Mary McDonnell was born in Saginaw, MI in 1959, she lives and works in Sullivan County, NY. McDonnell received her BFA in 1981 from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and her MFA in 1984 from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. McDonnell’s expressive abstract paintings visualize her sensory experience of the natural world around her through the use of gestural markings that register the artist’s perceptions through color and movement.
Select solo exhibitions include those at the University of Southern Mississippi Art Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Echoraum and Kunstraum Sellemond in Vienna, Austria, the James Graham Gallery, NYC, Miller Block Gallery in Boston, Barbara Davis in Houston, among others. Select group exhibitions include the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, NY, The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland, The Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, NJ, the Richmond Arts Museum in Virginia, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain, the Kunst-und-Gewerbeverein, in Regensburg, Germany; SVA Gallery, NYC; and the Kresge Art Museum, MI.
Her collaborative works include projects with composers, musicians, poets, visual artists and dancers. She has participated in artist residencies in Spain at the CCA in Andratx, the St. James Cavalier Centre in Malta, the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany; the MacDowell Colony; and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, VA. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Krannert Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and The Davis Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, The Rose Art Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art.
Raya Terran was born in California in 1996, and has lived in Oregon, Philadelphia, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA degree from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2019.
Terran’s works are mostly small, with some paintings under 6 inches, but she also works on a bit larger scale. Using oil on canvas or wood, she tackles the existential dilemmas of humanity in present day life. Her work, which tends to depict people and spaces that are somewhat naked or uncultivated, and in a state of transience, has a visceral impact. Solo exhibitions include “Stills from the Migratory Ballad” in 2021 at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and “Brethren of The Yard” at the Rubber Factory in 2020. She has received numerous awards from Cooper Union including the Toni and David Yarnell Merit Award of Excellence in Art in 2019.
Trevor Shimizu was born in 1978 in Santa Rosa, California. He lives and works in in Long Island City, NY.
Trevor Shimizu has produced a large body of paintings that are crudely gestural and sparse, and subtle in their compositional aesthetics if not in their subject matter. In works that are semi-autobiographical, humiliating social incidents and aberrations usually kept private are made public. Self-representation is a theme across Shimizu’s art, and his paintings and videos often incorporate the artist as a surrogate who is elusively aligned with Shimizu.
He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich, Germany; The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan; The Vanity East, Los Angeles, CA; and 47 Canal, New York, NY. His work is part of the public collection of High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI and the K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong.
Diana Cooper was born in Greenwich CT in 1964. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA in 1986, attended the NY Studio School in 1990 and received her MFA from Hunter College in New York in 1997.
Cooper is best known for her hybrid works combining drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Her early works on paper and canvas were based on doodling, while later work became more three-dimensional and incorporated sculptural elements in large-scale works and installations that evoked images of systems and technology. In recent years, she has explored the potential of digital photography for capturing abstraction in the lived environment.
She had her first solo exhibition in New York in 1997 and has exhibited her work widely in the U.S., Europe, and China, and was the subject of a ten-year retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland in 2007. She is a former Rome Prize Fellow and has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Anonymous was a Woman, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Marie Sharpe Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Artist, Institute for Electronic Arts, and other organizations. She received a commission for the Jerome Parker Campus in Staten Island, New York from Percent for Art public art. Diana Cooper has been represented in the United States by Postmasters Gallery since 1998.
Jasmine Justice was born in 1972 in West Virginia. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Justice received her BFA in printmaking from University of Washington in 1997, as well as a BS in Visual Studies, and her MFA from Rutgers University in NJ in 2003.
As a child she moved to Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington State and has also lived in Helsinki and Istanbul as well as Berlin. At age 13 she became involved with the thriving punk scene of Spokane, WA and its visual arts subculture.
While the majority of her practice is painting based, Justice’s creations often wander the territories of drawing and installation. She samples languages from painting’s history, from Abstract Expressionism or Post-Minimalism, casually merging them with disjunctive information systems. Fine-lined diagrams from newspaper infographics are lifted, inverted or evolved into ornamental icons, embedded in or emerging from colorful frenzies of romantic brushwork, or austere landscapes.
Justice attended the Ateliers Höherweg International Residency Program in Düsseldorf, 2015-2016, AtelierFrankfurt International Residency Program in 2009, as well as residencies at Painting's Edge, Idyllwild, CA in 2003 and 2006 and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL in 2006. Solo exhibitions include the Kienzle Art Foundation and Scotty Enterprises in Berlin, 65Grand in Chicago, AtelierFrankfurt in Frankfurt in 2010, and the CUE Art Foundation in New York in 2007. She had a two-person exhibition with Elizabeth Cooper at Kulturwerk t-66 in Freiburg, Germany in 2011.
Christine Hiebert was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1960. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York since 1988, traveling and working periodically in the American west. Hiebert received her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) in 1983 and her MFA from Brooklyn College (City University of New York) in 1988.
Hiebert’s works on paper and wall installations investigate the nature and language of line, and its habitation in space. She has focused on drawing since 1989. Her sense of the mark was encouraged by the drawing and painting of letterforms in school. Hiebert grew up near Philadelphia. Her grandfather raised cattle in Nebraska; childhood experiences of the farm and of camping in the west engendered an affinity for stillness and for open spaces.
Hiebert’s drawings have been on view at The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and The Drawing Center in New York City. She has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe; and her work is in numerous museum and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Menil Collection in Houston, TX, and the Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky Collection. Past installation sites for wall drawings in blue tape and other media include the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, The Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, and The Davis Museum at Wellesley College.
She will have a solo exhibition at Victoria Munroe Fine Arts in NY this Fall.
James English Leary
James English Leary was born in Chicago in 1982. He lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2006. The paintings of James English Leary pit figuration against abstraction invoking metaphors that nurse (and satirize) camp-psychological states in the viewer. Rather than “painting the paintings” Leary constructs them out of painting’s component parts (stretcher, fabric, color, in that order) often employing a shaped substrate. The resulting image-objects and their buoyant overtures towards a “language” humorously engages the problems of how to “read” a painting and conjure the art experience as a slapstick rorschach, a drama of legibility, which hinges on the impossibility of making a shape that doesn’t eventually refer back to something of this world.
Leary’s solo shows include: 'James English Leary | Small Fishes Swim Around Inside of Large Fishes' at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Vienna, 2019; 'Another Family Romance' at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Vienna, 2018; 'Hoi Polloi' at Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York, 2018; 'Half a Mississippi Steamboat' at Andersen's in Copenhagen, 2018 and 'The Bursting Grape' at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Vienna, 2017.
An artist and filmmaker Leary is a founding member of The Bruce High Quality Foundation and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a free arts university operating in New York City. The Foundation’s works have been included in Greater New York at MOMA Ps1, The 2010 Whitney Biennial and The Sundance Film Festival.
Leary was a recipient of a 2015 Tiffany Foundation Award and was a resident of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida. He is an adjunct professor at The Cooper Union in New York City.