Elsie Kagan

Gowanus Open Studios

My studio is open for Gowanus Open Studios! Visit me at 98 4th St., #410 from 12pm-6pm both Saturday October 21th and Sunday October 22nd.

NEA Fellowship and VSC Residency

I am pleased to announce I was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a residency in August 2017 at the Vermont Studio Center.

Missing Me One Place Search Another



We are pleased to present a pop-up group exhibition of paintings by Melissa Capasso, Delphine Hennelly, Frank Holliday, Elsie Kagan, Chris Lucius, Amy Sacksteder, Tori Tinsley, and Libby Rosa.

Missing Me One Place Search Another, curated by Brooklyn studio mates Libby Rosa and Chris Lucius, offers viewers experiences rooted in memories of place, touch, and imagination. Details of the world around us are recalled from our well of memories. The brain’s stimulated neurons compile a scene by merging groups of consolidated synapses that have been fired in patterns identical to our body's initial stimulation. Traces of felt experiences, emotions, and visual information are melded together to form what we perceive as structured memories.

The visceral and tactile medium of paint relocates a memory into a new creative space - one that embraces the illogical and the uncanny. A space where missing information or exaggerated details illuminate a deeper visual understanding than its integrated whole. The viewers find themselves in a game of psychological hide and seek to construct what they believe they understand.

The artists in Missing Me One Place Search Another play the roles of creators, re-shapers, and folklorist tricksters - painting trail markers of their past to communicate something entirely new.

Assembly Desired: A group show in Brooklyn

Assembly Desired, September 2016

In conjunction with Art Slope – a nine-day arts festival throughout the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn – Ground Floor Gallery presents, “Assembly Desired,” a group exhibition featuring local artists ALLIE REX, ELSIE KAGAN, MIE YIM, and RHIA HURT.

On view from Friday, September 16th through Sunday, October 9th, the exhibition features artists from the Park Slope area who upend common motifs from popular culture and art history through experiments in collage, painting, and mixed-media. Everything from Hello, Kitty to the 17th century Dutch still life tradition is fair game.

The opening reception is Thursday, September 22nd from 6 – 830 p.m. The artists will discuss their art-making process at 7 p.m

Everything is Green: a solo exhibition in CT

The Mandell JCC presents works from artist Elsie Kagan , in Everything is Green, at the Chase Family Gallery at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT. The exhibit runs February 20 through March 20, 2016, with an opening on Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Leaf: A group exhibition curated by Elsie Kagan

January 12 - January 20, 2016 
Curated by Elsie Kagan
A group exhibition featuring artists whose work incorporates direct observation of the natural world. The work included in the exhibition represents something new for the participating artists' process: new materials, a change in vocabulary, a shift in perspective, a fresh take.

Melissa Capasso
Emily Church
Ketta Ioannidou
Elsie Kagan
Katerina Lanfranco
Sarah Shirley
Rachael Wren

Networking "Sip and See" Opening Reception
Saturday, January 16, 1- 4pm 

Goal-Setting Workshop for Artists
Wednesday, January 13, 7 - 8:30pm. $10. 

Artist and "New Leaf" curator, Elsie Kagan, leads this candid and insightful workshop encouraging artists challenged by parenthood - or other
life-changing responsibilities - to balance their time and creative energies in 2016!

Awardee of a Sustainable Arts Grant

I am honored to have received a Promise Award in the Spring 2015 from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

In our cave we see shadows: a group exhibition

Opening September 12, 6pm–9pm

Mythmaking has provided explanations for human existence and nature from ancient times through the present day. Supernatural and fictitious beings and unworldly scenarios have materialized throughout history in societies around the world.

From interpretations of social or natural phenomenon, exaggerations and misrepresentations of truths and invented stories and ideas, the exhibition In our cave we see shadows brings together a group of international artists who create stories or interpret life through their own personal folklore.

The exhibition consists of a visual collection of imaginary stories, fictitious places and/or characters that relate to mythological narratives, states of mind or ideas. Analyzing the connection between the subconscious with contemporary metaphors, the works selected draw upon mythology to explore fears and desires that while illogical and unrealistic, are based on reality and personal beliefs.

  • September 12–October 4, 2015
  • Michele Basora, Julien Gardair, Lenio Grohmann, Sofia Hager, Elsie Kagan, Elissa Levy, MaryKate Maher, Sarah G. Sharp, Nicolas Touron. Curated by Fanny Allié & Ketta Ioannidou.

residency at the Vermont Studio Center

I spent some wonderful weeks in April at the Vermont Studio Center, creating a series of small paintings on panel.