Ellen Hackl Fagan

 

 

Professional Experience

Owner, ODETTA Gallery
229 Cook Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Selected Solo Exhibitions/Interactive Performances

2017
WHAT DOES BLUE SOUND LIKE? New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, NY. Arezoo Mohseni, Curator.

2016
INTO THE BLUE AGAIN, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. David Borawski, Curator.
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Marcus Garvey Park, New York, NY. FLUX Art Fair. Leanne Stella, Director.
2013
CABINET OF WONDERS, Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT.
2012
SOUND COLOR SPACE, Laura Barton Gallery, Westport, CT. Laura Barton, Director.
COLORSOUNDGRAMMAR_3, Round Hill Community Center, Greenwich, CT. Mirella Hajjar, Curator.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, Connecticut Hospice, Branford, CT. Katherine Blossom, Curator.
2011
IF PAINTINGS COULD SING, Orchard Windows Gallery, New York, NY. COLORSOUNDGRAMMAR, New Art Center, New York, NY. Serge Gregorian, Director.
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, New Art Center, New York, NY. Premiered live orchestral interactive performance with 8 classically trained musicians. Fourth version Judson Wright Collaborator.
KICKIN IT: ART AND PERFORMANCE, COLORSOUNDGRAMMAR, Soapbox Gallery, New York, NY. Suzan Shutan, Curator.
2009
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Harlem Open Studios, New York, NY. Third version, Judson Wright, Collaborator.
COLORSOUNDTHEORY, Leever Center for the Performing Arts, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT.
2006
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, second version, Konrad Kaczmarek, Collaborator and composer. Performed in these exhibitions in 2006:
SYNTHESIZE, E G Arts Conservatory, Ridgefield, CT. Suzanne Enser-Ryan, Curator.
COMMUNITY SING, E G Arts Conservatory, Ridgefield, CT. Suzanne Enser-Ryan, Curator.
EMBRACING CHAOS and THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Duke University, Durham, NC. Second version, Konrad Kaczmarek, Collaborator and composer. Tara Zeppel, Curator.
COMMUNITY SING, Duke University, Durham, NC. Chris Hardy, Bouzouki.
2005
THE LISTENING EYE, ORGANIZING CHAOS and THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Mercer County Community College. West Windsor, NJ. Second version, Konrad Kaczmarek, Collaborator and composer.
EMBRACING CHAOS AND THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, CREATIVE CONTRAPTIONS, HOMAGE TO RUBE GOLDBERG, Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Stamford, CT. Exhibition awarded. Second version, Konrad Kaczmarek, Collaborator and composer.
2004
ECSTATIC PAINT, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School. Hartford, CT.
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School. Hartford, CT. First version, Michael Feldman, Collaborator and composer.
2003
ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS, CONTEMPORARY PLAYERS, THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. West Hartford, CT. First version premiered, Michael Feldman, Collaborator and composer.
2001
GRAFITTI, Art-X Gallery, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT. Ken Marchione, Curator.
1999
OBLITERATED PHRASES, 4-Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. Shawn Miller, Director.
1998
LIVING THROUGH COLOR, 4-Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. Shawn Miller, Director.
1993
CONVERGENCES, Jamaica Arts Center, Jamaica, NY.
1982
HYPER-X-TENDED SOUNDS, Senior Thesis Exhibition, BFA, Moreau Gallery, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN.

Selected Group Exhibitions/Performances

2017
SPACE CRAFT, A.I.R., Brooklyn, NY. Liz Surbeck Biddle, Curator.

2016
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Creative Tech Week, City-wide symposium. RCO engineered by Joshie Fishbein as a new web based app.
LAZULI, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Enrico Gomez.
DISORDER and BLISS, Space B, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Joseph Fucigna.
SIDESHOW NATION IIII/Thru The Rabbit Hole, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Invitational. 2015
INDUSTRIAL COMFORTS, Space B, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Margaret Roleke and Joseph Fucigna.
CHECKERED HISTORY, OUTPOST, Ridgewood, NY. Curated by David Weinstein and Ruth Kahn.
SHARED RESOURCES, Whitney Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT. Curated by Debbie Hesse.
COLOR RULES, The Drawing Rooms at Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ. Curated by Anne Trauben.
VOLUME 1, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Mary Judge and Enrico Gomez.
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Video screened MusInfo Art and Science Days, Bourges, FR. With composer Judson Wright.
FLUX ART FAIR, Corn Exchange Building, Harlem, NYC.
2014
BIG SMALL PAINTING SHOW, The Drawing Rooms at Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ.
FAR AND WIDE, Woodstock Art Museum, Woodstock, NY. Ian Berry, Juror.
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, New York, NY. Julio Valdez Project Space.
THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT, Brooklyn Art Library. Traveling exhibition, multiple US cities.
PIEROGI FLAT FILES, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Joe Amrhein.
2013
THE BIG SMALL PAINTING SHOW, Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ. James Pustorino, curator.
THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT, Brooklyn Art Library, Traveling exhibition, multiple cities.
SOLSTICE, The Nest Arts Factory, Bridgeport, CT., Mary Jo Lombardo, Curator.
DIVERGENT THINKING, La Maison d’Arte, New York, NY. Stephanie Calla, Curator.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY. Curator. Reviewed.
2012
THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY. Mariano Cinat, Curator.
SOLOS 2012, Westport Arts Center Gallery, Westport, CT. Ian Berry, Juror. Exhibition awarded.
THE NATURE OF THINGS, Garden Education Center, Greenwich, CT. Curator.
2011
THE ABSTRACT TRADITION, Greenwich Historical Society, Storehouse Gallery. Greenwich, CT. Exhibition awarded.
SPLASH! Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT. Marianne Frisch, Curator
TWEET: Words and Music, THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Factory Underground, Norwalk, CT. Third version, Judson Wright, Collaborator. Mary Jo Lombardo, Curator.
HACIA AFUERA,THE COLORSOUNDGRAMMAR GAME. Interactive installation and performance. New York, NY. Alyssa Fridgen, Curator.
AN EXCHANGE WITH SOL LEWITT, MASS MOCA and Cabinet Magazine. North Adams, MA and Brooklyn, NY. Regine Basha, Curator.
2010
SQUARDI SONORI, THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, Planetario, Museo della Civita, Rome, Italy. Video, Fourth version, Judson Wright, Collaborator and programmer. Ennio Morricone, Curator.
{SONIK}, SYNTHETIC ZERO, THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, BronxArtSpace, New York, NY. Third version, Judson Wright, Collaborator. Mitsu Hadeshi, Curator.
EINSTEIN, EPHEMERA & CRANK, Fearless Explorers in Alternative Surfaces, Glazes and Ceramic Installation. Casa Frela Gallery, New York, NY. Curator.
THE WESTCHESTER BIENNIAL, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY. Exhibition awarded.
2009
THE COLORSOUNDGRAMMAR GAME, FIGMENT:INTERACTIVE ART, Governor's Island, New York, NY .
LEFT BRAIN/RIGHT BRAIN, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT. George Rush, juror.
2008
ALDRICH UNDERCOVER, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Ridgefield, CT.
WHY NOT? Housatonic Art Museum, Bridgeport, CT. Helen Klisser-During, Juror.
SASSY SURFACES, Henry's Project, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY .Liz Surbeck Biddle, Curator.
LOVE IS FOR LOVELY PEOPLE, Victory Arts Projects, Jersey City, NJ. James M Pustorino, Curator.
2007
ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ. James M Pustorino, Curator.
2005
INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA CULTURE EXPOSITION, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY.
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, second version, Konrad Kaczmarek, Collaborator, composer.
2004
THE REVERSE COLOR ORGAN, first version, Michael Feldman, Collaborator composer.
RADIUS, PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXHIBITION AND SERIES FOR EMERGING ARTISTS. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Guild of Art, Ridgefield, CT, Deborah Browne, Jessica Hough, Richard Klein, Harry Philbrick, jurors. Awarded exhibition and mentorship.
2003
A FRESH START, Philip Alan Gallery, New York, NY.
PAINTING/PHOTOGRAPHY/NEW WORK, Philip Alan Gallery, New York, NY.
NOW IT'S A PARTY, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. Independent study with Harrell Fletcher.
1999
SMALL WORKS, BIG IDEAS, Discovery Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT.
PERSONAL HEROES, LOCAL AND LEGENDARY, Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield, CT. Patricia Reville, Curator. Reviewed.
EVOLUTION, Women's Caucus for Art/CT Chapter. Member's Exhibition, Gallery 53, Meriden, CT. Exhibition Organizer.
1997
COLORS, CONTRASTS AND CULTURES, Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT. Ben Ortiz, Curator. Reviewed.
1995
ART & TEXT, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT. Curator. Exhibition traveled. Reviewed.
EXPLORING THE FIGURE, Gertrude White Gallery, Greenwich, CT. Reviewed.
1994
ART IN MOTION, Kinetics, Movement and Change. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Farmington, CT. Grand Prize.
1992
WOMAN VISION, GALLERY 53, Meriden, CT. Exhibition Organizer.

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
2014-Present
ODETTA, Owner and curator. Brooklyn, NY. Curating changing exhibitions of contemporary art focused on Color Theory, Minimalism, Glyphs, Buddha Mind, Fluxus, History, Humor, Psychedelia, Ephemera, Science, Math and Music. Reviews in Artillery,, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn Magazine, WagMag and The Brooklyn Daily.
ASAP URGENT HEALTH CARE, Art Curator for sixty emerging health care facilities throughout New England.
2013
ASAP URGENT CARE, Curator for permanent collections, Connecticut and Massachusettes.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY. Curator. Reviewed.
2012
THE NATURE OF THINGS, Garden Education Center, Greenwich, CT. Curator.
2010
EINSTEIN, EPHEMERA & CRANK, Casa Frela Gallery, New York, NY. Curator.
2001
MOREAU GALLERY, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. Visiting artist and guest juror for Annual Student Exhibition.
1999
EVOLUTION, Women's Caucus for Art/CT Chapter Member's Exhibition. Gallery 53, Meriden, CT. Exhibition Organizer.
1996
BIRTH ART, MIRACLE AND MYSTERY, Gallery 53, Meriden, CT. Judy Chicago, Featured Artist. Exhibition Organizer.
1995
ART & TEXT, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT and Gallery 53, Meriden, CT. Curator. Designed exhibition catalog. Reviewed.
1992
WOMAN VISION, GALLERY 53, Meriden, CT. Exhibition Organizer.

HONORS AND AWARDS
2014
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Art in Public Spaces, Finalist selected for Percent for Art Public Commission. Pending.
2011
GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMMUNITY ARTISTS SERIES, Greenwich, CT. Exhibition awarded.
2004
CREATIVE CONTRAPTIONS, HOMAGE TO RUBE GOLDBERG, Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Stamford, CT. $2500.00 grant award and exhibition. Applied grant to membership at Harvestworks, New York, NY. Employed composer  Konrad Kaczmarek to create, the second version of the Reverse Color Organ using Max/MSP.
RADIUS, PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXHIBITION AND SERIES FOR EMERGING ARTISTS. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Guild of Art, Ridgefield, CT, Deborah Browne, Jessica Hough, Richard Klein, Harry Philbrick, jurors. Awarded exhibition and mentorship.
1994
ART IN MOTION, Kinetics, Movement and Change, Farmington Valley Art Center, Farmington, CT. Grand Prize.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Association of Women Art Dealers
Bushwick Ridgewood Galleries
National League of American Pen Women, Greenwich Chapter
American Synaesthesia Association, National Member
Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT

PUBLICATIONS
Christina Hennessy, Sound and Color Shape Artist's Aural Aspirations, CT Post, June 25, 2016
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Christina Hennessy, Her Evergreen Just Had To Be Blue, Hearst Media, Greenwich Time, S Magazine December 13, 2015, Cover Feature, http://blog.ctnews.com/sundaymagazinect/2015

Ellen Hackl Fagan, Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library. 2014

Ellen Hackl Fagan, MoleculesofMusic, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library. 2013

George Murphy, “Speaking of Speaking in Tongues, An Exploration of Shared Invented Languages at Art in Flux Harlem, “ArteFuse, http://artefuse.com/2013/01/speaking-of-speaking-in-tongues-an-exploration-of-shared-invented-languages-at-art-in-flux-harlem/

Ellen Hackl Fagan, The ColorSoundGrammar Book, Vol.2. The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library. 2013

Madeline Witt, “Paper Ghosts” Points of Departure, The New Journal, December 20, 2012. http://www.thenewjournalatyale.com/2012/12/paper-ghosts/

Hollie Slade, “Harlem Collective Draws Growing Community of Artists,” The Uptowner, December 3, 2012. http://theuptowner.org/2012/12/03/harlem-collective-draws-growing-community-of-artists/

Christina Hennessey, “Bold Strokes, Abstract Painters Inspired by Sound, Space.” Pulse, Greenwich Time. July 1, 2012.

Hank Hoffman, “Stray Observations from 2011 CWOS Weekend 3, The Alternative Space(s),” Connecticut Art Scene, November 2, 2011.http://ctartscene.blogspot.com/2011/11/stray-observations-from-2011-cwos.html

Ellen Hackl Fagan, The First Ever ColorSoundGrammar Book, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library. 2012 http://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/9730

Regine Basha, “An Exchange With Sol LeWitt,” Cabinet Magazine,p.50, 2011.

Jamie Martinez, “If Paintings Could Sing,” October 2, 2011. http://artefuse.com/2011/10/“if-paintings-could-sing-”-by-ellen-hackl-fagan-at-orchard-windows-gallery

John Austin, “Translations and Associations in the Work of Ellen Hackl Fagan,” Exhibition catalogue, ColorSoundGrammar, New Art Center, New York, NY. June 7-25, 2011.

Susan Hodara, “Visions of the Eerie, the Wacky and the Whimsical,” The New York Times, April 30, 2010.

Ann Caron, “Just Imagine: Oh, The Thinks an Artist Can Think,” Greenwich Citizen, April 23, 2010.

Natalie Hegert, “Pool Art Fair New York 2010,” ARTslant, March 9, 2010.

Lincoln Millstein, “My Favorites in this year's ART to the Avenue exhibit– when Greenwich Avenue becomes a strolling gallery.” Lincoln's Log, May 23, 2009. http://blog.ctnews.com/lincolnmillstein/2009/05/23/

Hank Hoffman, “Alternative Space: Short Takes,” Connecticut Art Scene, November 4, 2006L.P. Streitfeld, “Stamford Museum Pays Homage to Rube Goldberg.” The Advocate & Greenwich Time, March 13, 2005.

Tracey O'Shaughnessy,“Faith in Her Art.” Today's Woman, The Waterbury Republican American, May 15, 2001. Cover story.

Kathryn Boughton. “Woodbury Artist's Vision,” The Litchfield County Times. February 11, 2000. Feature story. Patricia Rosoff. “Hero Worship.” The Hartford Advocate. March 25, 1999.

William Zimmer. “Color, So Much the Essence of What's Happening in Painting,” The New York Times. December 21, 1997.

Vivien Raynor. “Words and Images, the Works of 15 Connecticut Artists.” The New York Times. June 4, 1995. William Zimmer, "The Human Figure Put Through Paces." The New York Times. July 16, 1995.

New Arts Festival '94, Artspace, New Haven, CT . Poster image featured "Raindance II" collage. Woman Magazine, "Raindance II" cover image, January, 1994.Kate Jennings. "Nine Women Artists are Showing at the Gertrude White Gallery." Greenwich News, May 13, 1993.

Artists of Connecticut, Hull Printing, Meriden, CT. Calendar publication. Juried.
Orla Swift. Artist Feature. Record-Journal. Friday, December 18, 1992.

Jude Schwendenwien. "Works of Art Convey Womens' Power, Energy."The Hartford Courant, Sunday, March 29, 1992.Maxine Olderman. "Face The Nation, Culture

Clash As Women Explore The Visual Arts." New Times Connecticut, March 19-26, 1992.

PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES

2017-2014
ODETTA, on-going program of events related to each exhibition consisting of Artists Talks, concerts and performances, book readings and meetings.

2016
AMERICAN ABSTRACT ARTISTS, Chromatic Space, New York, NY. Panelist. Jonathan Lipincott, Moderator.
ARTIST AS ART ENTREPRENEURS, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Guest speaker Arts Entrepreneurship.

2015
ARTISTS TALK ON ART, Art Beyond Manhattan: Celebrating the Boroughs, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY.
RESONANCE, Experiments in Drawing, John Mendelsohn, Professor, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.  
2015-2014
ODETTA, on-going program of events related to each exhibition consisting of Artists Talks, concerts and performances, book readings and meetings.
2013
HARTFORD ART SCHOOL ALUMNI FORUM, Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center.  University of Hartford, Hartford, CT. March 1, 2013.  Panel discussion with professional alumni artists based in New York City. Panelists are Mark Dion, Carole Kunstadt, Nancy Pantirer. Janice La Motta, Moderator.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY. Series of programs expanding the context of invented language. Conceived and organized by Ellen Hackl Fagan. January 2013.
2010
THE SOUND OF COLOR, Greenwich Public Library, Greenwich, CT. Guest Lecturer. Hosted by the Art Society of Old Greenwich. Interactive presentation of the ColorSoundGrammar Game as a part of ASOG’s 2010 series focused on all aspects of color.
2009
COLORSOUNDGRAMMAR, series of four interactive lectures. Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT. Guest Speaker, series of four interactive lectures created for three departments at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Psychology, Painting Department, Early Childhood Development Center.
2008
Woodbury Middle School. Woodbury, CT. MAKING PAINTINGS FLOW, visiting artist, interactive lesson with special needs students.

EDUCATION
1979-80
Saint Mary’s College Rome Program, Extension Campus, Rome, Italy.
1982
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting, Photography.
2001
Yale University Summer Program, New Haven, CT. Sculpture.
2005
Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. Master of Fine Arts Painting/Interdisciplinary.
2006
Harvestworks, New York, NY. Certified, Max/MSP Jitter Interactive Digital Media.
2007-2010
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY. Explorations in Surface, Liz Surbeck Biddle, Instructor.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2001-2007
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Docent.
2007
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. THE SOUND OF COLORS, Art Daze.
2004
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Student Docent Program. Instructor.
2003-2004
College of the Arts and Sciences, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT. Researcher for Dr. Sherry Buckberrough, Department Chair, Art History Department.
2001-2003
Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Painting, Susan Wilmarth Rabineau, Advisor.
2000-2002
Southbury Senior Services, Art Instructor.
1999-2002
Urban Artist's Initiative. Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. Waterbury, CT. Mentor.
1997-2002
Visiting Artist Program, Mattatuck Museum. Waterbury, CT. Instructor.
Mattatuck Museum, Visiting Artist Program, Kids at Risk Program, Waterbury, CT. Arts Instructor.
1989-1996
Meriden Boys and Girls Club, Meriden, CT. Art Instructor.
Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden, Meriden, CT. Arts Instructor, Middle School Program.

REPRESENTATION
PIEROGI Gallery, Flat Files. Brooklyn, NY.
Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY.


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Julio Valdez, New York, NY.
James Brainard, Indianapolis, IN.
Morgan Hoddes, Boulder, CO.
Dr. David Zadik , Greenwich, CT.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.
Dana Farber Institute, Boston, MA.
Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd., USA.  Oxford, CT.


OTHER INTERESTS
Guitar, Private Instruction. Chris Fox, Instructor.
Classical Guitar, Private Instruction. Late Walter Kaye Bauer, Instructor.
Fluent in Italian language and conversation.
James Joyce, Ulysses Organize and facilitate a read aloud group.