Crit Group Mentors

Mentor: SARAH SUDHOFF

“My work is an investigation into social identity and what it means to expand beyond the limits placed either by society or even myself.  I seek to include the power of quiet as part of that identity in order to expand upon and include all aspects of what it means to be human by using a multi-disciplinary approach.”

Sarah’s website

Archival pigment print  (Performance documented through photography)

Sudhoff is a visual artist, educator and former photo editor for Texas Monthly and Time magazines. She is the former Executive Director for the Texas Photographic Society and the former Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography and owner of Capsule Gallery in Houston. Sudhoff holds an M.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a B.A. in Journalism and Photography from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught photography at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Trinity University, San Antonio and the Art Institute of San Antonio.

Sudhoff’s work interweaves themes of gender, science, and personal experience through photographs —staged and found — as well as through performance, installation, and sculpture. Artist grants from Houston Arts Alliance (2020, 2019 & 2017) and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (2013) have furthered her career. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, including recent and upcoming exhibitions and performances at The DoSeum, San Antonio; Filter Photo, Chicago; PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury; The Pandemic Archive, New York; grayDuck Gallery, Austin; Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Health Museum Houston, Houston; Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver; Texas Vignette, Dallas; Satellite Art Show, Austin; Experimental Action, Houston; Cindy Lisica Gallery, Houston; Galveston Arts Center, Galveston; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; grayDuck Gallery, Austin; Filter Photo, Chicago; Roots & Culture, Chicago; and the DongGang International Photo Festival in South Korea. She has participated in artist residencies at Artpace, San Antonio, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN and is the current Artist-in-Residence at The DoSeum in San Antonio, Texas.


Mentor: ELAN CADIZ

“My artworks are interdisciplinary,intersectional and grounded in personal narrative. This was due to an art career that gave me diverse exposure that aligned with my life experiences. I’m interested in supporting mentees in their most authentic artistic voice and art making through the use of self assessment, exposure to a variety of content, light research, community building and prompts that encourage consistent practice and personal reflection.”

Elan’s website

(Self portrait with my children)
Pen, pencil, acrylic and flash paint on Shizen Pastel Paper. Shizen Pastel Paper is handmade in India from 100% recycled materials. 9″ x 12″

Elan Cadiz is an interdisciplinary North American Visual Artist that deconstructs and balances her intersectionality through her projects. Her art and practice are grounded in domestic, historical imagery and personal narrative. Elan Cadiz graduated from City College of New York with a BA in Studio Art and received an MFA Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts where she was awarded the SVA Merit Scholarship, Paul Rhodes Memorial Award and the Martha Trevor Award. Cadiz has been commissioned by the Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo de Barrio, Art in Flux Harlem, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and more. She was one of the first Sustainable Arts Foundation AIRspace Parent Artist Residence at Abrons Art Center and her An American Family Album series was featured in VOGUE.


Mentor: DYANA GRAVINA

Starting by overcoming the cultural rejections and misrepresentation of women’s professional abilities during pregnancy and beyond, I have been following the practices and mentoring many international artists across disciplines and walks of life. I am a listener as much as an instigator. I think collectively and I have made of my beliefs an international movement for social change and women’s rights advocacy. With the same drive, and integrating somatic and creative approaches,  I will work with you to overcome and reframe internal, external and systemic barriers. We will challenge and nurture each other, for an individual and collective development.  I can also advise on funding applications, branding, websites, and online visibility. 

Dyana is also fluent in Spanish and Italian. 

Dyana’s website

‘Repetto’, Video still performance on camera.
Studio practice at ]performance s p a c e[, summer 2019. 

I am an artist, activist, art producer and doula. I am the founder and creative director of Procreate Project, a visionary and pioneering arts organisation supporting contemporary artists who are mothers. Over the past seven years, I have created an ever-growing network of artists and supporters, demonstrating the need for new approaches and infrastructures both for artists and the cultural industries.
I have been providing new references for models that can inspire a sea-change across sectors; integrate ways we perceive and balance the private, the domestic and the public, as well as the perception and normalization of women’s artistic output as part of the cultural and social landscape.
I have worked for over 12 years in the entertainment industry, events and the contemporary arts. Some of the recent platforms I have been leading and curating include Mother Art Prize [2017-18-19-20] with the contribution of Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, Frieze London, AWITA, Zabludowicz Collection, Create London, Elephant magazine and Mimosa House; Oxytocin 1st edition [2017] organised at the Royal College of Art; Oxytocin 2nd edition [March 2019] hosted and supported by Kings College London Guy’s Campus and Arts Council England; Left Overs Exhibition [2017] presented at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning; Foetus, new media performance [2015/2017] shown at RichMix and Leyden Gallery; Zines archive featuring 130 artists [2015/16.17] displayed at Goldsmiths University, LSBU, Lace Gallery Nottingham, Manhattan College.
In this framework, I am also been developing my practice as a performance artist with an interest in feminism, body politics, social constructions and sexualities. Using both autobiographical materials as well as being inspired by the work of artists like Martha Wilson, Carolee Schneemann and Hannah Wilke, I am producing a transdisciplinary body of work that combines movement, photography, video and writing. 


Mentor: COULTER FUSSELL

“As I do with my with my own work, any critique I give another will consider this first and above all else: authenticity. Actively working against notions of romanticism and false nostalgia is the first pursuit. After that, risk-taking in not only material but risk-taking within the daily ins-and-outs of artistic practice should follow. Working outside the traditional art box myself, I have insight into navigating the obstacles those of us who did not take the A-B-C path to becoming an artist experience. I also offer insight into various textile craft methods and painting references with a specification toward the American South.”

Coulter’s website

The Numbers, 2019, Various textiles, 7′ x 5′

Coulter Fussell, a quilter, was born in Columbus, Georgia, an old textile town on the Chattahoochee River separating Georgia from Alabama. As the daughter of both a museum curator and a prolific seamstress, Coulter’s artistic path and creative practice is a continuation of that combination; a merging of the ideas of what is considered finer arts with the tried and true craft methods of traditional arts. Coulter runs an experimental textile studio in the small Hill Country town of Water Valley, Mississippi, where she lives. There, she makes boundary-pushing quilts from the donated clothes, quilts, and textiles left in bags at her studio door; donations entrusted to her by fellow townspeople. Coulter has exhibited work across the country from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Bridget Donahue Gallery in New York City to The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina. As a craftswoman trained only by watching her mother sew, Coulter is proud to have been the Finalist for the 2017 SouthArts Southern Prize, the 2019 Visual Arts Inductee into the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Craft.


Mentor: SARAH FOX

“I have a kind but honest critique style that is focused on making your work the best that it can be on it’s own terms. My goal will be to help you find and refine your voice and aesthetic in your work. I am very interested in story-telling and have experience with video work, stop motion, traditional animation and puppetry. I’m also a 2D artist working in collage, cyanotype and embroidery. I am a single mother, but have been able to apply and travel extensively for artist residencies with my child (it is possible). I also have experience creating and teaching workshops for children and adults.”

Sarah’s website

“Bruisers”, film still, animated cyanotype, 2019, 8:00

Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, love and sex are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. The resulting collages, cyanotypes, and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark symbolism. Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Hilmsen, Germany) and Casa Lu (Mexico City, Mexico). In 2019 she was a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant that allowed her to live and work at the Women’s Studio Workshop in NY with her son. She was raised in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where she is the co-director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, the
creator and co-director for the Brick Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex, and serves as board chair of the month long arts celebration Contemporary Art Month.


Mentor: MINDY SUE WITTOCK

I work out of my home studio and have learned how to manage my studio time and domestic life. My critique style is open, honest, and constructive. My experience teaching in academia has made me a strong objective observer and I love talking about art, process and ideas.  I will be your cheerleader and look forward to talking with you about your concepts and execution in your artwork.

Mindy’s website

Patty O Green Lucky Lights, Mixed Media Soft Sculpture, 2020

Mindy Sue Wittock is an artist and mother who works out of her home studio in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She makes soft sculpture that explores the intersection of childhood memory and nostalgia. Wittock has an MFA from Arizona State University with a concentration in fibers. She has previously worked as an associate lecturer of art at the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Wittock has an extensive exhibition record and has taught many textile-based workshops. She survives on coffee and enjoys watching vintage television shows, listening to 80’s music, and going on adventures with her husband, daughter, and pup. Mindy Sue Wittock is also a co-founder of The Wondermakers Collective with the incredible illustrator and coffee drinker Jenna Freimuth. They work together to build beautiful, layered embroideries, pen palling them back and forth from Wisconsin to Minnesota. You can learn more about their collaborative project at: https://www.thewondermakerscollective.com


PC: Lauren Carnes

Mentor: DEEANN RIEVES

I sell my paintings directly to collectors for their homes. Our focus will be your artwork first- digging deeper conceptually, encouraging you through areas of struggle, establishing your style with bodies of work, but also storytelling, connecting with your audience, and marketing your work beautifully and organically.

Deeann’s website

Deeann has a BFA from Memphis College of Art with a painting emphasis and has always been drawn to mixed media and collage. She took many fiber arts classes in college where she learned machine embroidery and sewing techniques. When she began working abstract a few years after school, she combined these two techniques and found her own creative voice. She uses a sewing technique called free-motion machine embroidery on top of painted papers and incorporates those papers as collage in her works inspired by variegated leaves and nature. The stitched lines sit on top of fluid ink washes, colliding with bold paint scrapes and embellishing each piece with texture and delicate line, like veins running through the painting. “I am drawn to the tactility that the embroidery adds to the work both aesthetically and conceptually. The nature of thread is strong but intricate; it has a sort of permanence with the appearance of fragility.” Deeann lives in Nashville, TN and paints full time in her home studio with her two young daughters nearby.


Mentor: MADELINE DONAHUE

I am a positive person and this goes into my own work and critique style. I view the work as a whole and then respond with my immediate reactions to a certain piece or to the work in general. I relate my reactions by asking questions and connecting the work to relevant contemporary and historical artworks.

Madeline’s website

Body Builders, ceramic, 2020

Madeline Donahue, born in Houston, TX, lives in Brooklyn. She is currently the ceramic resident at Artshack Brooklyn. Exhibitions include Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Public Swim Gallery, The Every Woman Biennial, and Field Projects, in Manhattan; Paradice Palase, Underdonk, and Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn and TJ Boulting Gallery in London. Her paintings were included in Making (It) Work at California College of the Arts, an “exhibition of artworks made by artists during their first few years of parenthood.” She recently opened her first solo exhibition in Manhattan, Attachments, at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. Madeline was an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY; at Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, NY and will be an artist-in-residence at Interlude Residency in October 2020. Her work has been reviewed by the Guardian, Hyperallegic and Elephant Magazine where she also contributes drawings for the quarterly printed column, Post Partum Document. She is interviewed on Sound & Vision podcast, Atomic Moms Podcast and an upcoming episode of Artist Mother podcast.


Mentor: BARBARA CAMPBELL THOMAS

Barbara Campbell Thomas is a painter who has been teaching and critiquing for over twenty years. She firmly believes every artist has a unique visual voice that is informed by the particularity of their life experience, and she also believes that our world desperately NEEDS every one of these unique voices. This belief informs her strengths as a teacher/critique-er; Barbara Campbell Thomas is adept at finding what is wholly idiosyncratic in every student/mentee she works with, and she works very hard to support and cultivate that specificity of vision.

Barbara’s website

Barbara Campbell Thomas is a painter and teacher who lives and works in Climax, North Carolina. She is also the mother of two sons, ages 15 and 8. Her studio work combines painting with quilting, overlaying their visual vocabularies to create complex formal dialogues within each piece that resonate with the details of her own life and history of each media. She came relatively late to quilting, which she learned from her own mother, but quickly realized its power as an art form traditionally practiced by women to inform and expand the range of her painting.
Barbara Campbell Thomas’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, including the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, NYC’s The Painting Center, The Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her BFA from Penn State, her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and she attended Yale Norfolk and Skowhegan. She recently received a 2018-2019 North Carolina Artists Fellowship. Barbara Campbell Thomas is an Associate Professor of Art at UNC Greensboro, and she has over 20 years of teaching (and critiquing!) experience.

Manner of Infinite Forms, 2019

Mentor: PAM MARLENE TAYLOR

One of my greatest joys as a curator is guiding artists to define and pursue success, battle imposter syndrome, and to help them achieve their dreams. As a Crit Group mentor, I value both group and one on one communication to create a group that feels like a community. As an artist, I can relate to the frustrations that come with making, applying, receiving rejection letters, etc. But as a curator, I can help you to see your work from an outside perspective and hone in your message and the way you present your artwork through your social media platforms, website, applications, and in person. This season is a unique time in the history of being an artist, and we as artists must adapt. Virtual galleries and exhibitions will need different things from you than traditional ones, and traditional ones will need artists who are willing to think outside the box. Let’s get creative together, we’ve never needed each other more.

Pam’s website

You’ll Change Your Mind When All Your Friends Start Having Babies
4 feet wide x 8 feet tall, raffia, roving, vintage fibers, cotton thread, dowel, 2019

Pam Marlene Taylor is a feminist curator focusing on shows which Pam Marlene Taylor is an artist and curator living in Nashville, TN. As a curator, she focuses on group exhibitions featuring mainly women and non-binary artists in conversation with current social and feminist issues. In 2020, she partnered with fellow curator Kaylan Buteyn to co-found Stay Home Gallery, an online gallery featuring work by womxn artists from around the world creating during the global Coronavirus Pandemic. Stay Home Gallery grew to become a brick and mortar contemporary art house gallery and artist residency for womxn and families where Pam is now the Gallery & Residency Director. As an artist, Pam weaves on hand-built looms and explores feminist issues through fiber art. She is represented in the state of Tennessee by The Red Arrow Gallery and is a graduate from Tusculum University where she double majored in Studio Art and Graphic Design and is currently earning her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of West Alabama.


Mentor: ANNA OGIER-BLOOMER

I work with artists of all ages and stages of their lives and careers, in all media from social practice to traditional materials. I adapt my critique to meet each artist’s individualized needs and goals, recognizing their unique career paths. Mentees will be stretched, encouraged to see their work differently, to take risks, and push themselves. We can also discuss potential outlets and other professional opportunities to showcase your work and further your career. 

Anna’s website

My nephew watching YouTube, his morning routine at Grandma’s house, where he stays two days a week to be with his dad, Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Ohio | 2019 | Archival Pigment Print | 24″ x 30″, 2014-2015

Anna Ogier-Bloomer is a feminist artist using photography to explore domestic spaces, dynamics, and cultural signifiers within her midwestern family. Her work has been published on The Huffington Post, Refinery29, The Daily Mail, among others. She has been a Resident Artist at The Wassaic Project and a Feminist-in-Residence at Project for Empty Space in Newark. She holds an MFA from Parsons, an MPS in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts, and a BFA from SMFA at Tufts University. Anna has taught graduate, undergraduate and summer residency students at a number of schools including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts, and the City University of New York. She is an expert in professional practices, holding positions in career services at Parsons, SVA, and soon Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. She has advised thousands of artists around the world and lectures widely on artists’ professional practices. She recently contributed to the new book, Career Management for Artists, by Stacy Miller, Ed. D. Anna currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two children (aged 7 and 2.5), and will relocate to Los Angeles in December 2020. 


Mentor: CHLOE ALEXANDER

My critique style focuses on the goals you want to achieve, whether that’s working through a recurring struggle, exploring a new medium, or creating more ambitious work. I encourage all artists to adopt habits that will benefit their practice, including creating and maintaining an updated portfolio and resume, work-life balance, and incorporating writing for your art as a regular routine. I believe in being honest and without being overly critical and in providing feedback that is concrete and actionable.  

Chloe’s website

“Something to Believe In,” 2020, Reduction Silkscreen Print on Legion Stonehenge, 15″ x 22″ 

Chloe Alexander is a mixed-media visual artist living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. She obtained a BFA in Printmaking in 2010 and an MEd in 2014, both from Georgia State University and currently works with printmaking and print-based media. Her most recent work layers various printmaking techniques to create one of a kind, mixed-media drawings that are meant to evoke a sense of nostalgia.  She is knowledgeable in several printmaking processes but utilizes silkscreen and monoprint most often in her own practice. Chloe’s work has been exhibited across the US and internationally, including at Prizm Art Fair in Miami, FL, and the Etch/Ink Gallery at the Athens Printmaking Center in Athens, Greece. Most recently, she was awarded a 2020-2022 artist fellowship with The Creatives Project in Atlanta. In addition to her personal art practice, Chloe is the mother of two boys, aged 9 and 14, and works as a high school Art instructor. 


Mentor: ISADORA STOWE

“I enjoy empowering artists to negotiate multiple responsibilities, revenue streams and artistic interests including but not limited to Museum and University Exhibitions, Gallery Representation, Online sales, Arts/Grants Writing, and creating a sustainable and thriving studio practice. My forthcoming Artist Workbook for the Graduating BFA/MFA will be published in Spring of 2020.”

Isadora’s website

“Anamnesis” solo exhibition, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, 2019

Isadora Stowe is a multimedia artist working in painting, printmaking, installation, and video whose artwork focuses on the narrative of environment translated and coded into complex psychological landscapes. She is an Assistant Professor of Art, contributing freelance arts writer, and single mother based in the southwest borderlands of Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX (MST).


Mentor: ALICE STONE COLLINS
 
“From working with children to adults, I have found that each individual has taught me
about the benefits of critique. From exploration of physical materials to questioning what major references and life experiences provided inspiration, I feel that each critique
opens up a window to your work and process. With over a dozen years of experience providing feedback to other artists, I am more than convinced that you are never too early or late to take a deep dive into your artwork.”



Alice’s website

“Tiny Bubbles,” Gouache on paper, cut and collaged, 20”x 20”

Alice Stone-Collins is an artist living in Atlanta, GA where she is a faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College and a mother to two spunky girls. Alice’s intricate hand-painted collaged pieces ask questions of tradition and to the ties that bind. Her work highlights the tensions between the mundane, the everyday, and the apparent dead. Alice earned her MFA in studio art from the University of Tennessee and has exhibited her work regionally and nationally. She has been a resident artist at KMAC (Kentucky
Museum of Art and Craft) based out of Louisville, Kentucky and the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. She was also a finalist for the Jean-Claude Reynal Scholarship among other honors and awards.


Mentor: KAREN DANA

Karen will facilitate space for exploration, risk taking and research. We will build strategies that might work for each individual artist. I think it is important to promote the group as a professional network where synergy and collaboration occurs. Keeping a pertinent space that fosters interaction, dialogue and impact on each other, showing community and society as an evolving organism itself.

Karen is fluent in Spanish, for any members wanting to communicate with her in that language!

Karen’s website

“The border between us is made out of thread”, 156” X 60”, Oil on Canvas , 2018 

Karen Dana was born in 1982 in Mexico DF. She received a BFA from The National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City (2005) and earned her MFA degree at Hunter College, New York (2011), where she based her art studio up until 2017. Her early work consists of scenes where family dynamics evoked visual tension in a composition. By experiencing her own family from abroad and beginning to grow into a family of her own she began exploring her painting practice as a more process-based research. The paintings of her recent work are often part of a specific arrangement based in gestures that she discovered inherited from women in her past as a mandate of femininity. The paintings offer an intimate narrative of the role immigrant women need to reinvent their whole self in order to survive, while at the same time defend their own identity through generations. She has participated in national and international art exhibitions in México, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, California, she’s been awarded several honors including the CAC Field/Work Residency, FONCA Young Creators Grant, Honorable Mention at the XVI Mexican Painting Biennial, XVI Bienal de Pintura Rufino Tamayo, INBA, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo & MACO Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Mexico. Honors at the XV National Biennale of Painting from Rufino Tamayo Contemporary art Museum in México and Oaxaca. She currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Adam and three kids, Martin 7, Ilana 4 and Alan 2.


Mentor: BETH WELCH

“My critique style is highly influenced by the fact that I am an artist and a museum professional. I am the exhibitions coordinator for a museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I will help my crit group build best practices for presenting themselves as an artist and presenting your art professionally. My critique style is honest, informative, and often is accompanied with lots of thoughtful feedback. I primarily work in 2D, however, I have worked with several 3D artists, installation artists, and photographers in creating their exhibitions. I have installed a variety of art and will give a good deal of advice on how to present yourself professionally to museums and galleries. I am clear and direct without being inconsiderate of the artist and the effort and time that went into their artwork. I am also a firm believer in content within artwork, whether that is in a painting or in a readymade. The magic is in the meaning and I will assist you in every way possible to find the meaning in your work. I have participated in this program twice now and I firmly believe that it has helped me develop into a better artist and art professional. I love creative problem solving in order to make someone’s art better than they could have imagined.”

Beth’s website

Can you see me, now that the fog has lifted?, Pen and Ink and Charcoal on Vellum Layers, 26”x 36”

Beth Welch was born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1992. After graduating high school, she studied art for a year in Gorizia, Italy at Liceo Artistico M. Fabiani. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University School of Design in 2015. Through her current drawing series she explores motherhood and the mutable remembrances of childhood in the context of memory. Her work has been exhibited at the Congruence , I Like Your Work Podcast Summer Juried Competition, Stay Home Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, Woman’s Work.Art, Poughkeepsie, New York, Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Baton Rouge Gallery, Masur Museum of Art, Baton Rouge Court House, Southern University Innovation Center, The Firehouse Gallery, Kellwood Contemporary Gallery, Commercial Interiors Group Baton Rouge, and Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. She is the recipient of the 2020 Best in Show Award for the 2D National Juried Exhibition with the Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary. Welch also review and Honorable Mention in the 33rd September Competition with Alexandria Museum of Art in 2020.  Today Welch works as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She maintains her studio at her home in Geismar, Louisiana.


Mentor: HEATHER WILLIAMS

“I believe that art is a vehicle for sharing stories. Sharing stories reminds us of our humanity and
relieves feelings of isolation.  My goal In this new paradigm is to create a space for those
stories, offer a line of thoughtful questioning, honesty and insight during critique. I see this as
the way to encourage artists to think outside of the box, be inspired and feel supported.”

Heather’s website

My work is an investigation into social identity and what it means to expand beyond the limits placed either by society or even myself.  I seek to include the power of quiet as part of that identity in order to expand upon and include all aspects of what it means to be human by using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Before the pandemic you could find me in the studio listening to music, while painting or sculpting. This was accomplished in between work, dropping kids off to and from school, in addition to studying for my Masters in Fine Arts at SVA in New York.  Suddenly we were under quarantine and I found myself working on my degree while simultaneously helping my own kids through distance learning. I was also affected deeply by the events that led to the uprisings. These obstacles forced me to reimagine my life and my art. I added a new medium to my work-video.

Born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and raised in Brooklyn, NY Heather is an artist and an educator residing in Jersey City, NJ. Exhibitions include SVA Flatiron Gallery, Dorsey’s Art Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, Educational Alliance among others. Her work is published in Brooklyn on My Mind by Dr. Myrah Brown Green. She is a wife and a mother of two boys aged
11 and 14. She recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Art Practice at The School of Visual Arts, NY. 


Mentor: JODI HAYS

Jodi has been teaching on the collegiate level since 2005. Though this academic work forms a base, she understands the complexity of a life of art-making and expands the crit model to a non-hierarchical practice. She comes at mentorship with the complete belief that we are better together, learning alongside, sharing missteps and triumphs.

Jodi’s website

B. 1976, Hot Springs Arkansas 

Jodi Hays is a Tennessee-based painter.  Her iconography carries a thread of “southern” vernacular and is partly influenced by having been raised in rural Arkansas. Her practice is akin to note-taking or a method of organizing knowledge. Grided systems become a scaffold for pictorial inclinations, be they abstract or related to landscape. Her work has been positively reviewed in Two Coats of Paint, Number Inc magazine, N Focus and the Nashville Scene. She is the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, an Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation grant and her works are included in collections of the J. Crew Company (NY), Nashville International Airport, Gordon College (MA) and the Tennessee State Museum. Residencies include The National Parks of America, The Cooper Union School of Art and Vermont Studio Center. She earned her BFA (magna cum laude) at The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and studied Foundations at School of Visual Arts (SVA). She lived and worked in Boston for a number of years where she was Assistant Director at the Cambridge Art Association and earned an MFA at Vermont College. She moved to East Nashville in late 2005, Curating and Teaching on the university level at Tennessee State, Lipscomb and Lesley University. She maintains a studio and pop-up gallery (Dadu) in her backyard. She is a founding member of Coop Gallery, a Nashville-based curatorial collective and cites curating and teaching as tangential parts of her practice. Her work is represented by the Red Arrow Gallery, East Nashville, TN where she lives with her three children and husband.