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About Mandy

Mandy Huyler likes to explore irony and interaction in her work. From her is it art? series and Preapproved Project to her current untitled series exploring comfortable things in uncomfortable environments she wants her audience to examine themselves and how they relate to the world around them.

Primarily a painter, acrylics are a central part of any of her paintings. Mandy uses multiple layers of washes and glazes to create a depth and richness in color akin to oils. Although acrylics are central to her work, she is not afraid to experiment with other traditional and untraditional media and “mixing things up.”

Mandy is a naturally born artist who started creating at a young age (her first art award was in third grade for an illustration from Black Beauty).  She spent some time in the Navy where there was not much time no encouragement for artistic expression; as her career in the navy came to an end she started creating again.  In addition to creating art Mandy enjoys documenting the everyday art around us through photography. Since she became more comfortable showing her work she has participated in many group shows and has work displayed at the San Diego County Fair.

For the past four years, Mandy has co-coordinated the Art of Pride Exhibit and Juried Show at the San Diego LGBT Festival. The Art of Pride promoted the work of local LGBT and LGBT friendly artist at the festival and throughout the year.

Selected Shows:
2007 – 2012        San Diego Art of Pride (2007/8 Juried Show/Featured Artist, 2009-2012 coordinator/featured Artist)
August 2011       South Bay Arts and Music Festival Featured Artist
February 2011     Solo Show at San Diego Pride offices
2007 – 2012        San Diego County Fair Juried Show

Awards:
2012      San Diego County Fair       Honorable Mention for Office Gossip
2011      San Diego County Fair       Third Place in Acrylic Still Life for Lonely Chair
2010      San Diego County Fair       Honorable Mention for Chaos
2008      San Diego Art of Pride       First Prize for Desert Heart

Publications:
2008         Creditcards.com, “Teaching old credit cards new tricks: Innovative artists recycle expired credit cards into inspired creations” By Erin Peterson. The preapproved project was featured as part of an article on artists who use incorporate credit cards in their work.

2006        UCSD Visual Artist Group Calendar, Trolley was selected for the month of October

 

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