Mia Bergeron’s interest in art was cultivated early on, beginning with continuous exposure to visual works through her parents’ graphic design firm in New York City. As a high school student, Mia pursued the arts both at the curricular and extracurricular levels, and in 1998 she was admitted to the Rhode Island School of Design. After a year of intensive foundation courses, she decided to leave RISD to pursue a more traditional painting program. Between 2002-2005, Mia was a student of classical painting at the Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy. The Charles H. Cecil Studio is a small private painting atelier primarily focused on the naturalistic tradition of such artists as Van Dyck, Velasquez, and John Singer Sargent. Among her various artistic ventures, Mia has focused on charcoal cast, portrait and figure drawing, oil painting, portrait sculpting, copies of old master paintings, and most recently, figures in landscapes. During her time at the Charles H. Cecil Studio, she also taught portrait painting and drawing to beginner and advanced art students. Her primary focus is figurative painting. In May 2007, she was a national finalist for the American Artist Magazine Cover competition, and her painting “Jane” was published nationally. In September, 2010, she was published in SouthWest Art Magazine as one of “Top 21 Artists Under 31 Years Old to Collect Now”. Recently, she was awarded a MakeWork Project Grant from CreateHere, Chattanooga. Her project, “The Faces of Chattanooga” will explore the social diversity within the city through the eyes of a portrait painter. Mia’s hope is to use her artistic abilities to help promote social change.
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