FSU Art MFA 18′ Lucia Riffel has been accepted into the Bunker Projects Artist in Residence Summer-Winter 2022 cycle! Riffel will reside in Pittsburgh, PA at Bunker Projects this fall while researching and fabricating new elements in her interdisciplinary practice of 3D animation and installation. Bunker Projects is a nonprofit artist residency and experimental gallery in Pittsburgh, PA that serves as a platform for emerging artists to develop their practice and create new works for exhibition. Bunker Projects was founded in 2013 by a group of fresh college graduates from Penn State who were eager to continue their art practice outside of the academic environment, but who didn’t see themselves fitting into Pittsburgh’s established, mainstream arts ecosystem. By blending the production, exhibition and interpretation of art they center the work of local and visiting artists. Bunker provides a unique and productive environment for artists to advance their careers and make new interpersonal connections. Equity and sustainability are core beliefs, as they work to uplift people from diverse backgrounds in the arts. Bunker Projects provides an immersive live-work-exhibition space alongside intimate cultural programming. They seek to foster a spirit of innovative support, connecting artists at all stages of their careers with Pittsburgh’s active and growing arts community.
Lucia Riffel is an installation and animation artist based in Tallahassee, FL. Riffel earned her Bachelor of Arts (2015) in Studio Art and Art History at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and her Master of Fine Arts (2018) at Florida State University. She navigates the space between physical, digital, and psychological realms in her interdisciplinary practice. Her otherworldly works have been shown at Day & Night Projects, Urban Glass, The Wiregrass Museum, and Carnation Contemporary. Riffel is a National Endowment for the Arts 2022 grant recipient and has been awarded residencies at Laboratory Residency, Bunker Projects, and Drum Machine Editions. Most recently, Riffel’s works have graced our minds and screens through solo exhibition The Eternal Present at Tempus Projects, virtual exhibition screensavor at The Neon Heater, and IRL exhibition Waiting Room at Laundromat Art Space in Miami, Florida.