November / December 2016
Vail’s research is hinged on the traditions of textiles’ inherent collaborative nature in an era that increasingly lacks human interaction. Her practice materializes as sculpture, installation, and collaborative exchange.
Her work has been exhibited nationally including Sediment Gallery (Richmond, VA); Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, (Portland, OR); Form & Concept (Santa Fe, NM); Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington, NC). She has received awards from Arts & Science Council; North Carolina Arts Council; HappeningsCLT; Richmond Arts and Cultural District/CultureWORKS, and residencies from Goodyear Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Elsewhere Museum.
Vail’s projects include: COLLECTING_PILE, an interactive art work which involves the community as both content and collaborator; Friendge, an ongoing global invitation to collaborate; Woven Community, a citywide weaving event (Richmond, VA); and Gathering Clouds at Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA).
Andrea Vail is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA) and UNC-Charlotte (BFA).