MaryAnn Fahey, co-founder and director of Umbrella Arts, curates contemporary art exhibitions and public art projects. Her individual and group exhibitions have brought together an assembly of national and international artists. She is a portfolio consultant for professional & emerging artists.
Focusing mainly in the field of photography, MaryAnn has presented hundreds of exhibitions over the past 21 years. Ground-breaking highlights include Plastic Fantastic, a show specific to photographs made using plastic cameras, and Indwelling: Living in a Female Body. She has coordinated the East Village Gallery & Garden Walk for the Festival of Ideas for the New City presented by the New Museum.
MaryAnn has facilitated community outreach and fundraising exhibitions in partnership with Fountain House Gallery, En Foco, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Community Access, A.I.R. and International Center of Photography.
MaryAnn conceptualizes, develops and launches community outreach programming in the East Village. Her projects include:
The Daily Illustrator: Children’s Art and Literacy Program offered children the opportunity to attend weekly workshops taught by professional children’s illustrators. The project culminated with an exhibition integrating a selection of the children’s works with published illustrations created by workshop instructors.
The Sponsored Artist Program provided artists with the opportunity to develop new photographic work within the traditional printmaking medium. This program provided each artist with complimentary use of a darkroom and materials along with professional mentorship by MaryAnn Fahey. Participants attended a weekly artists’ consortium for the exchange of ideas, and held an artists’ lecture series at which photographers interacted with the public. The project culminated in a six-week exhibition of new work.
MaryAnn has experience working with artists, arts organizations, and municipalities to produce cultural events that engage a wide audience exploring art and creative collaboration.