About

Malena Magnolia is an interdisciplinary, mixed media, socially engaged artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, and social justice. In 2013, she graduated from Peck School of Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in drawing and painting and with a sub-concentration in art history. After graduating from undergrad, she moved to Virginia, where she currently resides. While living in Milwaukee, Charlottesville, and Richmond, Magnolia has been involved in many different organizations related to art and social justice. She was also the Co-founder of the former Milwaukee based collective, Positive Body Project, and was on the student committee for planning the 2013 Southern Graphics Conference. While continuing her work in Virginia, Magnolia was one of four selected finalists considered for the Charlottesville SOUP grant in Fall of 2013, has received regional and national media attention for her social engaged artwork around sexual violence, and is part of the Public Engagement Team alongside other artists in Performing Statistics .

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EDUCATION

2013                 

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Drawing and Painting), Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI,

Minor: Art History

2008-2009  

Fine Art, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, WI

 

EXHIBITIONS

2017

No More Violence, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA, Solo Exhibition

2016

Forward While Looking Back: 10th Anniversary Retrospective, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA, Group Exhibition

I Am Powerful, Art 180, Richmond, VA, A Program with Performing Statistics and Legal Justice Aid Center

Step Into Our Cell, Duke Hall Critique Space, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Interactive Exhibition by Performing Statistics

Photoville Photo Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY, with Performing Statistics

Police Training Exhibition and Workshop Series, Richmond Public Library, Richmond, VA, with Performing Statistics

Performing Statistics: Incarcerated Youth Speak Up!, the Gallery at Laughing Dog, Harrisonburg, VA

Performing Statistics, Hartzler Gallery Library, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

Performing Statistics, New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

2015

InLight Festival, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, with Performing Statistics/Mark Strandquist

No More Violence: A Community In Recovery And The Struggle For Safety, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA, Solo Exhibition

RAW Artists Presents: Grandeur, The Howard Theatre, Washington DC, Invitational Group Exhibition 

New City Artist Exchange, The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, Invitational Group Exhibition

2014

RAW Artists Presents: Scope, The Hippodrome Theater, Richmond, VA, Invitational Group Exhibition

2013             

Søft Øpening, Ø (The Symbol), Charlottesville, VA, Solo Exhibition

RAW Artists Presents: Kaleidoscope, Double Door, Chicago, IL, Invitational Group Exhibition

Celebrate Queer Milwaukee, Cocoon Room, Milwaukee, WI, Three Person Exhibition

Spring BFA Exhibition, Arts Center Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Group Exhibition

40th Annual Juried Show, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibition, Jurors Brad Bernard and Lynne Shumow

Cocoon Room Grand Opening, Cocoon Room, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Exhibition 

Cream City Pulp: Printmakers’ Showcase for SGCI, VIA Downer, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibition

ROCK THE BLOCK Student SGCI After Party Event, Polish Falcon, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibition

Kick-Offs Print:Mke, Southern Graphics Council-Conference Kick-Off Party, Alterra Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibition

RAW Artists Presents: Discovery, The Rave, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Group Exhibition

Bitch Fest Vol. III, The Boneyard, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Exhibition

2012            

A Showcase of OPS, The Attic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Exhibition

Grand Opening Exhibition, Covart Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibition

Rhymes With Orange: Women and Queer Artists, The Cream City Collectives, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Exhibition  

Kenilworth Open Studios, Kenilworth Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibition

Rhymes With Orange II: Women and Queer Artists, The Cream City Collectives, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Exhibition

2011-2012  

Finding The Revolution In Us All, The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique, Milwaukee, WI, Solo Exhibition

2011         

Drawings After Dark, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mitchell Hall Room 313, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational Exhibition

INK!, Studio Lounge, Bay View, WI, Juried Exhibition

2010

Unapologetic Stories of Abortion, Women’s Care Center-Crisis Pregnancy Center, Milwaukee, WI, Performance

2009       

Art Momentum 2009, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Student Commons, Fond du Lac, WI, Juried Exhibition

Foundations Exhibit, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Juried Exhibtion

 

CURITORIAL EXPERIENCE

2017    Curator and Director: No More Violence, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA

2015    Curator and Director: No More Violence: A Community In Recovery And The Struggle For Safety, The Bridge PAI, Charlottesville, VA
2013    Curator: Celebrate Queer Milwaukee, The Cocoon Room, Milwaukee, WI

2009    Assistant Curator: Art Momentum 2009, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Student Commons, Fond du Lac, WI

2008    Assistant Curator: A Celebration of Spirit, Service-150 Years of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, The Windhover Center For the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI.

PUBLICATIONS

Evan Hume, No More Violence Opens at Gallery5, Dust Up Mag, June 5, 2017

Jo Rozycki, Cville artist uses Virginia clay like graffiti to battle sexual assault, support women’s rights, RVA Magazine, May 18, 2017

Carol Olson, Say No To Violence – Malena Magnolia, The V Word WRIR-LP 97.3 FM, May 15, 2017

Karen Newton, Preview: “No More Violence” at Gallery 5, May 12, 2017

Marshall Lloyd, Malena Magnolia: Art, Mud And Social Justice, Community Idea Stations, WCVW PBS, June, 17, 2016

Michelle Delgado, Malena Magnolia’s Eco-Friendly Street Art and Activism, The Toast, September 17, 2015

Elizabeth Derby, Mud slinging: Artist-activist Malena Magnolia gets down to the nitty-gritty, C-Ville, April 2, 2015

Angela Pham, Community artist Malena Magnolia photographs students for exhibition about sexual assault, The Cavalier Daily, March, 17, 2015

Sarah Lawson, Art handlers: How the New City Artist Exchange is connecting local artists, C-Ville, January, 8, 2015

Lori Waxman, Malena Magnolia, Allison Eve Mollet, and Alexandra Hawley: Celebrate Queer Milwaukee,  60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC, May 31, 2013