AMANDA VALDEZ (b.1982) received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2011. Valdez lives and works in New York. Valdez is currently having her first museum exhibition at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Valdez’s most recent exhibition was Time & Tide, a two-person exhibition with Caris Reid at Denny Gallery (2016). She has exhibited extensively in the United States and is represented by Denny Gallery in New York. Valdez has received prestigious artist residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. She has been featured in Forbes, Paper Magazine, Art F City, Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic, among others.