Department of
Art & Art History

Hallie Cohen

Associate Professor of Art
Chair, Department of Art & Art History 
Director, Hewitt Gallery of Art

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Hallie Cohen received her M.F.A. from the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied with the painter Grace Hartigan and received the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship. She received her B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art where she majored in painting and drawing and minored in printmaking. She has been at Marymount Manhattan since 1974 where she has taught drawing, figure drawing, painting, design, watercolor, and art history to two generations of art and non-art majors.

As curator of the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination, Cohen organized an exhibition, With or Without Permission: Appropriation, Assemblage and Collage, that explored “the art of collecting, sorting, and arranging the ephemera and detritus of life to connect the imaginative and the real.”

She paints in watercolor, creates sculptures and three-dimensional installations, and illustrates writer Francis Levy’s short stories and humor. Her current work in watercolor uses the concept of appropriation and collage to create a series of new works based on revisiting and reconfiguring her older work through digital scanning and repainting.

Professor Cohen is a founding member of the artists’ group Retrogarde, exhibiting her work at Westbeth Gallery, Fox Gallery NYC, The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, La Mama’s La Galleria, A.I.R. Gallery and the Terry Schreiber Studio Gallery.



Associate Professor of Art
Chair, Department of Art & Art History 
Director, Hewitt Gallery of Art


Art & Art History





B.F.A., Tyler School of Art
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Recent Work


Retrogarde Pro-jects’, Westbeth Gallery, New York, 2014

Hallie Cohen & Jim Holl, Paintings and works on paper, Fox Gallery NYC, 2013.

Multiples, Manhattan Borough President’s Gallery, 2013.

Art Department Faculty Exhibit I, The Hewitt Gallery of Art, New York, 2012

Wish You Were Here 9, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011.

6 Artists, Manhattan Borough President’s Gallery, New York, 2010.

Art Department Faculty Exhibit, Hewitt Gallery of Art, New York, 2009.

Retrogarde Painters & Guest Artists, Westbeth Gallery, New York, 2009


The Art of Time (essay)  Infinite Instances: Studies and Images of Time. Ed. Olga Ast, Mark Batty Publisher: New York. 2011.

Featured in Faculty Focus, 71st Street Magazine, Volume 16, No. 3, Summer 2009.

Illustrator for The Nadir of My Zenith, essay by Francis Levy in Steven Heller’s Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure and Lessons Learned. Allworth Press, October 2008.

Foreword for artist’s catalogue, The Storm Series by Fernando Ferreira de Araujo, published by Transart, Inc. 2007.

Faculty-Student Collaborations
Mentor to students for their Junior and Senior art exhibitions in the Black & White Galleries.
Psychology, Art and Art Therapy: A Seminar and Discussion on Carl Jung’s Red Book, April 6, 2010 with Professors Tietze and Falcaro and psychology and art students.
Designed and executed the first Senior Art Exhibitions Catalogue 2009.
Organized Art Internships Workshop with Millie Falcaro and Susan Ach, March 22, 2010.


Professional Experience

College Service

Chair, Art & Art History Department.
Director, Hewitt Gallery of Art.
Member, Enrollment Management Committee.
Member, Hewitt Gallery of Art Selection Committee.
Member, Sr. Judith Savard Endowed Travel Fellowship Committee.
Revised the requirements for the Studio Art Concentration.
Hosted external evaluator for Art Department Program Review, Spring 2010.
Worked with Institutional Advancement onevent and fundraiser, Celebrating the Art & Legacy of Sister Judith Savard, September 17, 2009.
Coordinated Art Department Mission, Programmatic Goals and Assessment Plans, July 2009.

Redesign of the Art Department brochure with Admissions and Professor Adrienne Bell.


Other Professional Activities

Curator, Hive/Web/Mind: Animal Nests and Human Networks, Philoctetes Center, New York City, April 30 – June 30, 2010.
Works by Christy Ellis, Suzanne Kesler, Caitlin Masley, John Powers, Bridget Starr Taylor, Susan Wides.
Curator, With or Without Permission: Appropriation, Assemblage and Collage, Philoctetes Center, New York City, February 20 - April 25, 2010.
Works by Eric Edelman, Maureen Mullarkey, Mac Premo, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Jonathan Talbot, Fred Tomaselli.
Co-Curator with Olga Ast, The Matter of Time, Philoctetes Center, New York City, December 5, 2009 – January 30, 2010.
Works by John Boone, Katherine Davis, Edward Johnston, Elliott Kaufman, Catherine Rutgers, Linda Stillman, Ellen Wiener.
Curator, The Aesthetics of Math, Philoctetes Center, New York City, September 07 – November 18, 2009.  Works by Sarah Ferguson, Haresh Lalvani, Devin Powers, Joan Waltemath.
Consultant for Art Museum Journal, an online resource for the latest news from museums worldwide about permanent installations, special exhibitions and art history, covering antiquity through modern times.
Advisory Board Member, The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination. 247 East 82nd Street New York, NY 10028,
Photographer for the Philoctetes Center, New York, NY.
Attended The Universe Resounds: Kandinsky, Synesthesia, and Art Symposium, Guggenheim Museum, January 12, 2010.
Attended Symposium, The Future of Arts Education in this Time of Economic and Political Turmoil, The University Council for Art Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 25, 2009.
Founding Member, “Retrogarde,” an independent artists group.
Member, The College Art Association