Vitae

Ahna Valdez

www.AhnaArt.com

February 2018

Solo and Group Exhibitions

  • MICA Foundation Show- "The Grid," August-October 2017
  • Solo Art Exhibit at Cedar Roe Library- multiple works, July 2017
  • MICA Open House Foundation Painting Exhibit- "Identity," April 2017
  • Senior Solo Art Exhibit - Compilation of Past and Current Works, May 2016
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - “Sanguine Uncertainty” for Shooting Stars Visual Arts Exhibition, March 2016
  • Crescendo Conservatory, Art at Crescendo 2D Art Exhibit - multiple works, Spring 2016
  • Tim Murphy Art Gallery - “What Will I Become?” Sponsored by Merriam Parks & Recreation, December 2015
  • Anna’s Oven Restaurant Solo Art Exhibit, multiple works ,May-September 2015
  • Tim Murphy Art Gallery - “Sanguine Uncertainty”, Sponsored by Merriam Parks & Recreation, December 2014
  • Art at the Center - "Imagination Awake 2", Selected for the Juried Show, March 2013
  • Kansas City Art Institute - “Ready For Bed”, End of Semester Exhibition & Sale: Patron Preview, December 2013

Juried Competitions

  • Olathe East High School Visual Arts Outstanding Senior in 2D Award, May 2016
  • Olathe Visual Artists Scholarship Award, May 2016
  • Kansas City Dreamkeepers - Social Justice Through The Arts, 1st Place Award, - Mixed Media, "Damaged Perspective April 2016
  • Olathe’s got Talent 2016 Visual Arts Scholarship Award,  - “What Will I Become?”,  April 2016
  • Hidden Glen Arts Scholarship Award, March 2016
  • Shooting Stars Scholarship Recognition Program, First Place Award, Two-Dimensional Art, March 2016
  • Scholastic Art & Writing, Drawing & Illustration -- "The Rhythm of Pain", National Silver Medal, March 2016
  • SCAD CHALLENGE, Savannah College of Art and Design -- "The Rhythm of Pain", First Place Platinum Award, March 2016
  • Kansas Art Education Association (KAEA), Harry Hart Scholarship -- 1st Place Award, State High School Contest, 2016
  • Inducted into the Olathe East High School Wall of Honor, February 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “What Will I Become?”, Gold Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing & Illustration – “The Rhythm of Pain”, Gold Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Digital Art - “Damaged Perspective”, Gold Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “Blue Olivia”, Silver Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “How to Get Over Arachnophobia”, Silver Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “The Lovers, Silver Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “Torn, Silver Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing & Illustration - “In-Flu-Enza, Silver Key Award, January 2016
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing & Illustration - “Reaching for Freedom, Silver Key Award, January 2016
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., "Love Illuminates Life" contest, "The Lover", 1st Place Award, January 2016
  • "Kansans...As Talented As You Think!" - "Sanguine Uncertainty", Best of Show, January 2016
  • "Kansans...As Talented As You Think!" - "Reaching for Freedom", 1st Place Award - Freedom Category, January 2016
  • Tim Murphy Art Gallery/Merriam, High School Visual Arts Competition, "What Will We Become?", 1st Place Award - Painting, December 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “Sanguine Uncertainty”, Gold Key Award, January 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “Blind Equality”, Gold Key Award, January 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Putrescine”, Gold Key Award, January 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Back of My Mind”, Gold Key Award, January 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Cicada Crossing”, Gold Key Award – American Visions Nominee, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Mactabilis”, Gold Key Award, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Paintings - “Ravens”, Silver Key Award, January 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - "Toes are Weird", Silver Key Award, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Imagination Awake”, Silver Key Award, January 2013
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Painting - “Summer Play”, Silver Key Award, January 2013
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Dreamer”, Silver Key Award, January 2012
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Nude Study”, Honorable Mention, January 2015
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “The Descent”, Honorable Mention, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Ready For Bed”, Honorable Mention, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Self Portrait”, Honorable Mention, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Imagination Awake 2”, Honorable Mention, January 2014
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Moon Goddess”, Honorable Mention, January 2013
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Nature Fairy”, Honorable Mention, January 2013
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Welcoming Death”, Honorable Mention, January 2013
  • Scholastic Midwest Region, Drawing - “Serenity", Honorable Mention, January 2012
  • Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Art At the Center Art Exhibit "Sanguine Uncertainty", Best in Show, October 2014
  • Tim Murphy Art Gallery/Merriam, High School Visual Arts Competition, "Sanguine Uncertainty", 1st Place Award - Painting, December 2014
  • Arti Gras, Annual Juried Art Show, “Imagination Awake 2”, 1st Place Award, February 2014
  • Kansas City Art Institute, CPS Invitational Exhibition, "Ready for Bed", Best in Show Award, September 2013
  • Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Art At the Center Art Exhibit "Imagination Awake", Honorable Mention, January 2013
  • Lions Club International "Children Know Peace" Poster Contest, 1st Place Regional Level, 1st Place Multi-District Level, International Finalist, November 2011-2012

Commissions and Volunteer

  • Kansas City Royals Home Game, Chalk Art Advertisement, September 2015
  • Chalk Artist for First Watch restaurant Spring Chalk Boards, April 2015
  • Dream Factory, Poster Design, "Dreams of the Lion Hearted", October 2013
  • Images Art Gallery "Life on the Trail" Mural, June 2013
  • Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival, Featured Artist, September 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Publications

  • elementia – Literary Art Magazine, Johnson County Library, Issue 13, 2016
  • KCAI-Kansas City Art Institute Programs Brochure, Spring 2015
  • ITeen Magazine KC Metro Edition, Summer 2013
  • ITeen Magazine KC Metro Edition, Winter 2012/2013
  • ITeen Magazine KC Metro Edition, Summer 2012
  • Arts & Activities Magazine, Featured "Young Artist",  Fall 2012

 Art Enrichment

  • Lacey Lewis, Summer Painting Intensive, July 2015
  • CG Master Academy Digital Painting Including Color Composition for Film and Animation, May 2015
  • Olathe East High School, AP Art Studio, 2014-2015, Perfect Score on AP ART exam
  • SAIC-School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Early College Program, Figure Painting, July 2014
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Drawing with Traditional Media Workshop, June 2014
  • KCAI-Kansas City Art Institute, Portfolio Preparation, October 2013
  • KCAI-Kansas City Art Institute, Pre-College Summer Intensive, July 2013
  • Private Lessons, Educator: Lacey Lewis, Human Form Oil Painting, Summer 2013- 2016
  • Watercolor Portrait Workshop, Educator: Dr. Eugene Bortnick, Watercolor, June 2013
  • Private Lessons, Educator: Amy Wunsch “HeART”, 2008-2013
  • Private Lessons, Educator: Evan Tedlock, Digital Animation, 2013
  • KCAI-Kansas City Art Institute - Drawing People, 2012
  • Adult Watercolor Workshop, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 2012
  • Olathe East High School, AP Studio Art, 2016
  • Olathe East High School, AP Studio Art, 2015
  • Olathe East High School, Graphic Design, 2014
  • Olathe East High School, Drawing 4, 2014
  • Olathe East High School, Painting, 2014
  • Olathe East High School, Drawing 3, 2014
  • Olathe East High School, Drawing 2, 2013
  • Olathe East High School, Drawing 1, 2013