Virginia Mahoney Exhibition

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Virginia Mahoney Exhibition

Vested Interest, works by Virginia Mahoney

This exhibit focuses on works from Virginia Mahoney’s ongoing series of sculptural/conceptual garments, primarily vest forms. The works date from 2017 to the present.

About the Artist
Virginia Mahoney, a mixed-media sculptor, currently works with garment forms. Prior to receiving her MFA in ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI), Mahoney was a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts (NC) and earned her BA in Fine Art with High Honors, at the University of Florida (Gainesville). Her work has been shown in juried and invitational exhibits in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southern U.S., and is in the collection of the Lancaster Art Museum (PA). Recent shows include “Between the Lines” (Fountain Street Gallery, Boston), “New England Thread” (Brookline Arts Center), and “Opposites” (Attleboro Arts Museum). She is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and works in her home studio in Brockton, MA.

Artist Statement
Virginia Mahoney is a mixed media sculptor whose work incorporates sewing, recurrent clay forms, and handwriting. She is fascinated by the variation in repetition, and the ambiguity of words, standards, and categories. She notices discomfort in thought or action and reflects on identity inherent in garments.

For Mahoney, building and making are sources of comfort and self-definition, unlocking ideas and pathways to discovery. Her laborious, elaborate process fosters reflection and lays bare the threads of her decisions, exposing both progress and pitfalls. As she skirts conventions in her approaches to methods and materials, she often embraces fortuitous outcomes.

Mahoney’s garment forms embody doubt, uncertainty, and thoughts that hang in the background, weighing us down with questions, thwarted progress, and second-guessing. Ceramic tags pierce the object with spikes or sharp wires; their handwritten words hint at haunting thoughts or actions, barriers real or invented, unrealized expectations. A vest might suggest protection, uniform, identification, accessory, warmth, or utility, but these garments manifest the discomfort of struggle.

February 15 – March 14
Gallery Hours: Monday–Saturday; 10:00am to 4:00pm

Opening Reception February 15, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Artist Talk at 5:20pm

Please note this statement from the center: The health and safety of our staff, audiences, and artists is of the utmost importance to us at Cotuit Center for the Arts, and we are closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. We are receiving information from the Town of Barnstable, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Center for Disease Control, and are taking the following precautions for your health and comfort:

We have increased all janitorial services, including the frequency and level of cleaning of the public spaces in our facilities.
All seats and armrests are being disinfected before and after every performance.
Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout our venues.
We encourage all patrons, as well as our own staff and artists, to take the standard precautions, including frequent and thorough handwashing to prevent the spread of any flu-like illness. Additional information on prevention measures can be found on the CDC website here.
We will not be serving any food that is not prepackaged at any events in the near future, including at our Wine & Music Wednesday (March 18) and opening receptions for our production of Tommy (March 19) or our Gallery Opening (March 21).
Signs regarding proper hygiene practices have been placed in all restrooms.
We recommend that anyone not feeling well stay at home. If you are not feeling well or are worried in any way about attending any programming at this time, please call our box office at 508-428-0669. We have an incredible year of performances and classes to share and would be more than happy to find an upcoming event at no charge for you to attend instead.
At this time, all Cotuit Center for the Arts events are proceeding as scheduled. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will post information on our website and social media channels should our plans change. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the Box Office at 508-428-0669 or email

We wish good health to you all and hope to see you at the Center!

The event is finished.

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