Discipline: Visual Art – drawing

Alex Callender

Discipline: Visual Art – drawing
Region: Easthampton, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Alex Callender works in the mediums of painting, drawing, and installation and is an assistant professor of art at Smith College.

She has had solo shows at The Gallatin Galleries NYU, Pulp Gallery (Holyoke, MA), LookOut Gallery (Michigan State University), and exhibited at SOCO Gallery (Charlotte, NC), The Drawing Center (NY), ArtSpace (New Haven, CT), Art in Embassies Program, and Boston Center for the Arts.

She has had Fellowships at the Schomburg Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Alice Yard (Trinidad), BAU Institute (France), The Drawing Center’s Open Session, Drawinternational (France), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space.

At MacDowell, Callender worked on a large-scale drawing composed from archival materials researched at the Schomburg Library. The piece symbolically restores the home of women who were evicted from their apartments during the era of FHA housing relocation and clearance programs in the mid-20th century. This work will be installed in a 2022 exhibition, “A Place for Not Forgetting,” at Northeastern University's Gallery 360. The project will also be included as drawing material for an artist book project supported by the Women's Studio Workshop.



Alex Callender worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio, converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to Union Street. Inside the building, an engine powered…

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