Bio/Contact

annabresnick@gmail.com

 

ANNA BROELL BRESNICK - Statement

Having transitioned from sculpture to drawing a number of years ago, my first priority was to search for a meaningful image that could become the vehicle for my artistic expression. I became interested in the motions and interactions with nature of birds. They can be used to express a vast number of things ranging from the very personal to the universal. Most important for me is that they seem to be, besides humans, the only animal that can transverse the boundaries of land, water and air. They are affected, like humans, by the disastrous ecological events of our time, can transport us from one world to another and show us the beauty of soaring.

 

Because of my many years working as a sculptor, I easily fell into the category of drawing in conjunction with collage – the use of non-drawing materials such as plastic, wood, objects, etc. – the need to add physical things; to construct. I’m very anxious to take my ideas to a new level by building more of the material into the two-dimensional/drawing aspects of the work, It is important to me not to let the incorporation of collage diminish the importance of the drawing aspects of the work but to give it an increased energy and depth of meaning.

ANNA BROELL BRESNICK - CV

 

MFA, Sculpture, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Akademie fuer Angewante Kunst, Vienna, Austria

BA, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2111 “Waltszenen” drawings and sculpture, Seton Gallery, University of New

Haven, New Haven, CT

2011 www.gorky’s granddaughter.com – anna-broell-bresnick-at-artspace

2011 “Water Ways” Moira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery, Hamden

2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

1999 “Aftermath-Between Here and Now” 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

1996 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

1994 “Contemporary Landscapes” Westover School, Middlebury, CT

1993 Gallery Space, Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT

1991 The Promanade Gallery, Hartfore, CT

1988 Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

1986 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

1985 Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, CT

Dana Gallery, Cummings Arts Center, CT College, New London, CT

1984 Gettysburg College Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA

1981 Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich, CT

 

INSTALLATIONS and INSTALLATIONS FOR DANCE

2011 “Scrawl” site-specific drawing installation Artspace, New Haven, CT

2009 New Music Installation, Arts Hall, ECA, New Haven, CT

2008 “So Anything Goes”, Arts Hall, ECA, New Haven, CT

2007 “Doors” dance installation , ArtsHall, ECA, New Haven, CT

2006 “The Wood Pile Installation”, i.p.s. studio, New Haven, CT

2003 “Summer Solstice”, June installation for dance, Dance Space and Audubon St.

“Winter Solstice “ December dance installation, Dance Space and Audubon St. New Haven,CT

“Sound Zephyr” sculpture installation, International Festival for the Arts, New Haven, CT

2001 "Portable Landscape – Memoria’, installation, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

"Audubon Boogie Woogie", tree installation as part of the Art on the Edge,

International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT

"Neighborhood Bauhaus", installation on the New Haven Green as part of The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT

2000 "Ghosting", installation for dance performance, Arts Hall, New Haven, CT

"Aftermath-Between Here and Now", 55 Mercer Gallery, New York

1995 “Hollycroft Invitational ‘95” sculpture installation, Ivoryton, CT

1991 "Lean Towards the Light”, installation for dance, Dia Dance Foundation, New York, NY

“House and Garden” sculpture for performance piece (dance, theater, creative writing, new music composition), Arts Hall, ECA, New Haven, CT

1984 “Open Space, installation, Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

1983 “1984” installation, Paper Mache Video Institute, New Haven, CT

1981 “Scherzo” Site Project:Downtown LA, sponsored by LACE Gallery,Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

2019  “Menagerie”, 5 Points Gallery, Torrington CT

2017  “CWOS”, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2011 “Scrawl” site-specific drawing installation utilizing wall, floor and pillar, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2010 “Ray Johnson and A Book About Death” SAL Art Gallery, LIU, Brookville, NY

“Flock” Artspace, New Haven, CT

“Figurative Distance” CT Commission and Tourism Gallery, Hartford, CT

2009 “Index I” Artspace, New Haven, CT

Gallerie Rossella Junck, Berlin, Germany

“A Book About Death” Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, New York, NY

2008 “Family Business” The Parachute Factory Gallery, New Haven, CT

2006 “After” Mills Gallery At The Boston Center For The Arts, curator Laura Donaldson

2005 “Local Report” by Robert Whitman, local reporter for the work, Guggenheim Museum, NY

2002 "Where Earth Meets Sky" Architecture in Fabric, CAW Gallery, New Haven, CT

"Works On Paper", ARTSPACE, New Haven, CT

2000 “Sculpture” (4 person show), John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

1995 “Sights and Sound” Special Olympics, sculpture, New Haven, CT

1994 “Art of the Northeast USA “ Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan,CT

“Material Matters” Sculpture Exhibition, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

1992 Lyman Allyn Museum, "Resonances" New London, CT

1991 Bruce Museum, "Connecticut Biennial II” Greenwich, CT

1990 New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT

1989 Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

CSR Art Gallery, The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY

Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT

1986 City College Gallery, New York, NY

1984 Berkshire Museum,. Pittsfield, MA

1981 80 Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY

 

AWARDS

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence

“Vision and Voices” Artist Residency, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven,CT

2 Grants, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

3 Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, VT, Full Fellowship Award

The Richard and Hinda Rosenthall Foundation Award, lst Prize in Sculpture, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, Diane Waldman, Deputy Dir./ Sr. Curator, Guggenheim Museum

Kennedy Center Arts Alliance Award

Artist Space/Artists Grant, New York, NY

Drawing Award, Berkshire Museum, Curator Bernice Rose

Sculpture Grant, Connecticut Commission on the Arts

Public Sculpture Grant from the City of New Haven, CT

Hartford Arts Festival Award in Sculpture, Juror Alice Aycock

Competition Winner, LA Contemporary Exhibitions LACE), Site Project:Downtown LA

Installation sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts

Drawing Prize, Westwood Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, Juror Clair Falkenstein

Best Mixed Media Award, Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Bridgeport, CT

Juror George Adams of Allan Frumkin Gallery

 

REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

New York Times,"Creative Works With a Political Edge", 24 June 2001

New York Times, “How Funny Is the Human Body? Some Answers From Sculptors, 28 January l996

Art New England, “45th Annual Art of the Northeast” October/November 1994

Darien News-Review, “45th Art of the Northeast Superb year at Silvermine” 19 May l994

The Hour, (Norwalk, CT) “Northeast, USA: Picking the winners” 24 May 1994

New York Times “Through Medium and Process” 7 Feb. 1993

New Haven Register, "Artist's Houses are Sculptural 'Landscapes' 19 January l992

New Haven Register, "Aborted Art Show Leaves Questions Unanswered"12 April l992

 

REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
New York Times,"Creative Works With a Political Edge", 24 June 2001
New York Times, “How Funny Is the Human Body? Some Answers From Sculptors, 28 January l996 Art New England, “45th Annual Art of the Northeast” October/November 1994
Darien News-Review, “45th Art of the Northeast Superb year at Silvermine” 19 May l994

The Hour, (Norwalk, CT) “Northeast, USA: Picking the winners” 24 May 1994
New York Times “Through Medium and Process” 7 Feb. 1993
New Haven Register, "Artist's Houses are Sculptural 'Landscapes' 19 January l992 New Haven Register, "Aborted Art Show Leaves Questions Unanswered"12 April l992

New Haven Register, "Vigil Protests Cancellation of Art Display"4 April l992
New Times Connecticut, "Private Visions, Public Spaces" 16 April l992
New Haven Arts, "Anna Bresnick: An Unexpected Controversy Raises Key Issues" May l992
Greenwich News, "Artists Display Conviction and Finesse in Biennial II" 14 March l991
New York Times, "Connecticut Biennial Displays Diversity" 14 April l99l
Stamford Lifestyles, "Something for Everybody in Second Connecticut Show at Bruce Museum , March l99l The Hartford Courant, " Artists' Works Both Lyrical, Expressive 30 Sept l990
New Haven Register, "A Show of Passion from Five Artists 4 February l990
New Haven Register, "State of the Art of Connecticut Artists" ll February l990
Art New England, "Regional Reviews: Breaking Boundaries" May 1990
Hartford Courant, "Artists' Works Both Lyrical, Expressive" 30 Sept l990
New Haven Register, Art Review, 9 April l989
Suburban News, "Madison Gallery Presents 5:Variations 20 March l989
Artnews, "New England Montage" Summer l987
Hartford Advocate, "Women and Liberty" 24 March l986
Art New England, "Regional Reviews, Connecticut" March l985
New London Day, "Art Review" 4 September and 13 December l985
New Haven Register, "New Exhibition: Review" 15 September l985
Berkshire Eagle, "BAA Fall Exhibition: Diversity on Paper" 11 Oct l984
Art New England, "Artists Working in New Haven" December l984
New York Times, "Art Review" by Michael Brenson 16 December l984
Advocate, “Art that Thrives on Tension” 26 August 1981
Greenwich Times, “The Arts” 20 March 1981

 

 

Taught at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

Department Chair, Educational Center for the Arts

Curator, John Slade Ely House, Center for Contemporary Art 1989 - 1994