Alyssa Salomon reminds us to craft conversations, not barriers

Videography by Joey Tran of Double Take, | Photography by Paige Stevens Photography

About the speaker

Artist. Business woman. Teacher. Advisor. Advocate. Gardener. Pickler. Chicken keeper. One time bread baker. Kayaker. Birdwatcher, albeit late-rising. Picture maker. Photograph taker. Reader. Citizen.

Alyssa Salomon serves as the 2017-2018 Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Artist-in-Residence. She has taught at VCU School of the Arts, Penland School of Crafts, VMFA Studio School, and monthly at Studio Two Three where she keeps a studio, and recently served as Board Chair. Alyssa received a BA in Art from Kenyon College and a MBA in Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago.

Alyssa’s art work is in a number of public and private collections, recognized with awards including two VMFA Professional Fellowships, and is represented by Candela Gallery (Richmond VA). Penland Gallery (Penland NC), and Soho Myriad (Atlanta & Los Angeles). “A Chicken in Every Plot,” her two-year project with The Valentine Museum was on view at the museum during 2016 and is now a permanent part of Google Arts & Culture. Alyssa’s newest venture is Blue Skies Workroom, the moniker under which she designs, produces and markets original home textiles and paper goods.

Alyssa lives along the Chickahominy River cypress swamp in New Kent County, not far from where Pocahontas saved John Smith.

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