Kirsten Hemrich is an artist based in Richmond, VA. 

Kirsten Hemrich is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and educator. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work and is an active member of the internationally based artist collective, The Printmakers Left. Kirsten lives with her partner and cat in Richmond, Virginia. 

In my current body of work I continue my exploration of abstraction through mixed media painting, ceramics, and artist books. My two-dimensional work incorporates symbolic imagery, garish color, and dream-like atmospheres. My ceramics play with classical forms, reimagined expressively with plastic colors. As a whole, my work is informed by poetry and myth in a process that reconciles awkwardness and beauty. Each work is an investigation of origin. Abstract forms take on the shape of birds, clouds, and natural phenomena--loaded symbols that speak to memory, collective myth and storied beginning.  

Education 

2014 - 2018

University of Virginia, B.A.

2018 - 2019

University of Virginia, Aunspaugh Fellowship in Studio Art

Awards 

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2017

Cultureworks Covid-Relief Grant, Round II Richmond, VA

Cultureworks Covid-Relief Grant, Round I Richmond, VA

Rugby Road Madison Lane Charitable Arts Award, Charlottesville, VA

Aunspaugh Fellowship Award, University of Virginia

University Award for Project in the Arts, Jefferson Scholars, Charlottesville

Miller Art Scholars Rising 4th Year Award, Charlottesville, VA

Exhibitions 

Solo

2021

Creation and Sky, Eden Airline Richmond VA

2020

Clouds and Flowers, Sediment Arts, Richmond VA

2019

Cosmic, Ruffin Gallery, Charlottesville VA

2017

Transient Places, New City Arts Initiative, Charlottesville VA

Group

2021

Printmakers Left, Les Yeux De Monde. Charlottesville VA

2021

NFT IRL, Eden Airlines. Richmond VA

2021

Youth #7, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea

2020

Body Positive, Richmond Art Garage, Richmond, VA

2019

NCA & The Haven Live Auction, New City Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA

2019

250, Art Space, Richmond, VA