I am a practicing fine artist and teaching artist based in Connecticut.
My art is contemporary with classical roots. Through drawing and painting I explore how things are put together, how they exist in relation to their surroundings, and how we see. The driving force behind my art is my desire to create and make my ideas materialize and be visible to myself and others. Inherent in my work is the tension between chaos and order, object and background, that exists all around us. I work in series to explore subjects, and experiment with materials and ways of depiction. Right now I am working on a series of birds and another about family.
I am a teaching artist with the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield and have held classes and workshops through organizations including the Silvermine Arts Center in Norwalk, the Loft Artists Association in Stamford, Greenwich Continuing Education, and the South Bronx Overall Development Corporation, as well as privately to individuals and groups. As a volunteer, I created an open choice art class at Trailblazers Academy, a local non profit public charter school for underserved youth. The students displayed their art at the local government center and hosted the mayor at their opening.
I am a member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, the Alumni Associations of The New York Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design, and a past president of Stamford’s Loft Artists Association.
This September, I was the artist in residence at Weir Farm National Historic Site. I lived on site and painted daily outside at the farm and in the large studio overlooking the woods, joining a lineage of art making at the farm dating back to Julian Alden Weir. In 2017, I was the New Canaan Library’s second artist in residence, and while there exhibited my paintings and delivered public workshops around themes of art, wildlife and conservation.
I participated in a forensic sculpting workshop which brought artists, the NYC Coroner’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Department of Pima County, AZ together. We worked with 3d printouts of unidentified skulls, using forensic sculpture techniques and plastilina to re-create likenesses based on the slight information we had. Photos of our reconstructions were added to the national database for Missing and Exploited Children. Several identifications have resulted from this ongoing project.
I have a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where I spent my junior year in Rome in the European Honors Program. After graduating I returned to Rome to live with friends, make art, and work. After a short stint back in NY the following year, I moved to St. John in the US Virgin Islands. There I painted, did commercial art jobs, and with an artist friend opened and ran an original art merchandise space. A year and a hurricane (Hugo) later, I returned to NYC to work for a mural house and attend the New York Academy of Art, where I earned an MFA in painting.
I have installed art in homes, businesses and public spaces. My paintings decorate sets in the movies “The Bounty Hunter” with Jennifer Aniston and “Something Borrowed” with Ginnifer Goodwin. My art is on traffic signal boxes throughout Stamford and has been exhibited in local businesses, at Stamford’s Palace Theater, and in the city’s annual ArtWalk. My art has been shown in the US and in Europe, and hangs in many homes and businesses.
I live and work in Stamford, welcome inquiries about my work, and offer studio visits by appointment.
See more of my work at alissasiegal.com and realart.work.