"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
Josephine Halvorson (b. 1981, Brewster, Massachusetts) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art (2002), and earned a BFA from The Cooper Union (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2007). Honors include a Fulbright Fellowship in Painting to Vienna, Austria (2003-4); awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2010) and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (2010); and residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (2009); Harriet Hale Woolley Artist Residency, Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris (2007-08), and the Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, Connecticut (2005). Her work has been included in the exhibitions STILL, Frith Street Gallery, London (2012); What Looks Back, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York (2011); Paper A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York (2011); Precarity and the Butter Tower, CTRL, Houston (2010); Americanana, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York (2010); Between the Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting, School of Visual Arts, New York (2010); Perceiving Place, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University (2010); Clockwise from Window, Monya Rowe, New York (2009); The Open, Deitch Projects, Long Island City (2009); Subverted Genres, Sue Scott Gallery, New York (2009); Close To Home, Cuchifritos, New York (2009); Party At Chris's House, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn (2009); Peintures de Patience, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris (2008); A Friend Indeed: Contemporary Art And The Academy, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington D.C. (2008), and Special Collection, The New York Public Library (2005).done reading