Molly Gambardella is an up and coming artist based in New Haven, Connecticut. Primarily working with installations, interactive art, 2D and 3D media, Molly continues to receive commissions and show work both internationally and across the continental US. Most recently, Molly was invited to The Wild Artist Residency at Theano Point, Ontario.

Molly’s work has been featured in several publications, including: Business Insider Art, Girl Talk Art Magazine, The Jealous Curator blog, 3x3 Magazine, among others. Her piece "Color Blind" continues to go viral on Instagram and other social media platforms. In 2019 Molly was awarded “100 Best Artists” from Creative Quarterly.
Molly's work was most recently seen at SCOPE, in Miami Beach, and her newest installation "Proboscis Paradise" can be seen at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens throughout this Summer, 2021.
Molly is a BFA graduate of Paier College of Art and is currently an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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My work is about: patterns, round things, pops of bright color, a sense of abundance. Things that are lush, that are multi-textured, that have a sense of multicolor or multiplicity. I create things to battle shame with the intention of spreading joy in order to better face the challenges, darkness and the injustices of the world around us.

I am inspired by both cultural and biological diversity. My work continues to evolve into a celebration of everything on this planet however big or small and highlighting their self organizing capacities.

By taking small items that were either discarded, mass produced, or both, I create a process by balancing the play principle with structure. What started as an instinctual meditative process developed into a way to communicate and contribute to our cultural commons.

My choice to use small items in order to create a larger image comes from my personal experiences of being part of a collective; It embodies diversity and the freedom to stay alive.


 

Molly Gambardella
info@mollygambardella.com
www.mollygambardella.com

Education
MFA candidate in Visual Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpellier, VT
2017 BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
2012 Diploma, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT
2012 Diploma, North Haven High School, North Haven, CT
2011 Rhode Island School of Design pre-college, Industrial Design, Providence, RI 


Publications
2020 Create Magazine Issue #21, curated by the Tax Collection
2019 3x3 International Magazine, 2019 Directory
2019 Creative Quarterly Journal No. 56
2018 DabArt, Click Bate Quarterly Art Journal, Ventura, CA
2018 3x3 International Magazine, Annual No.15
2018 Creative Quarterly Journal, No.50 & No.51
2017 Baycrest Foundation, Commemorative Catalogue
2017 Girl Talk Art Magazine
2017 3x3 International Magazine No.14 


Exhibitions
 

Group
2021 NY Luxury Design Fair, NYC, USA
2021 "ART to WEAR", bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2020 Otra Feria Jóvenes Artistas Americanos I, represented by GalleryLabs.
2020 Bailout Gallery, curated by Amira Brown
2020 "Congruence", I Like Your Work Juried Exhibition, Juried by Gallerist Bridgette Mayer.
2020 "Art is Love" bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2020 100 Best Gallery Show, Creative Quarterly, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Ely Center of Contemporary Art, “Witchy”, New Haven, CT
2019 SCOPE, represented by GalleryLabs, SCOPE Miami Beach Pavilion, Miami Beach, Florida
2019 Boston Art Gallery, Boston Art, Boston, MA
2019 "Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream", CAW, New Haven, CT
2019 Art Market: Hamptons, The Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY
2019 Mail Art Exhibition, “Before After”, Lotta Studio, New Haven CT
2019 Kehler Liddell Gallery, 3rd Annual Juried Show, 2 0 2 0, New Haven, CT
2019 Third Annual Nasty Women CT Exhibition, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
2018 City-Wide Open Studios, Westville Weekend, West River Arts,, New Haven, CT
2018 City-Wide Open Studios Opening Reception, Art Space, New Haven, CT
2018 City-Wide Open Studios, Alternative Space, West Campus, West Haven, CT
2018 "Nothing Rhymes with Orange", Lotta Studio, New Haven, CT
2018 The Brain Project, The Baycrest Foundation, Toronto Canada
2018 Kehler Liddell Gallery, "How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?", New Haven, CT
2018 ART25, "Peace by Peace" New Haven, CT
2018 ART25, Anchor Spa, New Haven, CT
2018 Student Scholarship Exhibit, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
2017 City-Wide Open Studios, Alternative Space, New Haven, CT
2017 Kehler Liddell Gallery, "One Planet One Home", New Haven, CT
2017 First Annual Nasty Women CT Exhibition, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT
2017 Lumas Gallery, Yorkville, Toronto
2017 The Brain Project, The Baycrest Foundation, Toronto Canada
2016 City-Wide Open Studios Armory Weekend, Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT
2016 City-Wide Open Studios Opening Reception, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
2016 Student Scholarship Exhibit, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
2016 Spring Student Show, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
2016 22nd Leonardo Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT
2015 Fall Student Show, Paier College of Art, Hamden CT
2015 City-Wide Open Studios Opening Reception, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
2015 City-Wide Open Studios Armory Weekend, Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT
2015 Spring Student Show, Paier College of Art, Hamden CT
2015 21st Leonardo Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT


Teaching Experience
2019-Current, Adjunct Professor, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
2016-Current, Substitute Visual Arts Teacher, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT
2016 Assistant Visual Arts Teacher, Educational Center for the Arts, ArtsLink Grant, New Haven, CT


Work Experience
2019-2020, DaSilva Gallery & Frameshop, New Haven, CT
2016-2018, Yale School of Drama, Interim Properties Stock Manager, New Haven, CT
2015-2016, Yale School of Drama, Undergraduate Delivery Assistant, New Haven, CT
2016 Scenic Painter, Beauty and the Beast, West Hartford Summer Arts Festival, West Hartford, CT
2016 Scenic Painter, Wizard of Oz, Walsh Intermediate Middle School, North Branford, CT
2016 Scenic Painter, Pops and Jazz, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT
2016 Freelance Screen Printer, MECA, North Haven, CT
2015 Scenic Painter, Twelfth Night, Elm Shakespeare, New Haven, CT
2014 Scenic Painter, Pericles, Elm Shakespeare, New Haven, CT
2014 3D Paper Illustrator, Yale Project Storefront, Hull’s, New Haven, CT
2013 3D Paper Illustrator, Yale Project Storefront, Claire’s Cornercopia, New Haven, CT
2010 Art Studio Assistant, Leila Daw Art Studio, Erector Square, New Haven, CT
2010 ArtSpace Internship, Caroline Salas, New Haven, CT 


Awards
2020, All She Makes directory, curated online directory for women creatives worldwide
2019, Creative Quarterly, 100 Best Annual
2019, The Wild, Artist Residency, Theano Point, Ontario, Canada
2018, Silver Medal, 3x3 International Magazine
2017, People's Choice Award in partnership with Lumas, The Brain Project
2016, Student Scholarship Competition, Society of Illustrators


Commissions
2021 - Private Art Commission, Color Blind (5/5), 3-D sculpture, 12 x 15 x 5 in; 30 x 38 x 13 cm, colored pencils, wood, Barcelona, Spain

2020 - Private Art Commission, Caloplaca Lichen red 1, 60 x 60 x 8 in; 152.5 x 152.5 x 20.5 cm, silk, cotton, wood, epoxy, New Haven, CT, USA


2020 - Private Art Commission, Color Blind (4/5), 3-D sculpture, 12 x 15 x 5 in;30 x 38 x 13 cm, colored pencils, wood, New Jersey, USA

2019 - Private Art Commission, Caloplaca Lichen (orange) (2/15), 60 x 60 x 8 in; 152.5 x 152.5 x 20.5 cm, silk, cotton, wood, epoxy, New Haven, CT, USA

2019 - Private Art Commission, Caloplaca Lichen (orange) (1/15), 60 x 60 x 8 in; 152.5 x 152.5 x 20.5 cm, silk, cotton, wood, epoxy, New Haven, CT, USA

2019 - Private Art Commission, Color Blind (3/5), 3-D sculpture, 12 x 15 x 5 in;30 x 38 x 13 cm, colored pencils, wood, México City, México

2018 - Public Art Commission, Caloplaca Lichens (green, pink and purple), 72 x 72 x 8 in; 183 x 183 x 20 cm, Convene, 3-D sculptures, silk, cotton, wood, adhesive, Chicago, USA

2018 - Public Art Commission, Acri, 17 × 22 × 3 in; 41.8 × 55.9 × 7.6 cm, colored pencils, fiberglass, silicone, Toronto, Canada

2018 - Private Art Commission, Global Pathology Services Logo, 3-D sculpture, colored pencils, wood, Kingdom of Bahrain

2017 - Public Art Commission, Vitale, The Brain Project, 14 × 13 × 19 in; 35.6 × 33 × 48.3 cm, colored pencils, fiberglass, silicone, Toronto, Canada

2017 - Private Art Commission, Color Blind (2/5), 3-D sculpture (12 x 15 x 5 inches), colored pencils, wood, Brussels, Belgium

2016 - Private Art Commission, Color Blind (1/5), 3-D sculpture (12 x 15 x 5 inches), colored pencils, wood, Florida, USA


Selected Bibliography

Brian Slattery, “Ely Center Casts a Spell”, New Haven Independent, March, 2020
https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/ely_witchy/

Danielle Kyrsa, “Molly Gambardella”, The Jealous Curator, December, 2019
https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2019/12/11/molly-gambardella/


Lucy Gellman, “Molly Gambardella Blooms into Fall” The Arts Paper, October, 2019
https://www.newhavenarts.org/arts-paper/articles/molly-gambardella-blooms-into-fall


Thomas Breen, "Window Art Transforms Vacant Storefronts", New Haven Independent, August, 2019
https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/vacant_store_art/


Brian Slattery, “Nasty Women Get Divine”, New Haven Independent, March, 2019
https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/nasty_women_divinity_school/


Sam Carlson, “Snail Market Takes it Slow”, New Haven Independent, February, 2019
https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/westville_rt_at_a_snails_pace/


E.A. McMullan, “Artists Reclaim Orange” New Haven Independent, August, 2018
https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/artists_reclaim_orange/


Renata, "Color Blind: Colorful Pencil Sculpture By Molly Gambardella" Bored Panda, November 2018. https://www.boredpanda.com/pencil-sculpture-color-blind-molly-gambardella/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic


Susan Dunne, "Artists Take On Global Warming In 'One Planet, One Home", Hartford Courant, May, 2017
https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-climate-change-exhibit-0510-20170510-story.html

​Emily Grimson, "Amazing Art", Girl Talk Art Magazine, January 2017


Chelsea Pineda, "This Statue is Made Out of Colored Pencils", Business Insider Art, January 24, 2017.
http://www.thisisinsider.com/artist-statue-colored-pencils-2017-1


"From Contemporary to Modern Art: 6 Artists That are Leading the Way" WixBlog, November 2016.
http://www.wix.com/blog/2016/11/6-artists-that-are-leading-the-way/