Aggie Zed


 


Education

 

1974      BFA, University of South Carolina, Painting and Sculpture (cum laude)


Awards and Fellowships

 

1986      National Endowment for the Arts Professional Fellowship, Sculpture.

1982      Virginia Commission for the Arts Professional Fellowship, Sculpture.


Selected One-Person Exhibitions

 

2012      "Down to Earth," B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

              "Aggie Zed: Keeper's Keep," Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Center for the Arts, College of Charleston, School of the Arts, Charleston, SC

2009      "Sculpture & Painting," Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

              "Aggie Zed  - Sculpture & Painting," Rivermont Studios, Lynchburg, VA

2008      "Bestiary," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

              "Paintings & Sculptures by Aggie Zed," Rivermont Studio, Lynchburg, VA

2006      "Recent Paintings," B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

2004      "The Paintings of Aggie Zed,” B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

2003      "Sculpture and Paintings," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

2001      "Scrap Floats and Jetsam," Sculpture and Paintings, Astra Design, Richmond, VA

2000      "Paintings," Sweetbriar College, Sweetbriar, VA

              "Sculpture and Paintings," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

1999      "Paintings," The Art Works Gallery, Norfolk, VA

1998      "Sculpture and Paintings," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

              "Paintings," Astra Design, Richmond, VA

1997      "Paintings," B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

              "Sculpture and Paintings," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

1996      "Its Own Little Animal," Paintings, Astra Design, Richmond, VA

1995      "Paintings," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

1993      "Sculpture," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC

1984      "In the White Room," Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 


Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2006      "Visual Phrases," The Arts Center at Orange Gallery, Orange, VA. Three-person

              "Animals," Nina Liu & Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC. Group show

              "The Arts Company," Nashville, TN. Two-person show with Jonathan Richter

              "All Fired Up," Somerhill, Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC. Invitational

2004      "Sculpture and Painting," Corporate and Museum Frame, Richmond, VA. Two-person show with John Morgan

              "Sculpture and Painting," Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, Charleston, SC. Two-person show with John Morgan

1997      "Figure 8," Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1995      "Making a Mark," Bedford Gallery, Longwood College, Farmville, VA

1994      "Pandodra’s Box," Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

1993      "The Artist as Activist," Sawtooth Center for the Visual Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

1991      "Sculpture," 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, VA

              "The Art of the Mask," International Gallery, San Diego, CA

1986      "Mortal Oxide," 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, VA. Two-person show

1985      "Southern Comfort/Discomfort," The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

1983      "Sculpture," Contemporary Art Gallery, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA 

 

         With several local exhibitions during the ‘80s, including shows at the Virginia Museum, 1708 East Main, and the Anderson Gallery, Aggie Zed is now one of Richmond's best known artists. During this period she also became fairly successful in making a living as an artist. But her success did not come easily.

         After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1974, she dabbled in fabric swatch sales and nude modeling. Adamantly opposed to receiving support from anyone and determined to make it on her own, she eventually set up a studio on West Main Street. The offbeat storefront setting enabled her to find a new freedom and space to pursue her work, as well as an economically feasible way of doing so. She re-taught herself ceramics, learned glaze chemistry and began firing her bizarre images in her own kiln. Known primarily for her sculpture and ceramics now, she says that she once thought of painting as a higher art form. Even so, it was as a student that she began producing the highly stylized ceramic chess sets that have given her a steady, though modest income.

         The year 1980 was when Aggie's fortunes began to improve. Invited to exhibit in a department store during June Jubilee, her 200 nude ceramic figurines were photographed by Richmond Newspapers and purchased by a local collector. “The exhibit signaled to me that I could have an audience for my work other than chess sets. This was my first window, and while not every Richmond artist would jump at the chance to exhibit at June Jubilee, it was well received. I decided I was about communicating to people; people who were out in the world.”

         At that point, Aggie began showing her work in local galleries. She declined to participate in area craft shows, preferring to be represented only by her more personal work. In 1984, she was awarded a Virginia Museum fellowship, the proceeds of which enabled her to develop other art forms. Aggie began making delicate ceramic scaffolding and structures, some incorporating the horses that have become a trademark. So successful were her endeavors that in 1986 she received a National Endowment for the Arts award in sculpture.

         Later she turned to welded sculpture because she did not have the resources to transport her large ceramic editions. She began showing this new welded work at 1708 East Main's opening show in the fall of 1986.

         Aggie's new artistic endeavors are related to symbolism and the unity of spirit and matter, religion and science. “I want my work to raise an existentialist flag to anyone who sees it, including myself. If I didn't have a reason to produce – to communicate to others – I couldn't do it.”