Genevieve Cohn

I paint strong women actively engaging with and improving the worlds they inhabit. I am fascinated by the psychological terrain that lies beneath the surface of our skin, and I seek to explore the ways in which we navigate these emotional realms. I find strength and power in spaces that seem dark and impossible; spaces that would break you, if only you weren’t so goddamn tough.

 

The imagery of my paintings walks a line between the “real” world and a world shaped by our emotional perceptions. These worlds oscillate between a bold, immediate foreground and expansive, ambiguous scenery. My color palette evokes an otherworldly sentiment, and strong washes of light bathe the figures and their projects.  While the landscapes verge at times on abstraction, we are grounded by the conviction of the women who occupy that space. These women are strong and capable; they navigate, fix, and hold together the strange worlds they inhabit. They pull their worlds together with string and mold mountains with their bare hands. Often their tasks seem unclear, or even futile, but they are always working to improve their current conditions to better suit them. These women act as anchors in a world that is wrought with uncertainty. Their intentions may be unclear, but what is clear is that they are acting upon their worlds with focus, courage, and intensity.

 

My painting process mirrors the rhythms of my life – sometimes loose and chaotic, sometimes reactive and intensely focused. I shift between transparent washes of acrylic and thick slabs of paint applied with a palette knife or a squeegee, mirroring the layered complexities of our beings. Much as we learn to see ourselves differently through time and transformation, I both build surfaces up and sand away at the paint to reveal earlier histories. Life and painting are complex, requiring both pushing and pulling, building and taking away, acting quickly without clarity, and then slowly realizing the best path forward.

EDUCATION
2018 Indiana University, Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Bloomington, IN

(Coursework completed 2017-graduation date 2018 to allow completion of

teaching fellowship)
2014 Ithaca College, BA, Art, Culture & Communication, Ithaca, NY
2013 School for the International Education of Students, Granada, Spain 2012 School for International Training, Buddhist Art and Architecture Studies,

Northern India 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020 When the Body, Beehive, Boston, MA*Upcoming
In Your Own Words, Jacskon Dinsdale Art Center Gallery, Hastings, NE From the Pages 2, Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Be.Long.Ing., I Like Your Work Podcast in conjunction with Dutoit Gallery, Online Small Treasures, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA

Dog Women, God Women, Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN, Solo*
New American Paintings 2019 Review: Part 2, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

Every Woman Biennial, NYC, NY
Rosy-Fingered Dawn, Pace University, NYC, NY
Expo 38 Juried Exhibition, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY
No Place Like, Online Exhibition Show #55, Field Projects, Chelsea, NY

2018 NotTom, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT Resident Exhibition, Seville, Spain, Solo*

Resilience in Her/Land, Untitled Light Gallery, Bloomington, IN, Two-Person Exhibition*
Faculty Exhibition, The Putney School, Putney, VT,
Taking a Risk, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017 It Figures, Redux, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL It Figures 2017, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL It Takes All Kind, Studio Oh!, Chicago, IL

Faculty Exhibition, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
Small Talk, The Painting Center, NYC
Women Like You Drown Oceans, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN, Solo*

2016 Loose Canon, The Painting Center, NYC
Face Forward, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT Dinner Party, Fuller Projects, Bloomington, IN
MFA Non-Graduating Show, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN

 

PRESS
2020 Boston Art Review, featured artist, Issue 05: No Boundaries *Upcoming 2019 Create! Magazine, Summer 2019 Issue, (Print)

New American Paintings, MFA Issue #141 (Print)
The New York Times, An Art Show for Hundreds of Women.

And That’s Just the Artists, May 16, 2019.
ArtNet, The Every Woman Biennial Is a Supportive, Salon-Style Celebration of the ‘Divine Feminine’, May 24, 2019 (Online)
I Like Your Work Podcast, Studio Visit Artist Feature (Online and Podcast)

PIKCHUR Magazine, Issue 5 (Print)
Artist Interview, Young Space Artists, yngspc.com (Online) Porter House Review, Editor’s Prize in Visual Art (Print)

2018 A Women’s Thing Magazine, Interview, 2018 (Online) Friend of the Artist, Volume 5, Winter 2018 (Print)

A Women’s Thing Magazine, The Magic Issue, 2018 (Print)
2017 Art Maze Magazine, Feature Issue 5, Selection curated by Jacob Rhodes (print) Peripheral ARTeries, Contemporary Art Review, Interview and curation by Josh

Ryders and Melissa Hilborn (online)

 

TEACHING
2017/2018 Future Faculty Teaching Fellow

Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
Fall 2017: Fundamentals Drawing, Advanced Watercolor Painting Spring 2018: Intermediate/Advanced Painting, Drawing 1, 2D Design Summer 2018: Painting 1

Lead Instructor, Painting Workshop
Putney School Summer Program, Putney, VT

Associate Instructor, Drawing 1
Indiana University, Overseas Study, Florence, Italy

2016/2017 Associate Instructor, Fundamentals Studio Drawing Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2015 Associate Instructor, Figure Drawing Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Residencies, Awards
2019 Hopper Prize Recipient, The Hopper Prize

Fiore Art Center Residency, Jefferson, ME
Vermont Studio Center, Vermont Artist Week, Johnson, VT Visiting Artist, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY
Ragdale Foundation Residency, Lake Forest, IL

2018 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT AIRGentum Artist Residency, Seville, Spain

Launch Member, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 Gallery Assistant, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN

Social Media Coordinator, Painting Guild, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN Writing Workshop with Curator Jurriaan Benschop

 

COLLECTIONS
Ithaca College, Ithaca NY
Private Collections: Bloomington IN, Denmark, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Ann Arbor