Andrea Vail investigates contemporary American society and its objects -- specifically home goods deemed stylistically obsolete, or unattractive by the standards of 21st century mainstream culture to create sculpture and collaborative exchange. Her research explores trends of mass-production, habits of consumption and systems of artifice and authenticity.

Andrea is a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship (2016-17); HappeningsCLT Visual Artist Grant; CultureWORKS Richmond Arts and Cultural District MicroGrant; and residencies at Goodyear Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Elsewhere. Her work has been exhibited at Sediment Gallery (Richmond, VA); Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, (Portland, OR); Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN); Emily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron (Akron, OH); Form & Concept (Santa Fe, NM) and Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington, NC).

Her recent projects include: COLLECTING_PILE, an interactive art work which involves thecommunity as both content and collaborator; Friendge, an ongoing global invitation tocollaborate; DancePartyPotty, an interactive response to HB2 at McColl Center for Art +Innovation; Woven Community, a citywide weaving event (Richmond, VA); and GatheringClouds at Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA).

Andrea Vail is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BFA)

b. 1980

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Craft/Material Studies Graduate Program, 2014
BFA, UNC-Charlotte, Visual Art - Fibers, 2003


Elsewhere Museum, Residency, Summer, 2018
Regional Artist Project Grant, Arts and Science Council, 2018
Happenings CLT Visual Artist Grant, 2017
Visual Artist Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council, 2016-17
Goodyear Arts Residency, Charlotte, NC, 2016
Richmond Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant, CultureWORKS, 2013
Graduate School Thesis Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
William B. Clopton Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
Graduate Student Travel Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
Summer Affiliate Artist Residency. McColl Center for Visual Art, 2012

Selected One and Two Person Exhibits

Resident Exhibition (July), Elsewhere Museum (Curator: Emily Ensminger), Greensboro, NC
Artificial Habitats, Waterworks Visual Arts Center (Curator: Anne Scott Clement), Salisbury, NC 

WOVEN Community, Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA
The secret lives of the inanimate (Rachel Emily Simpson and Andrea Vail), Student Union Gallery, UNCC, Charlotte, NC
TranscendingScape, Curated by McColl Center for Visual Art, Transamerica Building, Charlotte, NC

Selected Group Exhibits

NC Artists Fellowship Exhibit, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC 
Textures: CLTextile showcase, C3Lab, Charlotte, NC 
Crossing Generations, Curator: Jane Sauer, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR 
Instructor Exhibition, Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Showcase, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC 
In Esse, Emily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 
Faculty Biennial, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 
Open Occupancy, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC 
Residency, Form & Concept, Santa Fe, NM
BOOM, Charlotte, NC
Site Seeing, C3Lab, Charlotte, NC
Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Pease Gallery, CPCC, Charlotte, NC
MFA Thesis Exhibition - Panoramic Sham, the Depot, VCU, Richmond, VA
Metal 3, LIGHT Art+Design, Chapel Hill, NC 
Radius 250, Juror: N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Director and Curator of Univ. of Richmond Museums, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
FO/MENT, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
Altered, Cornelius Arts Center, Corneluis, NC
Wickham House 200: Inspiring Art Two Centuries Later, 1812 Wickham House, The Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond, VA


Signalling Hello, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC
A process-based greeting initiative that shares genuine encounters with pedestrians informed the daily practice of walking and greeting others with a “Hello.”

COLLECTING_PILE, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC, Supported by North Carolina Arts Council
An interactive art work which involves the community as both content and collaborator.

2015 - Present
Friendge, ongoing -
An initiative that invites people from all over the world to create tassels that I will fashion into a large border

WOVEN Community Project, Candela Books + Gallery, Storefront for Community Design, Coalition Theater, Black Iris Gallery, Anchor Studios, Quirk Gallery, Richmond Public Library, Sediment Gallery,Richmond, VA Supported by CultureWORKS - Richmond Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant
Three-part community-focused exchange, involves collecting donated crochet goods from the community,unraveling the goods to reclaim yarn, and welcoming Richmonders to join me in weaving the yarn.

Gathering Clouds: A Quilting Bee, The Anderson Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA
In conjunction with Sanford Biggers: Codex, The Anderson Gallery collected submissions of original cloud photographs from participants via tumblr. With help from the VCU’s Fashion Department the photos were printed on cotton fabric, later to be pieced together as a quilt. Community members joined me with finishing stitches. The evening concluded with the completed quilt raffled off to a participant.

Two Plus One: A 5 Hour Creative Interaction (co-organized with Rachel Emily Simpson), McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Rachel and I, along with ten other artist sought to investigate the possibilities and challenges presented while working collaboratively. Our effort was to combine the visions, ideas, and styles of two plus artists throughdialogue and unrestricted materials. 

ONE HUNDRED CIRCLES, Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, Charlotte, NC Permanent Public Installation
100 individual circular tapestries joined to make one permanent public work. From
April 9 - May 30, 2012, through a series of examples and lessons, the entire Fourth Grade class at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School (100 Students) worked together to produce a textile rich in color, texture, and pride


‘Color: Outside the Lines’ Waterworks Summer Exhibition. Salisbury Post, 7 June 2018.
Lacy, Justin . "Cameron Art Museum exhibit shows off best of North Carolina art." Star News [Wilmington] 10 Apr. 2-18 Web.
Sauer, Jane. “CROSSING GENERATIONS.” Surface Design Journal, pp. 6–11.
"ARTFUL: VISUAL ARTS, What to Do and See in Charlotte. Who to Meet." The Charlotte Observer 21 May 2017: 3C. Print.
"Carolina Art Crush: Andrea Vail." Interview. Blog post. Happeningsclt. 17 May 2017. Web.
Trenning, Lynn. “Salt and Tassels, Weaves and Clay – and $10KEach.” The Charlotte Observer. McClatchy, 5 January 2017. Web.
De La Canal, Nick. "McColl Center Tackles House Bill 2 With An Art Exhibit - Where Else? - In The Bathrooms." Weblog post. WFAE 90.7. NPR, 7 Sept. 2016. Web.
Price, Mark. "Bitter HB2 Dispute Basis for Provocative Restroom Art Show in Charlotte." The Charlotte Observer. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web.
Spruill, Aerin. "Balance Is Key When It Comes to Work and Play." QC After Dark. Creative Loafing Charlotte, 25 Aug. 2016. Web.
Toussaint, Katie. "Yep, There's a Bathroom with a Disco Ball in Charlotte - CharlotteFive." CharlotteFive. 18 Aug. 2016. Web.
Hopper, John. "INSPIRATIONAL 10 - the Textile Blog 2008-2016." Inspirational. N.p., 2016. Web.
Vail, Andrea. "Woven Community An Invitation To Work Shoulder-to-Shoulder." Surface Design News. Surface Design Association, 28 July 2.
"Exposure." Surface Design Journal: Textiles Winter 2014: 68. Print.
Greenberg, Blue. "Many Configurations of Metal at Chapel Hill Gallery." The Herald-Sun. N.p., 9 Jan. 2014. Web.
Adams, Amanda Dalla Villa. "The Practice of Thinking Artspace's "Radius250" Has Some Compelling Work Hiding in Its Corners." Style Weekly. N.p., 6 Aug. 2013. Web.
Lord, Jo. "Please Drink and Quilt Responsibly." Sifter. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 June 2013.
Slipek, Edwin. "Pimp My House, A 200-year-old Landmark Mansion Gets a Facelift from VCU Students." Style Weekly 19 Feb. 2013: 45. Print.
Overcash, Anita. "Two Plus One and Squared Closing Reception." Creative Loafing Charlotte 26 July 2013: n. pag. Web.
Hopper, John. "The Symbolism of Personal Memory. The Artwork of Andrea Vail." The Textile Blog. N.p., 11 Jan. 2012. Web.
"Spotlight on Education." Surface Design Journal: Creative Explorations of Fiber and Fabric Summer 2009: 64-65. Print.

Outreach, Workshops, and Volunteer

PADME Visiting Artist, Bloomsburg University, Department of Art & Art History, Bloomsburg, PA
Juror, Future Tense: Student Exhibition, Surface Design Association, MK + AB Gallery, Portland State University
2015 - Present
Teaching Artist, Community School of the Arts, Charlotte, NC
Teaching Artist, Sunday Fun Day: Project Ten Ten Ten/ Proyecto Diez Diez Diez, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Visiting Artist, Experimental art workshop, The John Crosland School, Charlotte, NC
Representative - Craft/Material Studies, Graduate Artists Association, Richmond, VA
Student Advisory Committee. Surface Design Association, San Antonio, TX
Quilting Workshop, Crafts/Material Studies Department and VCU Freedom Quilt Project, Richmond, VA
2009-11 Public Relations Assistant. Charlotte Arts Catalyst, Charlotte, NC


Artist Talk, Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC
Faculty Biennial Discussion, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
SDA Craft + Concept Intensive 2015 Made/Aware: Socially Engaged Practices, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Graduate Artist Association, VCU, Richmond, VA
Artist to Artist. McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Sheila Hicks: Celebrating 50 Years of Textile Design & Art. Friends of the Mint Lecture Series. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Our Voices in Action: Discovering your Voice. Third Annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Professional Positions

AdjunctFaculty, Arts: Visual, Performing and Interior Design Division, Central PiedmontCommunity College, 2015-17
AdjunctFaculty (Sabbatical Replacement), College of Art + Art History, UNC-Charlotte, 2016
Adjunct Faculty (Sabbatical Replacement), Department of Art, Appalachian State University, 2014-2015
AdjunctFaculty, College of Art + Art History, UNC-Charlotte, 2008-2011


Surface Design Association
Southeast Fibers Educators Association


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