MaryAnn Fahey, co-founder of Umbrella Arts, curates contemporary art exhibitions and educational projects. Her exhibits and projects cover a broad range of topics and mediums.
MaryAnn has staged more than 150 exhibitions featuring the works of over 500 artists. Ground-breaking highlights include Plastic Fantastic, Dia De Los Muertos, 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 in 2011 and 2013.
MaryAnn has facilitated community outreach and fundraising exhibitions in partnership with The Lower East Side Girls Club, Community Access, International Center of Photography, En Foco and A.I.R.
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 works with non-profit organizations, municipalities and artists to produce cultural events that engage a wide audience exploring art and creative collaboration, including the L.A.M.P. light festival for City of New Haven.