SAYDI CALLAHAN

Born in Tarpon Springs, FL. Lives and works in the New York Metropolitan Area  

EXHIBITIONS

2012

Solo ShowDieties, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ

2011

Insight: New Jersey ArtistsBergen Community College, Gallery Bergen, Paramus, NJ New York City Six Summit SalmagundiGaslight, New York, NY Happy Feet and the Angry InchThe Stage, Newark, NJ Montclair State University Alumni ShowMFA Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

2010

As Seen On TVBETA Spaces, Brooklyn, NY CryptozoologyINDEX ART, Newark, NJ Paper Trails: Works from the New York Metro

Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Pearce Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand Fresh Meat/Young Bloods ExhibitionThe Shore Institute for Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ

Super Passage

Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

National Wet Paint Exhibition

Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, Il

Portraits

Finley Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2009

Excess BaggageIndex Art, Newark, NJ From Across the River

West Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Animal HusbandryFinley Gallery, Montclair, NJ Spring Salon

Postyn Art Consultants, Upper Montclair, NJ

2008

Spring Into the Arts

West Orange Arts Council, West Orange, NJ

Womens History Exhibition

Rotunda Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2007

The Art Collective

Upper Montclair, NJ

Solo ShowSavory Still LivesLadybird Gallery, Gainesville, FL

 

TEACHING

Visual Arts TeacherLacordaire Academy155 Lorraine AvenueUpper Montclair, NJ07043 Adjunct Professor of ArtBergen Community CollegeBergen, New Jersey 2012-2013 Visiting Artist/Guest LecturerWhitecliffe College of Art and Design Auckland, New Zealand2010

Adjunct Professor of Painting and M.F.A Independent Study Montclair State University Montclair, NJ 2010 — 2011

Graduate Teaching AssistantMontclair State UniversityMontclair, NJ 2009-2010

 

CURATOR

Co-Curator for Paper Trails: Works from the New York Metro, Pearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2010 Co-Curator for Super Passage, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, May 2010 Co-Curator From Across the River, West Steuben Gallery, Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY 2009 Co-Curator Excess Baggage, Index Art, Newark, NJ 2009

 

ARTS ORGANIZER American Student Film Screening, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2010

MURALIST The History of the City of Montclair, Upper Montclair, NJ 2011 Transcending Birds in Space, St. Petersburg, FL 1995 AWARDS

Joan Mitchell Foundation Nominee 2010 Montclair State University Graduate Assistantship 2009-2010

 

EDUCATION

M.F.A. Montclair State University Montclair, NJ

B.F.A.University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida


I have always been influenced by Greek and Byzantine icons and mythology. I often saw this kind of portraiture in the community in which I grew up, but I never had a context for the meanings or purpose of the icons. I was often transfixed by the way the almond shapedeyes stared out at me with no hesitation. In my own work I am searching for a spiritual representation of the human experience. I feel the need to symbolically suggest the many facets that make up an individual's life. While the realistically rendered human face can be incredibly effective in emoting a persons' spirit, I feel the need to translate it in a different way. While I have found the images in Christian art to be beautiful, I am also very drawn to the way that the ancient Greeks and Egyptians depicted people. Their willingness to incorporate animals and monstrous disfigurement into portraiture and storytelling allows for so many complex metaphors
of identity and experience. In my own life I am in awe of the many roles that I play and the many universes I seem to be balancing all the time. So much darkness and light can exist in unison and I think that within each of us there is a struggle with balancing ego, self acceptance, gender roles, power, control, sadness, loss, joy, etc. In my work I am trying to harness some of the beauty of that struggle by erecting these imagined and real deities.