Events: Visiting Artist Lecture Series

All lectures will be at the Maxon Mills: 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY 12592, unless noted otherwise.  All lectures are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.



Sara Maria Salamone + Tyler Lafreniere

Saturday, February 18, 6pm

Artists + Directors + Founders of Mrs. Gallery


Mrs. is an artist run gallery in Maspeth, Queens in operation since September 2016.  Located away from the geographic epicenter of the New York art world, the gallery showcases contemporary artists in the neighborhood of Maspeth, in hopes of engaging the community and offering a new platform for emerging, under represented and mid career artists.  Mrs. is owned and operated by Sara Maria Salamone and  Tyler Lafreniere.

Sara Maria Salamone is a photographer and curator who has earned her BA in Photography from Hampshire College and her MFA in Photography and Related Media from Parsons The New School for Design.  Her most recent solo exhibition was held at GCA in Brooklyn, NY.  Salamone has curated exhibitions at Albany Center Galleries, LAUNCH F18, NYCAMs, site95 and is an active curator with Doppelgänger Projects.  Salamone also comes from a diverse and experienced background, having worked at Casey Kaplan, site95, LAUNCH F18, The Armory Show, Frieze New York among many others.  Salamone lives and works in Brooklyn.

Tyler Lafreniere is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2006, Lafreniere earned his BA in Fine Art from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. During his undergraduate studies, he also concentrated in Printmaking at Goldsmiths University in London. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and around the United States and has been represented by LAUNCH F18 since 2012.

Lacey Fekishazy

Wednesday, February 22, 12pm

Artist + Founder of SARDINE


Lacey Fekishazy (born Poughkeepsie, NY 1981) is an artist, gallerist, and draftsman for the Estate of Sol LeWitt with roots in the Hudson Valley and NYC art communities.  In 2011, Fekishazy founded the contemporary art gallery SARDINE in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  What started as a small enterprise has grown into more than five years of operation and approximately 50 events and exhibitions.  SARDINE is a space for emerging and mid-career artists, and continues to diversify in its breadth of art.  SARDINE has been featured in ArtNews, Artsy, The New York Times, Time Out New York, and Hyperallergic.  After a decade in NYC, Fekishazy currently lives and works in Newburgh, New York with her young family.  She has organized the outdoor sculpture/installation show Glenlily Grounds (GLG) as part of Newburgh Open Studios (NOS) for the past 3 years.  In 2016, she also curated the inaugural exhibition titled SILENT SHOUT at the Gallery at ATLAS in Newburgh.
Fekishazy earned her MFA at Queens College CUNY in 2010 after working at Dia:Beacon and for the Estate of Sol LeWitt for many years. She holds a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz (2003) and an AAS degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2001).  She has shown her own artwork with Possible Projects (Brooklyn, NY), ATM Gallery (New York, NY), Small Black Door (Brooklyn, NY), Dorsky Gallery (DGCP)(Long Island City, NY), The Puffin Room (New York, NY), Art 101 (Brooklyn, NY), and Mass Moca (North Adams, MA).

March 2017:

Jesse Firestone

Friday, March 17



Jesse Firestone is an independent curator who organizes exhibitions that utilize art as a generative field fueled by meditation, catharsis, alchemy, and action outside the market.  These exhibitions feature a range of mediums and curatorial tactics designed to create immersive and participatory experiences. By using art as a nexus to open a wide range of topics, Firestone turns the gallery into a zone for production, experimentation, and introspection as opposed to a blind worship or alienation. Firestone is particularly interested in fostering art as active resistance and art that prompts feeling through stimulation and interaction.
Firestone is currently Curator in Residence at Trestle Projects in Brooklyn NY, Project Manager at Satellite Art Show, and a contributor to D/Railed Magazine. His projects have been exhibited at Young at Art Children’s Museum (FL), Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts (MO), Mary Sky (VT), SATELLITE (FL), and Trestle (NY), among others. Firestone’s projects have received shoutouts from Hyperallergic, Konbini, ArtNet, Playboy, and the Sun Sentinel among others.


Hillary Reder

Sunday, March 26

Curatorial Assistant at MOMA


Hillary Reder is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art. She has contributed to exhibitions including A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde; Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954; and Andy Warhol: Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967. Currently she is working on an exhibition on women artists and postwar abstraction. Before joining MoMA, she held positions in the curatorial departments of the Williams College Museum of Art, where she assisted on an Anselm Kiefer exhibition, and the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, where she worked on a Terry Adkins publication. She received her Masters degree in the History of Art from Williams College, where she wrote her qualifying paper on Max Beckmann.

Tiffany Smith

Thursday, March 30, 6PM



Tiffany Smith is a visual artist who uses photography, video, design, and installation to create conceptually based work focused on identity, cultural ambiguity, and representation; particularly within minority communities. Her work examines individual narratives pulled from an array of multi-cultural influences, derived from her upbringing between Miami, Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and Jamaica, and molded by her current home of Brooklyn, NY. Smith’s practice searches for new perspectives on dominant historical narratives and aims to provide insight into issues surrounding communities and how they are formed, defined, and identified.

Smith received a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts, NY. She has been written about in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and featured on pdnonline and Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States including shows at The National Gallery of Jamaica during the 2014 Jamaica Biennial, Photoville 2015, New York, Photo NOLA, New Orleans; public art installations in Newark Penn Station through The Gateway Project and in Marcus Garvey Park during Flux Art Fair, Harlem; and most recently at Long Gallery, Harlem.



Pamela Council

Friday, January 6


Pamela Council was born in Southampton, New York and lives in South Bronx, New York. She received a B.A. from Williams College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.  Pamela makes sculptures, prints, performances, jokes, and more. Recent works are abstract sensual experiences that freestyle on notions of self care, estate management, personal style, and the preciousness of product. A combination of artist-made and acquired materials is used in the work, which has been featured at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Williams College Museum of Art, Outpost Artist Resources, Rebuild Foundation, and the Wassaic Project. Pamela has created a commission for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Pamela is a member of Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, and recently completed a residency at MANA Contemporary.

Carolyn Sickles

Monday, January 23

Artist + Curator + Director of Engagement at Abrons Arts Center

Carolyn Sickles is an artist, curator and arts educator living in Brooklyn, New York. Sickles currently works in Manhattan’s Lower East Side as Director of Engagement at Abrons Arts Center overseeing public programs, classes, and school-based artist teaching residencies. She has facilitated workshops for New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, and e-flux; guest lectured for Teachers College Columbia University, The New School, and Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University; and presented at National Guild for Community Arts Education and NYCMER annual conferences. Previous institutions include the Norton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Sickles received her M.S. Edu in Museum Leadership at Bank Street College, B.F.A. in Sculpture and B.A. in Art History attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, and Florida Atlantic University. Select residencies, exhibitions, and curatorial projects include Shift, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York); Hidden in Plain Sight, Projekt722 (Brooklyn); Truck n’ South, Living Room Gallery (Miami); Beyond Delicate, Whitespace at The Mordes Collection and Materially Speaking, Armory Art Center (Palm Beaches).

MaryKate Maher

Thursday, January 26


MaryKate Maher received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2004) and her BFA from Arcadia University (2001).  She also studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1999) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008).  Maher has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, Franconia Sculpture Park, The McDowell Colony, Yaddo and Socrates Sculpture Park.  Exhibitions have included Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NY), Interstate Projects (NY), Real Art Ways (CT), NURTUREart (NY), Franconia Sculpture Park (MN), with international exhibitions at Kunstwerk Carlshutte (Germany) and Das Gift Gallery (Germany).  Maher was a 2015 Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant nominee and is currently a 2017-17 A.I.R. Gallery fellow.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Catherine Haggarty

Friday, December 16

Artist + Curator + Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects

Catherine Haggarty (b. 1984)  received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers Univeristy in 2011; and is currently a member of the artist run gallery, Ortega y Gasset in Gowanus, Brooklyn and a contributing writer and curator for The Curator. Having shown both nationally and internationally for a decade – Haggarty’s work has traveled steadily through New York and most recently Art on Paper Fair as part of Armory Week and Paper Paris, France (2016). Exhibitions include but not limited to: Geoffrey Young Gallery, Life on Mars, Bridget Mayer Gallery, This Friday Next Friday, Transmitter Gallery, Proto Gallery and more.  Her work has been reviewed in HyperallergicTwo Coats of Paint, and she was the recipient of the ESKFF Emerging Artist Grant and Residency at Mana Contemporary in 2014. Most recently, Haggarty was the co-juror for The New England MFA Exhibition, Boston Young Contemporaries at Boston University’s Stone Gallery. Haggarty has taught at Rutgers University, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design. ​

Eleanna Anagnos + Eric Hibit

Friday, November 11th

Artists + Curators + Directors of Ortega y Gasset Projects

Eleanna Anagnos (born Evanston, IL 1980) is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who creates work that explores the nature of human perception and our awareness of space/consciousness. Her interests lie in phenomena outside our definable quotidian experience- the things we feel but we cannot explain.  Eleanna holds an MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art (2005) and a BA with honors and distinction from Kenyon College with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002). Eleanna’s honors and awards include: Yaddo Fellowship; BAU Institute Fellowship; The Anderson Ranch ; The Atlantic Center for the Arts. Grants include: The Joan Mitchell Foundation; The Mayer Foundation; Artists’ Fellowship Incorporated. She has shown her work internationally in: Prague; Vienna; Berlin and Rome. Institutional exhibitions include: the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; Dolly Maas Gallery at SUNY Purchase College; South Bend Museum of Art and the National Hellenic Museum. Eleanna has taught studio art at Kenyon College, Georgia Southern University and Tyler School of Art. She is a member of the artist-collective, Ortega y Gasset Projects.

Eric Hibit (born Rochester, NY 1976) lives and works in New York. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has exhibited nationally at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, and internationally in Giverny, France and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in the Village Voice and the Washington Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.

John O’Donnell 

Thursday, November 17th


John O’Donnell is a multidisciplinary artist and performer. His studio practice combines objects through different means: installation, collage, sculpture and video to reveal something else beyond the object, suggesting another meaning or resolution.  His work does not point to anything specifically, but through arranging of objects he directs the viewer’s awareness to a mystery or vague experience.  His recent performances and installations address ideas of remixing domestic spaces to create environments inspired by ritual, meals, psychedelic culture and mundane observations.  His current printmaking and drawing practice investigates conspiracy theories and the idea that the earth is hollow and composed of multiple layers of different subterranean realties.

John O’Donnell lives in Storrs, CT and is an assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Connecticut. He has created performance and installation pieces for Blue House Arts, Dayton, OH, Glass Box Gallery, Seattle WA, New Britain Museum of American Art, Museum of New Art in Detroit, MI, Proof Gallery in Boston, MA, FluxSpace in Philadelphia, PA and SOHO20 Gallery in New York, NY.   He has exhibited his prints at the Print Center in Philadelphia, the International Print Center in New York and Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea. 

Lizzy DeVita

Sunday, November 27

Artist + Writer + Curator

Lizzy De Vita (b. 1986) is an artist, writer and discussion curator who lives and works in Brooklyn. De Vita’s work occupies a constellation of media, including performance, sound, drawing, installation, video and sculpture. Diverse in form, the work is unified by an underlying interest in viral moments: places where the boundaries between ourselves and others are blurred. DeVita earned her BA in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College and her MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media at Yale.  She hosts a regular discussion series geared towards early-career artists called Here/Say at Barnard College.  She has shown and will show in a bunch of places.


Mike Waugh

Monday, October 10th


Michael Waugh is known for intricate, representational drawings formed from minuscule handwritten words, a practice known as micrography. Waugh transcribes texts—such as government commissions and theoretical books about power and capitalism—into portraits and landscapes. To Waugh, the selection of texts and images and the relationship between the two are the conceptual heart of the work. “These are worlds made of words that draw upon a historical quest for knowledge and for political progress—a quest often at odds with social reality,” he explains. Waugh also explores these themes through mixed-media installations, performances, and videos, as in “The Wealth of Nations” project (2009-) for which he has staged (and documented) public readings from Adam Smith’s seminal economic text.

Michael Waugh was born in Cambridge, MA. He earned his graduate degree in painting from New York University in 2000; but he also has degrees in writing from Texas State University and history from the University of Texas. He has exhibited internationally for the last fifteen years and his work has been reviewed by the New York TimesArt in America and ARTNews. He is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Marie Walsh Sharp Space Program, The Galveston Artist Residency, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Birmingham

Friday, October 14th

Curator – The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Since 2010 Mary Birmingham has been Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she directs an ambitious program of contemporary art exhibitions.  She has previously worked at the Whitney Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and from 2007-2010 was Director of Exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum.  She has an MA in Art History from Hunter College, with a concentration in American Modernism.  She has organized numerous exhibitions, and has written and lectured on a variety of topics in American and contemporary art. She is the author of Dynamic Impulse:  The Drawings of Stuart Davis.



Donna Moran

Sunday, September 18th

Artist + Educator

Donna Moran lives in Montclair, NJ and is a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.  From 2001 to 2012 she chaired the Fine Arts Department overseeing both the BFA and MFA programs. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including New York, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Italy, and Spain.

Donna has been an artist in residence at U Gratzie Ceramica in Deruta, Italy; The Centre for Fine Print Research  (UWE) in Bristol, England; the Vermont Studio Center and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Her most recent body of work, Points of Contact reflects upon the physical damages created from storms, over-development of the coastal regions of the northeast and her native mid-west. The work is a blend of landscape and architecture, digital and hand painted media embracing both the literal and figurative idea of displacement.

“I am at a crossroad of traditional printmaking techniques and the ease, seductive quality and accessibility of newer media. In my studio practice, art, technology and literature intersect. I try to allow a continuing relationship of language and art to explore the tension of the analog, versus or combined with the digital. My work combines archival digital prints with analog painting interventions that blend landscape and architecture. The work begins with a collage made from scanned jpegs of my prints, drawings and paintings, sometimes printing on labels and sometimes using past silkscreen prints as the substrate.

Nicole Hayes

Monday, September 19th

Curator of The Fields Sculpture Park and Gallery at Art Omi

Nicole Hayes is Curator of The Fields Sculpture Park and Gallery at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY.  Nicole’s curatorial focus at Omi is to work with established International and American artists to create gallery exhibitions and site specific sculptural works which challenge our notions of contemporary art.

Before moving to Columbia County five years ago, Nicole lived in new York City and was the studio manager to the renowned abstract painter Sean Scully. Working closely with Scully, Nicole oversaw the daily running of his studios in New York, Barcelona and Munich, acted as registrar for the artist’s collection, and oversaw a highly ambitious exhibition schedule including the Wall of Light tour, which began at The Phillips Collection and concluded at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and A Retrospective a which traveled to Barcelona, Rome, and St. Etienne.  Previous to working with Scully Nicole worked for numerous artists and galleries in New York.  Nicole holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She continues to create studio pottery.

Jeff Bailey

Thursday, September 22nd

Director of Jeff Bailey Gallery

Jeff Bailey is the Owner and Director of Jeff Bailey Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in Hudson, New York. The gallery opened in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood in 2003 and moved to Hudson in 2014. The gallery is a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).  The gallery exhibits the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists and has mounted over 100 solo and group exhibitions. The gallery strives to mount eclectic exhibitions that foster connoisseurship.

Exhibition reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, Flash Art, Freize, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, artcritical, artnet and many other print and online publications.  The gallery has placed works with numerous museums, including The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Modern Art (Library) and The Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Jeff Bailey received a B.A in Art History from New York University (1985).



Kyle Williams

Saturday, August 27


Kyle Williams is a visual artist working with drawing, painting, installation and video. His practice focuses on an exploration of objects: a particular interest in the strange or uncanny quality or presence objects can have on screen. His recent videos and installations give viewers time with objects that have been nudged out of their place in the world—out of their scientific or economic logic—to create a kind of cinematic re-imaging of the relationships that exist between us and our things.  Williams holds a BA from Stanford University in Art History and a MFA in painting from Yale University. His work has been shown internationally (Paris, Naples, Reykjavik), and various galleries in New York and San Francisco (Regina Rex, Signal). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.



Elizabeth Michelman

Friday, August 12, 6pm

Artist + Writer + Curator

Elizabeth Michelman is a multidisciplinary artist, art critic, and independent curator in the Boston area whose practice inquires into interdisciplinary boundaries and the use of language.  Her spatial, conceptual, and linguistic strategies link a broad range of forms, disciplines and cultural experience, including site-responsive installation and video, participatory art, environmental art, language, poetry, and music. Michelman exhibits and creates public installations in New England and New York. She has taught courses on exhibitions, art and language, and 2D/3D design at Massachusetts College of Art and has lectured and taught in museums, galleries, community art venues and college campuses around New England.  She is a staff critic for Artscope Magazine and contributes to Sculpture Magazine and other publications. She recently co-founded an international blog for artist-curators:

Jonathan Corcoran

Monday, August 15th, 12pm


Jonathan Corcoran is the author of the story collection, The Rope Swing (April 2016). His work has been named a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and a semi-finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and is forthcoming in the anthology, Eyes Burning at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary West Virginia Fiction and Poetry. He received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Sally Morgan Lehman

Friday, August 19th, 11:30am

Founder and Director of Morgan Lehman Gallery

Sally Morgan Lehman is the founder and director of Morgan Lehman Gallery, which has been based in Chelsea 2005.  Ms. Lehman has a diverse background in the visual arts, which includes museum education and exhibitions design, state and citywide percent for art placement, and private and corporate collections management.  Ms. Lehman is an active member of Art Table and POWArts and has served as a visiting critic and juror at Wave Hill, Guttenberg Arts, and A Blade of Grass among many others. She is regularly invited to participate in panel discussions about the current state of the art world.

Jason Mones

Saturday, August 20th, 11am

Artist + Co-Director of Field Projects

Jason Mones was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1974. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1999 and his MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2008. Mones just recently had a solo exhibition at TSA LA gallery and has been included in several group exhibitions including the Queens Biennial, Queens Museum of Art; Fellows Exhibition, Provincetown Arts Museum; Red Herring, Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia; MIXTAPE, Studio 4, Brooklyn; Privacy Made Public, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA; amongst others.

Mones uses the American narrative in his new paintings that uphold the belief of manifest destiny. It is this inherent myth of manifest destiny and the result of its immersion into the male psyche that has been a recurring theme within Mones’ work. Using heteronormative notions of masculinity, he intertwines both real and virtual scenarios to create a series of fumbling narratives. Men take center stage as provocateurs of chaos that bring humiliating and aggressive conflicts to the modern world. Using this method of painting derived from the imagination, each work plays with the associations of form and color all while striving to bring tragicomedy back to an uncomfortable place for the viewer.

Berin Golonu

Sunday, August 7th

Art Historian

Born in Istanbul, Berin Golonu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation “Modernizing Nature/Naturalizing Modernization, Late Ottoman and Early Turkish Republican Landscape Imagery: 1876-1939” looks at how processes of nation-building and industrial development are reflected in the region’s modern landscape imagery. Golonu’s writings on modern and contemporary art have appeared in publications such as AfterimageApertureArt in AmericaArt on PaperArt PapersfriezeModern PaintersThird Text and Zing Magazine. She has lectured internationally at institutions including California College of the Arts, Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes Istanbul, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, UCL London, Museums Quartier Wien Vienna, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, University of Rochester and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Between 2003-2008 Golonu served as a curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where she organized more thirty individual and group exhibitions. Between 1999-2003 she was editor-in-chief of Artweek magazine, a regional publication of West Coast art. She holds a master’s degree from the California College of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. 



Andrew Prayzner

Thursday, July 28th, 11am

Artist + Educator + Co-Director of TSA NY

Andrew Prayzner is an artist and educator, and co-director of TSA NY. He has twice been a resident at Yaddo and holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BFA from the University of Hartford. Based in Brooklyn, NY, he has exhibited nationally and internationally for over twenty years. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the Aldrich Museum (Ridgefield, CT), Irvine Contemporary (Washington, DC), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Housatonic Museum of Art (Bridgeport, CT) and The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY).  Recent highlights include This Dust at GSL Projekt in Berlin, Germany,Ten Part Invention at Jaus in Los Angeles, CA, Text Me at Hazan Contemporary (New York, NY) and in this place at C2C (San Francisco, CA).  In the summer of 2015, Andrew was a resident at Studio Kura in Fukoka, Japan. He concluded the residency with a solo exhibition of nocturnal drawings titled One Hundred Views of Nothing. This past winter, he presented an exhibition of paintings called Horizontals in the project space at Morgan Lehman (New York, NY).

Karlyn Benson

Friday, July 29th, 11am

Director, Mattewan Gallery

Karlyn Benson has worked in museums and galleries for over twenty years. In 2013, she opened Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY, which specializes in contemporary art by mid-career and emerging artists. As the gallery’s director and curator, she has developed an ambitious program that seeks out highly original work, often with a focus on process and materials. In addition to managing her gallery, Benson is the Executive Assistant at AEA Consulting in Beacon, NY. AEA is one of the world’s leading cultural consulting firms, which helps cultural organizations, businesses, and governments realize the contribution that culture can make to communities. For six years, Benson worked in the Registrar Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where her responsibilities included arranging the safe transport and installation of artwork for exhibitions. Previously, she was the gallery manager at Candace Perich Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery in Katonah, NY. Benson earned an MA in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Art History from SUNY Purchase. She also holds an Associates Degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

Danielle Mysliwiec

Saturday, July 30th, 11am

Artist + Educator

Danielle Mysliwiec holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Hunter College. Mysliwiec has exhibited her work in numerous galleries including Mixed Greens, Transmitter, Novella (NYC), Rockelmann & (Berlin), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Heiner Contemporary (Washington, DC), Baer Ridgway Exhibitions (San Francisco, CA), and Camel Art Space (Brooklyn, NY) among others. Mysliwiec was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for May 2016 and was recently a resident at Two Coats of Paint in DUMBO. Her work has been reviewed and featured in publications including the Brooklyn Rail, Art Fag City, Two Coats of Paint, The Washington Post, The New American Paintings Blog, B’more Art, and The San Francisco Examiner among others. She has contributed as a writer to the Brooklyn Rail and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC. Mysliwiec has held other teaching positions at San Francisco State University, Yale University, Hunter College, and The School of Visual Arts.



Dina Weiss

Thursday, July 14th

Artist + Educator + Assistant Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute

Dina Weiss is a New York City based artist and educator, she received her BS in Studio Art from NYU and her MFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design, The New School. Dina has held many positions in the non-profit arts education and museum education, as well as teaching and lecturing at universities. Currently, she is the Assistant Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  She was the Executive Director and Director of Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space at Artists Alliance, Inc. a small not for profit arts organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City, which provides exhibition and residency opportunities to emerging, mid career and underrepresented artists. Weiss has recently taught at Parsons School of Design, The New School and Pratt Institute. She has also worked in various capacities in museum education at the Museum of Arts and Design, New Museum, The Drawing Center and the Dia Art Foundation. Exhibition venues include The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, NY; San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art, CA; Mixed Greens Gallery, NY; City Without Walls, Newark, NJ; Hudson Valley Contemporary Center for Art, Peekskill, NY; The LAB, San Francisco, CA; Untitled Space, New Haven, CT; Art in General, New York City.  And selected public collections at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The New York Public Library, New York City; and The West Collection at SEI, Philadelphia, PA.


Jillian Conrad

Friday, July 15th

Artist + Educator

Jillian Conrad grew up in New Mexico, and currently lives in Houston, TX, where she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Houston. She has a BA in Classics from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM (1995) and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD (2004). She has participated in numerous residencies, including LMCC Process Space, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Core Program, Art Omi, Lower Eastside Printsshop, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Recent solo shows include Silent h (Central Features, Albuquerque, NM), Exact Nature (Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX), Sites and Settlements (Behal Fejer Institute, Prague, Czech Republic), and On Tenterhooks, (Curated by Marie Heilich at Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, MO).


Alex Paik

Sunday, July 17th

Artist + Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Alex Paik is an artist using cut and folded paper to explore visual counterpoint and repetition as a tool for development. His work has been exhibited recently at Lesley Heller Workspace, Schema Projects, Drawing Rooms, Storefront Ten Eyck, Space Pittsburgh, Millsaps College, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and Parallel Art Space. Recent solo shows include Paper Constructs at Guest Spot at The Reinstitute, and Recapitulation Bop at Gallery Joe. Paik’s work has been in several art fairs, including Art on Paper, Drawing Now: Paris, Amsterdam Drawing, Pulse: New York and Miami, art MRKT San Francisco, and Texas Contemporary. He was recently a finalist for the FID Prize, an international drawing competition. He is currently represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and is the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. Paik currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.



Cyrilla Mozenter

Monday, June 20th

Cyrilla Mozenter is a New York artist working in drawing and sculpture. Her primary materials are industrial wool felt and paper. Her work makes frequent reference to the writings of Gertrude Stein, with whom she feels to be in collaboration. Solo exhibitions include the failed utopian at Lesley Heller Workspace (NY), warm snow: Sculpture in Two and Three-Dimensions at Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY), warm snow at Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY), More saints seen at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), Cuts and Occasions at Dieu Donné Papermill (NY), Very well saint at The Drawing Center (NY), Undercurrent at Espaço Cultural Municipal Sérgio Porto (Rio de Janeiro), and Secret Ears at BAM (Brooklyn). She has been in residence at Dieu Donné Papermill, the Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), and Instituto Municipal de Arte e Cultural-Rioarte (Rio de Janeiro). Jacqueline Ruyak’s article about Mozenter’s work with felt appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Surface Design Journal. The artist discusses her work with paper in the Summer 2013 issue of Hand Papermaking. She has received two fellowships from NYFA and two project grants from The Fifth Floor Foundation. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Brooklyn Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. She taught for many years in the MFA program at Pratt Institute.

Austin Eddy + Shara Hughes

Friday, June 24

Austin Eddy (b. 1986) earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Exhibiting internationally, His solo shows since 2012 include; Launch F-18 Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013 and 2015); Christian Berst, New York, NY (2015); Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); The Horticultural Society, New York, NY (2013); the University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, KY; and Important Projects, Oakland, CA (2012): Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (2016).

Shara Hughes, born in Atlanta in 1981, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended numerous residencies after earning her BFA.  Hughes attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011.  Her work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The former include the Marlborough Chelsea, Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, Atlanta; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; American Contemporary, New York; Rivington Arms, New York; Museum 52, London; Metroquardo, Turin; and the Galerie Mikael Anderson, Copenhagen and Berlin. She has participated in group exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, Romer Young Gallery, Coburn Projects, London and Salon 94, New York, Gredier Contemporary, Zurich; and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta amongst others. While Shara was in Atlanta, her two solo shows there were reviewed in Modern Painters and Art in America in 2013 and 2014.  Her most recent show “Trips I’ve Never Been On” at Marlborough Chelsea received reviews in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, ARTFORUM reviews, and ARTFORUM critics pick.



Mark Joshua Epstein

Thursday, June 16th

Artist + Educator

Mark Joshua Epstein received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Group shows include BRIC (Brooklyn, NY), Trestle Projects (Brooklyn, NY) Hoffman Lachance Gallery (St Louis, MO), Museum of Art and Design (New York, NY), Kunsthalle Galapagos (Brooklyn, NY), C2C Project Space (San Francisco, CA) and Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA), amongst others. Epstein has had recent solo shows at Biquini Wax (Mexico City), Brian Morris Gallery (New York, NY), Feral (Mexico City),  Illinois State University (Normal, IL) and Vane Gallery (Newcastle, UK) and recent two-person shows at Breve (Mexico City, with Mark Dzula) and Demo Project (Springfield, IL, with Will Hutnick).  Epstein has been a resident at the Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY), Macdowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), the Jentel Foundation (Banner, WY), the KHN Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE) and I-Park (New Canaan, CT). Epstein recently discussed his practice on and his work can be seen in issue #122 of New American Paintings. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at MoMA, The Whitney Museum and American University (Washington, DC).




Jesse Patrick Martin + Bryan Rogers

Saturday, June 18th,

Artists + Directors at Honey Ramka

Jesse Patrick Martin and Bryan Rogers are co-founders and directors of Honey Ramka (2013-present), a contemporary art gallery located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Honey Ramka features group and solo exhibitions in its main gallery and project space,  and has had booths at NADA and PULSE art fairs in NYC. The gallery also holds panel discussions, walkthroughs, and performances, and was recently featured during the Whitney’s curated tour of Bushwick galleries. Honey Ramka currently represents the work of Lars van Dooren, Elizabeth Ferry, Jason Reyen, and Ana Wieder-Blank.  Martin is from South Orange, New Jersey and studied at Alfred University and Parsons. Rogers is from Gloucester, Virginia and studied at Appalachian State University and Pratt Institute. They live in Bushwick, Brooklyn.



Carl Gunhouse Jen Hitchings

Monday, May 23rd


Jen Hitchings is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. She has founded and co-founded WEEKNIGHTS and Associated, respectively, and joined the Transmitter team as co-director in 2015. She has also served on the benefit committee for Arts in Bushwick since 2013. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase, class of 2011, and maintains her painting practice in Brooklyn.
Carl Gunhouse is an Adjunct Faculty member at Nassau Community College and Montclair State University. He received his M.F.A. from Yale University and B.F.A. from Fordham University. Carl’s work has exhibited at Photoville, Spring Break Art Show, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Modern Art, the Foto Galería FCE-UNC, Córdoba, Argentina, as well as shows in England, Russia, Sweden, Netherlands, Iceland, Finland and New Zealand. His pictures have been featured on Vice, The New York Times and Maximum Rocknroll. He has had monographs published by Waal-Boght Press and Arts & Sciences Press. He is a co-founder and director of Transmitter Gallery. He also writes art criticism on the website Searching For The Light. Carl has recently been shooting professional wrestling, punk rock and Downtown Brooklyn.

Bridget Potter

Friday, May 13th


Bridget Potter has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia and an MFA in Literary Non-Fiction from Columbia’s School of the Arts.  She taught University Writing at Columbia for three years, and conducted memoir-writing workshops for the Columbia Summer High School program. Her work has been published in Guernica, Quarto, Best American Essays and the Wall Street Journal. She reviews non-fiction for Publishers Weekly, for whom she also writes author interviews.  Before entering GS at Columbia, she had a long career in television, as an executive and also as a producer, most prominently as the head of Original Programming at HBO. She is currently at work on a book length memoir of New York in the 1960’s set in both the counterculture and tail end of the first Golden Age of television.

Tom Marquet

Sunday, May 15th

Artist + Curator


Tom Marquet is an artist and curator from New Jersey, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His drawings and sculpture have been shown nationally and internationally, and his comics have appeared in such diverse venues as Big Red and ShinyBloody Horror, and The Crier. He has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Camel Art Space, and Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute, and is a co-founder and co-director of Transmitter, an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn. He received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and his BA from Oberlin College.



Margaret Adasko, Naomi Leiseroff & Elizabeth Rooklidge

Thursday, April 28

Katonah Museum of Art

Margaret Adasko is the Education Programs Manager at the Katonah Museum of Art, 2002 -present. She oversees the Museum’s school, family, and young audience programs. She is responsible for developing and facilitating events, workshops, activities, and projects that engage young visitors and their parents and caregivers in understanding, appreciating, and enjoying art within and beyond the museum galleries. In addition she is KMA’s teaching artist and facilitator of the ArteJuntos program. Ms. Adasko has worked as an art educator in private art programs, public school classrooms, and museum settings for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Vassar College.

Naomi Leiseroff has served as KMA’s graphic designer and Learning Center Curator for 23 years. For the Learning Center, she designs and implements exhibitions and hands-on materials that engage visitors of all ages. She received a BS from Cornell University in Human Development and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin. She also studied Museum Education at the Bank Street College of Education.

Elizabeth Rooklidge is Associate Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art. Before joining the KMA, she served as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where she curated exhibitions such as Line Involvements: Anni Albers, Gego, Eleanor Mikus, and Hedda Sterne (2014), The Visual Elastic: Cartoon Aesthetics in Two Dimensions(2015), and Sarah Cain: blue in your body, red when it hits the air (2015). She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.



Anthony Tino

Wednesday, April 27

Curator + Co-Founder of Endless Editions


Anthony Tino is a creative producer and curator working in New York City. Tino has previously worked for Recession Art Gallery, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and is a co-founder of Endless Editions. In 2015, with Endless Editions, Tino curated six-exhibitions at the Endless Editions Chinatown Gallery and managed collaborative programming and exhibitions at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, The International Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Gateway Project Spaces. This year Tino is a collaborator of the LaTableRonde (LTR) series at Critical Practices Inc., in Chelsea and is producing a radio broadcast which highlights audio artists and collections of unauthorized recordings and mix-tapes at Little Water Radio. He will be co-curating this year’s New Member’s exhibition at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and programming performances at LMAK Gallery in July. When Tino is not doing studio visits or making noise-playlists, you can find him at the bar, brushing up on Italian or reading Don Delillo.




Fritz Horstman

Tuesday, April 19

Artist + Residency and Education Coordinator, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation


Fritz Horstman works with the landscape and the perception of the perception of natural phenomena.  He has recently exhibited his sculptures and installations in Brooklyn, Japan, France, and California, and will be featured in the 2016 deCordova Biennial.  As artist residency and education coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, he frequently presents workshops based on Josef Albers’ color, material, and structural teaching to museums and arts organizations nationally and internationally

John Ros

Thursday, April 21

Artist + Curator + Founder of galleryELL


John Ros currently lives and works in NYC & London.  He obtained an MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 2013 and a BFA from the SUNY Binghamton in 2000.  He has been exhibiting since 1998.  His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.  John also has a rigorous curatorial and writing practice.

Community has always been at the forefront of John’s practice.  He started two alternative gallery ventures, pocket, (2002-2005, Binghamton, NY) and galleryELL, a transient gallery hybrid, (2008-present, New York, NY), and has been involved in many artist and non-profit initiatives including, board member of Spool MFG. (Johnson City, NY), art director of Perspectives International (New York, NY) and museum educator at the Hillwood Art Museum (Brookville, NY).  John currently teaches a mix of 2 & 3-D courses at The City Literary Institute in London UK.  He launched studioELL in 2015 to serve as the learning arm of galleryELL, where he currently teaches a series of online studio courses.  John has also taught at Brooklyn College, SUNY Binghamton and the National Academy of Art and has lectured as a visiting artist at George Mason University, North Florida Community College and Jefferson Technical and Community College among others.

Tze Chun

Monday, April 18th

Director + Founder of Uprise Art


Tze Chun is the Founder of Uprise Art, an online art gallery that helps new and seasoned art collectors find original works by contemporary emerging artists. An artist, entrepreneur, and curator, Tze is based in New York City and graduated from Columbia University.

She has delivered talks on art and entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, the Apple Store, Cooley LLP, and Deloitte, among other institutions, and has been featured in, Inc. Magazine, Under30CEO and Marie Claire.



Katherine Hill

Thursday, March 24, 2016



Katherine Hill is the author of the novel The Violet Hour, published by Scribner in 2013. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The BelieverBookforumThe Guardiann+1, and Tin House, among other publications. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has taught writing in numerous settings, including the MFA program at Arcadia University and prison programs via Princeton and PEN New England. A graduate of Yale and the Bennington Writing Seminars, she lives in New York City. 




Elizabeth Michelman

January 22

Artist and Curator


Elizabeth Michelman is a multidisciplinary artist, art critic, and independent curator in the Boston area whose practice inquires into interdisciplinary boundaries and the use of language.  Her spatial, conceptual, and linguistic strategies link a broad range of forms, disciplines and cultural experience, including site-responsive installation and video, participatory art, environmental art, language, poetry, and music.

Michelman exhibits and creates public installations in New England and New York. She has taught courses on exhibitions, art and language, and 2D/3D design at Massachusetts College of Art and has lectured and taught in museums, galleries, community art venues and college campuses around New England.  She is a staff critic for Artscope Magazine and contributes to Sculpture Magazine and other publications. She recently co-founded an international blog for artist-curators (

Michelman’s curatorial projects include What Makes Sense (Art Complex Museum in Duxbury MA, 2017); OccupyING the Present (HarborArts, East Boston MA, 2013); Art on the Wing (Boston Nature Center and Emerald Necklace parks, Mattapan and Brookline MA 2007); Secret Messages  (Brookline Library, 2006); The Space of Speech (Boston Public Library, 1998), and other exhibitions of temporary environmental art.
Michelman has received an artist’s grant for works on paper from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and curatorial and residency grants from the East Boston Foundation, Brookline Community Foundation, and Brookline and North Attleboro Cultural Councils. She has chaired the sculptors collaborative Studios Without Walls and the Brookline Arts Council and is alumni liaison to the Studio Arts Department at Dartmouth College.  She holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Georgetown University Law Center, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.




Carina Kaufman

January 28, 2016

Residency Director, Flux Factory


Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez is a chef, curator, and Flux Factory’s Residency Director, where she runs a community-based residency and exhibition program focused on creating collaborative opportunities and building sustainable networks of cultural producers. She is a chef at Diner, and graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Art History and French Studies. Recent curatorial projects include Hotel WarsApocalypse Chow, and Nightlight. She has previously held positions with Art Omi International Artists Residency, I-Park Foundation, Le Point Éphémère, and MoreArt, and was selected as a NYFA Emerging Leader in 2013.




Alex Gingrow + Michael Scoggins

December 17


Born in 1979 in Knoxville, TN, Alex Gingrow has lived and studied in cities as various as Boston, MA, Savannah, GA and the small village of Dorf Tirol, in northern Italy.  In addition to her own artistic practice, she has participated in numerous panel discussions, fundraisers, speaking engagements, and as a guest artist at various performances and happenings. Her first solo show in New York City was held at Mike Weiss Gallery in September 2012 and was followed by residency appointments at the Hambidge Center, Fountainhead Residency, VCCA, the Wassaic Project, and ArtGarda in Sirmione, Italy.  Gingrow has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and has received critical reviews from publications such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalModern Painters, and Frieze Magazine. Gingrow currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Michael Scoggins was born in Washington D.C in 1973 and gained an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 and has attended various prestigious residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the MacDowell Colony, and Fountainhead. Michael has gained international recognition and gallery representation in Atlanta, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Vienna and Seoul. His works have been added to some notable collections including, but not limited to, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Michael has had works exhibited in over twenty solo shows, fifty curated group exhibitions, and written about in countless publications.