For the third Volume of this ongoing series entitled New York Studio Conversations (Part II) art historian Stephanie Buhmann conducted interviews with twenty artists, whose ages range from early 41 to 96. While the featured genres, processes and aesthetic approaches vary decisively, all participants have one thing in common: they work and usually live in New York. Conceived as a counter-balance to the notion of art as a commodity, which has spread in the media with ever-soaring auction records,the project further aims to provide a permanent forum for some of the inspiring female artists working today. To this end, Buhmann has visited the artists in their studios or on site of a major public installation, discussing their unique processes, individual philosophies, inspirational sources, and personal histories.
Stephanie Buhmann is an art historian based in New York. She is a contributing editor at Artcritical. Her essays and art reviews have been published by Kunst Bulletin, Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, ARTPulse, Art on Paper, Art Papers, and Art Lies, among others. She has a regular art column in Chelsea Now. Her books New York Studio Conversations – Seventeen Women Talk About Art (2016) and Berlin Studio Conversations – Twenty Women Talk About Art (2017) were published by The Green Box as the first two volumes of this ongoing interview series.
Petah Coyne (b. 1953) was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Coyne’s sculptures and photographs have been the subject of more than thirty solo museum exhibitions, including at Nunu Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan (2016); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2010); Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, State University of New York (2009); Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois (2005); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2005); Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona (2005); Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2005); Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio (2004); Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska (2004); Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee (2001); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1996), and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (1996), among others. Coyne has received numerous awards, including from the CUE Art Foundation, New York (2009); Art Academy of Cincinnati (2001); AICA International Association of Art Critics (1999); The Joan Mitchell Foundation (1998), and the National Endowment for the Arts (1994, 1990, 1990). Her work resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Finland; and many others. She is the past recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She is represented by Galerie Lelong & Co., New York and Nunu Fine Art, Taiwan. Coyne lives and works in New York City.
Julie Heffernan (b. 1956) was born in Peoria, Illinois. She studied at the University of California Santa Cruz, California (BFA, 1981) and the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut (MFA, 1985). Her institutional solo exhibitions include the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2018); Palmer Museum of Art (2018); Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, Florida (2018); San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas (2017); LSU Museum of Art (2017); Bard College at Simon’s Rock (2016); The Palo Alto Cultural Center (2013); Crocker Art Museum (2013); Oklahoma City Museum of Art (2012); University Art Gallery at California State University (2011); University Art Museum at SUNY, Albany (2006); Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2006), and the Mint Museum of Art, among many others. Institutional group exhibitions include the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany(2016); Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, California (2016); New Museum Los Gatos (2016); National Academy Museum, New York (2015); Columbia University, New York (2014); me Collectors Room Berlin, The Olbricht Foundation, Berlin (2014); Canton Museum of Art (2013); Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts (2013); Nassau County Museum of Art (2013); New Britain Museum of Art (2013); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (2012); Palazzo Reale, Milan (2011); Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (2010); National Museum Gdansk, Poland (2006); Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut (2001), and the Queens Museum of Art (1996). Her works are in the permanent collection of many institutions, such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Columbia Museum of Art; The Crocker Art Museum; Knoxville Museum of Art; McNay Art Museum; me Collectors Room Berlin; The Mint Museum; National Academy Museum; The New Britain Museum of Art; Norton Museum of Art; The Palmer Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina. Heffernan has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacDowell Fellowship (2013); Lee Ellen Fleming Residency at University of Virginia (2012); Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Painting Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute (2010); a Thomas Bennett Clarke Prize (2008), and a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to West Berlin/Annette Kade Grant for the Creative and Performing Arts (1986). She is a board member of the National Academy of Design, New York and a 2017 Fellow of the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and her writings on art have been published in various books and magazines. She is the founder of the blog Painters on Paintings and is represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Heffernan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Sharon Horvath (b. 1958) was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to New York at the age of seventeen, studying at the Cooper Union, New York (BFA, 1980) and the Tyler School of Art (MFA, 1985). She has lived several years abroad, including in Rome and Amsterdam. She has exhibited extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Provincetown, as well as internationally. In 2017, she was the featured artist in the annual Provincetown Arts Magazine. Horvath’s awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to India (2013); John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1993); Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (1998); Anonymous was a Woman Award (2005); American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Painting (1993); Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (1997, 1994); a Prize for Painting from the National Academy Museum (2004); Mid-Atlantic NEA Regional Fellowship (1994), and an Elizabeth Foundation Grant for Painting (1994). Other recognitions include the Faculty Prize for Outstanding Commitment as a Teacher and a Mentor from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2004). Horvath is a Professor of Art in Painting and Drawing at Purchase College, State University of New York. She was inducted into the National Academy Museum, New York in 2016. She is represented by Lori Bookstein Projects, New York, The Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, and the Drawing Room Gallery, East Hampton. Horvath lives and works in New York City.