Fernanda D'Agostino

Member Since February 4, 2009

Working in sculpture, public art, mixed media, video, and performance, Fernanda D'Agostino studied at George Washington University/The Corcoran School, earned her BS in education at the College of New Jersey, (1973) and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Montana (1984). Since 1984 D’Agostino has completed twenty-five public commissions and fifteen exhibitions, many incorporating moving images in novel ways. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibitions include Traveler’s Rest, Abundance and Scarcity, Fate, Imagining the Other Side, Theater of Memory, Flight Studies and Motion Studies.
Her work has been recognized by a project grant from the NEA, state fellowships in Montana and Oregon, Regional Initiatives Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Warhol Foundation, and a Bronson Fellowship. She was selected as a Flintridge Foundation Fellow in 2001, and her 2008 video installation Motion Studies was recognized by a Lindburgh Honor Award in 2009. Her work is also included numerous publications including Lois Allan's Contemporary Art in the Northwest and in the collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Reed College, The Yellowstone Art Museum and The New York Public Library Artists Book Collection.
D'Agostino has received public art commissions for the Portland TriMet Light Rail; Tacoma Link Light Rail; the Smith and Bybee Lakes Restoration project Portland; Sea Tac Airport; The Capital Area Parks and Planning Commission (Washington); The cities of San Jose, CA and Phoenix AZ; and The East Bay Regional Trail in Oakland, California. D’Agostino is a pioneer in the use of outdoor video projections in public art. “Celestial Navigations,” (2009) video projections on a monumental navigational instrument, is sited at SeaTac International Airport. Portland State University’s “Intellectual Ecosystem” was a 2010 Public Art Network National Year in Review selection for its innovative use of moving images in a public place. Video from her 2008 installation, Motion Studies, has screened at Rencontres Internationales Sciences et Cinémas, France; 809 International New Image Art Festival–China; Technarte, Spain; Madcat International Film Festival, San Francisco; EVA, London; and Mumbai International Film Festival (National Film Board of India Invitation). Her current installation “Pool” uses interactive video projections to immerse viewers in an ever changing environment of memory, thought and dreams. Video from "Pool" has been exhibited at the Greestone Gallery, UK, and in Venice, Italy as part of "Hidden and Forbidden Identities." Recently Fernanda was a visiting artist at the American Academy of Rome. She is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland.