Katherine Gressel
NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE LAB) Exhibition
I was one of two selected emerging curators for the inaugural No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE LAB) , a new program of the arts organization No Longer Empty . Through this intensive two-month program, co-curator Jessica Wallen and organized all aspects of a site-specific art exhibition, and related public programming, at a formerly-vacant storefront on 24 West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Entitled "Gathering Place," this exhibit brought together ten contemporary artists that explore the street and neighborhood's unique history of commerce and culture, and envision 8th Street's rebirth as a mixed-use destination corridor, engaging the community in critical dialogue around its future.

GATHERING PLACE

Dates: February 22-March 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 7-9pm
Press & VIP Reception: Friday, February 22, 6-7pm
Regular Hours: Friday-Monday, 1-7pm
Location: 24 West 8th St., Greenwich Village

ARTISTS FEATURED: Richard Alvarez / Luisa Caldwell / Rebecca Hackemann / Gwyneth Leech / Jennifer Maravillas / Simonetta Moro / Eleanor Ray / Ira Sachs / Micki Watanabe Spiller / Seldon Yuan

My live event painting featured in the New York Times Sunday Style section 11/11/12
Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space at the Old Stone House, 4/5-6/24/12
Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space at Brooklyn's Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH), curated by Katherine Gressel, brings together 19 artists and arts groups to address the ideal design, planning and use of public parks.

Visit Brooklynutopias.wordpress.com to learn more about the exhibition!

Visit our upcoming events page for a full calendar of corresponding events in Spring 2012!
My work included in "Gentrified" at Brooklyn Artists Gym, 12/18/10-1/8/11
Participating artists: Patrick Bradley, Travis Childers, Tess Catalano, Fernando Cordero, Sherry Davis, Chris Esposito, Faith Gabel, Elizabeth Gerdeman, Norma Greenwood, Katherine Gressel, Lousie Guerin, Phillip Gutman, Ian Hall, YK Hong, Milan Jilka, Richard Kessler, Catherine Kirkpatrick, Melissa McCutcheon, Gabrielle Piedmonte, Geoffrey Raymond, Jennifer Revit, Ian Schwartz, and Alexandria Smith.

Curated by Meredith Alcarese.

Please visit the Brooklyn Artists Gym website to learn more!
Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City at the Old Stone House, 9/16/10-12/12/10
I collaborated with Derek Denckla, of the Farm City project, on curating an urban-agriculture-themed sequel to my 2009 "Brooklyn Utopias?" show. This exhibit, on view at Brooklyn's Old Stone House and presented in conjunction with the 2010 French Institute: Alliance Francaise "Crossing the Line" fall festival, invited artists to consider urban agriculture as a "Utopian" solution for Brooklyn. Participating artists ranged from those who incorporate agriculture into their practice, to those who propose bold new visions for the greener future of cities.

Please visit farmcity.us/brooklyn-utopias to learn more!
My work included in "Dialectical Landscapes" at Seton Hall Law School/City Without Walls Gallery, 5/1/10-7/30/10
Dialectical Landscapes, curated by Alyssa Edmée Fanning, investigates the notion of landscape as ever changing, fluctuating, and shifting. The exhibition features 27 large works by artists Peggy Cyphers, Alyssa Edmée Fanning, Robin Feld, Katherine Gressel, Gary Schneider, Chris Twomey, Lisa Walker, and Jack Walsh. At Seton Hall University School of Law through July 30, 2010, One Newark Center, Newark, NJ 07102. Free and open to the public, daily 10am - 5pm.

Please visit the City Without Walls website for more information!
"Pallet City" public art project for FIGMENT on Governors Island
In Summer 2010, architect Jeremy Reed and I were invited to participate in the FIGMENT Terrace season-long sculpture garden on Governors Island, with our interactive sculpture, "Pallet City." "Pallet City" is a public sculpture made almost entirely from recycled shipping pallets, whose forms and uses imply different functions of a city, simultaneously raising questions about the aesthetics and practicality of pallet use.

Please visit palletcityproject.blogspot.com to learn more about this project!
CEC ArtsLink grants for public art in Russia!
In fall 2009, I was invited to do community murals in the Russian cities of Krasnoyarsk and St. Petersburg by CEC ArtsLink, an organization that facilitates artist exchange projects between the United States and Russia/Central Asia. In Krasnoyarsk, I spent a week working with a master class of teen and young adult artists to create a mural at a local public school. In St. Petersburg, I spent three weeks working with students at a public school for the deaf and hearing impaired to create a portable wall installation in mixed media.

Please visit the Public Art in Russia Katherine Gressel blog for complete coverage!
My curatorial project "Brooklyn Utopias" awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation, and accepted into the Brooklyn Historical Society's Public Perspectives program
Brooklyn Utopias? is a series of art exhibits and public programs in Fall 2009 that invited professional artists and emerging youth artists to identify and respond to often-conflicting visions of the most livable and sustainable Brooklyn, and/or imagine their own Brooklyn "Utopias." This includes two group exhibitions of over 30 artists at The Old Stone House (Sept 15-Oct 31) and the Brooklyn Historical Society (Oct 1-Jan 3), and a corresponding Teen Art Show (Nov 12-Dec 31) at Starting Artists, Inc..

Brooklyn Utopias? is made possible by the Brooklyn Historical Society's Public Perspectives program, and funding from the Puffin Foundation.

Click here for an article about Brooklyn Utopias? in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle!

Click here to see a feature on Brooklyn Utopias? at the Old Stone House, from the BCAT cable TV station!
My work featured in "Windows Brooklyn" 2009
Please visit People Make A Home [Real Estate] for full details on the project!

ABOUT WINDOWS BROOKLYN
Windows Brooklyn takes art out of the traditional museum or gallery setting and incorporates it into a vibrant public space. The show turns pedestrians into viewers, slowing down impatient walkers and transforming the frequently traveled routes of harried commuters. Turning independent business owners into collaborators who are willing to exchange commerce for culture, the exhibition is a commentary on the nature of the window both as a physical object and as an idea, one that goes far beyond just pieces of glass. We seek to reflect the incredible history of Brooklyn while simultaneously adding to it. We are forging new connections between artists and their communities, changing the ways in which we direct our gazes, and altering our habits for interacting with the structures that surround us.
Windows Brooklyn 2009 took place June 6-13, 2009 in the Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens Neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
www.windowsbrooklyn.com
My work featured in the 2nd Annual "Represent Brooklyn" Show!
A group show featuring 40 artists whose work is inspired by Brooklyn
The Rising Arts Gallery
35 Claver Place (Off Fulton St. between Classon & Franklin), Brooklyn, NY 11238
April 11-May 9, 2009
Opening event: Saturday, April 11, 3-8pm
Closing event: Saturday, May 9, 4-8pm
Gallery Hours:
Monday thru Friday (By Appointment Only)
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
www.tragallery.net
My work featured in "Creative Cartographies" group show at Brooklyn Arts Council
On view 9/26/08-1/9/09
Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery
BAC Gallery
111 Front Street, Suite 218
(Alternate entrance is 55 Washington St.)
Brooklyn, NY
Regular gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/1032

Influenced by the organization inherent in cartography, the twelve Brooklyn-based artists in BAC Gallery's latest exhibition, Creative Cartographies, present viewpoints both personal and political, mapping their own thoughts, journeys, and observations. Collectively, the artists show that structure and expression are not mutually exclusive and utilize a variety of materials to create imagined and real geographies. Maps traditionally suggest stability and a sense of purpose; they originally served to chart new territories and make the unknown less intimidating. In the age of Google maps and GPS, art inspired by maps continues to aid the viewer in navigating unfamiliar territory, but it also veers from the scientific and factual to the creative and subjective.
"Travels:" A Solo show at Outpost Lounge, on view 10/17/08-12/11/08
Opening event: Friday, 10/17/08, 7-10 pm
@ Outpost Lounge www.outpostlounge.com
1014 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11238 (btwn Downing & Irving)
(718) 636-1260
Directions: C or G train to Clinton/Washington
Abbey Mural Fellowship exhibition at the National Academy
I was a recipient of The 2008 National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting in America, and participated in a month-long intensive master class at the National Academy in July 2008.

This Mural Workshop provided an opportunity for professional artists to study the “nuts and bolts” of public art commissions. During the course of the workshop, each artist prepared a detailed proposal, and a maquette for a public mural.

I designed "If Hunter Had Windows..." a public art installation for Hunter College High School, my alma mater. I propose inserting painted "windows" into solid walls of the school's courtyard, and my design involved the participation of students/alumni. Visit the murals and public art page for images of the mural.

The Workshop included critiques and lectures by several noted artists, architects, art historians and public art administrators including Louise Dunn, Andrew Ginzel, Richard Haas, Dean Hartung, Kendal Henry, Lisa Hoke, Keir Johnston, Lisa Kim, Joyce Kozloff, Ellen Lanyon, Jennifer McGregor, Tom Moran, Alberto Quinones, Bernard Olshan and Dorothea Rockburne.

The 2008 workshop was led by Grace Graupe-Pillard.

My work was featured in an exhibition of the artists’ maquettes and two-dimensional designs with a reception on Friday, August 1st from 5-8 p.m. The works remained on display through September 5th at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, 5 East 89th St., NYC 10128.

Also visit here for a listing about the show and my work in general in the East Hampton Star.
Article in the Brooklyn Eagle about the "Brooklyn Footprints" exhibition, featuring my work
"Artists Give Their Take on Atlantic Yards"
By Sarah Ryley
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 17, 2006
Article in the Park Slope Courier about my mural for Starting Artists, Inc.
"Students Get Creative and Get Down to Work"
By Aaron Short
Park Slope Courier, Friday, May 2, 2008

Also visit the Starting Artists website for images of the mural process!