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GINA PHILLIPS - Portrait Work

filmed by Jason Berry

GINA PHILLIPS - Artist Process



G I N A  P H I L L I P S   | | |   biography

[lives & works in New Orleans  :::  born 1971 – Richmond, KY]


GINA PHILLIPS is a mixed media, narrative artist who grew up in Kentucky and has lived in New Orleans since 1995. The imagery, stories and characters of both regions influence her work. She started her career as a painter, but over the years, has increasingly incorporated fabric and thread into her work. She begins a piece with a simple under-painting in acrylic paint on canvas or muslin…then finishes the piece by appliquéing fabric and thread on top. Phillips uses a communal gathering process to source her fabrics, as neighbors, friends, family often donate to her artistic process. Phillip’s work is characterized by a raw, narrative quality. The people and animals telling the story often embody a magical realism.


Gina Phillips has a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including Pepperdine University, Ballroom Marfa, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY, the 21c Museum in Bentonville, AR, and Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. In addition, her work has been presented at numerous art fairs including PULSE LA, PULSE Miami, Texas Contemporary, VOLTA Basel, Miami Project for Art Basel Miami Beach, Seattle Art Fair, and Art Market San Francisco. Phillips’ work has been featured in Art in America, Oxford American, The Times-Picayune and ARTNews, among others. She was selected as one of twenty-seven international artists featured in the Prospect.2 Biennial of Contemporary Art curated by Dan Cameron and her collection of fabric portraits was exhibited as a solo project at VOLTA8 as part of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. In 2014, Phillips’ work was featured in a mid-career retrospective at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA and at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR in a group exhibition of 102 artists from across the country, entitled, “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. She recently completed a 5 month residency at the Joan Mitchell Center, sponsored by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.


Her work is in numerous collections including: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville New Orleans Museum of Art; Ogden Museum of Southern Art; 21c Museum, KY; the Drake Hotel, Toronto; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; Tulane University and House of Blues (various locations across US.); Fidelity Investments Corporate Collection; Josh Rechnitz, Thomas Coleman, Ellen and Cooper Manning, Lyn and John Fischbach, and the collection of Marilyn Oshman

Curriculum Vitae

1997        MFA, Painting - Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1994        BFA, Painting - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


2019        Oh My Land Is Like A Wild Goose, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

2018        Crow Valley, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2017        The Roots of Memory, Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond, LA
2016        Friends and Neighbors, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
                Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
2015        A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers for Me, 21c Museum, Bentonville, KY
2014        A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers for Me, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY
                Stronger than Dirt, May 2014, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013        I Was Trying Hard To Think About Sweet Things (mid-career survey), Ogden Museum of Southern Art,

                New Orleans, LA
2012        Friends and Neighbors, Volta 8, Basel, Switzerland
2011        Heroes and Villains, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
                Life Lasagna, Prospect 2 Biennial, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2010        The Call of the Alluvial Empire, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
2006        Southern Tales, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA


2018        Birds of a Feather, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                Landscapes and Monsters, Crevasse 22, Poydras, LA

2017        Fabricated, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL
                The Unreliable Narrator, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
2016        Face to Face: A Survey of Contemporary Portraiture by Louisiana Artists, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University

                Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
                Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, George Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
                Atlanta Biennial, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
                Crafting the Future, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
                Gina Phillips, Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
2015        Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness, Cantor Art Gallery at College of the Holy 
                Cross, Worcester, MA (curated by Daina Cheyenne Harvey)
                Seattle Art Fair, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
                artMRKT San Francisco, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
2014        State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,
                Bentonville, AR
2013        Crescent City Connection, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont TX


    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
    New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA
    Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
    NASA (Destroyed by Katrina)
    Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
    Basin Street Station, New Orleans, LA
    House of Blues (various locations)
    21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
    Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON
    Thomas and Dathel Coleman, New Orleans, LA
    Marilyn Oshman, Houston, TX
    Joshua Rechnitz, New York, NY
    John and Lyn Fishbach, New Orleans, LA