming is a landscape piece, 'A Place in Our Hearts', which will be installed at a private school in Baltimore, Maryland.
Memberships: American Society of Media Photographers Professional Women Photographers American Women Artists Women's Photo Alliance Maryland Federation of Art National Sculpture Society Washington Sculptors Group Texas Photographic Society The Center for Fine Art Photography