• George Ferrandi is an American artist originally from Baltimore, Maryland whose performance, installation and participatory projects address issues of vulnerability, impermanence, fallibility and spectacle, often through experimental approaches to narrative. Employing a unique humor and a deep sense of humanity, her work stimulates a rethinking of cultural assumptions.
    George lives with a small dog and a rooftop garden in Brooklyn, New York. She is the director of Wayfarers Studio Program and Gallery in Bushwick, and was the founding member of the touring performance project Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object. Her work has been performed/exhibited - at Abrons Arts Center in New York, the Kitchen in New York, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, the Wexner Center in Columbus, the Harn Museum in Gainesville and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has been awarded grants from the Franklin Furnace Fundwinners for Performance Art and the Mid Atlantic Arts Council. She is a 2015 Japan-US Friendship Foundation fellow and is currently developing a multi-media festival with Washington Project for the Arts.

    George teaches Sculpture and Performance Art periodically at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the Rhode Island School of Design. She also runs a small business specializing in the restoration of statues of saints for churches.
    Contact: georgeferrandi {at} gmail {dot} com 
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  • News:
    I'm so honored and excited to have been invited to be part of each of these events. Sincere thanks to the amazing people behind them:
    October - solo exhbition at The Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA
    Summer- I'll be on a residency in Japan (!!!) on a fellowship from the US-Japan Friendship Commission.
    June - I'm finally doing my show at Wayfarers in Brooklyn. Sweardagod. 
    January - May. I'm Visiting Faculty in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    November - I'll be a speaker at the Ted-x conference at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    May 31st - June 1st I'll have work on display and will also be performing live at Wayfarers in Brooklyn as part of Bushwick Open Studios Weekends. Details on Wayfarers website.
    May 31st - I'll be talking about "it felt like I knew you" on Canadian public radio's DNTO program.
    May 15th I'll have work in the exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial honoring the wonderful and esteemed Helen Cunningham and Ted Newbold with Fleisher's Annual Founder's Award.
    April 12 - 26th I'm the inaugural resident at a brilliant new arts center called Harvester. My residency will culminate in a show that opens April 26th.
    March 11 - 22nd - I'll be at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, fabricating/installing/rehearsing The Prosthetics of Joy, a live performance in which the players, the set and the costumes are indivisible. March 20th at  the Abrons / Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
    January - April 30th, I'll have work in the Friend of a Friend show at the lovely Loveytown, Everywhere
    January 14th - February 19th. I'll be the first resident at the Laupahoehoe Cultural Residency, being founded by Dave (founder of the City Reliquary Museum in Brooklyn, NY) and Shanon Herman.
  • CV
    1996         MFA, Sculpture, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    1995         Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
    1993         BFA (Su­­ma Cum Laude), Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    2015           solo project, The Front, New Orleans, LA
    2014           Feigned Intimacies and False Eyelashes. Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                       The Joy Prosthetic. University of Alabama at Birmingham
                       solo project Harvester. Wichita, KS
    2013           tender your tiny mysteries. The Front, New Orleans, LA
                       Translucent! Mortal! Pinkness! FLA Gallery, Gainesville, FL
    2012           it felt like I knew you… recurring site-specific performance on NYC Subway
    2010           Wherever There Is Water. Experimental narrative in the form of a night parade  
                       The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    2009           everything, you believe… Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL
    2007           Forty Aught Eighty. Carrera Gallery, St. Augustine, FL         
    2005           In Lieu of Flowers. Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2004           a tracing in lighter colors.  Columbia University, New York, NY
    2002           a tracing in lighter colors.  Chashama Theater, New York, NY.  
                       a tracing in lighter colors.  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    2001           a tracing in lighter colors.  Seen & Heard: the Atlanta Women's Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA. 
                       True Life Agnes. Museo Italo-Americano, San Francisco, CA
    2009           Imaginings (with Christy DeHoog Johnson) Kendall Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI 
    2008           Unsung (with John Orth) Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                       Songs for Other Swans (with John Orth) Covivant Gallery, Tampa, FL 
    2003           Snowbirds and Streetfights (with John Orth) The Bower Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
                       Ghost verses Dust (site-specific installations with John Orth) 51 Third, Troy, NY. 
    2014           Founder's Award Celebration Exhibition. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
                       Los Angeles Art Book Fair (with Booklyn Artists Alliance)
    2013           Friend of a Friend. Loveytown, Everywhere. Curated by Michael Velliquette
                       Beasticon. Mark Miller Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Lori Nelson and Anthony Zito
                       Guts. Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY. Curated by George Terry and Jonathan Durham
                       Sluice Art Fair. London, England
                       Drawable. FLA Gallery, Gainesville, FL. Curated by Rich Jacobs.
    2012           When Elephants Weep. FLA Gallery, Gainesville FL. Curated by Wendy Babcox
                       …ok. don’t look at the stranger. Fuel for the Fire, 535 W. 20th St, NYC. curated by Dawn Kasper in  
                       collaboration with David Zwirner and Jay Sanders
                       Pioneer Song. (with Rob Andrews) Exit Art, NYC
                       Anywhere But Here. Pelham Arts Center, Pelham, New York. Curated by Elizabeth Saperstein
                       Into the Distance. Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
    2011           The (un)COMFORT(able) ZONE. The College of New Rochelle’s Castle Gallery, NY
                       FOR. Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
    2010           A Clockwork Gospel. performed in the Mini Festival of New Puppet Theater from the    
                       Lab at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY
    2009           …and the rest we didn’t know.  Collaborative project with the students of Flagler College at
                       Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
    2008           Spaced Out. Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA    
                       Weight of the World. Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    2007           These Bagels Are Gnarly. Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                       Cine Capellini. Video Festival, New York, NY
    2006           Small Wonders. Chesapeake Gallery, Bel Air, MD 
                       Team Lump. Lump Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
                       Birds Flew. Tribes Gallery, New York, NY 
    2005           Mark the Line: National Drawing Invitational. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
                       The Porch Show. Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY                                                          
    2014           Inaugural Artist in Residence at Harvester, Wichita, KS
                       Inaugural Artist in Residence at The Laupahoehoe Cultural Exchange Program, Hawaii Island
    2012           Rhode Island School of Design PTFA Technical Development Grant
    2009 - 2010 Puppet Lab Residency at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY
    2009 - 2010 Residency at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    2009           Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist and Communities Grant, Fleisher Art Memorial, Phila. PA 
    2001           Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Grant Recipient
    2000           Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Grant Recipient (Cloud Seeding Circus)
                       Best in Show Award - Museo Italo-Americano (Awarded Solo Exhibit) San Francisco, CA
    Araceli Cruz, “Guts at Abrons Arts Center” The Village Voice, December 6, 2013
    Sinziana Boaru, “Experiment în metrou: cum ai reacţiona dacă ar adormi cineva pe umărul tău? Adevarul.ru, 
                   December 4, 2013 http://devarul.ro/life-style/stil-de-viata/experiment-metrou-reactiona  
    Jia Meng, “陌生人靠在你肩膀睡著了?怎麼辦?” CRI Online, November 28, 2013,   
                    http://big5.chinabroadcast.cn/gate/big5/gb.cri.cn/44011 /2013/11/28/7171s4338159.htm
    Sara Barns, “Surprising Reactions To George Ferrandi Falling Asleep On Strangers In Subway”        
                    Beautiful Decay, November 27, 2013 <http://beautifuldecay.com/2013/11/27/surprising- 
    Evangelia Anastasaki, “Θα αφήνατε έναν άγνωστο να κοιμηθεί στον ώμο σας;” Periergra.gr November 25, 2013
    Megan Garber, “How New Yorkers Reacted When a Stranger Slept on Them in the Subway” The   
                    Atlantic, November 25, 2013 http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/how-new-    
    Ryan Broderick, “An Artist Pretended To Fall Asleep On Strangers On The Subway And Filmed    
                    The Adorable Reactions” Buzzfeed November 25, 2013         
    Colette Shade,“‘It Felt Like I Knew You’… Artist Bonds with Strangers on NYC Subway” New York 
                    Daily News, November 24, 2013 <http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/felt-knew- 
    Yaron Yitzhak, “Wat Als Iemand op je Schouder in Slaap Valt in de Metro” Brekend, November 22, 2013 
    Alice Yoo, “Priceless Reactions of Subway Riders When Suddenly Slept Upon” My Modern Met, 
      November 21, 2013 <http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/george-ferrandi-i-felt-   
    Katherine Brooks, “Daring Artist 'Sleeps' On Strangers In Poetic Subway Project” The Huffington    
                     Post, November 21, 2013       
    Ben Yakas, “Inspired Straphangers Try Sleeping on Strangers Shoulders” Gothamist November 14, 2013
    Beth Maycomber,  “Rethinking the Shape of Space: A Train Ride with George Ferrandi, Site95 August 2, 2013 
    Erica Quinn, “Fine Art Friday: An Ode to Brooklyn Wayfarers” Finch and Ada, February 17, 2012
    Katarina Hybenova, “Brooklyn Wayfarers: A Haven for Sculptors” Bushwick Daily, July 10, 2012
    Howard Hurst, “South of the Border: Going Deep for Bushwick Open Studios” Hyperallergic, June 5, 2012
    Jong Kyu, "Studio Visit" Funnel Pages, April 15 2010 http://funnelpages.com/?p=3080
    Miguel Luciano "Broken Saints and Failed Superheroes" NYFA Current 2009
    Danny Powell, "Keeping the Lights On" March 3 2009 <http://www.keepingthelightson.tv/gf1.htm>
    Saki Knafo, "An Artistic Neighborhood, Right Down to the Firehouse," The New York Times November 11 2007
    Max Halperen, “Team Cinders” Art Papers, November/December 2006 p.66
    Lennie Bennet, “ Artist Turns Heartache into Moving Exhibit" St. Petersburg Times, March 2, 2006
    Holland Cotter, “Visions From Nigeria and India…,” The New York Times,  December  25 2005 
    "Superhero, Sidekick, Gaggle of Ghosts," Blackbird Literary Journal  Fall 2005   
    Holland Cotter, “Art in Review,” The New York Times September 30 2005 p. E36
    Janon Fisher, “After Saints Preserve Us, She Returns the Favor,” The New York Times August 1 2005 pB3
    Ainsley O’Connell, “A Savior to the Saints,” Newsday August 8 2005 p. A12
    Holland Cotter, “Add the Fireflies and It’s a Summer Idyll,” The New York Times July 13 2005 p.E1
    Dee Hill, Freaks and Fire, Soft Skull Press, 2005

    2011 - 2013 Visiting Critic: Rhode Island School of Design Sculpture Department, Providence, RI
                      Violets or Violence and Dreams: Experimental Writing as a Departure for Performance and Vice   
                      Versa, Senior Sculpture Studio
    2010          Visiting Faculty: Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture Department, Richmond, VA
                      The Taxicab Distance (An Advanced Sculpture Class Experienced Over the Internet)
    2008          Visiting Faculty: Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture Department, Richmond, VA
                      Advanced Sculpture
    2002          (Summer): Faculty, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
                      Performative Objects
    2000          (Summer): Visiting Faculty, Encuentro Cultural Center and Virginia Commonwealth University,
                      Cuzco, Peru The Sketchbook as Architecture
    1997 - 2001:Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Electronic Intermedia, Department of Art and Art     
                       History, University of Florida, Gainesville
                       Spatial Interventions, Performance and Installation, Analogue Video Editing, Senior Sculpture      
                       Studio, Graduate Seminar
    1996 - 1997 Visiting Artist/ Adjunct Faculty: Department of Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University
                        Advanced Sculpture Studio
    1994 - 1996 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
                       Course Taught as Principle instructor: 2-D Design, Course Assisted: 3-D Design
    2013                   Curatorial Collaborator: Ransom: A Demanding Collaboration, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY.
    2010- present     Director and Chief Curator, Wayfarers Studio Program, Creative Headquarters and Gallery
    2007- present     Senior Advisor, City Reliquary Museum, Brooklyn, NY
    2002-2007          Vice President of Operations, City Reliquary Museum, Brooklyn, NY
    1997-2000          Director, Founding Member, Cloud Seeding Circus of the Performative Object
    2014           Visiting Artist, Juror of Student Show: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
    2013           Guts, Abrons Arts Center, NY, New York
                       Art in Public Places, Palatka City Hall, Palatka Florida
                       Confronting Bushwick 2: The Politics of Empty Buildings, 299 Messerole, Brooklyn NY
    2012           Reflections on MOMA’s Some Sweet Day, Danspace Projects, NYC
                       Objects in Performance Symposium, Goethe Institute, Department of Performance Studies, NYU
    2011           Visiting Artist: In the Making - MoMA Teen Program. Museum of Modern Art, NYC
    2010           Processional Paper Forms, Workshop: Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
                                                                           Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
                                                                           1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
    2009           Visiting Artist: Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI   
    2008           Visiting Artist: Indiana University, Bloomington, ID
    2007           Visiting Artist: Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
    2006           Artist as Curator: The City Reliquary Museum, Speaker, College Arts Association, Boston, MA
    2005           Visiting Artist: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
                       Visiting Artist: Southeastern University, Hammond, LA
    2004           Shopping It Around; Touring a Creative Project, Speaker, College Arts Association, Seattle WA
    Bushwick Gallery Association, Brooklyn, NY
    Fractured Atlas, New York, NY
    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
    The City Reliquary Museum, New York, NY
    The Yes Men, Various Locations