ABOUT ADRIENNE SHISHKO

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BIOGRAPHY

adrienne shishko is a process-driven, mixed media artist based in boston, ma. she is known for her innovative ways of engaging communities in art beyond traditional gallery spaces through pop ups, digital murals, and building wraps. in 2017, she was commissioned by jbg smith to enliven a business district in crystal city, md which helped encourage new development in the area. inspired by her background as a buyer at saks fifth avenue and as general counsel at an environmentally responsible investing firm, her recent work has centered on using reclaimed materials to explore the environmental impact of fast fashion and issues of over-consumption. since 2009, her work has been exhibited throughout new england at venues including beacon gallery, the quin house, the providence art club, mosesian center for the arts, cambridge art association among others, and is included in numerous private and corporate collections around the country.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

my work explores the environmental impact of materialism and the complicated relationships people have with their possessions. i use a variety of media responding to the stimulus around me. my practice is rooted in intuition, through which i try to balance a playful sense of improvisation with creative systems of order. i often rely on grids and hard lines to build a framework that anchors me as i endeavor to bring meaning to matter and order to the chaos.

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PRESS

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ARTS TO HEARTS PROJECT

"adrienne shishko is a process-driven, mixed media artist based in boston, ma. she is known for her innovative ways of engaging communities in art beyond traditional gallery spaces through pop ups, digital murals, and building wraps. in 2017, she was commissioned by jbg smith to enliven a business district in crystal city, md which helped encourage new development in the area..."

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BOSTON GLOBE

"adrienne shishko focuses on consumerism’s easy-come, easy-go attitude, recycling clothes and plastics in her mixed-media works. printmaker suzanne mosely relishes the resonance of keepsakes. together, they have mounted “an object’s promise: the magical thinking we attach to our things” at fort point art community’s assemblage art space...

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

step inside a ken fulk–designed gilded age members-only social club in boston’s back bay

"ken fulk’s highly sophisticated interiors—often swathed in colorful hand-painted wallpaper and decorated with a mix of centuries-old antiques and custom contemporary pieces—are almost instantly recognizable to anyone with an appreciation for design. ..." 

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BOSTON VOYAGER

check out adrienne shishko's artwork

"today we’d like to introduce you to adrienne shishko. adrienne, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist. my art career did not evolve in a conventional way. i have always followed my gut and as a result have had quite a diverse journey..." 

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WASHINGTON POST

four buildings in crystal city are covered in bright fabric. why?

"the designs are based on existing — smaller — works that were tweaked through the miracle of software. shishko’s 'blue dot' grew from a 24-by-30-inch canvas that incorporated the remnants of sheets of circular stickers. 'it obscures a lot of the building, but the circular forms look like windows and give you a sort of hint of what’s coming next,' she said..."

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BOSTON GLOBE

boston's 29 best new shops and services

"behind the green-and-teal storefront of sowa’s beacon gallery, owner christine o'donnell shows the work of half a dozen artists who take particular joy in their craft. highlights include myra abelson’s nuanced still lifes, adrienne shishko’s crisp pen-and-ink pieces, and aja Johnson’s exuberant abstracts..."

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STYLE CARROT

artmonday: massart auction preview

"this year marks the massart auction’s 28th anniversary, with proceeds going directly to scholarships and support for academic programs. the massart auction is this saturday, april 8, 2017 at 6:30 at massart. all the artwork in the silent auction is online now at paddle 8. here are some of my favorites. ready, set, bid..."

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STYLE CARROT

artmonday: sneak peek into the smfa art sale 2014

"The smfa art sale 2014 starts this thursday. It’s also known as the museum school art sale—the art sale that takes place every year at the school of the museum of fine arts, boston (smfa), the renown art school adjacent to the museum of fine arts, boston that has been influential part of the boston art scene since it’s founding in 1876..."

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PIANO CRAFT GALLERY

flux—six artists respond to uncertainty

"adrienne shishko began making knitted sculptural works using recycled clothing and linens collected from her community in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. the project explores 'the torn fabric of society' and contemplates transformation, adaptation, and shelter. the works are infused with the complex histories and identities of the individuals who used them and explore what it means to feel safe and secure..."

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CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS

painting and collaging: a nonlinear process

"one of the most challenging obstacles every artist faces is the ominous, looming presence of a blank canvas. one approach i take to overcome this hurdle is to begin a piece by affixing pieces of tissue paper, colored papers, ribbons, or fabric pieces to the board or canvas with gel medium. if you are using heavier fabrics, you may prefer to use a more rigid substrate like a wood panel instead of a canvas..."

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CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS

collage techniques: try taking a nonlinear path

"i thought adrienne's process would be a good exercise for anyone who tends to think in a linear fashion and who also hesitates to create abstract collage art or paintings. adrienne uses the typical collage supplies: tissue papers, found papers, fabric scraps and fibers, liquid medium and heavy gel medium, acrylic paints, and a variety of paintbrushes..."

"tied into knots" (located on the right side of the image) installed in The Quin House's reading room, as featured in Architectural Digest.

 

VIDEOS

FIRST PLACE

2017

newton art association awards show

AWARDS

SECOND PLACE

2017

james king bonnar award show

FIRST PLACE

2017

newton art association new members show

EXHIBITIONS

2022

arts to hearts project:  ready to wear

fpac's assemblage space:  an object's promise: the magical thinking we attach to our things, may 12 - june 14, 2022

2021

the quin house: who’s in the house: selected artist, october 2021- january 2022

2020

holzwasser gallery: you can’t teach art: students of john murray, october 24, 2019 - january 25, 2020

 

mosesian: we the people; selected artist, november 14, 2019 - january 10, 2020

 

beacon gallery: depth, selected artist, november 1- december 8, 2019

 

beacon gallery: december art dash; selected artist; december, 2019

 

the martin group and cambridge art association: storytelling in textiles; selected artist; october, 2019

 

the gallery at villageworks: fibrous; selected artist; september 2019 - january 2020

 

mosesian: member exhibition; artist; september - november

2019

the gallery at lasell village: adrienne shishko & ellen shishko, mother & daughter show; auburndale ma; august - september

 

the gallery at trinity episcopal church: adrienne shishko retrospective; solo show; concord ma; july - august

 

brookline arts center: new england thread; selected artist; june - july

 

brooklyn waterfront artists coalition: recycle; selected artist; certificate of recognition; brooklyn, ny; may - july

 

mosesian: 5 star regional show; selected artist; april - may

 

the gallery at mayyim hayyim: texture and line by adrienne shishko and carol baum; featured artist; newton, ma; january - may

 

mark development & the new art center: digital mural on temporary wall; selected artist; corner of washington and walnut streets, newton, ma

 

crystal city: 2 large scale building wraps in crystal city; 1800 and 1851 south bell street, arlington, va; january 2018 - august 2019

 

newton fence art: selected artist; good shepherd church (beacon st. fence next to waban bridge), newton, ma; 2018 - 2019 

2018

beacon gallery: nature & vitality; selected artist; boston, ma

 

cambridge art association: red 2018; selected artist, cambridge, ma

 

mosesian center for the arts: member exhibition; selected artist, honorable mention; watertown, ma

 

artcetera benefit auction: selected artist; boston, ma

 

arck benefit gala: selected artist; boston, ma

 

ruckus: a pop-up art gallery: selected artist; boston, ma

 

providence art club: america, now; selected artist; providence, rhode island

 

beacon gallery: synaesthesia: abstract art and creative writing; selected artist; boston, ma

 

newton festival of the arts: newton artful pianos; selected artist; newton, ma

 

brooklyn waterfront artists coalition: "recycle" national juried art show; certificate of recognition; brooklyn, ny

 

beacon gallery: international juried show, selected artist; boston, ma

 

the makery: opening exhibition, featured artist; brookline, ma

2017

mosesian center for the arts: newton art association, 1st place award; watertown, ma

 

new art center: newton art association james king bonnar award show; 2nd place award; newton, ma

 

beacon gallery: opening exhibition, selected artist; boston, ma

 

bromfield gallery: winter works, selected artist; boston, ma

 

montserrat college of art: annual sale, participating artist; boston, ma

 

school of the museum of fine arts: annual sale, participating artist; boston, ma

 

piano craft gallery: flux- six artists respond to uncertainty, selected artist; boston, ma

 

gallery at atlantic wharf: fine, selected artist; boston, ma

 

newton art association: new member show, first place award winner; west newton, ma

 

new art center: annual faculty and student show, "creative process"; newtonville, ma

 

cambridge art association: mary schein show; cambridge, ma

 

mosesian arts center: members show; arlington, ma

 

newton open studios: bouncing off the walls spring juried show, selected artist; newton, ma

 

massart: annual benefit art auction, participating artist; boston, ma

 

newton open studios: pop-uprising, participating artist; newton, ma

 

newton open studios: fabric show, participating artist; newton, ma

 

concord art association: annual juried members show, selected artist; concord, ma

 

new art center: meditations - small drawings by adrienne shishko, solo show; newton, ma

 

mother brook art center: newton art association juried show, participating artist; dedham, ma

2016

newton art association: james king bonnar show,  participating artist; newton, ma

 

hc studio: featured artist; brookline, ma

 

school of the museum of fine arts: annual sale,  participating artist; boston, ma

 

gallery at continuum: in transition - works by adrienne shishko, solo show; allston, ma

 

new art center: creative process; newton, ma

 

arsenal center for the arts: annual juried members exhibition, participating artist; watertown, ma

 

newton open studios: participating artist; newton, ma

2015

hc studio: solo show; brookline, ma

 

school of the museum of fine arts: annual sale, participating artist; boston, ma

2014

oldcape | sotheby's international realty: solo show; orleans, ma

 

hc studio: featured artist; brookline, ma

 

bkprojects/beth kantrowitz: traces - works by adrienne shishko, solo show; boston, ma

 

bkprojects/beth kantrowitz: boston to brooklyn, participating artist; brooklyn, ny

 

school of the museum of fine arts: annual sale, participating artist, boston, ma

 

audio concepts: kaleidoscope, selected artist; boston, ma

2013

allston open studios: allston, ma

 

hc studio: adrienne shishko, solo show; brookline, ma

2012

hc studio:  adrienne shishko, solo show; brookline, ma

 

brookline open studios: muddy river gallery; brookline, ma

 

batv: transitions: joint show with cindy cuba clements; brookline, ma

 

putterham grille: solo show; brookline, ma

 

gallery at oficio: small group show: boston, ma (watch video interview with adrienne at the installation of the show & watch oficio video of the show & see

pictures from the event)

2011

vee vee: solo show;  jamaica plain, ma

 

brookline open studios: participating artist; brookline, ma

 

cirrus' wine cellar: solo show; grafton, ma

2010

jameson and thompson: in the balance - art and the environment,  selected artist; jamaica plain, ma

2009

hc studio: solo show; brookline, ma