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Carolyn Enz Hack (b. 1961, USA)

I grew up on a farm in northwestern New Jersey, USA, studied theatrical design at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and worked for ten years in the theatre and film industry before moving to Vermont where I began painting in oil. During a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011, I made a series of “sculptural paintings” that led to incorporating sculpture-making as an ongoing part of my practice.

In keeping with my training in the theatre, I approach fine art as an experiment with metaphor and media, regardless of subject, embracing tradition while engaging new materials and methods, looking for interesting outcomes to exploit for the current vision taking shape. I’m drawn to repetition, geometry and pattern as nature exhibits them in imperfect and transformative ways.

My work explores undefined phenomena, such as in the paper sculpture Evil Divided By Good series, which asks the hypothetical question, “How many acts of goodness does it take to counteract one act of evil?”, or the metal and lucite Conversation series exploring verbal relationships. At times my work takes a scientific turn, such as in the pieces Sowing Good Will, about fractals and infinite scale, and Brainstorm exploring the dynamics of soliton waves.

Among the honors I’ve received are two Vermont Arts Endowment Awards for new work, funding the creation of the large paper sculpture, Sowing Good Will and a series of unconventional landscape paintings titled, Vermont Landscape Through Time, and grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. Notable press includes reviews in Sculpture magazine and So Vermont Arts & Living on the installation Change Your Mind at the Brattleboro Museum of Art, and articles in Art New England, Northern Woodlands, New Hampshire Home, and New England Home.

Education

1983 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, BFA theatrical design

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Conversations MachinaArts, Keene, NH
2017 Town By Town the White Meetinghouse, Waterbury, VT
2017 the History of Water private sculpture commission, Norwich, VT
2017 Change Your Mind Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, VT
2016 Vermont Landscape Through Time Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2014 Power and Energy The Castleton Downtown Gallery, Rutland, VT
2013 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Rotunda, Lebanon, NH
2012 Sculptural Paintings Seminary Art Center, Waterbury Center, VT
2011 Evil Divided by Good Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier, VT
2011 Landscapes ACC Rotunda Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, VT
2011 Flight Simulator Burlington International Airport, Burlington, VT
2010 More Shocking Art VT State Supreme Courthouse, Montpelier, VT
2007 A Tilt of the Axis Christine Price Gallery, Castleton U, Castleton, VT
2007 Water Paintings Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
2005 Carolyn Enz Hack Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts. Rutland, VT
2005 TES Mural, permanent installation, Thetford, VT
2003 Carolyn Enz Hack Paintings Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier, VT

Honors and Awards

2016  Jurors’ Award, Festival of Fine Art Exhibition, Burlington, VT
2015  Creation Grant, Vermont Arts Endowment Fund
2011  ARTslant Worldwide 5th international showcase winner, sculpture
2011  Creation Grant, Vermont Arts Endowment Fund
2011  Residency, Vermont Studio Center
2011  Grant, Vermont Studio Center
2010  Grant, Vermont Arts Council
2005 Artist Grant, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation
2004  Painting Merit Award, Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Adrift Main Street Arts Clifton Springs, NY juror – Steffi Chappell Assistant Curator Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
2021 the USPS Art Project collab w Tamara Enz, Greenly Art Space, Signal Hill, CA
2021 The Equinox Springing Into the Light, NE Sculpture Association 1st Annual juror – Brian Hones, Manager, Studio Projects, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
2020 the USPS Art Project InLiquid, collab w Tamara Enz, Philadelphia, PA
2020 the USPS Art Project Sunset Art Studios, collab w Tamara Enz, Dallas, TX
2020 the USPS Art Project Ely Center for Contemporary Art, collab w Tamara Enz, New Haven, CT
2020 the USPS Art Project Pelham Art Center, collab w Tamara Enz, Pelham, NY
2020 Sheltering in Place Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, VT
2020 Vermont Summer Show Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls, VT
2020 Contemporary Sculpture Newburyport Art Assoc, Newburyport, MA
2019 Eclecticism 77 Gallery, Rutland, VT
2019 Changing Landscape: Sculpture at Eustis Estate NE Sculpture Assoc, Milton, MA
2019 Cumulus Miller’s Thumb Gallery, Greensboro, VT
2016-19 Members’ Exhibition Vermont Carving Studio, W Rutland, VT
2018 Healing: Transformative Imagery of Art the Great Hall, Springfield, VT
2018 Ladies of the Canyon Miller’s Thumb Gallery, Greensboro, VT
2017 Perceptions Made Finer Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
2017 In the Kingdom of Animals Miller’s Thumb Gallery, Greensboro, VT
2016 Adept Pursuits – Accomplished Work 4th Corner Foundation, Windham, VT
2016 East Meets West Miller’s Thumb Gallery, Greensboro, VT
2016 Festival of Fine Arts Union Station Gallery, Art’s Alive, Burlington, VT
2016 The Garden of Earthly Delights Miller’s Thumb Gallery, Greensboro, VT
2016 Them, Us & You Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2015 Art from the Heart Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Strength Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2015 Art Speaks Truth to Power 1000 Mass Ave Gallery, Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA
2015 Amore’ Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2014 Reverence and Risk Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
2014 State of Beings Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2014 The Artist’s Voice 1000 Mass Ave Gallery, Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA
2014 The Artist’s Voice Harriet Tubman House Gallery, Boston, MA
2014 Chaos Pandemonium, Disorder, and Turbulence Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2013 Rejuvenation Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne, VT
2012 Emergence Great Hall Public Art Space, Springfield, VT
2012 Never Forget Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2010 23rd Annual Art at the Coach Barn Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
2008-10 15th -17th Annual Juried Summer Show AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2009 19th Annual Art in The Round Barn Green Mountain Cultural Center, Waitsfield, VT
2007 Capital Christmas Tree Art Exhibition VT State Supreme Court, Montpelier, VT
2006 16th Annual Art in The Round Barn Green Mountain Cultural Center, Waitsfield, VT
2005 Loring-Greenough Biennial Jamaica Plain, MA
2004 Angels and Demons Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, CA
2003 13th Annual Art in The Round Barn Green Mountain Cultural Center, Waitsfield, VT

Digital Exhibitions

2021 The Equinox Springing Into the Light, NE Sculpture Association 1st Annual Juried Exhibition online March 19 – June 3
2020 ISC Professional Member Showcase, Artsy.net
2018 ISC Professional Member Showcase, Artsy.net at Art Expo Chicago
2014 The Artist’s Voice, Massachusetts Statehouse, Boston, MA
2011 ARTslant Worldwide 5th 2011 International Showcase

Selected Publications

All SHE Makes Contemporary Art and Culture Magazine, curated by Art Girl Rising, inaugural issue vol. 1 no. 1, March
Lori Ferguson, “Plane Truths”, Artistry, NEW ENGLAND HOME, vol. 14 no.2, Nov/Dec 2018, pg 52-55
SPOTLIGHT, Contemporary Art Magazine, Circle Foundation, issue 10, pg 28
B Amore, “Carolyn Enz Hack”, reviews, SCULPTURE magazine, vol. 36 no. 1, Dec 2017, pg 75-76
Meg Brazill, “The Piece and it’s Soul: The Art of Carolyn Enz Hack”, SO VERMONT ARTS & LIVING, Winter 2017, pg 32-35
Sheryl Trainor, “East Meets West” ART NEW ENGLAND, Sept/Oct 2016
Victoria Crain, Art Review, “Women sculptors in Windham”, THE RUTLAND HERALD, Aug 4 2016
Adelaide Tyrol, “the outdoor PALETTE” NORTHERN WOODLANDS, Spring 2016
Victoria Crain, Art Review, “Paper, knife, wire and paint: Carolyn Enz Hack creates her own world” THE RUTLAND HERALD, Aug 28, 2014
VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINE, Cover Image, Aug 2012
2013 Fletcher Allen Foundation Calendar, Featured Image July
Jenny Donelan, “A Unique Collaboration” NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME, Sept 2011
Marc Awodey, “Creative Crop” Art Review, SEVEN DAYS, Oct 4, 2006: A36
Kay Podolsky ed, ANGELS AND DEMONS CATALOG, Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, CA 2005

Professional Affiliations

All SHE Makes curated artist directory, International Sculpture Center, New England Sculpture Association, VT Arts Council Juried Artist, the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center

Selected Exhibitions of collaborative furniture with Garrett Hack

2017 22nd Annual New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ Exhibition, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH
2017 Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth, Academy Gallery, NH Historical Society, Portsmouth, NH
2015 20th Annual New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ Exhibition, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2014-16 The Gallery at Somes Sound, Somesville, ME
2013 Creative Minds, Disciplined Hands, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2012 17th Annual New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ Exhibition, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2012 Faculty Exhibition, Messler Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME
2011 16th Annual New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ Exhibition, Currier Museum of Art, NH and Canterbury Shaker Village, NH

Contact: Carolyn@CarolynEnzHack.com  follow me on Instagram @carolynenzhack or find me on Pinterest at Carolyn Enz Hack

Carolyn installing

photo: Lynn Barrett

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