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Thea Fotiu Howell


Artist Biography: 

Thea earned her Bachelor's Degree in Studio Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta and studied Fine Arts at Hartwick College.  Her work has been exhibited in both New York and North Carolina.  Thea is the recipient of The Anna Sonder Prize from The Academy of American Poets and two of her poems have been published in an anthology by Bright Hill Press.  Thea's career spans more than 25 years in the arts and includes work as a teaching artist and an arts director.   She currently resides in Raleigh with her husband and daughter. 

THEA FOTIU HOWELL:  1-919-218-0393


Artist Statement: 

My work is alive with metaphors and symbols which I use to express both the dichotomy and analogous nature of my Greek and American cultures.  Spirituality, nature, religion, ritual, ancestry, and death are the central and most dialogued elements of my work; I refer to these as "studies" for ideas that cannot be fully explained or articulated. I play with both the mundane and the extraordinary aspects of identity by coupling strange ideas and narratives and, through their over-use and juxtaposition, I invent new meaning. 


Career Highlights: 

*  Teaching Artist- North Carolina Museum of Art.   2010- present

*  Art Director- City of Raleigh.   1999-2010

*  Catskill Poetry Workshop, attendee. Hartwick College 

*  Published in Out of the Catskills and Just Beyond poetry anthology, Bright Hill Press