Alexa MacCrady



Alexa MacCrady is a contemporary New York painter colorist. In youth, a tragic event caused her jazz-musician parents to relocate often. The Sublime and Apocalyptic became her thesis. In the surrealist context of climate and political change and economic manipulation, the poetic in art is a haven and a philosophy.   

MFA Hunter College CUNY 1990.           BFA Syracuse University VPA                      Sir John Cass School of Art London UK. CT student Europe travel grant 6 months. SVA Milton Glaser master workshop. 

Student of Friedl Dzubas, Hans Hoffman disciple Judith Rothschild, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Morris, Rosalyn Krauss, Robert Goodnough, Larry Bakke, Vinnie Longo, Bob Swain, Milton Glaser. 

Mentors: Elaine de Kooning. Dan Rice. Audrey Flack.

Exhibitions: Smith College solo, New York University Broadway Windows solo, UMass Amherst solo, Long Island University solo, Connecticut College, Guild Hall Museum East Hampton LI, Parrish Museum, Real Art Ways Hartford solo, Everson Museum Biennial, Sao Paolo Biennial. 

Grants: NEFA New England Fdn Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ASI 2013, two CT Commission Arts, Virginia Center Creative Arts, Michael Clark Co UK Whitney Biennial 2012, MassMoCA. 

Lecturer and Adjunct professor 2010-2022. 2016-19 Eastern Connecticut State University, Department Art Art History

Jazz musicians update: each of them later became an Airbus engine designer, and a textile author.

Seeking Group Shows


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Greenpoint Bkn NY + Studio New Haven

Previous Gallery Affiliations:

Gallery J et J Donguy Paris, Olivier Renaud-Clement

--&-- Dash & Dash Gallery, LES NYC

Elaine Benson Gallery             Bridgehampton LI NY

Benton Gallery, Southampton LI, NY Arlene Bujese, Director

PS Gallery Litchfield CT

Ericson Davis Gallery, Ivoryton CT

Yvonne Goldsmith Gallery, CT


2005-present Mock Danger cones 

1990-present Lexica Corp Icons 

2005-present Restless Sea 

1990-present  Invasive seeds. Workers.


Recent reviews

In Praise of Color embraces custom and diversity to describe journeys, provide calm, and suggest themes. . . Alexa MacCrady combines the swirling growth patterns of seeds and fire in reds and pinks that tilt and twist using raw pigments and etching.

- Curator Liz Pagano. River Street Gallery New Haven, 2018. In Praise of Color: Lexy MacCrady, Fethi Meghelli, Marisa Taddei 

The broad wide strokes of color in Alexa MacCrady's large drawings, especially the brightness of red, manifest Abstract Expressionism, 
but MacCrady takes the historical reference to a vastly further point of view, to a hypnotic slow-motion turn into the whirlpool of intensity 
and the trance of red!  These pieces are at once profoundly intellectual, decorative, and mesmerizing. This is the kind of abstraction in painting 
that opens a door into the unconscious of its presence, that would transform over time, like a large scale kaleidoscope.

- Johnes Ruta, Independent Curator, Author, and Art Theorist, 2018.

Alexa MacCrady Resumé

Born Speedway Indiana

MFA 1990 Hunter College CUNY painting

1980 School Visual Arts Milton Glaser Master Workshop

BFA Syracuse University School of Art

Sir John Cass School of Art, London UK, sculpture

Hartford Art School All State year in Secondary level

Selected Awards

2015 Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency, Amherst VA

2013 LMCC Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Creative Capital ASI Art Summer Institute

2012 Whitney Biennial  2012, Michael Clark UK Dance Company residency, performer 

2010 Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Individual Artist grant for Installation 

2002 Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Individual Artist grant for Painting

   Connecticut Association of Elementary Principals, Community art circle installation

1994-5 NEA New England Foundation for the Arts, Individual Artist grant for Painting 

1988 Guild Hall museum, Eight Artists, East Hampton NY. First purchase award by Larry Rivers

1986-7 William Steeple Davis Trust, Orient Long Island NY full year residency

1984 Pratt institute Manhattan Graphics Center, printmaking residency 

1981,2,3 NEA New York University Digital Manhattan project, Martin Nizenholtz

Selected Solos

2009 Southern Connecticut State University

2001 State Capital Hartford, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, curator Jennifer Aniskovich

1989 Islip Museum, Dowling College, Long Island

   Long Island University Southampton

1988 New York University Broadway Windows  Political Circles   

1987 Smith College. Northampton MA  

   University of Massachusetts Amherst   

   Real Art Ways, Hartford CT Jenny Holzer, McCrady Axon

   Carl Warnecke Architectures Windows, NYC

   Galerie Art Mania, Annemasse FR        

1986 Dash & Dash Gallery. East Village NY  Everafter   

1985 Galerie J & J Donguy. Paris  Heaven and Hell   Curator Olivier Renaud-Clement

1983 Calpis corporation, Puzzle Ring Factory. Tokyo Japan

1981 Les Enfants du Paradis Under the Water Tower Installations for Andy Warhol

Selected Group Exhibition

2023 Lyme Art Association, Curator Cary Smith

2022 JHorton at Willoughbys Coffee, Madison CT 

    Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Sill Gallery Old Lyme CT

2021 Artspace New Haven, Curator Lisa Dent

     Odetta Digital, Essential Works Curator Ellen Hackl Fagan

     Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic Transformations Curator Brian Flinn

     PS Gallery, Litchfield CT

     Odetta Digital, Page-Turner Curator Ellen Hackl Fagan

2020 Equity Gallery, New York. Curators Prishka Juszka, Luciana Solano, Paul D’Agostino 

     Equity Gallery, New York. The Center Cannot Hold as an artist and as a curator

     Odetta Digital, Sea Change Inaugural Curator, Ellen Hackl Fagan

     Odetta Digital, Pandemic Proof, Curator Ellen Hackl Fagan

2019 Space Gallery St Barth. New York ‘Art She Says’ Curator Julie Wynn

     Artspace New Haven Chromaphillia Curator Shannon Blewein, Sara Fritchey

2018 bG Gallery Bergamot Station, Santa Monica LA CA 

     Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT ‘Presence: Encounters with the Figure’ Curator Ann Finholt

     Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan CT. ‘New Members’ Curator Jeffrey Mueller

     River Street Gallery, Fair Haven CT ‘In Praise of Color’ Curator Liz Pagano

    Artspace New Haven, 2018 Flatfile Collection ‘Folded: New Acquisitions’ Curator Lisa Rosenthal

    Artspace New Haven City Wide Open Studios, curator Helen Kauder

2017 CUNY Queens College Museum. ‘Fabric of Cultures’ Curator Eugenia Paulicelli

    Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan CT. Curator Erik Ben Kiki, EBK Gallery Hartford

    Spectrum Gallery, ‘Abstract Nature’ Centerbrook CT

    Guilford Art Center, Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing, Florence Griswold Museum CT

2016 Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven 

    Call for Bushwick, finalist

2015 Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City NJ Curators James Pustorino, Anne Trauben

    New Haven Lawn Club, CT Lady MacCrady and Katie Kindilien

2014 Field Projects, Chelsea NYC Curator Deborah Brown

    Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City. The Big Small Show 2014. Anne Trauben, J Pustorino

2013 The Institute Library, New Haven ‘Crossing the Line: Drawings’ Curator Stephen Kobasa

    Provincetown Art Association Museum, Group Exhibition

    Westport Art Center, Curator Helen Klisser During

2012 Radio City Music Hall, Michael Clark Company UK, Jarvis Cocker Pulp, performer

    Connecticut Commission on the Awardees, Hartford Phoenix headquarters, Group show

    Provincetown Art Association Museum, group

2011 Westport Arts Center CT ‘Love’ curator David Kiehl, Whitney Museum

    Connecticut Commission on the Arts Awardees, McCrady Axon & Norma Minkowitz 

2009 Bradley International Airport Terminal A. ‘Oil Drum Art ‘ Curator Power Boothe

2008 Artspace New Haven ‘1,000 Dresses’  Curator Denise Markonish, Linda Lindroth

    Real Art Ways Hartford CT ‘Real Party’ Curator Will Wilkins

2006 Erickson Davis Gallery, Centerbrook CT

2005 Erickson Davis Gallery, Centerbrook CT

2002 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme CT ‘Nature Conservancy’ Curator Christian Brezhneff  

1993 John Slade Ely House, New Haven CT ‘Connecticut Invitational III: Curator’s Choice

1991 Connecticut College  John Dilg, McCrady Axon, Nicolas Pogony 

1990 Parrish Museum. Southampton NY  Curator Werner Kramarsky 

1988 Guild Hall Museum. East Hampton NY  Eight Artists  Curator Helen Harrison

    Benton Gallery, Bridgehampton LI NY. Arlene Bujese, Director 

1987 East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, LI NY. ‘Images on Paper’ Curator Jennifer Cross

    Room Service Gallery, Cyrille Putman, 57th st NYC with Olivier Renaud Clement

1986 Cre-Ange Dance Company. Curator Olivier Renaud Clement, Paris

    The Field, New York. Curator Jack Shainman

1985 Galerie Beau Lezard, Paris. Promesses: MacEwen, Mareval, MacCrady, Kohlhofer

1984 Everson Museum, Syracuse NY  ‘1984 Biennial’ Curator John Perrault 

1983 17th Annual Biennial of Sao Paulo. Brazil Curator Berta Sichel

1982 Washington Street Cafe, New York. Curator Andy Warhol

Selected Collections 

Arches Paper Company, Arches Vosges France 

Bill Arning, Houston and Hudson NY

Basil Alkazzi. London. Monte Carlo Monaco

Michael Clark, London UK

Elaine deKooning. Easthampton NY

Dame Siobhan Davis, London UK

Jean-Pierre Fenez, Jean Vinay Architects. Marrakesh

Greater Hartford Arts Council CT

Island Avenue School. Madison CT

Medtronic Inc. New Haven CT

Sarah Moon. Paris

Republic National Bank of New York. NYC                

Springfield Museum of Art OH, Basil Alkazzi bequest

Barry Wallenstein. NYC

Andy Warhol. NYC

Kim Adams Mark Depman. New Haven CT

Steven Ames. Old Lyme CT

Nancy Berger. CT

Larry Bograd. Denver

Connie Vick, Barry Buckland PhD NYC 

Edmund Caddy III Bath England UK

Caroline Chandler. CT

Tim & Michiko Clorite. NY, RI

Pamela Davis Cook. Colorado

Peter and Jennifer Cowie. Guilford CT

Professor Horst Denkler. Amherst MA

Katy Dobbs. NYC and Redding CT

Michelle Dubé. Hudson NY

Ellen Hackl Fagan. Greenwich and NYC

Robert Falls. NYC and DC

Virginia Friedman. Sag Harbor LI NY

Amy Frey, Michael Schuster. West Hartford CT

Virginia Foster. Guilford CTJason and MK Gobleck. Madison CT and RI

Yvonne Goldsmith, art dealer, Weston CT

Amy Madigan, Ed Harris. Los Angeles

Glenne Headley. LA

Beth Henley. LA

Bob Howsam Jr. Cincinnatti

David Kaplan. NY

Konrad Kaczmarek. New Haven

Sheila and Len Kaczmarek. Guilford CT

Franz Hupscher. Paris

Guy Jaconelli. Madison CT

Hanni Kaufmann, West New York NJ

Jill and David Kay CT

Bruce Lundberg MD Guilford CT

Barbara MacLaurin. Paris

Christina Maile, Paris Mohassel. NYC

Anne McRory. Fairfield CT

Kenneth Miller. NYC

Fred Newman. NYC and Redding CT

Peggy and James Nordgren. Madison CT

Michael O’Neill, Wainscott LI and NYC 

NYManabu Ogawa. Tokyo

Claudia Paluel-Marmont, Paris

Jean-Louis Pinte, Paris

Alex Province, Province Brothers Importers CT

Bill Pullman. LA

Puzzle Ring Factory. Tokyo

David Ricereto. Lido Key FL 

 Sandy Ruoff. Guilford CT

Arlys and Mark Raymond Esq, Miami

Peter Russo DMD, Branford CT

Karen and Ray Seligson. Guilford CT

Hoskins Smith, Bethany, Stonington CT and FL

Alan Starr Esq, New York

Gerri Stokes-Watstein. Palm Springs CA

Kim Stroud. Madison CT

Silvie Turner RA, Steven Drews, Somerset England

Stephanie White. Vancouver Island BC, Calgary, CAN

Lisa Wolkow. Madison CT

Selected Bibliography

*Allan Appel, New Haven Independent, Arts. McCrady Lights Up Feb 3, 2015

*Jeanine Baron, La Croix, Paris. Decembre 3, 1985. page 21 

*Francoise Bataillon, Art Press, Paris. Fevrier1986. 

*Jean Pascal Billaud, Cite Magazine International  Paris. Novembre 1985 

Phyllis Braff, The New York Times   May 22, 1988. page 26  

*Phyllis Braff, The New York  Times  July 6, 1988. Page 18

Bob Colacello,  Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up.  Harper Collins 1990. p xi                 

*Creative Time New York. Time Capsule. A Concise Encyclopedia by Women Artists. 1995

*Eugenia Paulicelli, Queens College CUNY.             

*Katy Dobbs, Andy Warhol’s Interview , May 1981. pages 61-62                                                             

Pat Hackett, The Andy Warhol Diaries, Warner 1989. pages 357, 372, 379, 436. 

*Bernard Hanson. The Hartford Courant,  cover Arts section. February 8, 1987 

*Baird Jones, The East Village Eye, NY. “Andy Warhol: Then and Now”  page 15a                            

*Karin Lipson, Newsday, July 22, 1988. page 31 

*Dinah Prince The Daily News  New York. 8 January 1986. p 31

Jude Schwendenden, Hartford Courant, 25 March 1993 

*Rose Slivka The East Hampton Star  NY. 3 December 1987 

*Joe Tracey The Hartford Courant Sunday Magazine CT. 4 June 1978. cover story + pp 1-7 

*Elisabeth Vedrenne Decoration International  Paris. Novembre 1985             

*Interior Magazine TokyoJapan. May 1983. pp 123-124

The New York Times Magazine.  In support of Elizabeth Murray. 5 May 1991 p26 

The New York Times Sunday. 14 Nov 2004 

*Studio Voice  Tokyo Japan. May 1983

Publication   *art reproductions included 

*On Site Review. Canada journal architecture urbanism 41, 2022. Infrastructure p 41 Streetwork red etchings

*On Site Review. Canada journal architecture urbanism 37, 2021. Drawing 2021 pp 21, 36

*On Site Review. Canada journal architecture urbanism 28, 2012. Sound  Cover front, Cover back

*Friday Night Painters, Guilford CT catalogue, 2003

*Helen Harrison. Guild Hall Museum Eight Artists 1988. pages 4-5

*Hunter College, The First Decade, page 5 McCrady Axon       

*Baird Jones, Mark Kostabi and the East Village Scene 1983-1987, Matteo Editore 2002, p 102  

*Werner Kramarsky. Elaine Benson Gallery. 1988 p2 

*Claudia Paluel-Marmont. Galerie J & J Donguy Paris Lady McCrady 1985

*Stephen Peacock, When All Else Fails, Art Works page and artwork #12, 1986

*Barry Wallenstein The Roller Coaster Kid  and other poems. Crowell. New York 1982 

I am honored to have been mentored by  Elaine deKooning, Sol Lewitt, Valerie Jaudon NA, Dan Rice, Friedl Dzubas, David Inshaw UK, Audrey Flack, Robert Gwathmey, Vincent Longo, Judith Rothschild

and to have studied with  Rosalind Krauss, Maurice Berger, Robert Morris, Andrea Blum, Susan Crile,
Milton Glaser, Bruce Manwaring, Robert Swain, Jack Youngerman, Larry Bakke, Robert Goodnough

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