Josephine Halvorson is a Massachusetts-based painter and professor at Boston University. Halvorson gives herself only one day to complete each canvas. She works on site, often selecting scenes that convey a sense of post-industrial grit. Halvorson grew up on Cape Cod, where she first studied art on the beaches of Provincetown and with Barnet Rubenstein at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She attended The Cooper Union School of Art (BFA, 2003), Yale Norfolk (2002), and continued her interdisciplinary education at Columbia University’s School of the Arts (MFA, 2007). She was featured on the Art21 documentary series. She has been granted three, year-long fellowships in Europe: the United States Fulbright to Vienna (2003-4), the Harriet Hale Woolley at the Fondation des États-Unis, Paris (2007-8), and was the first American to receive the Rome Prize at the French Academy at the Villa Medici, Rome (2014-2015). She is the recipient of several awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009) and a New York Foundation for the Arts award in Painting (2010), and has been granted residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn, NY (2009-2010), Moly-Sabata in Sablons, France (2014, 2017) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, FL (2016). Halvorson’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Peter Freeman, Inc., Paris. In 2015 she presented her first museum survey exhibition, Slow Burn, at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, curated by Cora Fisher. In 2016 she exhibited large-scale painted sculptures at Storm King Art Center, as part of the Outlooks series curated by Nora Lawrence. Josephine Halvorson has taught at The Cooper Union, Princeton University, the University of Tennessee- Knoxville and Columbia University, and has lectured extensively about her work at schools throughout the United States and abroad. From 2010 to 2016 she served as Critic and Senior Critic at Yale School of Art’s MFA program in painting. In 2016 Halvorson joined Boston University as Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting.
Carol Wax trained as a classical musician at the Manhattan School of Music and began engraving mezzotints in the 1980s. Her imagery is inspired by commonplace objects, vintage appliances or devices with organic forms that she exaggerates to evoke fantastic creatures or monuments. She contemplates how perceptions of objects evolve from state-of-the-art to artifact, to art. She is the author of The Mezzotint: History and Technique, published by Abrams. Recent exhibitions include The Mechanics of Mezzotint: Prints by Carol Wax at the Childs Gallery, Boston, MA, and The Inner Life of Things: Mezzotint Engravings by Carol Wax at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Art, Pensacola State College, FL. She has taught at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and the State University of New York at New Paltz. Recognition of Carol’s art includes an Individual Support Grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., two Artist Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Concordia Career Advancement Award from NYFA, The Louise Nevelson Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residences at The MacDowell Colony and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program.