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                                   Photo: Hazel Hankin

BIO

Artist Philomena Marano is a daughter of Brooklyn. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, is an intimate of the visual poetry of Coney Island, created the winning poster for the first Spirit of Brooklyn poster competition, and is a master of papier collé, the elegant cut paper technique she learned as a studio assistant to preeminent artist Robert Indiana

 

Marano’s acclaimed series, “American- Dream-Land,” a decades-spanning project of papier collé originals and limited edition prints, penetrates the soul of Coney Island to reveal its twin promises of candy-colored paradise and gritty raw excitement. Her ornate compositions are cut out of “color-aid” paper - a type of paper coated with vibrant screen printers ink, the same paper which Romare Bearden frequently incorporated into his collages.

 

Marano’s work has been exhibited by Tabla Rasa Gallery, ACA Galleries, Prince Street Gallery, Smart Clothes Gallery, the Municipal Art Society, the Museum of the City of New York, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Coney Island Museum among others in the New York area and at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco and are also represented in private, corporate and museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum.

 

“American Dream-Land” and Marano’s work as a co-founder (with artist Richard Eagan) of the Coney Island Hysterical Society were featured in Charles Denson’s award winning book “Coney Island Lost and Found” (Ten Speed Press, Berkeley/Toronto, 2002). Additional publications featuring Marano and “American Dream-Land” include Amusing the Zillion, 24/7 Magazine, the New York Times, the Daily News and others.

 

Her current work expands into the larger city, exposing elements of urban life: the underappreciated grace of an out-of-the-way tire shop; the disquieting lure of an exit sign at night. In addition to creating papier collé images for this examination of the city’s overlooked beauty, she is also working on a cut-paper animation, “Take Me There,” a fantasy inspired by both her early train rides to Coney Island and a proposal for the Franklin Avenue subway. The “Take Me There” trailer is posted for viewing on You Tube.

 

Born in Brooklyn, NY

Lives & works in Brooklyn, NY

and in Sarasota, Florida

 

 

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Born 1952

EDUCATION

1969 - 1974  Pratt Institute, School of Fine Art

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020    The Razor's Edge  Upcoming solo show

              Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

      

2019-  MADE FRESH Art Center Sarasota

             INTRO 2  GAZE Modern, Sarasota, FL

2018- Collection of the NYU/Langone Art Program

             West Brighton Center, Brooklyn, NY

             NEW MODERN Art Center Sarasota, juried

             merit award

             ELSEWHERE  Art Center Sarasota, juried, 

             Honorable mention

             BIG FUN ART, juried show, Annmarie Sculpture Garden &              Arts Center, Dowell, MD.

              FLORIDA'S FINEST, Art Center Sarasota

2017- Summer Show, ACA Galleries  NY, NY

            FIRST IMPRESSIONS  Art Center Sarasota, juried show

           2nd  place award

           5 CENTS TO DREAMLAND,  permanent exhibit,

           Coney Island Museum, NY

2016- BROOKLYN'S BIG TENT SHOW

             Shapeshifter Gallery, Brooklyn , NY

2015-2016-   BOARDWALK RENAISSANCE:

                              HOW THE ARTS SAVED CONEY ISLAND

                  City Lore Gallery, NYC NY

2015- ASSUMING IDENTITY

           NYIT Gallery, NYC NY 

         - DRAWINGS & PRINTS @ PRINCE STREET

            Prince Street Gallery, NYC NY

         - THE BIG ONE-O, Tabla Rasa Gallery, 10th Anniversary

             Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn NY

           

          - BREUCKELEN, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 -PAPER UNBOUND, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY

2014 - OPEN STUDIO WORKSHOP ARTISTS, RONI HENNING

              Berkeley College, Brooklyn, NY

2013-  THRILLS, Smartclothes Gallery, NYC, NY

2013  - TOPSY TURVY, ARTISTS & THE AMUSEMENT UTOPIA, 

           Deutsche Bank, NYC, NY.

2012-  COLLAGE & ASSEMBLAGE, St Joseph's College, Brooklyn

           ART OF THE CONEY ISLAND HYSTERICAL SOCIETY

            440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011   THE FINE ART OF BASEBALL, George Krevsky Gallery, SF

             FRAGMENTS, 1915-2011, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY                COLLAGE,  ACA Galleries, NY

              AAF , with Tabla Rasa Gallery, NY

               CHILDISH THINGS,  Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010-  URBANESSENCE, NYIT Gallery, NY

2009-  NEW YORK: THEN and NOW, ACA Galleries, NY 

      

2009-  AMUSEMENT PARK SCIENCE, The Children's Museum              of Manhattan, NY (solo show)

2008- IMAGINE CONEY ISLAND, Municipal Arts Society, NY

2008- CONEY ISLAND MAYBE, Puffin Room, NY

2008- 22nd INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOW, Visual Arts Center           of New Jersey

2006- CONEY ISLAND DREAMERS,  Bklyn Public Library 

2005- (still) UNDER THE INFLUENCE, Coney Island Museum

          (solo show)

2004- CUT UPS, Marymount College, NY

2004- CRACK OF THE BAT, the Art of Baseball, George Krevsky            Gallery, SF

2003- NOSTALGIA & DECAY,  Coney Island, NY

1999- WONDERS NEVER CEASE,  WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY

1997- AMUSING AMUSEMENTS- MetLife Windows Program,              Grand Central Station, NY

1996- RIDE AGAIN, Contemporary Visions of Coney Island,

        (co-curated w/Paul Bridgewater, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, NY

1992- NEW WORK NEW YORK, Albright-Knox Museum,NY

1991- A SPARK OF GENIUS, General Electric Center,                           Schenectady, NY

1991- AMERICAN-DREAM-LAND,  DTW Gallery, NY (solo show)

1990- CONEY ISLAND FASCINATION, La Mama Galleria, NY

         (solo show)

1988- CUT IT OUT, Bridgewater/Lustberg , NY

1988- BILLBOARDS, Littlejohn-Smith Gallery, NY

1987- BRONX  MUSEUM OF THE ARTS/ AIM

1986- ENGAGING OBJECTS, the PARTICIPATORY ART OF      MIRRORS, MECHANISMS & SHELTERS, The Clocktower  Gallery, institute of Art & Urban Resources, NY

1985- 5  CONEY ISLAND HYSTERICAL SOCIETY ARTISTS,

         La Mama Galleria, NY

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2015   PARACHUTE Literary Arts/ created hand painted signs               for "Poem-A-Rama,"

2015  Book cover design for "Genuine Gold" by Ann Attacker

2014 "TAKE ME THERE" animated short  collaborated with Mary Nittolo/ The Studio NY, with music by Carol Lipnik

Coney Island Film Festival

 

2006/1999- Finalst, MTA Arts for Transit

2005- PARACHUTE PAVILION, COMPETITION / Van Alen

    Institute,  Collaboration w/Philip Tusa, architect 

2004- DREAMWORKS, production of "The Terminal "

2003- Awarded 1st Place, 'Spirit of Brooklyn"poster

1993- WORD SANDWICHES, Scholastic Books

1991- FRIDA, Puppet renderer/ American Music Theater Festival

         production, Philadelphia PA,  & BAM, Majestic Theater

1989- MR. ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, asst to designer

         Bill Stabile, "Josephine the Short-Necked Giraffe"

1981- Co-founded the CONEY ISLAND HYSTERICAL SOCIETY

1981- ASK NBC NEWS, Broadcast graphics for national           

         Children'a News Show

1975-77- ROBERT INDIANA,  Studio Assistant, Project:

             THE MOTHER OF US ALL

TEACHING

HISTORIC SPANISH POINT, Sarasota Florida

Visiting artist/ cut paper collage workshop, 2018

STUDIO IN A SCHOOL

Early Childhood Program Teaching Artist and

Mentor for inner city public school teachers

ASAP  (After School Enrichment Program)

New Utrecht High School , Brooklyn NY

BCUE /BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

created original after- school children's programs; 

Urban Art, Animate your Art, (students work "Created in Brooklyn)  was broadcast on BCAT: Brooklyn Community Access TV)

     

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS

2018    https://www.acagalleries.com/12-relevant-female-artists-you-should-probably-know-about/ 

Ann Aptaker, September 25, 2018

2015- A CONEY ISLAND OF THE EAST VILLAGE AT CITY LORE,               Traci Kampel, THE VILLAGER

2014-  AMERICAN ROUTES/ Radio:  Nick Spitzer, Carnival,                   South of France & Coney Island, February 2014

2014-  MATERIAL WORLD,  Aaron Beebe, "Topsy Turvy, Artists &            the Amusement Utopia,  Aug 7, 2013    

2012-  SUGAR RUSH: Escapism for the Eyes, Not the Mouth,

           Jeremyriad.com/blog/art   June 21, 2012

2011- CONEY ISLAND HYSTERICAL!, presentation w/ Richard 

          Eagan on the art of the Coney Island Hysterical Society

             THE WONDER OF PHILOMENA MARANO'S WONDER                       WHEEL, Tricia Vita, ATZ blog

2010- STUDIO VISIT:  Tricia Vita,  ATZ blog

          amusingthezillion.com, Sept 19, 2010

2002 - CONEY ISLAND LOST & FOUND , Charles Denson,

          Chapter: "Artists Renaissance of the '80s," Ten Speed

          Press, Berkeley, CA.       

       

Collections:

Brooklyn Museum, Chase Bank, Pfizer, City Lore,

Museum of the City of New York, Coney Island Hospital

Brooklyn Historical Society, Coney Island Museum,

Coney Island History Project  San Francisco Baseball Hall of Fame  NYU/Langone Art Program

 

Private Collections:

Harvey Fierstein, Steven Spielberg, Arlo Guthrie

Buster Seccia, Paul Bridgewater

Jerry Stiller & Ann Meara

 

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