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
B.F.A., Tyler School of Art
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
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.
Redesign of the Art Department brochure with Admissions and Professor Adrienne Bell.
Other Professional Activities