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Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2 – 9pm
The Department of Art and Art Historyin the College of Arts and Sciencespresents an exhibition by artist Valeria Rocchiccioli. Born and raised in S�o Paulo, Brazil, Rocchiccioli uses mass-produced discarded plastic objects as her primarymedium; Rocchiccioli's sculptures remind us that ordinary can become extraordinary. It is evident when the artist shifts the material's original intention of existence by weaving plastic bottles, caps and zip ties, creating unpredictable forms. The densely patterned and colorful sculptures draw the inevitable comparison to S�o Paulo's landscape, large population, and diverse society. Rocchiccioli received her B.A. in industrial design from the School of Architecture and Communications, Universidade Mackenzie, S�o Paulo. The artist moved to Miami in 2008. Eventuallyshe enrolled at theUniversity of Miami as agraduate student and teaching assistant. Shewill receive her M.F.A. in the spring of 2013. Her works are in private collections and have beenexhibited in many local galleries. Rocchiccioli is the recipient of the 2012 Juror Best in Show Awardfor M.F.A. Candidates. Next month shewill participate in two exhibitions: Sustainotopia atthe Miami BeachConvention Center from April16-22 and Blue Sphere at theWynwood Exhibition Center. Undiscarded by Valeria Rocchiccioli will be on view from April 8-26at UM's Wynwood Gallery,2750 NW 3rdAvenue, Suite 4, inside the Wynwood Building. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 13, from 2to 9p.m. For information about the artist, email@example.com or visit www.valeriarocchiccioli.com.For more information about the exhibition or the UM Wynwood Gallery, call 305-284-3161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.