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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

Over the past year, Gambardella has contributed works to through CAMP Gallery to MoCA Westport (CT) and SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY) in addition to CONTEXT Miami (FL) and Intersect Palm Springs (CA) through bG Gallery. She continues to receive commissions for public and private clients internationally in addition to being featured in several publications: Sculpture Magazine, Create Magazine, 3x3 Magazine, among others. Gambardella holds a teaching position at Paier College of Art and was selected as the artist in residence for The Ark Project, a triennial international artist residency program taking place at Yellowstone National Park in addition to being selected for the Biennial of Soncino in Italy. Her most recent public installation "Proboscis Paradise" was installed at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill. Molly is a BFA graduate of Paier College of Art and received her MFA at 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
2012 Diploma, North Haven High School, North Haven, CT
2011 Rhode Island School of Design pre-college, Industrial Design, Providence, RI

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
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 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
2019-Current, Adjunct Professor, Paier College of Art, Bridgeport, CT
2016-2020, Substitute Visual Arts Teacher, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT
2016 Assistant Visual Arts Teacher, Educational Center for the Arts, ArtsLink, New Haven, CT

Work Experience
2023-present Exhibition Coordinator Assistant, Vermont College of Fine Arts
2022-2023, E.J. Davis Aesthetics, design and fabrication assistant, Bethany, CT
2019-2020, DaSilva Gallery & Frameshop, New Haven, CT
2019-2020 GalleryLabs exhibition assistant, 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, 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 & Residencies
2023, ARK Project, Artist Residency, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
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

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, México City, México
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
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

Brian Slattery, “Ely Center Casts a Spell”, New Haven Independent, March, 2020

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

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

Thomas Breen, "Window Art Transforms Vacant Storefronts", New Haven Independent, August, 2019

Brian Slattery, “Nasty Women Get Divine”, New Haven Independent, March, 2019

Sam Carlson, “Snail Market Takes it Slow”, New Haven Independent, February, 2019

E.A. McMullan, “Artists Reclaim Orange” New Haven Independent, August, 2018

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

Susan Dunne, "Artists Take On Global Warming In 'One Planet, One Home", Hartford Courant, May, 2017

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.

"From Contemporary to Modern Art: 6 Artists That are Leading the Way" WixBlog, November 2016.

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