BIOGRAPHY / CV

Kirsten Flaherty resides in New York while working as an artist and printmaker, with a focus in mezzotint. In 17th Century England, the technique of mezzotint was considered the ideal medium for reproducing paintings and portraiture due to its ability to yield a rich variety of tones and subtle gradations. Using this classical medium, Flaherty depicts pit bulls through mezzotint portraiture with the intention of inspiring a more positive view of a nationally misunderstood animal. Today, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a widely persecuted dog breed and these animals are often punished because of their negative reputation. In each mezzotint portrait, Flaherty strives to illustrate the personalities of these individual canines while also conveying the soft emotions of the animal through delicate tones and detail. The images inform viewers of the kind nature of these gentle hounds, and further encourage reform of the animal’s cultural stigma. A portion of each mezzotint sale is donated directly to a non-profit animal shelter. 


Kirsten Flaherty has eight years of experience working in print-related organizations including the IFPDA, International Print Center New York, Manhattan Graphics Center, and Dieu Donné Papermill. She has taught numerous mezzotint demonstrations across the United States and is on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Etchers.   


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

- “Kirsten Flaherty: Portraits in Mezzotint”, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, 2017
- “Recent Works”, Guttenberg Arts Gallery, Guttenberg, NJ, 2015


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2019
- “Published by the Artist”, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY

- "Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial", Wellesley MA
- "Endangered Earth", Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY

- "EVAC Project", Manhattan College, NY


2018
- "Mezzot", Bihar Museum, Patna, India
- "Songs from the Earth", Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Israel
- "29th Annual International Small Print Show", Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL

- "Experiencing Veterans & Artists", Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Fremont, OH

- "Carpetas Gráficas", Biblioteca Pública Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

- "Southern Printmaking Biennale VIII International", Dahlonega, Georgia

- "Dialogues in Printmaking", Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ
- “International Mezzotint Invitational”, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA


2017
- “Published by the Artist”, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY
 - “La Manière Noire: International Mezzotint Exhibition”, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
 - “Dieu Donné Benefit Auction Honoring Richard Tuttle”, Pace Gallery, New York, NY
 - "Fourth International Mezzotint Festival", Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia
- “In Defense of Life: Benefit Exhibition for the NRDC & Sean Casey Animal Rescue”, Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, New York, NY
- “New Prints 2017/Winter: Idols and Impossible Structures”, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY


2016
 - “Standing Rock Benefit Exhibition”, Rogue Space, New York, NY
 - “New York Society of Etchers: Intaglio and Monotype Prints”, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
- “Islenk Graphik Print Exchange”, Islenk Graphik, Reykjavík, Iceland
- “MAPC Conference: Carrier Pigeon”, Portland Museum, Louisville, KY
- “9th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition (BIMPE IX)”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
- “Carrier Pigeon: Then and Now”, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown, PA
- “Dialogues in Printmaking”, IPCNA, Lima, Peru
- “Beyond the Norm”, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
- “Small Prints '16”, Atelier 6000, Bend, OR
- “Ink, Press, Repeat”, University Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
- “Orígenes de la Luz”, Galería de la Casa de la Cultura Plazuelas, Mexico; Galería Desiderio Hernández Xichitiozin, Mexico
- “California's Future?”, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA
- “Southern Graphics Conference 2016: Carrier Pigeon”, Portland State University, Portland, OR
- “Impress 2016”, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, United Kingdom


2015
- “Portraits in Print”, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
- “Published by the Artist”, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY
- “CP14 Release”, Sugarlift, Brooklyn, NY
- "Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Print Biennial", Lunder Arts Center at the Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA
- "The Future: The Los Angeles Printmaking Society International Exchange Exhibition", Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
- "Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial", Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- "Third International Mezzotint Festival", Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia
- “15th Anniversary of the New York Society of Etchers”, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY
- “Equus and Such”, Mehu Gallery, New York, NY
- “Wanderlust”, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Australia
- “Carrier Pigeon”, Atelier-Galerie21, Cologne, Germany
 - “Made Here”, Guttenberg Arts Gallery, Guttenberg, NJ
 - “Delta National Small Prints Exhibition”, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR 


2014
- “Prints and Drawings Salon Show”, Mehu Gallery, New York, NY
- “25th Annual International Small Prints Show”, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL
- “The Red and the Black”, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY
- “40 42' N / 37 48' S: A Joint Exhibition of Intaglio Prints by New York and Melbourne, Australia Artists”, National Arts Club, New York, NY
- “I Live Here: SIPMA (Society of International Printmakers and Artists) Juried Exhibition”, New Jersey City Universities Galleries, Jersey City, NJ
- “Beyond the Bookcase”, Mondrian Soho, New York, NY
- “Made in New York, Made in Seoul”, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; The Korea Society, New York, NY
- “Animalis”, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, New York, NY
- “Pushing the Limits”, Central Booking Gallery, New York, NY
- “Downstate/Upstate”, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press, Ithaca, NY
- "New Work New York", Chicago Printmakers Collective, Chicago, IL
- "Pigeon Prints", Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY

2013
- "Pistol Packing Print", EMOA Gallery, New York, NY
 - "New York Society of Etchers and Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Exhibition of Intaglio Prints", National Arts Club, New York, NY
- "CREEPS IV Release", Desert Island, New York, NY
- "Unbounded", Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
- "Los Angeles Printmaking Society 21st National Exhibition", California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, CA
- "3rd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints", National Arts Club, New York, NY
- "New Print", Bushwick Print Lab, Queens, NY
- "Carrier Pigeon Artists", Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill, NY
- "Printmaking International Biennial", Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Peru
- "From Plate to Paper: The Art of Printmaking", Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
- "23rd National Small Prints Exhibition", University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
 - "New York City Artists For Sandy Hook Elementary", Sandy Hook, CT


 2012
- “New York Society of Etcher’s Director’s Exhibition”, National Arts Club, New York, NY
- “2nd Annual Juried Show”, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY
- “Artist Driven 2”, Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY
- “Carrier Pigeon Issue 7 Release”, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown, PA
- “The Rock of Art”, Mount Kisco Public Library, Westchester, NY
- “Prints Alive”, Coney Island Museum, New York, NY
- “Print This”, MF Gallery, Italy


 2011
- "Open Studios", School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
- “Artist Driven”, Powerhouse Arena, New York, NY
- “International Exhibition of Contemporary Works on Paper”, NYCoo Gallery, New York, NY
- “Social Justice”, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press, Ithaca, NY
- “Visions in Print”, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
- “Creeps II”, Causey Contemporary, New York, NY
- “1st Anniversary Exhibition”, Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, New York, NY 


2010
- “Postcards from the Edge”, ZieherSmith, New York, NY
- “Etchings and Monotypes”, Pyramida Centre for the Arts, Israel
- “10th Anniversary Exhibition”, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
- “Classical Myths Transformed”, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
- “Dark Visions in Print”, Sacred Gallery, New York, NY 


2009
- “Etchings and Monotypes”, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
- “Night of 1001 Prints”, M55Art Gallery, New York, NY


RESIDENCIES//HONORS
- Artist Member of the Los Angeles Printmakers Society, CA, 2013-Present
- Member on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Etchers, NY, 2012-Present
- Fourth Prize (Juror's Merit Award) from "Ink, Press, Repeat", Juror: Phil Sanders (PS Marlowe), 2016
- Drs. Phyllis and Warren Skaug Sponsorship (Juror's Merit Award) from "Delta National Small Prints Exhibition", Juror: Ruth Lingen (Pace Prints), 2015
- Space Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Art, Guttenberg, NJ, 2015
- Print Club of New York Showcase Artist, New York, NY, 2014
- Space Time Artist Pilot Residency at Guttenberg Art, Guttenberg, NJ, 2014
- Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship Recipient, New York, NY, 2013
- A/E Ventures Foundation Grant Recipient, New York, NY, 2012 


PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS
- Museum of the Dog, New York, NY 2019

- International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY 2019
- "Off Our Rockers", Mezzotint Demonstration with Aaron Coleman, SGCI, Las Vegas, NV, 2018
- Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, 2018
- Pratt Fine Arts, Seattle, WA, 2018
- Wagner College, Staten Island, NY 2017
- International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY 2017


ARTIST TALKS

- EVAC Panel Discussion, Manhattan CollegeNYC, 2019
- Showcase Artists for the Print Club of New York, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, 2014
- Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY, 2013
- School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2013


PUBLICATIONS
- The HAND Magazine, Issue 9
- Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction & Fine Art, Issues 6, 7, 8, 11 & 13
- Creeps Annual, Issues II & IV
- Sundays Zine Issue 7


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
- SGC International Archives
- Portland State University, Portland, OR
- Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
- Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia
- Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, New York, NY


EDUCATION
School of Visual Arts, BFA 2011



WORK EXPERIENCE

- Pace Prints, Gallery Manager, New York, NY, June 2019 - Present
- Dieu Donné, Program & Communications Manager, Brooklyn, NY, August 2016 - January 2018, November 2018 - June 2019

- International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), Administrative Assistant, New York, NY, August 2018 - October 2018

- Planthouse, Studio Manager, New York, NY, January 2018-July 2018
- International Print Center New York (IPCNY), Communications Coordinator, March 2014 - July 2016
- Manhattan Graphics Center, Programs Manager, New York, NY, Oct. 2013 - March 2015
- Bushwick Print Lab, Studio Manager, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 2012 - Sept. 2013


CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
- “Published by the Artist”, Co-Curated with Printmakers Anonymous and Rob Swainston, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, NY
- "Building Power: A Benefit for VOCAL-NY and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights", Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY 2019

- "Support NY: A Benefit Exhibition for City Harvest and VOCAL-NY", East Village Social, New York, NY, 2018

- “In Defense of Life: A Benefit Exhibition for the NRDC & Sean Casey Animal Rescue”, Blackburn 20/20, New York, NY, 2017
- “No Borders: An Exhibition to Support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) & International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)”, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2017
 - “Standing Rock Benefit Exhibition”, Rogue Space, New York, NY, 2016
- “Animalis”, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, New York, NY, 2014
- “Immaculate: Reflections of Mary”, MF Gallery, New York, NY, 2012
- “Visions in Print”, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY, 2011
- “Dark Visions in Print”, Sacred Gallery, New York, NY, 2010