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Tea Okropiridze

Was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1994 she received Associate Degree in Art and Sculpture from Tbilisi Jacob Nikoladze Arts College. In 2002 she received an Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Artistic weaving/tapestry from the State Institute of Art and Culture, Department of Fine & Applied Art – Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 2002, she moved to the USA and continued her career in Northern Virginia. Since 2004 she, and her husband, sculptor George Tkabladze ran a studio called Art Woodstone Studio, located in Virginia. Simultaneously, she works as Tapestry and Art instructor at Smithsonian Associates Studio Art Program, Washington DC; The Art league School, Alexandria, VA; Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, MD and US Art Education Center, Chantilly, VA

She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Some of the most recent exhibitions include: (2019) 2019 Artists at work – Smithsonian Museum, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington DC; Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia; Experience Georgian Culture – Embassy of Georgia, Washington DC; (2018) Four Seasons – Gallery B, Bethesda MD; The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!: 12th international, small format tapestry exhibition – Reno, NV, (2017) 6th International Triennial of Tapestry “Novi Sad 2017” Serbia. Focus on Fiber – Glen Echo Park, MD. The Creative Crafts Council 31st Biennial – Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD. International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts – EGOS XIII- Oud Sint- Jan Museum, Bruges, Belgium; (2016) From Lausanne to Beijing-9th International Fiber Art Biennale – Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China. Fiber National 2016 – Workhouse art Center, Lorton, VA. Threads: A Sampling of the Fiber Arts – Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD; (2015) Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Melbourne, Australia. Small Tapestry International 4 – American Tapestry Alliance, USA to name a few.

She won Award of Excellence from Lausanne to Beijing 9th International Fiber Art Biennale. (2016); The Shayna Heisman Simkin Best in Show Award – The Art League Gallery (2013). and was the Finalist of 2019 and 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia.

EDUCATION:

1997 – 2002 Honors Degree in Artistic Weaving (Tapestry), Department of Fine & Applied Art, State Institute of Culture, Tbilisi, Georgia.
1989 – 1994 Degree in Sculpture. Tbilisi I. Nikoladze Arts College, Georgia.
1986 – 1989 Department of Fine Arts, Tbilisi Art Lyceum. Tbilisi, Georgia.

Tea Okropiridze "Autumn Tunes" Tapestry
Autumn Tunes by Tea Okropiridze
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Tea Okropiridze