Mia Rosenthal, visual artist

A native of Cranston, R.I., Mia graduated from Parsons the New School for Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts. Mia specializes in drawings on paper, employing a multitude of tiny sketches that one critic has likened to the method of pointillism. An intriguing combination of science and art, her works are included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Progressive Art Collection in Cleveland, and Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. In the ink and graphite drawings for her first solo show, American Landscapes, at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, she paid tribute to the tradition of American landscape painting while celebrating the biological diversity of the land. The landscape drawings depict more than 3,000 animals and plants (“organisms by the thousands forming the contours of the natural world”) found in the Hudson River Valley. The centerpiece of her second solo show at Gallery Joe, titled every day, was a large spiraled drawing of 1,000 creatures, beginning with a single-celled organism and moving through time to early ocean life, plants, mammals, dinosaurs, primates, and the domestication of plants and animals through genetically modified organisms and synthetically created life forms. In 2014, her work was included in the 12th National Drawing Invitational at the Arkansas Arts Center, which purchased a piece for its permanent collection, and she had a solo show titled Welcome to Earth! At PULSE Miami Beach. As the demand for Mia’s work grew, the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship enabled her to expand her art studio, purchase art supplies to complete additional drawings and participate in art fairs and exhibitions.  She was able to cover travel costs to meet with collectors, curators, and dealers.  She also took the opportunity to travel to Geneva to visit the Large Hadron Collider, which became the inspiration for her solo exhibit Paper Lens at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  In 2015, she received a residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Click here for more information on Mia Rosenthal.

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