Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring / Summer 2020 Olive Ayhens

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Olive Ayhens

Brooklyn, NY
May 4 - June 12

Olive Ayhens is an artist based in New York City. She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the US. Ayhens has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant. She has completed residencies at Ucross, the Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, MacDowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, the Salzburg Kunsterhaus, Yaddo Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Roswell Artist Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.

“Color is my first language. My paintings are heavily influenced thematically by my environment, both physical and spiritual. I have fun with personification and improbabilities of scale.”

  • Oceans Rising, 2017, oil on canvas, 66 x 48 x 1 inches

  • Hyper Urban, 2017, oil on linen, 60 x 72 x 1 inches

  • Roswell By Night, 2015, oil on linen, 40 x 33 x 1 inches

  • Olive Ayhens

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