• Ali Shrago-Spechler is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Hollywood, Florida. Her work explores the malleability of history, imagined community, and the landscape of memory. She make paintings, sculptural objects, installations and interactive events to create a familiar, and strange space for her audience. Her hybrid actions employ a reflective nostalgia; exploring the comedy and violence of Jewish history and culture while encouraging viewers to question their own narratives, self-imposed alienation, and the source and effect of memory.

    Ali is the recipient of the 2017 Naomi Anolic Emerging Artist Award and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • CV

    Born 1989, Hollywood, FL

    Education
    2016 MFA School of Visual Arts
    2011 BFA Pratt Institute
    2010 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Fine Arts, Jerusalem, Israel

    Residencies
    2019 ProjectArt Artist and Teacher in Residence @ Crown Heights Library
    2018 Trestle Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY
    2017 MASS MoCA, Assets 4 Artists Fellowship, North Adams, MA
    2016 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT
    2016 Art Kibbutz, Governor’s Island, NY
    2013 Art Funkl, Manchester, UK

    Solo Exhibitions & Projects
    2017 “AWNM: Semitic AF” Wick Gallery (a/k/a Space Heater Gallery) NY
    2016 “AWNM Does Amerikuh” Magick City, Brooklyn, NY
    2015 “A Whole New Megillah (AWNM)” / Project Parlor, Brooklyn, NY
    2011 “Brooklyn Shtetl” Hadas Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    Select Group Exhibitions
    2018 "Souvenirs" Green Kill, Kingston NY
    2018 "On The Consequences of Hate Speech" Ernest Rubenstein Gallery NY
    2018 "Opening" Trestle Art Space, curated by Carmen Hermo
    2017 "Women's Work" Hadas Gallery
    2017 "Fluid" Pratt Institute Alumni Show, curated by Dakota Sica
    2017 "Santa's Grotto" LIC Arts Open, Queens, NY
    2017 “Biennial” Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
    2016 “Dumping Trump...” Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2016 "Opening" Space Heater Gallery, Bushwick, NY
    2016 "RE:Produce" Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, FL
    2016 "Popular Culture Is Where The Pedagogy" The Hole, NY
    2015 “So Hot Right Now" SVA Chelsea Gallery, NY
    2015 "Thanks In Advance!" The Box, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    2014 "Naughty By Nature" 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    2014 "In Bituin" Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    2013 "Global Projects" Broadway Gallery, NY
    2012 "Salutations" the Projects, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    2011 "His/story" Purvis Young Gallery, Miami, FL
    2011 "Yo Brooklynites!" Hadas Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2011 "Ubiquitous Literary Magazine" Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    Select Curatorial Projects
    2017 "God Bless Deli 2" Space Heater Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2017 "ATM Cigarettes Flowers Lottery" Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
    2015 "Me, U, and the Robot..." SVA Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY
    2015 "So Hot Right Now" SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

    Publications
    2017 "Where to Celebrate Purim" Time Out New York Magazine
    2016 “Interview with Ali Shrago-Spechler” Artists of New York
    2016 "Artist Ali Shrago-Spechler" Baphash Podcast Interview
    2016 "Another Story" Baphash Literary & Arts Quarterly
    2016 “...Exhibition Explores the Politics of Pop Culture” Creator's Project
    2012 "Featured Artist" Irreversible Magazine: Art Basel Ed. Miami, FL
    2011 “Brooklyn Shtetl” The Forward
    2011 “Grandson of Overtown art icon...” Miami Herald
    2011 “The Art of Brew Fundraiser benefits Davie Museum" Sun Sentinel

    Awards & Collections
    2017 Naomi Anolic Emerging Artist Award
    2014 Girls Club Permanent Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    2012 Hadas Gallery Permanent Collection, Brooklyn, NYC
    2008 Pratt Institute 4D Design Scholarship
    2007 Pratt Institute Presidential Scholarship