Adi Oren creates paintings that celebrate the exuberance of life. Through movement, gesture, and dance, she explores the concept of freedom. She was born in 1989 and raised in New York City, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Rhode Island School of Design. Oren was Co-Chair of the Ellenville Arts Collective, where she extended her passion for the arts and the importance of bringing art to the community at large. In the summer of 2021, she painted a large-scale outdoor mural in the center of the Hudson Valley town, where her divers have become an emblem of renewal and freedom.
Alayna Coverly is a Brooklyn-based oil painter who graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in painting and Drawing. She recently completed her MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of Art. Her current work focuses on the relationships of loved ones affected by violence against women, aiming to promote healing and strengthen community connections.
Barbara Ishikura’s artwork explores the ongoing conflict of adhering to social norms across different social classes. She uses portraiture to depict the humor and pathos of the human condition, particularly regarding the female body and its navigation of social spaces in contemporary society. Ishikura’s female figures are portrayed in classical art historical poses while drinking cheap beer, smoking cigarettes, and surrounded by working-class paraphernalia. They also inhabit lush interiors with fancy dogs, suggesting a sophisticated lifestyle. Ishikura’s artwork takes back ownership of the female nude, which was historically painted by male artists. Her paintings juxtapose objects from high and low culture, illuminating the cultural hierarchies that we create.
Chellis Baird’s work is centered around texture which is explored through touch and the layering of elements, following her transformative experience of childbirth in 2020, Baird turned to art as a means of reclaiming her body, rebuilding her physical strength, and discovering herself as both a mother and an artist.
Dana Nechmad is an interdisciplinary artist working with painting, drawing, embroidery, and video. She is interested in moments of emotional threshold and how they are manifested in the body. Through figurative, abstract, and textual gestures, Nechmad brings to the surface internal marks experienced within. She was born in Israel, received her BFA in painting from L.A.B.A, Florence, Italy; her Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Illinois, and MA in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, Israel. Nechmad’s works were presented across Israel, Portugal, France, and the US.
Debra Cartwright’s artwork blends the history of Western gynecology with the representation of Black womanhood. Cartwright’s use of a muted color palette and abstraction initially seduces viewers, but as they look closer, they can see blood, flesh, and possibly organs. Her watercolors and mixed medium artworks address the painful history of using enslaved women as surgical test subjects in early gynecological medicine. Through her work, Cartwright honors the unnamed or later named enslaved women of James Marion Sims’ medical studies. Her paintings function as a palimpsest of history, building upon the metaphor and practice of uncovering a history while adding more to it. She challenges the way bodies are viewed and hopes to alter her audience’s perception of Black womanhood.
Debra Cartwright recently graduated with her MFA from Rutgers University. She holds art and design degrees from the University of Virginia and Parsons School of Design. She shown her artwork in New York, Chicago, Sweden and Berlin. Her exhibitions were featured in Artsy, Artnet and others. Cartwright currently practices in Brooklyn, NY.
Hannah Duggan’s current paintings stem from cropped internet screenshots, presenting enduring creations that counter the fleeting nature of online encounters. By capturing specific moments, Duggan highlights contradictions, like juxtaposing global tragedies with trivial content. Her work explores moral ambivalence within the collective consciousness, inviting viewers to engage with lasting, thought-provoking objects amid the transient realm of screens.
Paintings by Jeane Cohen offer visuals embracing natural and mythic elements, translated through compelling hues and tones and interspersed with visual texture across the picture plane. Cohen’s vibrant and quixotic compositions offer alternative visions into the worlds we create and how our identities can serve as complex lenses through which to consider our lived experiences.
“By placing my focus on the depth and physicality of materials commonly viewed as two-dimensional, I combine cross-disciplinary practices to create a new way of seeing,” Karin Waskiewicz says. The signature practice for which she is known—acrylic paint thickly layered and then carved away to reveal organic shapes evocative of formations from the natural world—evolved from earlier hyper-realistic paintings concerned with depth and space. “Every mark is a reaction to the shape, placement, and color of the previous marks made,” she describes. The result is often colorful organic patterns, such as those in Collective Behavior (2011), which features hundreds of small, imperfect circles clustered in sprawling groups on a midnight blue background—an exploration of animal group behavior, in which Waskiewicz professes an interest.
Kristy Blackwell’s experience in creating photo-real digital images has inspired her to experiment with traditional techniques and materials to create and deconstruct reality on canvas or other supports. Within her compelling body of work, Blackwell consistently explores the interplay between strength and vulnerability in humanity, unearthing the enigmatic psychological barrier that separates the inner mind from the infinite. Her art reflects a shared understanding, unveiling the inherent beauty found in moments of both sorrow and resilience, while celebrating the allure of both the exposed and the hidden. Kristy Blackwell was raised in small town in Manitoba and Ontario.
Lara Knutson is an Artist, Industrial Designer and Architect who lives and works in New York City. She received a master’s degree in Industrial Design and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and believes her work is informed by the interplay of light, space, materials and structure that unite these two disciplines.
Lara’s Soft Glass series is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Since 2020, Lara has been an Artist Fellow and active member of the National Arts Club.
She is also a Part-Time Faculty member at Parsons School of Design.
Liudmila Kogan is a Russian-born Israeli autodidact artist who creates out of a space of meditative perception. As a “spiritual surrealist,” she reflects on her mystic journey via color-drenched works. Her paintings trigger curiosity, giving viewers a glimpse at her vision of higher consciousness.
Mark Glezin is an artist driven by the pursuit of capturing life and timelessness in his artwork. With a keen focus on subjects, characters, and fashion, he seeks to create pieces that are recognizable yet unaffected by the passage of time. Glezin’s objective is to strike a delicate balance between the vibrancy of life and the abstract nature of paint application, finding the magic in the intersection of the two. His artistic process revolves around exploring the tension between order and chaos, necessitating inner discipline and a willingness to push boundaries. By skillfully manipulating light and darkness, revealing and concealing, and imbuing his work with both motion and stillness. Ultimately, his goal is to establish an intimate connection between the artist, the painting, and the viewer, conveying the essence of existence and fostering a shared understanding of personal and social experiences.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Marykate Maher skillfully navigates volume, scale, and curvilinear space in her sculptures and collages. The mirage-like forms in her collage series seamlessly extend into her sculptural work, blending digital and analog techniques. While her collages may appear abstract, the components are actually photo-based, reflecting her experimental approach to composition building.
In her compositions, Maher achieves balance by exploring the relationships between volume, lines, and negative space, resolving tension in a thoughtful manner. She acknowledges the irregularities inherent in traditional methods, contrasting them with symmetrical and idealized forms that mirror our quest for perfection in an ever-changing reality.
ML Kirchner specializes in capturing the majesty of the mundane, and uses photography to capture and manipulate the passage of time. By capturing the ephemeral, create time-lapses, or experiment with the distortion of temporal sequences. explores the concept of motion in the context of time. Kirchner’s images are recognizable by her command of light and composition, and her fascination with strong shapes and lines. The artist challenges viewer’s perception of motion, offering a unique perspective on the fluidity and transience inherent.
Noga Yudkovik-Etzioni has lived and worked in Israel and the Netherlands, showing a wide range of conventional and alternative spaces. Yudkovik-Etzioni’s work deals with the tension between formalism and narrative. She focuses on two parallel ways of working – one through site-specific installations; and the other, creating individual objects, which she fondly calls “objects for travelers.”
Prema Murthy is an American artist based in New York. She works in painting, drawing, prints, video, installation, and digital media to explore the boundaries between embodiment and abstraction. She received a BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from the University of Texas, Austin and an MFA from Goldsmith’s College, London. She has exhibited in numerous shows nationally and internationally including PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Reina Sofia Museum-Madrid, the Generali Foundation-Vienna, and the India Habitat Center-New Delhi. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Artforum. Murthy’s works are in several public and private collections including the Charugundla Collection, the Queens Museum of Art, the Neuberger Berman Collection, and multiple works being recently added to the TD Bank collection.
Rachel Rubenstein is a mixed media painter from Los Angeles who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Organizational Communication from Pepperdine University in 2008. Since 2018, she has been painting from her studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. Rachel’s work explores abstraction inspired by the strength that comes from moving through pain, her masterful blend of abstraction and color techniques results in a visual symphony that resonates deeply with our emotions. Her creations are housed in several private collections throughout the USA and she exhibits in several group shows in Los Angeles and New York City.
Rives Wiley (b. 1990) is an artist working in New York City. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Wiley’s work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Vogue, The Washington Post, Vice: The Creator’s Project, The Huffington Post, and Harpers Bazaar. Her solo exhibitions were shown across the US and featured in multiple international art fairs. Wiley is a 2016 Hamiltonian Fellow, a recipient of a 2017 DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Grant, and has been a Trawick Semi- Finalist.
Susan Arena is a Los Angeles-based artist whose works delve into the captivating realms of women in myth and folklore. Her work offers representational meditations on permanence and impermanence, speculating on the enduring presence of women archetypes over time throughout global cultures. Susan Arena examines the power of the female body and its potential loss, highlighting the bravery displayed by female warriors, artists, and mothers, emphasizing their significant contributions. Arena’s work aims to shed light on the issue of women often being reduced to mere physical entities, causing a loss of their true identity. Notably, she acknowledges the abundance of established paths for men in popular culture, literature, and art while recognizing the scarcity of comparable narrative arcs for women, prompting her to challenge and address this disparity.
Tara Lewis takes us on a journey into cultural anthropology and contemporary narrative portraiture with a fresh pop twist. Through her oil paintings, Lewis explores a wide range of themes, including personal agency, evolving perceptions of women, identity, empowerment, social issues, cultural narratives and pop culture. Her subjects wear symbolic props and bespoke accessories, often designed and printed by the artist herself. This collaboration between Lewis and her models brings forth candid, raw portrayals that challenge conventional beauty standards and celebrate individuality.