In the Loop
Alumni News : Feb 9, 2017

SA+AH alumnus has upcoming exhibition at MOCA GA

By Rachel Sherman

Mario Petrirena (BAART ‘77) will showcase his upcoming exhibitionMario Petrirena: The Distance Between at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) February 25-April 29. The Distance Between will be the largest exhibition of his solo work and the first retrospective of his successful 30-year career.

Petrirena was born in Cuba and when he turned 8 years old, he was moved to America during the Operation Pedro Pan. Petrirena’s work, which incorporates collage, installation pieces and ceramics, alludes to both his American and Cuban backgrounds in a touching way.

The upcoming show will include a catalogue that will delve into his artwork, concentrating on his career from 1985 to present.

The exhibition at MOCA GA will recognize Petrirena for truly giving back to the American arts community.

“In preparing for this exhibition, The Distance Between, I reflected on 30 years of art making,” Petrirena said. “I made connections with various bodies of works, I considered the sources of my work, and more importantly, I am beginning to see where I want my work to go.”

Learn more about Petrirena at and check out the catalogue link below.