Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Andrew Ondrejcak

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020, 2024

Andrew Ondrejcak is a unique director whose work is at the intersection of fashion, opera, and film. He writes, directs, and designs performances that have been produced in the U.S. and internationally. Born and raised in Mississippi, Ondrejcak studied architecture and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and, later, playwriting at Brooklyn College.

His work with experimental theater led him to a career in art direction and production design in the fashion industry where he became one of New York’s most sought-after talents. Working with Vivienne Westwood, Hermes, and Calvin Klein, among others, he directs runways, exhibitions, and special live events. He is known for meticulously designed, wildly imaginative experiences.

As an artist, his work has been presented at the Guggenheim Museum (curated by Robert Wilson), The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR), The Public Theater, BAM Next Wave Festival, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), SCAD Museum of Art, deSingel (Antwerp), and Kampnagel (Hamburg). His films link art historical objects with contemporary iconography, often putting a queer perspective on a classical form. He reperformed the work of Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present at MoMA.

He has been artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013), the Park Avenue Armory (2015-16), Yaddo (2016), Watermill Center (2016, 18) and Thread in Senegal (2017). He was a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art from 2002 - 2012.



Andrew Ondrejcak worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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