Isabel Pardo
Born in 1999, Isabel Pardo is an artist and curator currently based in Baltimore. She has a BFA in Painting, Art History, and Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Curatorial projects include “This Is Not The End,” a virtual exhibit in January 2021, MICA’s 2019 Exhibition Development Seminar’s ‘Historically Hysterical’ at Baltimore’s Peale Center; “Stigma” at the Alhamra Art Center in Bernardsville, NJ; and “Epoch” at the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Inspired by surrealism and alchemy, her studio work investigates the relationship between classical and contemporary art through painting, collage, and abstraction. She strives to create dynamic experiences for the viewer through multimedia paintings and immersive assemblage installations. 

In my work I address all painting as a collage. I consider my work a deliberate collection of individual images, layers, and colors spliced together to entwine new and old meanings for each symbol chosen. I draw upon my identity as a painter and curator to engage physical space in a way which alters the viewer experience by translating 2D space in my paintings into 3D installations. Implementing a combination of traditional water media and oil painting with assemblage installations including found objects, fabric, and construction materials, I explore how art historical imagery and symbolism can be re-interpreted and recycled. By use of surrealist and mythological imagery, I create my own form of alchemy in work that is transformative in dimensionality and symbolism.


Education
2021 Maryland Institute College of Art, MD 
BFA in Painting,  Minors in Art History and Curatorial Studies

Spring 2020 Studio Arts College International Florence, Italy 

Group Exhibitions
2021        MICA 2021 Commencement Exhibition, Virtual Exhibition
2020       New Normal, MICA GD Archives, Virtual Exhibition
2020       Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Virtual Exhibition 
2020       EXHALE, Liberty Cycle, Basking Ridge, NJ
2019       Junior Independent Pop-up Exhibition, MICA Lazarus Center, Baltimore, MD 
2019       Personal Directions Pop-Up Exhibition, MICA Main Building, Baltimore, MD
2019       Studio Mixx, Fox 2 Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD 
2019       Who Are You?, Wilgus Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD 
2019       Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Meyerhoff Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD 
2019       De Colores, Middendorf Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2018       First Year Experience Exhibition, Meyerhoff Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2018       Generations, Rosenberg Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Publications/Press
2020       “Frontrunner Profile of the Week: Isabel Pardo,” by Mary Pat Abruzzo July 2,   2020
2021         Residual Believers, Issue 1 May 12th, 2021 
2021         Seaborne Magazine, Issue 1 May 28th, 2021 

Curated Exhibitions
2021     This Is Not The End, Virtual Exhibition
2019     Historically Hysterical, The Peale Center, MICA Exhibition Development Seminar, Baltimore, MD
2017     Stigma, Alhamra Art Center, Bernardsville, NJ
2017     Epoch., Farmstead Art Center, Basking Ridge, NJ 

Residencies 
2021    Allegorical Impulse, The Rumman Collective, Virtual Residency 

Professional Experience
2021        Curator and Program Coordinator at The Aerogramme Center for Arts and       Culture 
2020        Artist for La Feria Celeste Zine
2020        Intern, Maryland Art Place Gallery, Baltimore, MD  
2019        Interior Design Library Intern, Jenkins Baer Associates, Baltimore, MD 
2018        Panelist for NJPSA Arts Education Series “Fostering Social-Emotional Learning in and through the Arts,”

Awards
2020       Reba Stewart Memorial Scholarship — MICA
2019       Student Program of the Year Award — MICA iLead Program 
2019       Emerging Student Leader Award — MICA iLead Program 
2019       Painting Department Scholarship — MICA
2018        Foundation Scholarship — MICA
2017       Creative Vision Award — MICA
2017       The DaVinci Award — MICA
2017       Academic Excellence Award — MICA