Felicia Belair-Rigdon

Child of the Universe, Archival Digital Print

Artist Biography:

Felicia Belair-Rigdon was born in Alexandria, Virginia After graduation from High School she traveled to Stockholm, Sweden and studied ‘reclam’ or graphic design at Konstfackskolan.  The curriculum focused on drawing from plaster casts, objects, and dried plants in addition to lettering and product design. Returning to the U.S she attended Parsons School of Design. Classes included painting, life drawing, sculpture and design. The artist received a BFA in Design and Communications from VCU in 1963. 

Ms. Belair-Rigdon was employed as a designer and Art Director in Washington, D.C. with noted companies such as The Washington Post, Weitzman, DYM Advertising and the Brown Companies. 

The artist was juried into the Torpedo Factory Art Center in 1990 where she maintained a studio for 22 years receiving numerous awards through juried competitions. She has shown her collage paintings at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, The Chrysler Museum, the Baltimore Museum, and the Hemicycle Gallery of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Felicia was awarded a Solo Exhibition of thirty-five assemblages titled The Art of Memory at the Rehoboth Art League as a result of taking First Place two consecutive years. She is an Honorary Member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. Moving to Lewes, Delaware, she continues to create collage paintings and assemblage has been added to recent endeavors.  Her work is in many private collections both in the US and in Europe.

Artist Statement:

The mixed media collage by Felicia Belair-Rigdon has evolved through a concentration on collage incorporating artist-made paper.  The artist was born and raised in Alexandria,Virginia and maintained a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center for 22 years.  Her works explore themes of neo-classicism in a contemporary context.   These works are shaped by a deep sense of time. . . of ideas past that are relevant to today employing classical excerpts seen through a contemporary prism. 

The artist is a winner of the Open Studio Press, Exhibition- in- Print 1999, Mid-Atlantic division of  the New American Paintings  judged by Linda Norden, curator of Contemporary Art at Harvard University’s Fogg Museum.  In addition, Ann Cohen DiPietro of the Heschler Museum awarded  a solo exhibition at the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, NY.  The artists’ works were exhibited at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC;  The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia; the Baltimore Museum and the Chrysler Museum, Newport News, Virginia.

“A compelling combination of past and present, juror and New York critic Donald Kuspit remarks, ‘this is to me a central, contemporary and topical motif. . .which calls attention to vulnerability and mortality”.  Ms. Belair-Rigdon was honored with Best In Show, Art Howard County 1993: The Howard County Arts Council by juror Steven Lanier formerly of the Delaware Center For Contemporarty Art. He states, “CreatorLifestories. . .subconsciously the allegorical mixed media collage challenges our sense of well being”.

CV:

Selected Venues from Solo and Juried Exhibitions:

Fast Forward: Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Hemicycle Exhibition

Virginia Museum of Fine Art: Virginia Artist’s Biennial

One Person Show: The Virginia Museum of Fine Art

The Baltimore Museum of Fine Art: Maryland Artist’s Biennial

The Chrysler Museum: The 32nd Irene Leach Memorial Exhibit, Norfolk, Virginia

Art in Embassies Program: Gambia, Africa

Peninsula Museum of Fine Art: Beaux & Eros

Cleary Minor Gallery: All on Paper, Buffalo, New York

East West Cultural Studies: National Small Works, New York, New York

The Graphic Eye Gallery: Solo Show, Long Island, New York

Visions Art Gallery: Icon Influences, Albany New York

The Collector Art Gallery: Artists & Angels, Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Rehoboth Art League: Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition

The Target Gallery: Paper, Stone, Scissors, Parts One and Three, Alexandria, Virginia

Loyola Collage: Three Women, Baltimore, Maryland

New Jersey Visual Arts Center: International, Summit, New Jersey

Salisbury State University: Primarily Paper, Salisbury, Maryland

The Target Gallery: Not To Scale, Torpedo Factoery Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia

Awards

1999 New American Painting, Open Studio Press, Exhibition-in-Print No 21.

1993 Best In Show, Art Howard County, MD

1967 Award of Distinction, Virginia Artist’s Biennial, Virginia Museum of Fine Art

1965 Award of Distinction, Virginia Artist’s Biennial, Virginia Museum of Fine Art

1993 Atheneam Regional Annual: Juror’s Award, Julia Boyd

1992 Open Exhibition Virginia, Jurors’ Award, Virginia Mecklenberg

Select Collections

Warren Buffet, Omaha, Nebraska

The Children’s Inn, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Brigette & Daniel Keaser, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC

Stewart Glass, New York, New York

Richmond Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

Education

BFA: VCU, formerly Richmond Professional Institute, Richmond, Virginia

Parsons School of Design

Konstfackskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

The Corcoran School, Advanced Painting

Pyramid Atlantic, Paper Making