Biography

[New Orleans ::: b. 1971 – Richmond, KY]

GINA PHILLIPS is a mixed media, narrative artist who grew up in Kentucky and has lived in New Orleans since 1995. The imagery, stories and characters of both regions influence her work. She started her career as a painter, but over the years, has increasingly incorporated fabric and thread into her work. She begins a piece with a simple under-painting in acrylic paint on canvas or muslin…then finishes the piece by appliquéing fabric and thread on top. Phillips uses a communal gathering process to source her fabrics, as neighbors, friends, family often donate to her artistic process. Her sewn work hover between two and three dimensionality and often the backs of her pieces are as interesting as the front sides.

Gina Phillips has a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including Pepperdine University, Ballroom Marfa, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and most recently the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY. In addition, her work has been presented at numerous art fairs including PULSE LA, PULSE Miami, Texas Contemporary and VOLTA Basel. Phillips’ work has been featured in Art in America, The Times-Picayune and ARTNews, among others. She was selected as one of twenty-seven international artists featured in the Prospect.2 Biennial of Contemporary Art curated by Dan Cameron and her collection of fabric portraits was exhibited as a solo project at VOLTA8 as part of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. In 2014, Phillips' work was featured in a mid-career retrospective at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA and at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR in a group exhibition of 102 artists from across the country, entitled, “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. Additionally, her work was shown in two solo exhibitions at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY. Most recently, her work was on view at the 21c Museum in Bentonville, AR and the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. Phillips is slated for several forthcoming exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at Liaison/John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art at Florida State University, as well as, in a portraiture-themed group exhibition curated by Jane Hart at the Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Her work is in numerous collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; University of Kentucky, Lexington; NASA; New Orleans Museum of Art; Ogden Museum of Southern Art; 21c Museum, KY; the Drake Hotel, Toronto; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; Tulane University and House of Blues (various locations across US.); Josh Rechnitz, Thomas Coleman, Ellen and Cooper Manning, and the collection of Marilyn Oshman.

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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EDUCATION
1997 MFA, Painting     Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1994 BFA, Painting      University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
NASA (Destroyed by Katrina)
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Basin Street Station, New Orleans, LA
House of Blues (various locations)
21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON
Thomas and Dathel Coleman, New Orleans, LA
Marilyn Oshman, Houston, TX
Joshua Rechnitz, New York, NY
John and Lyn Fishbach, New Orleans, LA

SELECTED AWARDS
2013   The Legacy Award, presented by The Kohlmeyer Circle, Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
*This award honors a person in the arts community who has made major contributions to the arts
and cultural landscape through education and creative initiatives.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016    Friends and Neighbors, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016    Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
2015    A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers for Me, 21c Museum, Bentonville, KY
2014    A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers for Me, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY
            Stronger than Dirt, May 2014, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013    I Was Trying Hard To Think About Sweet Things (mid-career survey), Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2012    Friends and Neighbors, Volta 8, Basel, Switzerland
2011    Heroes and Villains, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
            Life Lasagna, Prospect 2 Biennial, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2010    The Call of the Alluvial Empire, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
2006    Southern Tales, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014    State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,
           Bentonville, AR
2013    Crescent City Connection, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont TX


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