AMANDA E GROSS

ART + DESIGN | GROSSDRAWS@GMAIL.COM

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

  • 2019 - Solo Show, I Quit My Job to Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY

  • 2014 - Artist-in-Residence, Arlington Heights Memorial Library 

  • 2008 - Solo Show - Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL

  • 2003 - Solo Show - Fremont Public Library, Mundelein, IL

GROUP

  • 2019 - BeaconArts Member Show, Hudson Beach Gallery, Beacon, NY

  • 2019 - 65th Annual National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, The Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY

  • 2019 - Beacon Open Studios, Beacon, NY

  • 2018 - Renegade Craft Fest, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2018 - Woodstock-New Paltz Art + Crafts Fair, Woodstock, NY

  • 2018 - New Rochelle Street Fest, New Rochelle, NY

  • 2018 - International Artist Residency, Hudson River Art Center, Beacon, NY

  • 2018 - Beacon Open Studios, Beacon, NY

  • 2018 - Art at Ives, Danbury, CT

  • 2018 - Women’s History Month portraits, Howling at the Edge of Chaos, Beacon, NY

  • 2017 - Grassroots, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2017 - Catzilla, Prop Thtr, Chicago, IL

  • 2016 - The Holiday Show, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

  • 2014 - Artist-in-Residence, Arlington Heights Memorial Library 

  • 2013 - Spotlight Six, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

  • 2012 - 30 Under 30, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

  • 2011 - Sketch Tuesdays, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2010 - In Your Face; Self-Portraits By Women + Girls, Eco-Office, Providence, RI

  • 2009 - Elmhurst Art Museum’s 13th Annual Art in the Park, Elmhurst, IL

  • 2009 - Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, IL

  • 2008 - The Holiday Show, Architectural Artifacts, Chicago, IL

  • 2008 - Barewalls, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

  • 2008 - Forest Park Arts Fest, Forest Park, IL

  • 2008 - Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, IL 

  • 2007 - Group Printmaking Show, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL

  • 2007 - The Spring Show, Architectural Artifacts, Chicago, IL

  • 2007 - Swagger Men’s Fashions, Chicago, IL

  • 2007 - AV/XPLO, Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL

  • 2007 - Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

  • 2005 - Duty Free, The California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA

  • 2004 - ArtBash, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

ABOUT

From my studio in Beacon, New York, I create acrylic paintings, pastel/charcoal drawings, embroideries, cards, fine art prints, and stickworks, using re-purposed materials whenever possible. I’m also a designer, educator, and the owner/operator of The Peaceful Steward, a pro-insect, no-chemical, human-powered landscaping company I founded in June 2019. Originally from Mundelein, Illinois, I’m also a kombucha brewer, vegan, rescue cat-mom (Puma, Milo, and Aviv), and avid outdoorsperson

EDUCATION 

  • The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI | MAT

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL | BFA

  • The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Glasgow, United Kingdom | Honors Painting

  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) | Graphic Design Specialization Certificate

TEACHING

The Academy of Art University School of Art Education (Instructor), Compass Arts, The Garrison Art Center, Wyld Womyn, The Arsenal Center for the Arts (Art Teacher), Cambridge Public Schools (ESL Tutor/Teacher), The Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (Teaching Assistant), TinkerLab (Created 3 popular children’s art activities for Rachelle Doorley: Fall Luminary, Make a Lantern, Explore Modern Artists: print Like Ellsworth Kelly, Make a Terrarium)

ILLUSTRATION + GRAPHIC DESIGN

Projects have included: The Stranger (editorial illustration), The Field Museum (Caring for the Forest the Zabalo Way! illustrations), A Funny Feeling podcast, The Children’s Creativity Museum (exhibition signage), WellRead Publishing (What Color Is a Pickle Pie? illustrations), Steven Heyman (assisted on permanent O’Hare Airport installation, Beacons), Lambert Associates/PemAmerica (catalog housewares for major retailers), The Resiliency Institute (promo poster), Buffalo Stack (promo poster), The Wilson Dow Group (T-shirt design), Uncommon Ground (menu images), University of Chicago WHPK Radio (promo poster), HitRecord TV (Trash episode illustration), Advocates for Urban Agriculture (promo poster)

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Currently freelance; past: Sysmex America Inc. (2015-18) + Kaplan (2014-15)

RESIDENCIES + FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2018 - International Artist Residency, Hudson River Center, Beacon, NY

  • 2014 - Artist Hub Takeover, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL

  • 2009-10 - Department Fellowship, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Education, The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 

PUBLIC ART ASSISTANCE

  • 2019 - Volunteer on Patrick Dougherty’s Loop de Loop, an installation at Philadelphia’s Morris Arboretum

  • 2006 - Studio Assistant on Steven Heyman’s Beacons, a permanent installation at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport

SELECT PRESS

  • 2018 - CreativesMX, CreativesMXtory interview, episode #68

  • 2013 - Art Business News, 30 Under 30

ARTIST STATEMENT for RECENT PAINTINGS :

Through my recent paintings, I speak with a deep reverence for nature, at the intersection of emerging internal/universal wisdom and the immediate external environment. Given the current climate crisis, and that humans’ positive responses are driven by both emotion and a familiarity with one’s local environment, my paintings are rendered in a joyous aesthetic and empowering sense of levity, featuring the big personalities of birds, mushrooms, trees, hills, and centenarian houses native to New York’s Hudson Valley, where I’ve lived since 2017.

An extension of my years focused on narrative portraiture, local animals and plantlife are re-contextualized as totems, confidently occupying the picture plane, and loosely referencing cultural myths, such as the Celtic Morrigan (crow) and Shawnee Wapiti (elk).  In larger scenes, static, human-made structures are dwarfed by landscapes full of celebratory dynamism. Washes of acrylic paint are the perfect vehicle to layer vibrant color to convey the wild and magical aliveness of nature, which are further heightened by bombastic sashays of white and electric salmon.  The process for each piece is loose and intuitive, detail often left out in favor of quick-moving shapes and impressions. Spontaneously applied layers also minimize the gap between thought and execution. Repurposed ceramic tile and wood are ideal surfaces, offering textures that are scratchable and porous, respectively. Because the pieces are relatively small (4.25x4.25 to 30x30), with paint stretching to the edge of the picture plane, they invite the viewer to enjoy immersive intimacy.

Acrylic paint on wood now has the respect once reserved for oil, evidenced by contemporaries such as Julia Shirar and Carrie Moyer. My work relates to painters who take a transcendentalist or anthropomorphizing approach to landscape (e.g. the Hudson River School, Emily Carr, Max Ernst, JRR Tolkien), and use bright, painterly compositions to serve social commentary (e.g. Kerry James Marshall). I’m also influenced by flora and fauna depictions from the Arts and Crafts movement (e.g. William Morris), artists who make functional sculptures to connect their audience to nature (e.g. Jenny Kendler, Jayson Fann), and the subversive fun of incorporating glitter and neon (e.g. drag queens, psychedelic rock). Archetypes such as the Native American concept of the Trickster are also useful in navigating the space between consciousness and unconsciousness, where my paintings - and our environmentally impactful choices - live.