Born in Roslyn, NY



2018                Rhode Island School of Design

                        Masters of Fine Arts, Painting

                        Providence, RI  


2013                Washington University in St. Louis

                        Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art

                        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Majors in Painting and Psychology

                        Magna Cum Laude  

                        St. Louis, MO


2012                Yale University Summer School of Music and Art

                        Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship Program

Norfolk, CT


Additional Education    

2014                School of Visual Arts

                        Biological Imaging, Continuing Education course

                        New York, NY


2013                Columbia University

                        Advanced Painting Intensive Summer Program

                        New York, NY


2011                 Santa Reparata International School of Art

                        Florence, Italy


Selected Group Exhibitions     

2019                Welcome Home, Elephant West, London, UK – curated by Rebecca Pelly-Fry (upcoming)


2018                RISD MFA Thesis Show, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY

                        Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University, Boston, MA

RISD Grad Show 2018, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Girlhood, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI  

Domestic Memory, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston, MA

{RE}HAPPENING, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC


2017                Pure as a Seagull’s Belly, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI

RISD MFA Summer Show, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Painting Graduate Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

                        A Show About Care, Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI


2015               Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art, OnSite:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Resident Artist, Freehold, Brooklyn, NY


2013               Umbra, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

Dark and Scary, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Local Artist, Practice Body Mind Soul, Roslyn, NY

This Must Be the Place, 2276 Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO

            Community Visuals, University City Public Library, MO

                        Senior Painting BFA Exhibition: 9x considered, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO


2012               Ghost Particle, 2712 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO

Recontextualized, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Yale Norfolk School of Art Student Exhibition, Art Barn, Norfolk, CT

According To:, Los Caminos Gallery, St. Louis, MO

            Face Your (___), Danforth University Center, St. Louis, MO


2011                 Fresh Cookies, Art Dimensions Gallery, St. Louis, MO

                        Florence Study Abroad Exhibition, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Spring Exhibition, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy                        


2010               CORE Show, Washington University in St. Louis, MO


Curatorial Projects        

2017               Pure as a Seagull’s Belly, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI


Honors, Awards, & Residencies

2019              Jentel Foundation, Banner. WY

                      PLOP Residency, London, UK

2018              Marble House Project Residency, Dorset, VT

Hub Bub Residency, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC

  ChaNorth Residency, Pine Plains, NY

Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY


2016 - 18     RISD Graduate Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2014             Artist in Residence, Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

  Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


2013           Hazel H. Huntsinger Memorial Prize in Painting, Washington University in St. Louis, MO


2012            Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University, CT


2011 -          Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO


2009 - 13  Dean’s List, Washington University in St. Louis, MO


Professional Experience

2016 - 2018     Graduate Student Liaison – Professor: Kevin Zucker

            Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2018                Adjunct Professor, Painting Marathon

                        Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2017                Teaching Assistant, Painterly Prints – Professor: Elizabeth Mooney

                        Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


                        Teaching Assistant, Contemporary Art and Its Critics – Professor: Gregory Lindquist

                        Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Guest Critic, Appropriation: Strategies for Borrowing – Professor: Laura Jasek

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2016                Teaching Assistant, Senior Painting Workshop – Professor: Jackie Gendel

                        Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2015                Co-Director, Art Department

                        Freehold Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY


2014                 Studio Assistant

Chris Wilcox Studio, Brooklyn, NY


2013                Assistant Special Effects Makeup Artist

                        Nightmare Haunted House, New York, NY


                        Private Art Tutor, St. Louis, MO


2012                Summer Education Intern

                        Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


2011                 Summer Intern

                        CITYarts, New York, NY


2009 – 13       Volunteer Program Leader, Arts & Kids

Campus YMCA, St. Louis, MO


Press & Publications


2018               Boston Voyager Magazine, “Through-Provokers Series,” Interview. October 2018

The Boston Globe, “When Student Work is Well Worth Studying,” Cate McQuaid. July 2018

Art New England Magazine, “Domestic Memory: A Group Exhibition,” Sarah Baker. May 2018


2017                Two Coats of Paint, “MFA Report: Hrag Vartanian Finds ‘Home’ in RISD Painting Studios,” Sharon Butler. August 2017


Artnet. “Editors’ Picks: 13 Things to See in New York This Week,” Sarah Cascone. July 2017


2014                Artist Portfolio Magazine: NY vs. LA, Featured Artist (4 page spread), Issue 15


2012      , “Artist Profile: Marisa Adesman,” Matt Malis, Carly Schulman. September 2012


Archer Art Now, “Tonight Only! According to: @ Los Caminos,” Laura Barone. April 2012