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Iviva Olenick • Brooklyn, NY 11217 • IvivaOlenick@gmail.com

TEACHING/LECTURES
Guest Artist, Arts First, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 8/9–8/14/2018
• Led 50 First-and Second-year students through 5-day intensive interdisciplinary arts workshops
• Introduced embroidery as a tool for stream-of-consciousness writing
• Led foraging walks to Susquehanna River and Bucknell Farm for natural dyes and fibers, encouraging students to embroider site-inspired language and drawings
• Encouraged inter-student collaborations through stop motion videos of embroideries in progress
• Collaborated with printmaking professor, Eddy Lopez, to incorporate foraged plants into collagraph prints on naturally-dyed fabrics, which I sewed into a communal textile
• Orchestrated final exhibition and performance of student embroideries, live trombone and viola, and student processional and public hanging of collaborative textiles

(Im)migration Lines Artist in Residence, Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn, NY. 8/2017–10/2018
• Secured funding from Brooklyn Arts Council to support public education and collaboration, including partnering with Midwood Active Adults to lead seniors in embroidery and beading workshops, translating their (im)migration stories into textile artwork, including seniors’ works in interim and culminating exhibits;
• Used textile arts (embroidery, beading, soft sculpture, natural dyeing) to interpret historic details and objects in New York’s oldest house, founded by Dutch colonists in 1652;
• Revived and introduced colonial textile crops, including flax, a colonial Brooklyn cash crop; and indigo, a Southern colonial cash crop, and processed these and other plants into fiber and dyes (echinacea, pokeberry, acorns) in collaboration with Teen Farm Apprentices;
• Led public, walk-in textile arts workshops for families, children and adults;
• Produced final exhibit of my works alongside senior and teen students’ works;
• Participated in Museum Community Advisory Board Meetings, sharing my work, and leading difficult conversations about how to contextualize early Brooklyn history, including when and how to use and define the words settler, colonizer, immigrant.

Faculty, SVA MFA Art Practice Program, NY, NY. 4/2017–Current
• Teach Fibers, introducing 1st-year students to textiles, including hand and digital embroidery; digital textile design; weaving; crochet; sculpture; natural dyeing; historical and contemporary practices in textiles and social practice/community intersections
• Participate in weekly faculty and peer critiques of 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-year students
• Mentor 2nd- and 3rd-year student, providing guidance as she develops a mature body of work

Crowd-Seeded New York Indigo Farm, NY, NY. 2/2017–Current
• Propagate from seed 3 indigo species, including colonial cash crop tropical indigo, as a study of colonial and slave labor
• Collaborate with Barbara Kurland, School Programs Manager at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to sow seeds in the Education Greenhouse, learning best indoor and outdoor farming practices
• Recruit collaborators throughout NYC to sow seeds on home windowsills, later transplanting buds to GrowNYC’s Governors Island Teaching Garden; Wyckoff Farm, Brooklyn, NY and other public sites
• Collaborate with farmers at Teaching Garden and Wyckoff Farm to tend and harvest crops
• Experiment with historic pigment and dye extraction, sharing successful methods and socio-political histories of indigo through social media and free, public workshops for children, teens, adults, seniors

Collaborative Embroidered Poetry Workshop, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ. 10/8/2017
• Collaborated with local poets and Museum staff to lead 3-hour embroidered poetry workshop
• Taught basic stitches, and how to render text with thread
• Poets provided a writing prompt, and students authored and recited poems.
• While students recited, embroiderers transcribed spoken words into textual embroideries.

Teaching Artist, New Museum Community Partnerships, NY, NY. 9/2015–Current
• Develop inquiry-based exhibition tours and hands-on art making activities, including drawing, collage, assemblage, costuming, improv, textile design, creative writing
• Implement workshops on-site and at partnering institutions, engaging students with wide range of educational backgrounds and prior art exposure.
• Partnerships include public high schools, centers for LGBTQ youth, homeless service centers, senior centers, a center for formerly incarcerated individuals, a center for adults with chronic illness, special needs children and teens
• Present best practices for museum education, including participation in Spring 2017 NYC Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) conference emphasizing inclusion

Instructor, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY. 6/2015–2017
• Designed and implemented curriculum intersecting fiber arts (embroidery, soft sculpture and crochet) with flame working/glass bead making for adults, seniors and college students
• Taught one-on-one introductory flame-working during Open Studios
• Co-curated 20th Anniversary Bead Project Alumni exhibition

Teaching Artist, School Partnerships, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, NY. 8/2014–Current
• Develop curricula and lead workshops incorporating drawing, collage, weaving, sculpture, digital photography, assemblage, collage and mixed media for students ages 14–21 at a public, special needs high school
• Collaborate with classroom teacher to create media presentations of artworks in Museum collections and exhibits
• Lead inquiry-based tours at the Museum for public school students, college students and adults

Instructor, Center for Book Arts, NY, NY. 2010–Current
• Author new adult workshops focusing on interpreting textiles as texts, including Crafting a Narrative and Embroidered Activism
• Teach appliqué, soft sculpture, painting and drawing on fabric, and textual embroidery
• Work with students to develop meaningful individual projects incorporating hands-on skills
• Participate in artist talks for exhibits including Livre d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations (2014), and Opulence: All that Glitters Is Not Gold (2018)

Lecturer, Pratt CCPS, NY, NY. 2009–2015
• Authored new courses focusing on confluence of book arts and textile arts
• 6-week intensives included “The Embroidered Art Journal” and “Stitch by Stitch.”

Guest Lecturer, NYU/Poly/ITP, NY, NY. 2013–2014.
• Demonstrated links between handcrafts and technology specific to embroidery and weaving.
• Participated in panel critiques of student work
• Advised students how to clarify ideas to create more cohesive bodies of work

SOLO & 2-PERSON EXHIBITS
2018. (Im)migration Lines. Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Culminating Artist in Residence exhibition sponsored in part by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
2018. Arts First. Culmination of 5-day intensive art collaboration and workshops with First-year and Second-year students. Bucknell University. Lewisburg, PA
2017. Past and Present. Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NY
2015. Native/Immigrant City window residency and installation. Brooklyn Workshop Gallery/Workshop Gallery Artists, Brooklyn, NY
2015. Reach Out and Touch Me. IMC Lab & Gallery, New York, NY
2013–14. Embroidered/Woven Poetry Bridge. Weaving Hand, Brooklyn, NY
2013–14. 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. SalonCiel, New York, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITS
2019
Cash for King 2. Saatchi Gallery. London, England
Politics of Place. Center for Book Arts. NY, NY
2018
Engaged Editions. Booklyn. Brooklyn, NY
Race and Revolution: Still Separate—Still Unequal. Pingry School. Basking Ridge, NJ
For Which It Stands. Old Stone House. Brooklyn, NY
Opulence. The Center for Book Arts, NY, NY
Nou La – We Reach! Wyckoff House Museum. Brooklyn, NY
Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism. MODA, Atlanta, GA
2017
Intimate Lines. Hunterdon Art Museum. Clinton, NJ.
Race & Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal. Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Bay Ridge SAW. Window installation at Fritsch Textiles, Brooklyn, NY
Juan Rulfo Cumple Cien. AAA3A, Bronx, NY
Reverberation for Inauguration. Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Readings on Peace for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Queens Museum, Queens, NY
2016
Gowanus Open Studios. Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY
Dissilience. Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Maximum Craft. Signature Craft, Atlanta, GA
Partners, Parents, Pets: Contemporary Portraiture. The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY
TXT: art, language, media. Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NY, NY (extended)
2015
The Bead Project Show. Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass, 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
2014
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
2013
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
2012
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
2011
The Balance. Hive at 55, NYC
The Brooklyn Love Exchange. DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed Up. TNC Gallery, NYC
2010
Golden Blueprints: Grids, Graphs, and Charts. WG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
From the Tongue. Lotus Gallery, New York, NY

AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
2018 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for (Im)migration Lines Wyckoff House Artist Residency
2017 Megina Shlain Textile Award, Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Puffin Foundation West grant, Ohio, for Reap What You Sew
2015 Commissioned to make artwork honoring Karen Brooks Hopkins’ retirement from BAM, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for Native/Immigrant City
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

FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES and AFFILIATIONS
2017–2018 Crowd Seeded New York Indigo Farm with in-kind project support from GrowNYC’s Governors Island Teaching Garden; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Education Department; Wyckoff Farm, Brooklyn, NY
8/2017–7/2018 Artist in Residence, (Im)migration Lines project, Wyckoff House, Brooklyn, NY
10/26–11/1/2015 Artist in Residence, Brooklyn Workshop Gallery/Workshop Gallery Artists, Brooklyn, NY
Fall 2015 Bead Project, 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

BIBLIOGRAPHY
• Zimet Camitta, Kristin. Crossover. The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Winter 2018.
• OppArt. The Nation. 10/30/2017. Curated by Andrea Arroyo, Steve Brodner, Peter Kuper.
https://www.thenation.com/authors/iviva-olenick/
• Olenick, Iviva. “Textiles and Ports.” Textile Society of America Blog. August 2016. https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/6313/textiles-and-ports/
• Stern, Melissa. “At Harlem’s First Children’s Museum, Artworks Strike Up Conversations.” Hyperallergic. 1/29/2016

At Harlem’s First Children’s Museum, Artworks Strike Up Conversations


• Friends with Money: Iviva Olenick. BACBlog. 4/30/2015.
brooklynartscouncilblog.org/2015/04/30/friends-with-money-iviva-olenick/
• 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.
hyperallergic.com/99735/how-good-you-must-be-when-everyone-can-see/
• Chronicle Books. The Art of I Love You. 2013.
• Davis, Nicole. “A Stitch in Time Saves 140 Characters.” 2/14/2013.
brooklynbased.net/email/2013/02/a-stitch-in-time-saves-140-characters/
• 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.

EDUCATION
BA Psychology/French Language & Literature, SUNY Binghamton
AAS Textile/Surface Design, Fashion Institute of Technology