1, 2, 3, 4 – April at Gallery 200 in DUMBO


Recent work from Sasha Cohen, Katie Simpson Spain, Peter Fankhauser, and Nancy Susan Woods.

Gallery 200
111 Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Opening First Thursday, April 4, 6P-9P
On view through April 28 (tues-sat 12-6)

CUNY-City College is proud to present the work of Sasha Cohen, Katie Simpson Spain, Peter Fankhauser, and Nancy Susan Woods, two second year and two recent MFA program graduates respectively in a group show titled “1,2,3,4” curated by Risa Shoup at Gallery 200, 111 Front St. in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Rather than focus on formal connections between the work, the four artists represented in “1,2,3,4” respond instead to the shared experience of producing work in the institution that links them all together. To underscore the ethos of accessibility for which CUNY is well known, the show will be divided into four separate spaces and each artist’s work will inhabit one of these four spaces, creating a straight forward and uncontrived point of entry into each artist’s universe. Through questioning diverse notions of community and collaborative art practice, modes of art production deemed valuable by the institution and political engagement as it relates to issues of gender and race, Sasha Cohen, Peter Fankhauser, Katie Simpson Spain and Nancy Susan Woods present diverse bodies of work tethered to one another by City College’s complex history.

Risa Shoup is the Associate Director of The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn. She works to provide artists with the financial and workspace resources they need to create work that the public can experience in non-traditional spaces. She is currently a Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development and a MS in City & Regional Planning candidate at the Pratt Institute. Shoup studies the production of space for housing, manufacturing and other forms of production.

Thesis Done!!!


My thesis show is down!

That was the craziest week ever. Nonstop action! N o n s t o p !

I took it all down after documenting all day yesterday, cleaned, patched and painted, finally took the gallery keys out of my pocket and am running a bath!

So glad that’s over, though I loved it. That was so hard, labor and heart wise! I am happy working hard (in art and life) and am no stranger to struggle, as I have chronic pain and depression troubles. Being an artist is like having 10 jobs, and then one needs another job to support that. My artwork is really labor intensive also (as you well know). Good stuff!

Here are a few bad pictures from my phone (like most of what I post here) but fear not, I took some better ones so I will post them soon.

Happy spring break to you!








Recreation is up!

My thesis show is up!

It opens to the public Monday the 18th at 10, and closes at 5 on friday the 22nd. The gallery is open 10-5 all week. One week only!

On the 18th at 1 pm there will be a fun camp craft party. Come make friendship bracelets and draw!

The reception for the show will be on Wednesday the 20th at 6 pm. Please join me as I celebrate my thesis exhibition with s’mores and snacks!

On Thursday the 21st, from 5 to 6 pm I’ll have a little meet and greet so come with questions! I’ll give a short talk about the show too.

If you’d like to schedule a tour or visit please let me know, I’ll meet you there.

Thanks so much!
Hope to see you.


PS here are a few process shots from installing.






For Immediate Release:


Katie Simpson Spain’s MFA thesis exhibition.

Presented by The City College of New York, CUNY

March 18-22, 10-5.

Reception Wednesday March 20th, 6-8:30 pm

Meet & Greet, March 21 5-6 pm.

Compton-Goethals Gallery

The City College of New York

Compton-Goethals Hall, Room 134

160 Convent Ave.

New York, NY 10031

With a focus on different ways humanity navigates in and works with nature, this interactive installation combines recycled materials, fabrics, live plants, painting, sculpture and printmaking to create a strange situation involving outdoor activities. You are invited to experience this version of nature, recreations of natural environments and recreational activities, from the safety of Compton-Goethals Gallery.

This work is a reexamination of organized outdoor activities, exploring relationships people have with the natural environment. I am interested in the thin membranes of safety that lie between the natural world and organized modern life. Often humorous and culminating in installation or video, this work combines recycled materials, fabrics, live plants, painting, sculpture and printmaking. I re-create biological environments and the tools associated with them, like giant friendship bracelets or camping tools without function. These awkward works nudge at nostalgia of time spent in nature.

Events during the show also include:

Camp Craft Time: Monday March 18th, 1 pm (friendship bracelet and drawing party)

Short Talk/Meet and Greet: Thursday March 21st, 5 pm

Please be in touch if you’d like to schedule a tour of the exhibition.

Visit this blog for details about exhibition programing and behind the scenes information about the work: http://www.katiespain.wordpress.com

Compton-Goethals is located on the Southeast corner of W 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.   

Subways: 1 @ 137th St and A, C, B, D @ 145th St.  

When visiting CCNY please go to Cohen Library Archives Gallery to see an ink and acrylic drawing of mine in CCNY Women Make Art, an exhibition showcasing women artists affiliated with the City College of New York, in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The Archives Gallery is on the 5th floor of Cohen Library, in the NAC Building (Amsterdam and 136, on the north campus, close to Compton-Goethals Hall). Here is a campus map.

Also don’t miss my upcoming installation at DUMBO’s 111 Front Street, part of an awesome April group show curated by Risa Shoup of Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog.
Take good care!
Katie Simpson Spain
For more information about CCNY’s MFA Thesis Shows visit: http://mfaccny.blogspot.com/
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