Amanda Outcalt currently teaches elementary art at Larchmont Elementary in Norfolk. She is a graduate from East Carolina University with a BFA in Painting and Metal Design. Also, Outcalt has a show at the Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery in Virginia Beach, which runs into July.
AltDaily: Your mediums are so diverse: metal art, drawing, painting. Do you have a favorite one with which to work?
Amanda Outcalt: Well, right now I’m working on some painting and drawing. I find time around teaching to spend one to two hours, three days a week and one weekend day on my work. I’m working with drawing and acrylics currently. I like acrylics.So mixed media? Yes, I guess so.
It is impressive that you’ve been in so many exhibitions, many solo, in your career. How difficult is that to make happen? Are you getting to the point in your career where the galleries and art venues are reaching out to you, rather than the other way around?
Well, I apply to a lot of things and then I seem to get invited to other shows through this.
I know trying to get shoot good images of your pieces for submittal can be a challenge (I have seen some questionable images submitted when I used to volunteer with an art show); does someone help you with this?
I do some and my husband shoots some. He looks at my pieces from different angles and is able to show them in the best light.
Practically right out of art school, you had a piece which was selected as the poster for the 2010 Boardwalk Arts Show, still one the Top 15 Best Fine Art Shows in the United States as deemed by Sunshine Artist Magazine. That’s pretty heady.
It WAS pretty cool. It was really cool knowing that my art was hanging in so many people’s homes. During the June show, I was working at Virginia MOCA and sometimes I was called up front because a patron would want a signed print and I would do so. Also, I signed prints at the actual Boardwalk show as well.
From where or from whom did your love of visual art stem?
I always loved to draw. I was very detail-oriented as a child. I never stopped drawing, which lead to painting. I never wavered in my desire to be an artist. My mom used to take my sister and me to the North Carolina Museum of Art weekly (she’s a NC native). My older sister pursued art, too, which gave me a push as well.
Any particular well-known influencers of your art?
Probably Gustav Klimt, Cy Twombley or Kiki Smith – the latter two are print-makers.
Where do you see your art and you at the end of this decade?
I see myself getting to installation level. I would produce large scale pieces, continuing to focus on home and female roles in society. I want to continue to teach, too. This summer I plan work on print-making and taking a class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
Any pearls of wisdom for aspiring artists, young and old?
Keep creating. Your imagination is even more important than your technical skills.
Amanda Outcalt: Routine Examination runs March 26 to July 11, 2015. Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum.