Solo/Two-person Exhibitions

2017

Mara Held: Errant Traveler, McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas

2015

Mara Held: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas

2014

Mara Held and Margrit Lewczuk, Imogen Holloway Gallery, Saugerties, New York

2013

Mara Held, Gary Snyder Gallery, Chelsea, New York

2009

Resonant Frequencies, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2007

Projects, Spoonbill and Sugartown,  Brooklyn, New York

2004

Voluptuous Moves, Artefact/Galleria Pardo,  Milan, Italy

2001

Plan, The Roger Williams, New York, New York 

1999

Coloratura, Christiane Nienaber, New York, New York

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Sideshow Nation V/ Thru the Rabbit Hole 2, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/Brooklyn, New York

American Abstract Artist: Print Portfolio, (Traveling Exhibition) Essay by Rob Storr

  • Wrather Museum, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
  • University of Houston/ Clear Lake Art Gallery, Houston, Texas

2016

Chromatic Spaces, curated by Jonathan Lippincott, Fiterman Art Center, BMCC, New York, NY

Light into Night, Omi Internationsal Arts Center, Ghent, NY

Cowgirls #5, Curator/ Rich Timperio/ Brik Gallery, Catskill, N.Y.

West Gallery Summer 2016, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

Painters Painting on Paper, Schema Projects, Bushwick/Brooklyn, New York

Thru the Rabbit Hole, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY

The Onward of Art/ American Abstract Artists 80th Anniversary, curated by Karen Wilken, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, New York

Visible Histories: 80th Anniversary American Abstract Artists, curated by Max Weintraub, , New York, New York

2015

Endless, Entire/ American Abstract Artists, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Mara Held, Margrit Lewczuk, Meg Lipke, David Findlay Jr Gallery, New York, New York

Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair, David Findlay Jr Gallery, Miami, Fl

Paperazzi IV, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Sideshow Nation III: Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY

American Abstract Artist: Print Portfolio, (Traveling Exhibition) Essay by Rob Storr

  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Marywood University, Scranton, PA

2014

10 Year Anniversary, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

American Abstract Artist: Print Portfolio (Traveling Exhibition) Essay by Rob Storr

  • Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
  • University of Mary Washington Galleries, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

To Leo, A Tribute from the American Abstract Artists, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/Brooklyn

Sensory Impact, Morgan Stanley International Headquarters, Purchase, New York

Sideshow Nation II at the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/Brooklyn, New York

Paperazzi 3, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2013

Miami Project, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY

Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75, The Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT

American Abstract Artist: Print Portfolio (Traveling Exhibition) Essay by Rob Storr

  • Sarah Moody Gallery, U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Ewing Gallery, UT School of Art, Knoxville, TN

Drafted, Schema Projects, Bushwick/ Brooklyn, New York

Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

Paperazzi 2, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2012

Cowgirls of the Hudson River Valley 4, Curator/ Rich Timperio/ Brik Gallery, Catskill, N.Y.

Summer Snacks:Works on Paper, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

The Armory Show 2012, Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, NY

Abstract Artists International 75th Anniversary, paris CONCRET, Paris, France

MIC:CHECK, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2011

Abstraction to the Power of Infinity,  The Icebox Gallery/Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Weekend, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Brooklyn, New York

American Abstract Artists: 75 Anniversary, OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY

75 Anniversary: American Abstract Artists International, Galerie oqbo, Berlin, Germany

Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Paper 2011, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Brooklyn, New York

It’s All Good, (Apocalypse Now), Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

2010 

Art Basel/Miami Beach, Gary Snyder Projects, New York, NY 

Summer Love, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Brooklyn, New York

Cowgirls of the Hudson River Valley 3, Curator/ Rich Timperio/ Brik Gallery, Catskill, N.Y.

American Abstract Artists International, The Aragonese Castle of Otranto, Italy

It’s a Wonderful Life 10, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

Paper Works, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Brooklyn, New York

2009

It’s a Wonderful Life, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

Year Five, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2008

Fashion Forward, Curator/ Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, New York

American Abstract Artists:Tribute to Esphyr Slobodkina, Curator Stephen Maine/Painting Center, NY, NY

A Roller Coaster In The Dark, Curator/ Ben La Rocco/Galeria Janet Kurnatowski Brooklyn, New York

2007

Cowgirls of the Hudson Valley 2, Curated by Rich Timperio/Brik Gallery, Catskill, New York

Continuum: Celebration of 70 years of American Abstract Artists, St. Peters College, NJ

War is Over 2, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

2006

War is Over, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, New York

2005

Waves of Light, The Factory, Hudson, New York

Along the Way: Celebrating 20 Years of Public Art, UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY  

2004

Merry/Peace 2004, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

SHARE, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2003

Harlem Art Project, Ray of Light Foundation, Saatchi and Saatchi, New York, NY

Merry/Peace, 2003   Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg/Brooklyn, New York

Going Public, American Institute of Architects, New York, NY

Inaugural Exhibition, Pardo / St Croix Gallery, Milan, Italy

Masterwork Award Exhibition, The Municipal Art Society of New York, New York

Square NY/Piazza Rome, Robert Pardo Gallery and Galleria Le Bateleur, Rome, Italy

Works on Paper, Volume 1, Voelcker & Freunde Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2002

Flat Files 2002, Voelcker & Freunde Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Merry/Peace 2002, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

20 l 02, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Selection 1, The Brooklyn Rail @ Wythe Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2001

Merry/Peace, Sideshow Gallery,  Brooklyn, New York

Annual Report, Issue 14 The Unbearables Assembling Magazine Oct. 2001

Over Times Square 2, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, New York

Made in Brooklyn, curator/Chris Martin/ S. Cono, Brooklyn, New York

That Which Remains, Lowe Art Gallery, New York, New York

21st Suffragettes, Sideshow Gallery,  Brooklyn, New York

8 New York Artists, Ice House Gallery, Telluride, Colorado    

That Which Remains, Bernadette Salvage, Brooklyn, New York

2000

North and South/ Other Directions, Splendid, Brooklyn, New York

1999

Helter Skelter, Bernadette Salvage, Brooklyn, New York

Gallery Artists, Voelcker & Freunde Galerie, Berlin, Germany

1998  

Strong Modern,   Williamsburg Art & Historical Society,  Brooklyn, NY

1996

Gallery Artists,   Elena Zang Gallery,  Woodstock, New York

1994

Paint,  Rotunda Gallery,  Brooklyn, New York 

Invitational, Tribeca 148 Gallery,  New York, New York

Gallery Artists,  James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, New York

 

Public Commissions

2002

El in 16 Notes 16 Faceted Glass Panels/ MTA Arts for Transit / Jamaica Line

 

Grants, Nominations and Awards

2016

Virgina Center for the Creative Arts Residency Grant, Amherst, VA

2009

Babayan Culture House Residency Grant, Cappadocia, Turkey

2004

I.M. Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners Project, Percent for Art, New York City, Percent for Art Finalist  

2003

George Sugarman Foundation Grant

The Municipal Art Society of New York

New York City Masterwork Award/ Best New Public Art 2002; “El in 16 Notes” / Hewes Street Station / Jamaica Line /MTA Arts for Transit

2002

Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Grant

 

Public Collections

The New York Public Library, NY, NY

Whitney Museum’s Library Collection, NY, NY

MoMA Library Special Collection, NY, NY

The International Artists’ Museum,  Tel Aviv, Israel

Bayerische Landesbank, New York Branch, New York, NY

The Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein Girozentrale (LB Kiel) New York Branch New York, NY

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York

Art in Embassies, US Department of State, Washinton, DC

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY

Phillips Collection of Art, Washington, DC

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland,OH

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Permanent Collection, US Embassy, Beijing Embassy Annex, Beijing, China, Art in Embassies, US Department of State

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Muhlenberg College Art Collection

 

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