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Marcy R. Edelstein
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My objective as an artist is to create a visual language about transformation, one that speaks to the viewer directly through the strength and presence of its primal, iconic form. I work with a fundamentally abstract language that explores the line between nature and culture, and is deeply informed by biology, natural history and evolutionary theory. I have been both fascinated and alarmed by advances in science over my lifetime and how radically they have adjusted our relationship to nature. My current drawings and sculpture wed biomorphic and architectural or mechanical structures within a single form, creating objects that strike a chord of familiarity within the viewer and have a convincing physical presence while remaining unnamable. I seek to capture something of the spirit and persistence of organisms; their ability to withstand the challenges of their environment; the shear energy of their growth.
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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION
MFA University of Iowa, School of Art, Iowa City, Iowa; 1976
MA University of Iowa, School of Art, Iowa City, Iowa; 1975
BA Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; 1972


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY
1995 Salena Gallery, Long Island U., Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY
1992 Window on Main Street Exhibition/Installation Space, Brooklyn, NY
1991 The Phyllis and Lea Coffey Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY
1990 Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
1987 Gilliam and Peden Gallery, Raleigh, NC
1985 Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York City
1985 Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
1985 Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, VA
1982 Danville Museum of Fine Arts, Danville, VA
1982 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
1981 College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
1981 Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Lynchburg, VA
1981 Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
2018 STEAM (3-person show), Fitton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, OH;
2017 Text, Type and Topography, Marymount California University, San Pedro, CA
2016 Animals/Botanicals, The Point, Bronx, NY
2014 Access to Art, BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY
2013 Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD
2006 Nature’s Motion, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY
2005 Illuminating Developments, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY
2003 Reflections in Clay, Bronx River Art Center and Gallery, Bronx, NY
2000 The Third Dimension, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
1997 Bigger Than Life, Bronx River Art Center and Gallery, Bronx, NY
1995 Rally, The Flag Show, Bronx River Art Center and Gallery, Bronx, NY
1994 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
1993 Three Person Drawing Exhibition, Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York City, NY
1992 New York Collection, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1991 AMMO Gallery, Drawings, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY; (Curator: Judy Pfaff)
1987 Leonarda DiMauro Gallery, New York City
1985 Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, VA
1983 OIA Exhibition, 17 Printmakers, City Gallery, New York City
1983 New Work, NY, Newcastle-on-Tyne Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
1983 Two Artists, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1983 Inside – Outside, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, (Traveling Exhibition)
1983 Group Show, Monoprints, Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1981 Four Artists, Just Above Midtown Gallery/Downtown, New York City, NY


GRANT AND AWARDS
2006 Action Lab Collaborative Arts Project, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2004 Bronx River Art Center Garden Planning Collaboration in partnership with Adropogon, Landscape Architects; Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
1993–94 Artist-in-Residence, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
1985 Artist-in-Residence, Cummington Community for the Arts, Cummington, MA
1983 University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Grant
1981 New York State Council for the Arts Exhibition Grant
1976 Longman Grant for Summer Research in Rome, University of Iowa


COMMISSIONS:
Executive Headquarters, General Electric Company, Charlottesville, VA
Raddisson Hotel, Charlottesville, VA


COLLECTIONS:
Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art
Library of Congress: The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Collection
Texas A & M University
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM
University of North Carolina
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Hospital
Chemical Bank of New York
IBM, New York
Saatchi & Saatchi
Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York
Mobil Oil, New York
Sohio Petroleum
M Bank, East Texas
General Electric Company, Charlottesville, Virginia
ISD, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina
Spectrum, Inc., North Carolina
Dominion Bank, Virginia
United Virginia Bank


REVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS:
“Beyond a Gift of Time: Current Work by Former Fellows of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program”, catalogue; Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM; 2008
BRONX TIMES, Photo by Walter Pofeld; February 17, 2005
Crossings: Group Project of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Copies in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art; 1991 and 1992 issues.
Heartney, Eleanor. Art News, April, 1984, pp. 177, 180 (photo).
Varley, William. New Work, New York: Art in the Big Apple, catalogue. Newcastle-on-Tyne Polytechnic Art Gallery, New Castle-on-Tyne, England, 1983
Shanks, John A. Exhibition Reviews in Women Artists News, Vol. 7, No. 4, January/February 1982, pp. 22-26
Chenowith, Ann. Interior/Exterior, Arts in Virginia, Vol. 22, Nos. 2&3, 1981
Merritt, Robert. The Richmond Times, March 21, 1982

 








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