Stephen Ellis, Interim Director

Stephen Ellis was born in 1951 in High Point, North Carolina. He studied at the Boston University Art Program and received his BFA from Cornell University in 1973. Subsequently he moved to NY and did post-graduate study with Philip Guston at the New York Studio School, he lives and works in New York City.

In Stephen Ellis's paintings there is a balance between ordered geometric austerity and the flowing irregularity of the painter's hand.  Equally adept as a critic and a writer, Ellis has written extensively on contemporary art for European and American publications including Parkett, Tema Celeste, and Art in America. He has been an Associate and Contributing Editor of Art in America as well as editing for Artforum and Parkett.

Ellis has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Foundation for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Brooklyn Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Brooklyn Museum, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, and Fond Nationale Art Contemporaine (FNAC) in Paris among many others.

The many publications that have reviewed his work include Art in America, Artforum, ArtNews, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Fox Hysen, Professor

Hysen is a painter whose work oscillates between drawing, printmaking, painting and sometimes writing. Her practice involves an outpouring of drawing and mark marking, which she later attempts to organize or make sense of through composition and arrangement. This practice is not unlike the therapeutic model of analyzing free-associated speech. Her practice makes space within painting for recognition and misrecognition, for becoming and unbecoming, and for thinking and not thinking. Fox Hysen was born in San Rafael, California in 1982 and grew up in the Bay Area. She received her and BFA from New York University in 2006 and her MFA from Yale University in 2015. She currently lives in Norfolk, CT were she also runs an artist residency called Greenwoods, 2058.

Solo exhibitions include Soloway Gallery in Brooklyn, Gallery 16 in San Francisco, The Suburban in Milwaukee and Marcello Marvelli Gallery in New York. Hysen has been part of numerous group shows nationally and abroad including Capital and Et al. in San Francisco, Basilica Hudson in New York, Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Silberkuppe and Basso all in Berlin, Germany. She has taught and lectured at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The School of Visual Arts in New York, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Leroy E. Hoffberger School at MICA in Baltimore, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Yale University in New Haven.