Wendy Kveck is a visual artist working across the mediums of painting, performance and video. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, she currently lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. She holds a BFA in from the University of Iowa and received her MFA in 2007 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member. In Kveck’s recent work, food has evolved into content and material, a layered symbol that simultaneously informs abstractions and directs or embellishes my figurative narratives. These examine representations of women as cultural signifiers of excess, desire, anxiety and fear- Woman as Consumer and the Consumed. The concept of food as gendered, coupled with the studio experience of food-as-paint/paint-as-food prompted investigations into two feminine histories- the fasting saints of the medieval period and 19th century Victorian hunger, sexuality and etiquette.These histories reveal relationships to food that navigate body and psyche, discipline and subversion, ecstatic devotion and hysteria. In 2007 Kveck received an honorarium funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to participate as a guest artist at the Americans for the Arts national conference, “Risk and Reward”. She is a 2009 nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Nevada, Texas, Arizona and Chicago.