about

colleen garibaldi

Lives and works in Washington DC

I use personal experience to comment on social order or disorder, often working obliquely.  Never interested in depicting conventional objective reality, my work mines that which is often hidden, unintended or misunderstood.  I search for ways to connect with, release or sometimes just simply acknowledge deep seated emotions in response to life’s experiences.  This has been a very fertile time.  Like many, I bumble about my day relying on habits and associations to order my world.  I find, however, much richer meaning when I leave that aside, discovering nuggets of ambiguity that lurk within.  Acknowledging ambiguity leads to the dissolution of dogmatic thinking, opening the door to overcoming fragmentation.  Artmaking has long been my vehicle for inquiry, revelation and catharsis. 

 

 

gesture + form

I have spent the better part of my career making figural work drawn from my felt experience, subverting and reframing the use of female form to start a conversation about collective conditioning and inequality using painting, drawing, time-based and 3-dimensional mediums.  While still deeply connected to these issues, I have also been drawn to continue my investigation of felt response to lived experience while exploring a new modality. This latest body of work, currently centered on painting, marks a stylistic departure, emphatically reflecting the chaos and divisiveness of the current time.  This pull to give in to process more fully, percolating for years, has allowed me to respond to the pandemic and social justice revolution more fully and in often surprising ways.  I'm curious about what comes next, if peace will remain elusive.

 

awards

2017      Grantee, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities FY17 Artist Fellowship Program Individual Artist Award

2017      Fellow, VCCA/Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, March/April Residency

2016      Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards and Archibald Cason Edwards Fellowship, VCCA Scholarship

2014      Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant and Residency

2000      Workshop Scholarship, Cloud Farm Palladium Workshop

1998      Faculty Scholarship for Materials, Studio for Advanced Studies, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1997      Named as a KOAN Emerging Talent 1997 (Ken Oda’s Art Newsletter)

 

exhibitions

2019      ArtVoices 10th Anniversary Issue

 

2018      Superfine! DC, Union Market Dock 5, invited exhibitor

2018      Installation at The Shay, ThinkLocalFirst DC Market

2018      UMW Galleries, Fredericksburg VA, Mid Atlantic New Painting

 

2017      Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton OH, Kaleidoscope

2017      Towle Hill Studio, Corinth VT, Colleen Garibaldi Painting

2017      Tieton Arts & Humanities’ MightyTieton Warehouse, Tieton WA, 10x10x10xTieton   

2017      200 I Street Gallery, Washington DC, Synergy

2017      Smithsonian S. Dillion Ripley Center, Washington DC, SCC Artists at Work

2017      Barry Gallery, Arlington VA, Figuring: 4 Regional Artists Exhibition Marymount University

 

2016      Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock, PA, Our Bodies Our Selves

2016      ArtVoices Art Books, 101 Contemporary Artists, inaugural issue

2016      DC Arts Center, Washington DC, 1460 Wall Mountables

2016      BWAC, Brooklyn NY, Wide Open 7

2016      Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh NC, the beginning of everything

 

2015      SCOPE Miami Beach, Miami FL, Untitled Projects

2015      Washington Art Works, Rockville MD, A Foot in the Door

2015      Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ, Juried Portrait Exhibition

2015      ArtPrize Seven, Grand Rapids MI

2015      Lincoln Center, Fort Collins CO, Annual Contemporary Art Survey

2015      200 I Street Gallery, Washington DC

2015      Washington Art Association, Washington Depot CT, Art of Painting

 

2014      Studio Visit Magazine, Winter

2014      Vermont Studio Center Open Studio Solo Studio Exhibition, Johnson Vermont

2014      Album Art and Graphics Commission, Cloud Farm Productions

2014      (e)merge Art Fair, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC

2014      200 I Street Gallery, Washington DC 

 

2001      57N Fine Art, Washington DC, Still Life with Self: A Survey of Contemporary Trends in Self Portraiture, curated by Tim Martin and Kevin Cowl

2001      The Athenaeum, Alexandria VA, A Survey of Washington Artists, Curator:  F. Lennox Campello

2000      eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC, Mortimer – A Partial Exhibition of the Series

 

 

2000      Rockville Arts Place, Rockville MD, Under the Influence:  Manon Cleary and Her Students, A Retrospective, curated by Manon Cleary

1997      Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC, KOAN Emerging Talent

1997      eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC, Monoprints and Drawings (with Craig Kittner)

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