Learn more about the lives and practices of artists in the EFA studios. See documentation from our in house panels and events.
Thank you to our media partners for sharing their
documentary videos with us.

Suzan Frecon's recent oil paintings at
David Zwirner Gallery 

Jordan Casteel Stays in the Moment
Art21 "New York Close Up"

How does an artist connect with her subjects in the solitude of her studio? Artist Jordan Casteel reflects on the complex dynamic between herself and her subjects while adjusting to the recent commercial success of her paintings.
Suzan Frecon recent oil paintings September 14 - October 14, 2017 525 West 19th Street, David Zwirner, New York

Inside the Artist's Studio Documentary Series
Produced by EI Studio

Tamiko Kawata (EFA Studio Program Member)

Through my artwork, I am searching for another vision and another way of thinking for my life in the expressive space between installation works, sculptures and wall works. I compose overlooked indigenous objects from our daily life as my media. Produced by EI Studio.

Sarah Dineen (EFA Studio Program Member)

Certain Dark Things is an ongoing series of large-scale paintings born from Pablo Neruda's Sonnet XVII. The series addresses painting as a physical force, both in its materiality and in its capacity to echo the properties of sculpture and architecture. It brings together poetry and abstraction as a platform and sanctuary for viewers to find space for interpretation. Produced by EI Studio.


Jeanette May (EFA Studio Program Member)

Samira Abbassy (EFA Studio Program Member)

Jeanette May is a photo-based artist using a critical, sometimes playful, approach to investigate representation itself. Although May now works exclusively in photography, her background in painting informs the subjects she explores and her approach to art production. Produced by EI Studio.

Samira Abbassy was born in Ahwaz, Iran and moved to London, UK as a child. After graduating from Canterbury College of Art, she began showing in London. In 1988 she moved to New York to help establish and found the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, where she currently has a studio and is a lifetime board member.

 Houben Tcherkelov (RT) (Short-Term Member)

Houben Tcherkelov is a painter and experimental artist who lives and works in New York. In his early photographs, film, and installations post-communist Bulgaria and Bulgarian art is a recurrent theme. In his more recent work, Tcherkelov paints images from American and other national currencies using impasto, glaze, foil, acrylic and watercolor techniques. In all of his work the artist seeks to suggest the way in which symbolic images legitimize national power.


Panel: Mid-Career Boost: Challenges and Opportunities

MODERATOR: Amei Wallach, Art critic, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker

PANELISTS: Sanford Hirsch, Executive Director, Gottlieb Foundation Sharon Louden, Artist, Educator, Editor Rachel Selekman, Artist, Archivist and Project Coordinator, Dan Flavin Estate Sue Scott, Former Gallerist, Curator, Writer. 

Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: 2nd Floor


EFA Open Studios 2014
Produced by Simba Productions 

Music by: El Triple Filtro
OPEN STUDIOS 2014 is an annual event of the EFA Studio Program that invites the public to come explore and interact with our member artists in the intimate setting of their studios.


Inside the Artist's Studio Documentary Series
Produced by Simba Productions 

Michael Eade (EFA Studio Program Member)

Michael Eade was born in Portland, Oregon. Receiving a BA from Oregon State University he continued studies at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenen Kunste, Stuttgart (studying egg tempera painting techniques) and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While attending NYU, he was an assistant to the American sculptor Louise Nevelson.

Liselot van der Heijden (EFA Studio Program Member)

Born in the Netherlands, lives and works in New York City and Haarlem (NL). Her studio is located at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in midtown Manhattan. Liselot van der Heijden produces installations, videos, objects and photographs.

Rhona Bitner (EFA Studio Program Member)

Richard Jochum (EFA Studio Program Member)

My interest lies in the parallels between photography and theater. The duality of the performance experience parallels that of photography; in both one enters a black space and an image appears. In the CIRCUS and the CLOWN series I focused entirely on the performer in the spotlight.

Although trained as a sculptor I see myself as a media artist. That means that my work is not limited to a single material, it includes all sorts of media. In a recent exhibition for instance I was showing 25 new installations: photography, objects, drawings, and video.

Patricia Leighton (EFA Studio Program Member)

Dannielle Tegeder (EFA Studio Program Member)

Dannielle Tegeder earned her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will have her first solo museum exhibition, titled Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field, which opens at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College this May.
"Having grown up surrounded by Scottish hills and mountains of ever-changing color, texture and light; having traveled Britain and Europe viewing ancient sacred sites like the Ring of Brogar in Orkney or Hagar Qim in Malta, I have experienced first-hand a sense of timelessness and hidden mysteries.

Edgar Jerins (EFA Studio Program Member)

Mahmoud Hamadani (EFA Studio Program Member)

Edgar Jerins was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1958, and his formal artistic training began at the age of fourteen. By the age of 18, Edgar had received a full scholarship from the Scholastic Art Awards to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest school in America that teaches a classical study of the figure.

Endless Roads is a visual narration of a perpetual search. It is a mapping of the unending and abstract nature of pursuit of beauty and meaning - What Borges intimates as "the human game of nights and days," and Rumi refers to as the "search for that which cannot be found."

David Greg Harth (EFA Studio Program Alumni)

Catherine Howe (EFA Studio Program Alumni)

David Greg Harth is a visual artist based in New York City. He works across a diverse spectrum of media including performance, video, installation, drawing, photography, and poetry. His work is often time-based and frequently requires public participation. Harth creates unexpected juxtapositions, often employing elements of tension and ambiguous social situations to provoke dialogues on contemporary issues.

I start finding images after I make them. The paintings might resemble what a woman becomes if she breaks free from the confines of her body, leaving that burdensome object of the male gaze, etc., behind. The gestures become the traces of a painter’s desperate attempt to give birth to imagery without the responsibilities of parenthood. I could pretend they are made by magic, but in truth they come only from me.

Beth Ganz (EFA Studio Program Alumni)

Angela Fraleigh (EFA Studio Program Alumni)

In my current body of work each image serves as a character for a larger narrative; scraps of a past that I personally have little knowledge of. As a small child we lived in a trailer, we had a pet raccoon, my biological father had long blond hair, my parents grew up in the swamps of South Carolina, and smoked a lot of pot.

It is possible to characterize my work as an investigation of the relationship between abstraction and landscape. My practice seeks to reveal a profound interconnection within the types of beauty, orderliness and harmony that emerge in each form, as I see both visual traditions as reflections of a single aesthetic principle. This intuition of unity affects my approach to materials as well as genre, leading me to abandon the conventional categorizations of media in favor of an approach that moves fluidly between painting, photography and drawing.

David Collins (EFA Studio Program Alumni)

JC Lenochan (EFA Studio Program Alumni)

The work is a critique of epistemology through the process of deconstructing objects and de-circulating institutional relics, reconfiguring these commodities the way I think they should look as an initiative to arts transformative function.  In constant reflection, my interests engulf images and forms that already exist, embodying personal/historical text, humor and socratic methods of questioning as a post-colonial pedagogical dialogue on manipulating perspective of the dominant ideology, confronting cultural bias, perceptions of otherness and racial fabrications. 

By layering geometric planes of vivid color, I render scenes inspired by architecture and the unreliability of memory. As the paintings develop, structures begin to assemble into familiar forms suggesting domestic dwellings or industrial buildings. Planes of color crop up to create floors, wall-like surfaces, eaves and overhangs.  However, these architectural notions are never allowed to remain whole. They fracture, split apart, and fall away to reveal other chambers or the outside world. I am fascinated by these liminal spaces as a metaphor for the fluidness of memory.