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Lived/Active: Vermont/Rhode Island/Massachusetts      Known for: printmaking, teaching

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Biography from Nohra Haime Gallery:

Born July 6, 1955, Springfield, Massachusetts
Lives and works in Burlington, Vermont since 1979


2005-07 Vermont College of Union Institute and University, VT (MFA)
1990 Restoration studies, Courtauld Institute, London, England
1977-78 Apprentice Restorer, Morton Bradley, Arlington, MA
1975-78 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Painting, Providence, RI
1973-74 Beloit College, Beloit, WI


2000-present Adjunct Faculty, Community College of Vermont, VT
2000-present Adjunct Faculty, St. Michael's College, Burlington
1996-2002 Trustee Vermont Art Council
1988-89 Advisory Board Member, Vermont Council on the Arts, Montpelier, VT
1978 Teaching Assistant, printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design,
Providence, RI
1977-78 Conservator, Assistant to the curator Museum of Rhode Island
School of Design, Providence, RI
1976-78 Framer, Assistant to the Curator, Museum of Rhode Island School
of Design,Providence, RI


2009 Commission,The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future through Art, VT
2008 Grant award from the Community Foundation of Vermont, Vermont Endowment Fund
1992 Fellowship, Vermont Council on the Arts
1985 Jurors Award, Stratton Mountain Arts Festival
Featured Artist, Stratton Mountain Arts Festival
1984 Fellowship, Vermont Council on the Arts
Jurors Award, Stratton Mountain Arts Festival


2009 "Maiden Voyages," American Corner, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan
2001 "Nomadic Travels and Traditions," Amy Tarrent Gallery, Flynn Center for
the Performing Arts, Burlington
"Nomadic Travels and Traditions," School of Visual Arts, New York


2013 "Maiden Voyages," The Center For Book Arts, New York
2011 "Superheroes: Casita Maria," Casita Maria Center for Arts and
Education, Bronx, NY
"Nomadic Connections," Visual Arts Museum, New York
"Portraits of Time: Mountain Profiles," Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
2000 "From Andalusia to Kurdistan," Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
"Nomadic Connections," Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, San Francisco, CA
1999 "Nomadic Connections," Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
1998 "Andalusian Landscapes - Paisajes Andaluces," Nohra Haime Gallery, New
"Valerie Hird," MAC, New York
1997 "Nightscapes in the Palmirs," Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
"The Nile and Beyond - Works on Paper," The Armory, Nohra Haime
Gallery, New York


Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
Fleming Museum, Burlington
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies, United States Embassy, Turkey and South Korea


Advance Corporation, Miami, FL
Cargill Investment Service, New York
Exxon Corporation, Dallas, TX
Fletcher Allen Health Center, Burlington
Garwin, Bronzaft, Gerstein & Fisher, New York
Lavandoo, Geneva, Switzerland
Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington
Pfizer Inc., New York
Pizzagalli Construction, Burlington
Standard Chartered Bank, New York
Ventura, Miami, FL
Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA


Morocco, Spain, Turkey, Scotland, Peru, Uzbekistan, Kirghistan, Egypt, Turkey, England,
Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, Lebanon, Syria

American Consulate General in Istanbul, Collection catalogue, 2003, illustrated in color.
Arts & Living. Vermont Arts Council, Vermont, Summer 2009, cover illustration and p. 4.
"Arts Endowment Fund Awards More Than $100,000 For Projects Across the State," The Vermont Community Foundation, 2008.
Atil, Esin. Echoes: The Continued Effect of Turkish Traditions on Contemporary Art.
Awodey, Marc. "Wonderful Works," Seven Days, Burlington, September 29, 1999, p. 35, illustrated.
_____. "Valerie Hird: The Maiden Voyages Project," Art New England, October/November 2009.
Bander, Nina. "Vermont Artists Use Travels as Inspiration in New Exhibit," The Recorder, Greenfield, August 23, 2001, p. A&E 3.
Barsch, Sky. "Brush With Destiny," Vermont Life, Autumn 2009, p. 56, illustrated.
Belden, Willow. "Artist seeks to erode stereotypes by depicting women's daily life," TheJordan Times, Ammann, April 18, 2008, illustrated.
"Beyond Boundaries," RISD Views, Winter 2005, p. 18.
Blair, Joel. "Valerie Hird: Colorist and Ironist," as seen in Solares Hill, April 21, 2006.
Contemporary American Art, An Exhibition, United States Embassy, Seoul, 2002, exhibition
catalogue, illustrated.
Digital & Video Art Fair 2008 Paris: A Tribute to Wolf Vostell, Kube Hotel, Paris, 2008, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
Fels, Tom Weston. Vermont Artists as Travelers, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, August 3-November 4, 2001, exhibition brochure, illustrated.
Fifteenth Annual Art and Law. St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1990, exhibition catalogue, illustrated p. 55
Gallo, Peter. "Art's Alive Show Brings Art Home for Vermonters," Burlington Press, Burlington, July 23, 1989.
_____. "Artists Draw Creatures Out of Woodwork," Free Press (Weekend), Burlington, November 1989, p. 16D, illustrated.
Garner, Dwight. "Midnight Fears," Vanguard Press, Burlington, November 30, 1989.
_____."Passepartout Gallery: Hird/Fisher," Art New England, Boston, February 1990.
Garrett, Christie and David. The Inn of the Five Graces, Starlight Media Group, 2001.
Geiger, Karen M. "Maiden Voyages: The Diaries of Five Women," Art Map Burlington, 2009.
Glueck, Grace. "Art Guide: Valerie Hird: Andalusian Landscapes," The New York Times, New York, June 12, 1998, p. E38.
Gribaudo, Paola. Libri Donne del Arte e di Carta. Turin, Italy Biblioteca Civica, 1996.
Hammer, Esther. "New Museum Spot Draws on Contemporary Artists,", March 9, 2008.
Hill, Solares. "Crossing Borders at Lucky Street Gallery," Newspaper, Key West, January 2
2004. pp. 10-11.
Hird, Valerie. Anatolian Journeys: a Memoir. New York: Nohra Haime Gallery Editions. 1995.
Hird, Valerie. Anatolian Journeys. New York: Nohra Haime Gallery, 1995, exhibition catalogue,
________. "Redefining "Adventure," RISD VIEWS, Rhode Island, April 1998, illustrated.
________. Nomadic Connections, Stowe, Helen Day Art Center, September 1999, exhibition
catalogue, illustrated.
________. Andalusian Landscapes - Paisajes Andaluces. New York, Nohra Haime Gallery,
1998, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
Keese, Susan. "Paintings and music to the rescue," The Rutland Herald, Rutland, September 16, 2001.
Kelley, Kevin J. "Vermont Painters Take New York in Simultaneous Exhibits," Seven Days, February 29, 2012.
Key West Literary Seminar, Key West, 2004, p. 25, illustrated.
Korotkin, Joyce. "Time and the Obliteration of Legacy," NYArts, New York, December 1999, p.
Lischer-Goodband. "Vermont Women Paint the Middle East," Brattleboro Reformer,
Brattleboro, October 4, 2001, illustrated.
Llata, Alexid de la. "Valerie Hird: Common People, Common Past," Mexico, April 2005, p. 10,
Masks, AKIM. New York: Sotheby's, 1996, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
Montgomery, Cornelia. "Ancients Threads," Nomadic Connections, Helen Day Art Center,
Burlington, September 1999, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
"Nomadic Connections," Antiques and The Arts Weekly, Newtown, November 19, 1999, p. 91, illustrated.
"Nomadic Connections," Vermont Arts Council Artsletter, Montpelier, Fall 1999, p. 15.
"Nomadic Connections," The Stowe Reporter, Stowe, September 16, 1999, p. 10B, illustrated.
Polston, Pamela. "Melting Like Lovers," Vermont Times, Barre, November 21, 1991, p. 21.
Rahn, Amy. "The Maiden Voyages Project: The Diaries of Five Women," Seven Days - Bon-Voyage, November 18, 2009.
Raynor, Vivien. "An Attractive Exhibition of What Watercolorists Can Do," The New York
Times, (N.C. Edition), February 13, 1994, p. 10. illustrated.
Reed, Bill. "An Interesting Variety at Beside Myself Gallery's New Show," The Manchester
Journal, Manchester, July 1990.
Robinson, Walter. "Weekend Update," Artnet, February 5, 2003,
Sanders Eaton, J. "Valerie Hird: Cycles of Faith/Cycles of Fiction," New York, Gallery & Studio, February-March 2005, p. 34, illustrated.
Seidman, Sarah. "Helen Day Offers Up a Visual Delight," The Times Argus, Barre, October 15, 1999, p.17 illustrated.
Shannak, Lina. "'Maiden Voyages' Brushing Away Misconceptions," The Star, May 8, 2008, illustrated.
Sharon, Annette. "Artists as Travelers Takes Viewer far," Manchester Journal, Manchester, June 7, 2002, p. 6B.
Sherwin, Brian. "Art Space Talk: Valerie Hird,", Friday, September 14, 2007.
Sorell, Victor Alejandro. "A Global Response to War Rendered in Words and Images," NYArts, Nov-Dec 2004, Vol. 9, No.11/12.
"State of the Art 2005: National Biennial Watercolor Invitational," Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, 2005, illustrated.
"Texture and Textiles," Free Press (Weekend), Burlington, September 16, 1999, p.14D, illustrated.
"Two-Woman Show at Gallery North Star's Stratton Mountain Location," The Message,
Stratton, February 6 - 12, 1990, illustrated.
U.S. Department of State. "United States Embassy Santiago, Chile: ART in Embassies
Exhibition," Washington, D.C., April 2009.
Valerie Hird: Myths Then and Now, New York, Nohra Haime Gallery, January 11- February 11,
2006. Exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
"Valerie Hird," El Diario/La Prensa, New York, January 26, 2003, p. 18, illustrated.
"Vermont Arts Council awards $250,000 to 10 artists," Vermont Business Magazine, Montpelier, Vermont, February 5, 2009.
"Vermont Arts Council Showcases Finalists for The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future Through Art," January 12, 2009, available from
Voeller, Meghan. "Last Day: Drawing Beyond the Plane,", April 12, 2008,
____________. "The Year's Top 10 Visual Art Exhibits," Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay, December 24, 2008.
Watkins, Eileen,"Watercolors Go Beyond Their Conservative Image," The Sunday Star-Ledger. Newark, February 13, 1994, pp. 4-19.
Wibking, Angel. "Galleries Celebrate Art and History in Three Fine Shows", Nashville Business
Journal, Nashville, April 22-26, 1991, p. 15, illustrated.
Young, Victoria. "Nomadic Connections: Vermont Artist Traces Origins of Asian Textiles," The Stowe Reporter, Stowe, October 7, 1999, p.12B, illustrated.

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