Iviva Olenick • Brooklyn, NY 11217 • IvivaOlenick@gmail.com
SOLO & 2-PERSON EXHIBITS
2015. Reach Out and Touch Me. IMC Lab & Gallery, New York, NY
2013–14. Embroidered/Woven Poetry Bridge. Weaving Hand, Brooklyn, NY
2013. Be Good for Goodness Sake. Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NY
2011. The Brooklyn Love Exchange. Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010. Sleeping with Strangers. Iviva Olenick and Robert Gerhardt. SalonCiel, New York, NY
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITS
Noho Gallery Holiday Show. Noho Gallery, New York, NY
The Bead Project Show. Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY
Native/Immigrant City. Brooklyn Workshop Gallery windows. Brooklyn, NY
Gowanus Open Studio at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
TXT: art, language, media. Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, New York, NY
The Karen Gala. BAM, Brooklyn, NY
Open (C)All. BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY
Center for Book Arts 40th Anniversary Benefit. New York, NY
My Sister’s Doll. Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
TXTED. Salisbury University Gallery, Electronic Gallery & Downtown Campus, Salisbury, MD
Livre d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui. Center for Book Arts, NYC
Stitched: An Invitational Small Works Show. Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
5th Annual Bay Ridge SAW (Storefront Art Walk). Solo installation, Bikram Yoga, Brooklyn, NY
Face Time: New Portraiture Now. Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
An Object of Beauty: Glass, Metal, Fiber. Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, NY
Becoming Ritual. Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hello World. The Service Station, Los Angeles, CA
Codex Book Arts Fair. Center for Book Arts, Berkeley, CA
Word. Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon, NY
Word. Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art from the Boros. Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC
To Be Considered. Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Embroidered Tweet/Post-it Note Confessional. DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Tell Me How You Really Feel: Diaristic Tendencies. Center for Book Arts, NYC and Payne
Gallery at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Anne’s Open Studio. Anne’s Studio in the Berkshires, Stockbridge, MA
Home is Where the Needle Marks. Pop Tart Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Craft Spoken Here. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Softer Edges: Fiber Artists and the Urban Environment. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Funny Ha Ha. Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
The Balance. Hive at 55, NYC
The Brooklyn Love Exchange. DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed Up. TNC Gallery, NYC
Golden Blueprints: Grids, Graphs, and Charts. WG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
From the Tongue. Lotus Gallery, New York, NY
Current, Teaching Artist, New Museum School Partnerships Program, New York, NY
• Develop curricula, including tours of current exhibits and related hands-on art activities for middle and high school students and seniors from Manny Cantor Center and the Creative Center
• Study current exhibits, attending curator tours and conducting additional research on artists’ methodology and concepts to construct comprehensive lesson plans adaptable for multiple audiences
June 2015–Current, Teaching Artist, Center for Arts Education, New York, NY
• Partner with ESL/ELA classroom teachers to integrate hands-on art making into art, science and English curricula for 2nd–6th grade English language learners in NYC public schools
• Develop after school collaboration with Theater Teaching Artist, leading students in creating costumes and stage props for culminating play
May 2015–Current, Teaching Artist, Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• Use my embroidered paintings and sculptures as instructional tools to engage adults and children
• Teach basic embroidery techniques, drawing and painting on fabric, and sculpting with fabric
Create cohesive group environment while managing varied individual needs.
9/2014–3/2015, Teaching Artist, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, Brooklyn, NY
• Taught soft sculpture, embroidery, weaving, drawing, collage to 6–8th graders at Star Academy Middle School in Erasmus, Flatbush, Brooklyn.
• Managed large group activities (75 students) and smaller groups in classrooms (15–20 students).
8/2014–Current, Teaching Artist, School Partnerships, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
• Develop curricula and lead hands-on art workshops (drawing, collage, weaving, sculpture, photography) for special needs students ages 16–21 at Horan High School.
• Lead exhibition discussions and reflective hands-on workshops at Studio Museum.
• Prepare student works for culminating reception and celebration.
9/2013–Current, Teaching Artist, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York, NY
• Lead visual arts workshops at NYC public schools, Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn and Rush Gallery in Manhattan for 6–21 year olds. Workshops impart skills in observational drawing, 3-D design, graphic novels, sculpture, knitting, embroidery, weaving.
• Mentored former Rush Teen as she transitioned to being a Teaching Artist, helping her write lesson plans and co-teaching with her.
• Co-taught lesson plan writing workshop to other Teaching Artists.
• Prepare student artwork for exhibition; mount and install works; edit wall texts.
2009–Present, Lecturer, Pratt CCPS, New York, NY
• Develop curricula and teach 5- and 6-week classes on 2- and 3-dimensional embroidery, book arts.
• Classes include “The Embroidered Art Journal” and “Stitch by Stitch.”
2015 Alumni Council Board Member, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, New York, NY
4/2015 Created artwork honoring Karen Brooks Hopkins’ retirement from BAM, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for Native/Immigrant City
2014 Visual Arts Portfolio Juror, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, New York, NY
2013 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for @EmbroideryPoems #BrooklynTweets
2011 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for The Brooklyn Love Exchange
1992 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Poetry Portfolio Winner, Midwood High School, Brooklyn, NY
FELLOWSHIPS and RESIDENCIES
10/26–11/1/2015 Artist in Residence, Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation at Brooklyn Workshop
Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fall 2015 Bead Project participant, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
5/2014–2/2015, Co-Create Artist Residency at IMC Lab and Gallery, New York, NY
2/2014–Present, Curator in Residence at The Brooklyn Cottage, Brooklyn, NY
9/2013–1/2014, Resident Teaching Artist at Weaving Hand Studio, Brooklyn, NY
2011 BRIC Media Arts Fellowship
• Friends with Money: Iviva Olenick. BACBlog. 4/30/2015.
• Prain, Leanne. Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2014.
• Eler, Alicia. “How Good Must You Be When Everyone Can See.” Hyperallergic. 12/26/2013.
• Chronicle Books. The Art of I Love You. 2013.
• Davis, Nicole. “A Stitch in Time Saves 140 Characters.” 2/14/2013.
• MacDonell, Nancy. “Handsewn Stories.” Printed in The New York Times, p. ST3. Sunday, 2/19/ 2012.
• MacDonell, Nancy. “Iviva Olenick’s Love Stories.” The Moment, The New York Times Style Magazine. 2/13/12. tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/iviva-olenicks-love-stories/
• Gomez, Enrico. “A Portrait of Brooklyn Romance.” Wagmag. 11/1/11.
• Prain, Leanne. Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2011.
• Davis, Rebecca Willa. “Cheap Thrills.” Nylon Magazine. 5/7/2009.
• Good, Liz. “Sampling: A Showcase of Textiles Focusing on the Stitch.” Fiberarts. Sept/Oct 2008.
BA Psychology/French Language & Literature, SUNY Binghamton
AAS Textile/Surface Design, Fashion Institute of Technology