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Biography

[New Orleans, LA ||| b. 1963 – New Orleans, LA]

 

Non-objective artist Aimée Farnet Siegel works with color and line through the medium of hand-painted and manipulated paper.  Her works inhabit space outside the two-dimensional plane of paint on canvas and have a depth beyond collage and are closer in nature to assemblage. 

 

Treating refined pulp much as a ceramicist would clay or a designer would bolts of fabric, Siegel renders, rents, and reassembles the tactile medium in creating two- and three-dimensional works.  Working with 16-foot rolls of paper and miscellaneous fragments and glue, the results range from asymmetrical hangings to sculptural, free-standing figures. 

 

Born in New Orleans in 1963, Siegel received her BFA from Louisiana State University and later studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.  She developed a career as a graphic designer and incorporated as Aimée Farnet Design Group in 1985. 

 

Siegel began creating art in 2005.  She has shown at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Art Center.  She has since exhibited in solo shows at Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, and in group exhibitions with Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC and, in New Orleans at Second Story Gallery and Degas Gallery. Currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans is Siegel’s site-specific installation, entitled Principle of Uncertainty, in conversation with works in the international group show, Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension.

 

Siegel teaches at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and is an independent curator.  She has two grown children and works and lives in New Orleans with her husband. 

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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EDUCATION

2008 – 2017    Ongoing education, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts 

1984               BFA from Louisiana State University

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019    Principle of Uncertainty, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

            UnHinge, Johnathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018    The Space Between, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016    Momentum and My Muse, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2013    No Hiding, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2012    Living on Stilts, Gallery 3001, Joey K’s Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018    Thirty New Orleans Artists, The Second Story Gallery, presenting at New Orleans Healing

            Center, New Orleans, LA

            Into the Blue: Artist Invitational, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017    Fivefecta, Degas Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016    La Femme, The New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA 

2014    Imago Mundi: New Orleans Repatriation, Prospect.3 Adjunct, New Orleans Museum of Art,

            New Orleans, LA 

            Recent Works, The Georges Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

2013    Louisiana Contemporary, Juried group exhibition, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art,

            New Orleans, LA 

2009    Art in a Box, RHINO Contemporary Crafts, New Orleans, LA  

2006    Group Show, Exhibited: The Gift Box, sculptural assemblages, Georges Art Gallery, Metairie Park Country Day School, New Orleans, LA

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

2018             Harpo Foundation, Inc., Grant recipient

2018, 2017   Directed Independent Study, Aimone Studio, Thomaston, MA

2017, 2016   Masters Level Independent Study, Steven Aimone, Atlantic Center for the Arts,

                    New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Andrea Andersson and John Cable

Walda and Sydney Besthoff

Sheila Bosworth and Thomas B. Lemann

Dathel and Tommy Coleman

Robin and Bruce Crutcher

Pia and Malcolm Ehrhardt

Barbara and Biff Motley

Jim Mounger

Auseklis Ozols