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Mara Trachtenberg

134 Robinson Street. Wakefield, RI 02879. 401.743.7914

mara@cox.net

www.maratrachtenberg.com

 1973          Born Queens, NY, Currently resides in Wakefield, RI

Education

2004           MFA Fine Art concentration in Photography, University of Connecticut 

1999           BS Art Education, Rhode Island College

1995           BA  Women’s Studies/English, University of Rhode Island 

Awards

 2016          Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

2004          Antonio Cirino Arts Education Memorial Fellowship” Rhode Island Foundation

2003          Graduate Assistantship, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

                        “Antonio Cirino Arts Education Memorial Fellowship”, Rhode Island Foundation

2002         Graduate Assistantship, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2002-2003

Exhibition Record/Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

 2018            "A Decadent World,Night", solo exhibition AS220, January 2018 Providence, RI 

2017            “WINGS, work by Mara Trachtenberg”, April 2017, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI 

2016            “A Decadent World”, solo exhibition, October 2016, Anna Maria College, Fine Art Gallery, Paxton, MA (catalog)

                    “A Decadent World”, May 2016, Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery, Providence, RI        

2015            “Mara Trachtenberg and Nora Valdez”, November 2015, Colo Colo Gallery New

2014            “Images from A Decadent World”, solo exhibition, July 2014, Colo Colo Gallery, New Bedford, M

2013           “A Decadent World”, solo exhibition, April 2013, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

                  “Mothers, Monsters and Myth and Images from, A Decadent World”,solo exhibition March 2013, Project Space Gallery, University of

                  Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.              

2011           “Cultural Nature, Mara Trachtenberg and Sunanda Sahay ” two person exhibition, Krause Gallery, Providence, RI

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018            “Inter-medium, Johnny Adimondo, Susie Mathews, Mara Trachtenberg”, University of Rhode Island, Fine Art Center Gallery, (October 

                    2018)

                    "Foo Fest",  in collaboration with Brooke Erin Goldstein, Foo Fest, Providence, RI (August)

                   "The Other Side, a collaborative exhibition", Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI (June).

2017           “Wildlife Trade Art & Science” National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson WY (June), traveling.

                   “Animalia”, curated by Arlette Kafayas, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins Colorado, (April)

                   “New Year, New Beginning”, Invitational exhibition, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI (Jan-Feb)

2016           “Wildlife Trading and Conservation”, co-sponsored by IFAW and Creature Conserve, RISD ISB Gallery, July 2016, Providence, RI

                   “Wolves, Magic Mirrors & Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales”,Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art: July 15 –                              

                    December 31, 2016, Scranton, PA

                   “RISCA (Rhode Island State Council for the Arts) Fellowship exhibition", Bannister Gallery, Providence, RI 02879

2015           “Members Exhibition”, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, RI, honorable mention.

                   “Photogogues”, curated by Paula Tognarelli, Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Festival, Lafayette City Center in Downtown      

                    Center in Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA (catalog)

                   “Dreamscapes” curated by Brooke Erin Goldstein, Hera Gallery Wakefield, RI

                   “Bite, food as Art”, curated by Teri Costa, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2014           “The F-stops Here", Juried exhibition, Hygienic Art, New London, CT

                    "Personal Mythologies", Public Photography exhibition curated by Sam Barzilay with United Photo Industries, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

                    "New Visions" Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

2013            “Sum of All Parts”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

                    “ArtVenice Biennial”, The Biennial Project online and virtual exhibition at The Venice Biennial, 2013.

2012           “Photo Emerge”, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

                   “Faculty Exhibition”, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 

                   “Associate Member Group Show”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

2011           “Crossing Currents: Feminism Now”, URI Feinstein Campus Gallery, Providence, RI

2010           “Associate Member Group Show”, Hera gallery, Wakefield, RI 

2005            “Got Quirk? ”,Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

                    “Slide Slam”,invitational event, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

                    “…and death”,NewSpace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. 

2004           “Faculty Show”, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI      

                    “Group Show”,Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                     “Full Tilt”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, William Benton Museum of Art, University Of  Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2003           “New York Area MFA Exhibition” Hunter  College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY.

2002           “Flexible Space: Adaptive Reuse and The New Economic Mainstream”, Rhode Island Foundation Gallery, Providence, RI 

                    “The Royal Mill Project”,Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI

Bibliography:

Alexander Castro, “Five Rhode Island Artists to Collect Right Now”, Rhode Island Monthly, March 2018

Andy Smith, “R.I. Photography Gets New Downtown Showcase” photograph, Providence Journal, January 2017 http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20170118/ri-photography-gets-new-downtown-showcase

Jackie Lemmon, “A Decadent World: Interview with Mara Trachtenberg”, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, August 2016. https://beautifulbizarre.net/tag/mara-trachtenberg/

Helena Touhey,” Local Artist Earns Fellowship for Photography Work”,South County Independent and Independent RI.com, August 2015

Melanie Saunders, “Artist Profile, Mara Trachtenberg’s Whimsical Scenes made of Sugar”, South County Independent and Independent RI.com, December 2014.

 Gabrielle Falletta, "New Visions at the Hera Gallery", review and image, The Narragansett Times, September 2014.

Greg Cook, “Showcase Sans Statements, Crossing Currents: Feminism Now at URI”,review and image, The Providence Phoenix, March 2011

Brent Warnke, “Hera Gallery Opens New Works Show with New Exhibit”, Narragansett Times,Rhode Island, October 2010

Hera Gallery.Blogspot.com, review and images, September 2010

UConn Traditions, “The Last Word”, exhibition description and image, Storrs, Connecticut, 5.2, summer 2004

Rosenbaum,“Views of Royal Mills: Good Times, Hard Times”,Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island, February 2002

Radio

“Inquiry” Mark Lynch, Wicn.org, Worcester, MA, October 2016 http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/mara-trachtenberg-decadent-world-anna-maria-college

Michael Harlan Turkell, Interview, HeritageRadioNetwork.com, Brooklyn, NY, March 2011 

Television

“Soapbox” Mauro DePasquale, WCCATV, Worcester, MA, October 2016, http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1087

Online Periodicals

 Dialogist, Vol. II, Issue II,October 15, 2014, http://dialogist.org/v2i2-mara-trachtenberg

Blogs

“Check Out Mara Trachtenberg’s Artwork”, Boston Voyager Magazine, May 2018

Gregg Cook, “Mara Trachtenberg Hunts Inside Dreams in ‘A Decadent World Night’ as As220”, Wonderland,January 2018, http://gregcookland.com/wonderland/2018/01/26/mara-trachtenberg/

Elin Spring, “No Dark Sarcasm in The Classroom”, What Will You Remember? (blog), featured image, May 2015, http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/flash-forward-festival-boston-photogogues-new-england-part3/

Steven Marks, "How to Turn Cake Icing into Fine Art" The Artlook "(blog)". October 5, 2014 http://theartlook.blogspot.com/

Conferences/lectures:      

“International Virtual Collaborations”,Conference panelist discussing the experience, difficulties and merits of international virtual photographic collaborations. Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Chicago, Illinios, 2013.

“The Royal Mill Project “, Lecture about photographing the remnants of the textile industry in Rhode Island.  Society for Photographic Education Southwest Regional Conference; “Shifting Landscapes: Considerations of Time, Place, and Culture”Texas Tech University, 2001.

Professional Service

Board Member, Rhode Island Jewish Museum

Board Member, Providence Biennial, 2017-present

Board Member, Hera Gallery 2016-present

Panelist, Percent for Public Art, RISCA, Harrington School of Communication, URI 2017

Juror, South County Art Association Annual Photography Exhibition, March 2016

President, Hera Gallery, July 2014-August 2016

SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) Panelist March 2016, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence RI

Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin’s Arts Advisory Committee member, March 2015-ongoing

SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) Panelist March 2015, Hera Gallery Wakefield, RI

Panelist, Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, June 2014

Vice President, HERA Gallery, 2013-2014

Visiting Critic, University of Rhode Island, Dec 2010

Visiting Critic, Smith College, North Adams. MA, 2005

Reviewer, Space at Alice exhibition panel, Providence, RI, 2004.

Conferences/lectures:      

“International Virtual Collaborations”,  Conference panelist discussing the experience, difficulties and merits of international virtual photographic collaborations. Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Chicago, Illinios, 2013.

“The Royal Mill Project “,Spoke to conference attendees about photographing the remnants of the textile industry in Rhode Island.  Society for Photographic Education Southwest Regional Conference; “Shifting Landscapes: Considerations of Time, Place, and Culture”Texas Tech University, 2001.

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