b. 1995

After receiving a theater and fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Athena Parella was accepted into a three-year scenic painting apprenticeship program in New York. In 2020, she completed approximately four-thousand hours of training in Broadway shops and television production studios. Now a New England scenic artist, Athena continues creating artwork in her Rhode Island studio.

Athena's paintings address a longing to recreate and preserve her memories from childhood. Sentimental objects are taken out of their playful context and manipulated to evoke a more disquieting narrative. 

Selected Group Exhibitions


2022- Memento, Arden Gallery, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, Massachusetts 

2022 - Liminal II, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2022 - Artist's Choice, Rhode Island Water Color Society, Pawtucket, RI

2022 - Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition, Maxwell Mays Gallery, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

2020 - SMALL WORKS 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY

2019 - Crossroads, Gallery 372, Worcester, Massachusetts

2017 - Thesis Show, Herter Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts

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