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TEA OKROPIRIDZE:

Born in March 15, 1974,

Tbilisi, Georgia.

EDUCATION:

1997 – 2002 Honors Degree in Artistic Weaving (Tapestry), State Institute of Culture, Department of Fine & Applied Art, Tbilisi, Georgia.
1989 – 1994 Degree in Sculpture. Tbilisi I. Nikoladze Arts College, Georgia.
1986 – 1989 Department of Fine Arts, Tbilisi Art Lyceum. Tbilisi, Georgia.

2002 – Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University Computer Knowledge Courses: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe GoLive, CorelDraw, 3D StudioMAX.
2001 – Caucasus Spring University. International certificates in courses: “Arts Management, People Management”, “Fundraising and Sponsorship in the Art”, “Marketing and Business planning”, “International co-operation in the art”.
1998 – The Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University, International Certificate in course: “International Performing Art Management”


EXHIBITION:

2017 - 6th International Triennial of Tapestry "Novi Sad 2017" - Studio “M”, Radio Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia.
2017 - 47th Annual Labor Day Art Exhibition - The Park View Artist Award 2017. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo, MD
2017 - Focus on Fiber - Park View Gallery, Glen Echo Park, MD
2017 - The Creative Crafts Council 31st Biennial Exhibition - Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD
2017 - Experience Georgian Culture - Embassy of Georgia in Washington DC
2017- International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts - EGOS XIII EDITION - Oud Sint- Jan Museum, Sala Mozart, Brugge, Belgum
2016 - 9th International Fiber Art Biennale - From Lausanne to Beijing. Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.
2016 - Fiber National 2016 - Workhouse art Center, Lorton VA
2016 - Celebrating the Year of Georgian Heritage in the USA - Georgian Center in DC - Embassy of Georgia, Washington DC
2016 - Threads: A Sampling of the Fiber Arts - Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD
2015 - Finalist of 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries - Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2015 - Coastal FiberArts 2015. Astoria Visual Arts - Heritage Museum, Astoria, OR. USA
2015 - Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation. American Tapestry Alliance, USA
2015 - National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015. The Wichita center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, USA
2015 - Stories of the Sea. Juried Tapestry Exhibition, Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL
2014 - 3 men show - Gallery B, Bethesda MD, USA
2014 - "Mélange" Artspace 109, Alexandria, VA, USA
2015, 2014, 2013 - Student and Faculty show. The Art League Gallery. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA
2013 - All-Media show - Best in Show winner - Juried by Joann Moser, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, USA
2013 - Abstraction at its Best - juried show - Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD USA
2013 - Art in City Hall - juried show, Alexandria City Hall, VA, USA
2007 – 9x10 WPA/Corcoran members exhibition - William W. Parker (WWP) Gallery, Washington DC

2007 – Juried Exhibition (Solo Sow) Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC. USA
2006 - Arts Council @ GRACE.
The Arts Council of Fairfax Annual Juried All Media Exhibition. Greater Reston Art Center - GRACE. Reston VA
2006 - Mud, Sand and Straw: Juried Show of Ceramics, Glass, Fiber & Wood.Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
2006- Abstract This, Juried Exhibition Del Ray Artisans Gallery - Nicholas A. Colasanto Center. Alexandria VA
2006 – As a Finalist of Niche award. Category Fiber-Handwoven. Exhibition at Philadelphia Buyers market of American craft. Pennsylvania Convention Center PA.
2006 - Spotlight 2006 American Craft Council, Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition. Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft. Louisville, KY.

2005 - 2006 – International Small Works Competition. International Visions Art Gallery Washington DC. USA
2005 - 2006 – International Juried exhibition Beyond Fibers: New Forms. Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts Depot Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
2005 – Juried Biennale Fiber celebrated 2005 – Intermountain Weavers Conference at – Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, USA
2005 - American Craft Council, Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition “Spotlight 2005”- The Center for Craft, creativity and design. Hendersonville, NC. USA
2002 - Fall Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery. Tbilisi. Georgia
2001 - Annual Spring Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery. Tbilisi. Georgia
2001, 1998, 1997 - Christmas Exhibition. International Art Center. Tbilisi, Georgia
2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 - Annual Students’ Exhibition. Tbilisi State Institute of Culture. Tbilisi, Georgia.
2000 - International Christmas Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2000 - Frankfurt Gift - Fear. Gorman.
2000, 1999 - Milan Christmas Exhibition - Fear. Gorman.
1999 - Annual Autumn Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery. Tbilisi. Georgia
1998 - First summit of hand Crafts makers (Latin America, Europe) Saragossa. Spain.


AWARDS:

2016 - Award of Excellence at 9th International Fiber Art Biennale - From Lausanne to Beijing.Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2015- Finalist of 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries - Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2013 - Winner of the Shayna Heisman Simkin Best in Show Award for the work "Connection" awarded by Juror Joann Moser at All Media show -The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2006 - Semi-finalists, Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda MD. USA
2005-2006 – Finalist of Niche Award. Category Fiber-Handwoven for the artwork “Shadow
2003 - Winner of Kara Art Silver Award
2003 - Winner of The Featured Artist Title of the United Creative Nation .


WORKING EXPERIENCE:

2003 - present - Artist/Designer/Webmaster of Art Woodstone Studio
2012 - present - Tapestry weaving teacher at The art League School at the Torpedo Factory Art Center Alexandria, VA
2013 - present - Art teacher at Academy of Georgian Heritage, Rockville, MD
2013 - 2014 - Art/Tapestry weaving teacher at Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA
2000 - 2002 Assistant Manager/designer of Stichting Caucasus Foundation /IBCCP/
2002 Editor and designer of “CMAN-INFO newsletter”.
1994 - 1998 Artist - designer. L.T.D. “Vazisubani”.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP:

Art League Gallery
Washington Project for the Arts / Corcoran.
The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County
Arts Council of Fairfax
American Tapesrty Alliance
Georgian Artists Union
Caucasian Arts Menegers Network /CAMN/


CATALOGS,& PUBLICATIONSCEVENTS:

2016 - From Lausanne to Beijing 9th International Fiber Art Biennale - Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
2015 - 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries - Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2015 - Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation. American Tapestry Alliance
2015 -Stories of the Sea. Juried Tapestry Exhibition, Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL
2015 - Fiber Art Now magazine - "On View PRISM" - Spring 2015
2007 - Solo Show Arts Club of Washington. Washington DC
2006 - Arts Council @ GRACE. The Arts Council of Fairfax Annual Juried All Media Exhibition. Greater Reston Art Center - GRACE. Reston VA. USA
2006 – Alexandria Gazette Packet Vol. CCXXII, NO 25. June 22, 2006 Abstract Thinking.
2006 – Niche magazine. Winter 2006
2006 - Spotlight 2006. American Craft Council, Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2005– “Fiber celebrated 2005 – Durango Art Center, Durango, CO, USA
2005 - American craft Council Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition “Spotlight 2005”- Hendersonville, NC. USA
2005 – Élan magazine. April 2005


UPCOMING EVENTS:

47th Annual Labor Day Art Exhibition
The Park View Artist Award 2017

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, September 2 – 4, 2017: 12 – 6 pm
Reception: Friday, September 1, 2017: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812


6th INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF TAPESTRY
Novi Sad 2017

17th to 31st October 2017

Studio M
Ignjata Pavlasa 3, Novi Sad 21000, Serbia



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