Angela Dufresne (b. 1969, Hartford, CT)
explores the experience of American womanhood through painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, and community-building. A contemporary lesbian painter committed to championing non-hierarchical narratives, Dufresne references other artists and films in her paintings, drawing connections between history and her own personal experiences and associations as a queer woman. She sees painting as a co-creative process, often prompting her subjects to interact with the painting process through dictation of the backdrop and deciding when the work is finished. Dufresne holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MO and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, PA. Dufresne has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Aldrich Art Museum, CT; Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Cleveland Institute of Art, OH; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, MA; Hammer Museum, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA&D, ME; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; RISD Museum, RI; Rose Museum, MA; and Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland, among others. Her work is in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, OH; Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, NH; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO; Middlebury College Art Museum, VT; Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, PR; and RISD Museum, RI, among others. In 2016, Dufresne was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, RI and lives in Brooklyn, NY.