Originally from Norfolk, VA, Renée Calway’s journey as a conceptual creative began in the artistic community of Northern California in 2010, where she graduated from Humboldt State University in 2015 and established her practice as an exhibiting artist, showing large scale multi-media sculptural and installation work across the region.
Renée has received awards for her artwork, including the Arcata Scrap and Salvage Award in 2015.
In 2016 Renée spent time working in St. Louis, MO through the Center of Creative Arts and St. Louis Science Center to transform educational experiences, especially in STEM, through arts integration.
Utilizing unconventional materials like sugar, candy and plastic bags, Renee promotes ecological awareness with a special interest in intersectional studies of socio-politics and statistics. She involves the community in the inspiration, design and oftentimes the construction of the pieces.
After a decade of traveling around the nation, artist Renée Calway has returned to Virginia Beach. As an educator, Renée teaches studio school classes to all ages at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (VA MOCA) and engages with the community through The VIBE Arts District at the oceanfront.
In addition to her teaching at VA MOCA since her move back home to the Hampton Roads area, Renée has worked as an educator and artist with Zeiders American Dream Theater to promote peace through The Origami Crane Project & Petals for Peace Project, was lead educator in The Birdhouse Project collaboration with VA MOCA, The ViBe District and From One Hand to Another, & co-founded the VIBE-rary, which seeks to unite the arts of The ViBe with the community of the Oceanfront Area Public Library with creative mindfulness and healing.
As a sculptor and activist, she currently has an iconic Virginia LOVE sign made out of almost entirely reused and recycled materials titled Eco-Conscious LOVE on exhibit at the Zeiders American Dream Theater in Town Center of Virginia Beach which exemplifies her mission to bring art that educates to her hometown. In addition, the traveling installation Rising Tides, Rising Tensions, which exhibits the problematic history of Hampton Roads through an immersive maze-like experience of local newspaper article collages, will be on display in Spring 2023 at Virginia Wesleyan University.