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Vienne Rea 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 was shown, consecutively in 2016 and 2017, at Fotoweek/DC, a citywide photography exhibition held in Washington, DC. In 2017, she was awarded the CJC Artist-in-Residence Endowment from Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland. Rea 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 Rea'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.
Vienne Rea’s sculpture has exhibited in museums, galleries, and private collections. In Fall 2013, her 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', which received Honorable Mention in their sculpture-only group exhibit in June 2016. In June 2017, Rea’s sculpture 'John, Dear' won Best of Show, given by juror Dr. Oliver Shell (Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art) in a vetted group exhibition at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. More recently, in January 2019, Ben Simmons (Director of Academy Art Museum) gave Rea's sculpture 'PRIDE' the Best of Show Award in the Winter Members Show at Circle Gallery. Rea was chosen to be one of six sculptors honored by the Washington Sculptors Group in their 6@35-Fabricating Culture anniversary exhibition at 1111 Sculpture Gallery (Zenith Gallery), in Washington, DC from August 2019 through January 2020. Since its premiere, The Ladder Series has been growing in both number and scale: including five sculptures produced for her photography and sculpture solo exhibit at the Hal Gomer Gallery in Fall 2017, as well as an upcoming landscape piece 'A Place in Our Hearts' to be installed at a private school in Baltimore, Maryland.