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.


March 2017:

Hillary Reder

Sunday, March 26 @ 12pm

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.



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.

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).

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.