My name is Meredith Raiford. After graduating with a BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in May of 2015, I took a year to follow God's call to use art as ministry to serve the incredibly worthy and underserved people around the world. This journey took me from Maputo, Mozambique to dusty Trujillo, Peru, followed by a beautiful mountain in Bogota, Colombia and the shores of Port Maria, Jamaica.
Though already a lover of beauty in brokenness, as evident in my works preceding this year of adventure, these once in a lifetime experiences and glimpses into other cultures and the human soul only deepened my love affair with the hidden hope to be found in the hopelessly lost.
What started out as me spending one year, traveling to four countries and painting 20 murals has now evolved into so much more. Paintings for Change is the manifest of a passion that I have of making the world a more beautiful, positive place.
I have relocated back to Chesapeake, Virginia and I am excited to branch out in new areas of creating as I seek out God's purpose for my life and work for this next season.
Whether you're looking for a minimalist rustic addition to your home or wedding, a print to make your house or work space feel more like a home for your lovely soul, or an original piece of artwork to have and to hold, I am pumped to get to help you make that desire a reality!
"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all beauty came from"
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Spring 2015
Painting, Magna Cum Laude
2016 Mid-Atlantic New Painting, Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Fredericksburg, Va
2015 Meraki Exit Show, The Dodd Galleries, Athens, Ga
2015 Young Creative Artists, BnJ Gallery, Atlanta, Ga
2015 40th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Ga
2015 2014 Cortona Reunion Exhibition, The Dodd Galleries, Athens, Ga
2014 Mostra Estate 2014, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy
2014 Etruscan Collection, MAEC Museum, Cortona, Italy
2014 Broken Hearts, Coffee Shop of Athens, Athens, Ga
2014 Spring Exhibition, Two Story Coffee Shop, Athens, Ga
2013 Bloom, The Dodd Galleries, Athens, Ga
2012 Foundations, The Dodd Galleries, Athens, Ga
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2015 CURO Research Assistantship
2014 UGA art stipend, Cortona, Italy
2014 Vince Dooley Scholarship for the Arts, Athens, Ga
2011-2015 Zell Miller Academic Scholarship, Athens, Ga
Study Abroad in Cortona, Italy
Member of the Arts Collective of Paisley (Paisley, Scotland)
REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Holland, Madeleine: "Multi Purpose Home Office”, Moderately High Maintenance. April 11, 2016
Cruse, Meredith: “A Mural in Memory of Sammy”, The Virginia Pilot. December 12, 2012
2016 Return of the Prodigal, Mural for school courtyard, Maputo, Mozambique
2016 Jericho Wall, Mural for public space, Port Maria, Jamaica
2015 Masana, Mural for inner courtyard, Maputo, Mozambique
2015 Elim, Mural for public space, Trujillo, Peru
2015 Amijai, 3’x5’ watercolor style painting on panel, Trujillo, Peru
2015 Inca Thakhi, (2) 4’x4’ paintings on panel, Trujillo, Peru
2015 Pasitos de Fe, Mural for orphanage compound, Trujillo, Peru
2015 Oasis, Mural for public space, Bogota, Colombia
2015 River Oak Preschool, Mural for school entrance, Chesapeake, Va
2014 River Oak Preschool, Commemorative mural for indoor playroom, Chesapeake, Va
2012 Greenbrier Christian Academy, Commemorative mural for indoor playroom, Chesapeake, Va
2010 Vidalia Heritage Academy, Canvas painting of an eagle for the Academy’s 10 year anniversary, Vidalia, Ga