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Molly Gambardella is multidisciplinary artist primarily working in sculpture and installation. She is interested in critically engaging with the interplay between social, political and biological systems as a way to investigate how these relationships shape the changing conditions of life. She interacts and investigates a diverse range of autopoietic organisms in order to question concepts of comfort and disrupt an increasingly artificial and culturally hegemonic world. This practice often produces large-scale interactive works which conjure collective experiences in indoor and outdoor places. Lichen, horseshoe crabs, waterways, fungi and flowers are all recurring in her practice that speak to the relationship that humans have to death, and how that translates into controlling life for the sake of prolonging life. By exploring systems on geologic and human time scales, her work imagines potential possibilities by reconnecting with the nature found within ourselves.

sculpture, artist, lichen, color

Gambardella has exhibited her work at various venues such as MoCA Westport and SPRING/BREAK Art Show through CAMP Gallery, and at CONTEXT Miami and Intersect Palm Springs via bG Gallery. She continues to receive international commissions and her work has been featured in publications like Sculpture, Create, and Suboart Magazine.

Gambardella also teaches studio classes at both Capital Community College and the University of New Haven. In 2023, she was chosen as the artist in residence for The Ark Project at Yellowstone National Park. In 2024 Gambardella had a solo exhibition at the New England Botanic Garden with over sixty unique sculptures. Gambardella is a BFA graduate from Paier College of Art and has earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Molly Gambardella

2023 MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpellier, VT
2017 BFA, Summa Cum Laude, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
2012 Diploma, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT

Selected Publications

2024 Vermont College of Fine Arts, In Residence Magazine
2023 Suboart Magazine, Issue 14

2022 Sculpture Magazine, July/August Issue
2021 Create Magazine Issue 25, curated by Danielle Kyrsa
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

Selected Exhibitions
2024 Patterns In Bloom, New England Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
2024 Atlantic Gallery, This is the Future of Non-Objective Art, New York, NY
2023 CAMP Gallery, Looking Through Cycles, Westport, CT
2023 Intersect Palm Springs, represented by bG Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2023 Vermont College of Fine Arts, Thesis Exhibition, Montpelier, VT
2022 Art Market Hamptons, represented by bG Gallery, Nova's Ark Project Sculpture Park, NY
2022 MoCa Westport, "Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse", Westport, CT
2022 SPRING/BREAK, "Naked Lunch", represented by CAMP Gallery, New York, NY

2022 Art Market  San Francisco, represented by bG Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2021 CONTEXT Art Miami, represented by bG Gallery, Miami, FL
2021 New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Wild Hideaways, Boylston, MA
2021 bG Gallery, ART to WEAR, Santa Monica, CA
2020 Otra Feria Jóvenes Artistas Americanos I, represented by GalleryLabs, virtual
2020 I Like Your Work, Juried by Gallerist Bridgette Mayer, Congruence, virtual
2020 bG Gallery, Art is Love, Santa Monica, CA
2020 100 Best, Creative Quarterly, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Witchy, New Haven, CT
2019 SCOPE Miami Beach, represented by GalleryLabs, Miami Beach, FL
2019 Boston Art Gallery, Boston Art, Boston, MA
2019 CAW, Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream, New Haven, CT
2019 Art Market: Hamptons, The Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY
2019 Lotta Studio, Mail Art Exhibition: Before After, New 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 Student Scholarship Exhibit, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
2017 Kehler Liddell Gallery, "One Planet One Home", New Haven, CT
2017 Lumas Gallery, Yorkville, Toronto
2017 The Brain Project, The Baycrest Foundation, Toronto Canada

Teaching Experience
2023-Current, Adjunct Faculty, Capital Community College
2023-Current, Adjunct Faculty, University of New Haven
2019-2024, Adjunct Faculty, Paier College of Art

2016-2020, Assistant Visual Arts Teacher, Educational Center for the Arts

2023, ARK Project, Artist Residency, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
2019, The Wild, Artist Residency, Theano Point, Ontario, Canada

2020, All She Makes directory, curated online directory for women creatives worldwide
2019, Creative Quarterly, 100 Best Annual
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

Selected Commissions
2023 Lichen 51.5, 36 x 36 x 8 in, silk, cotton, wood, steel, Paris, France
2023 Lichen 23, 72 x 72 x 12 in, silk, cotton, wood, steel, Boston, MA
2021 Color Blind (5/5), 12 x 15 x 5 in, colored pencils, wood, Barcelona, Spain
2020 Lichen red 1, 60 x 60 x 8 in, silk, cotton, wood, epoxy, New Haven, CT, USA
2020 Color Blind (4/5), 12 x 15 x 5 in, colored pencils, wood, New Jersey, USA
2019 Lichen, 60 x 60 x 8 in, silk, cotton, wood, epoxy, New Haven, CT, USA
2019 Lichen, 60 x 60 x 8 in, silk, cotton, wood, epoxy, New Haven, CT, USA
2019 Color Blind (3/5), 12 x 15 x 5 in, colored pencils, wood, Mexico City, Mexico
2018 Lichens (green, pink and purple), 72 x 72 x 8 in (x3) Convene, 3-D sculptures, silk, cotton, wood, adhesive, Chicago, USA
2018 Acri, 17 × 22 × 3 in, colored pencils, fiberglass, silicone, Toronto, Canada
2018 Global Pathology Services 3-D sculpture, colored pencils, wood, Kingdom of Bahrain
2017 Vitale, 14 × 13 × 19 in, colored pencils, fiberglass, silicone, Toronto, Canada
2017 Color Blind (2/5), 12 x 15 x 5 inches, colored pencils, wood, Brussels, Belgium
2016 Color Blind (1/5), 12 x 15 x 5 inches, colored pencils, wood, Florida, USA

Selected Bibliography
Amanda Beland, WBUR, "Annual orchid show mixes living plants with sculptures of flowers made from plastic bags", February 2024

Ana Bottary, "Trip on a Tankful: Tower Hill Botanic Garden's 'Wild Hideaways: Designed for Adventure' outdoor exhibit", July, 2021

Sarah Mills, "Colorful Multi-Textured Sculptures by Molly Gambardella", May, 2021

Danielle Kyrsa, “Molly Gambardella”, The Jealous Curator, December, 2019

Lucy Gellman, “Molly Gambardella Blooms into Fall” The Arts Paper, October, 2019

Renata, "Color Blind: Colorful Pencil Sculpture By Molly Gambardella" Bored Panda, November 2018.

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