MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Renée Rendine received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1996) and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth Univenity (1999). She was a recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in 2000 and was awarded a fellowship to study in Italy by the Atlantic Center for the Arts that same year. Rendine received a Baker Artist Awards B-Grant in 2015 as well as Maryland Sate Arts council individual Artist Grants in 2005 and 2009. Selected exhibitions include the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Noyes Museum of Art, Kim Foster Gallery in New York and Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, The Surface Design Journal, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
The elements in Rendine's work are constructed through laborious processes such as weaving, braiding, and sewing. They are then 'activated' in performance through a similar process of methodical alteration. Rendine shares the space intimately with the audience and communicates not only through sight and movement but also sound and touch. Utilizing temporal materials such as gelatins, fluids, or water-soluble plastics she speaks to the notion of time and change. These are repetitive actions that build and transform a work, like a spider, strand by strand, spinning a web, or a wasp, layer by layer, building a nest.