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FSU Art Alum Serena Viola Corson wins Juror’s Award at Berkley Art Center

Published July 5, 2022

• Freedom Begins Where Work Ends, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas, Serena Viola Corson

Berkley Art Center’s upcoming juried exhibition, “connect+collaborate” will feature three of FSU alum Serena Viola Corson’s paintings. Three of the twenty-one presenting artists won Juror’s Award which included a $150 honorarium and an artist talk on Zoom. Serena’s artist talk will be July 15th, 12pm PT. You can email her directly for the zoom link ( or follow Berkley Art Center online for info. The show opening will be July 2nd from 3-6pm if anyone happens to be in the Bay Area

Serena also recently won Juror’s Award at MELTING, a group show put on by San Francisco’s Women Artists Gallery, which has been around since 1887, operating at that time as a women’s sketch club. The painting that won, “Freedom Begins Where Work Ends,” will also be displayed at Berkley.

Serena Viola Corson has been integrating into the Bay Area art scene for almost a year now. Her art explores the relationships between working-class people trying to survive under the many agonizing forms of modern living amidst the perishing environment. Her art centers moments of collective joy, platonic pleasure, and radical friendships. The mostly feminine-presenting figures Serena paints are always uncensored. These figures are either self-references or inspired directly by friends and community members. While her art mainly deals with daunting issues, Serena aims for the work to always retain an uplifting sense of freedom and immediacy.

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