Maureen McCabe | Assemblage

On view March 5 – March 31, 2018

Art reception on March 10th  Saturday 6 – 8:30 pm

EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT


“I am very aware of color theory in my work, and I’ve always thought of myself as a constructivist  artist. My favorite quote about my work still is, ‘…that I make the piece look effortless, like great ballet.’ ” – M.M.

McCabe’s collages consist predominantly of drawn images, personal keepsakes, real gold and silver, as well as found objects such as toys, prints, coins, tokens, cards, antiques, talismans, and magic relics.  Despite their many elements, the boxes are not random, but rather highly researched fragments of experience curated around a focused theme.  Though small in scale, they are colorful, dynamic, and demanding of attention.  They are journeys of the imagination – collections of desires, dreams, and fantasies – manifested in a time capsule-like manner that is both personal as well as evocative on a more mysterious, magical level.


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2005 Boston Globe review (click here)

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(B. 1947) Maureen McCabe is an internationally recognized and celebrated collagist, known primarily for her playful yet carefully composed box constructions.  She honed this style while pursuing an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the early 1970s, after receiving a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1969.

Following her formal art training, McCabe received a National Endowment for the Arts grant through the Renwick Gallery, as well as a Mellon Grant to conduct research for a new course at Connecticut College, “Women in Modern Art.”  She completed residencies at Yaddo, an artists’ community in Saratoga Springs, NY, Cite des Arts in Paris (sponsored by Darthea Speyer of the Darthea Speyer Gallery), and the Bellagio Study and Conference Center at the Villa Serbelloni (sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988).

McCabe received the 1997-1998 John S. King Faculty Teaching Award, and was named “Joanne Toor Cummings ‘50 Professor of Studio Art” in 2001 for her work at Connecticut College, where she taught for four decades.  Her retirement from teaching in 2011 was marked by an exhibition of her work, Swan Song, at the college’s Cummings Arts Center.  It was a celebration and showcase of her ability to create complex narratives that combine popular American culture, ancient mythology, and the folklore of her Irish heritage.

Her oeuvre follows in the tradition of artists such as Joseph Cornell, whose work is often associated with the French Surrealists.  Both Cornell and McCabe’s box constructions maintain a poetic and dream-like quality in their loose narratives and carefully posed and floating elements, but also draw directly from the physical, material worlds of their respective eras.  This juxtaposition of the otherworldly with the iconic objects of contemporary, everyday life was McCabe’s goal, as she strived to create artwork that was at once familiar and strange, contemporary and timeless.



Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Professor Emeritus of Studio Art

Connecticut College, New London (1971-2011)



EBK Gallery, Hartford, Conn. 2018

The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Conn., 1995, 2011, 2017

The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, Tenn., 2007-2008

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Wash., 2006

Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass., 2005

Homer Babbidge Library Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 2004

Kouros Gallery, New York City, N.Y., 2001, 2003

ALVA Gallery, New London, Conn. 2000, 2003

Network Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Pontiac, Mich., 1999

Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Ill. 1998

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Conn., 1996

Gallery K, Washington, D.C., 1972, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1995

Sackler Gallery, Stamford Performing Arts Center, Stamford, Conn., 1990

Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York City, N.Y., 1985

Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 1984

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Conn., 1981

Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 1978

Allan Stone Gallery, New York City, NY, 1972, 1975, 1977

The Arts and Crafts Center of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1976

Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 1972

State University of New York at Oneonta, N.Y., 1970



Allan Stone Projects, New York City ,N.Y. Sorcery and Craft, 2017

The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Conn. All Paintings Great and Small, 2015, 2016

Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, N.Y. Summer Contemporary, 2014

Hollis Taggart Galleries, Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Fla. 2014

Allan Stone Gallery, New York City, N.Y. 1974, 1978, 1979, 2000, 2010

Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, N.Y. The Image in the Box, 2008-2009

American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C., Remembering Marc and Komei, 2006

Kouros Gallery, Contemporary Art Fair, Greece, Art Athina, 2003

Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass., Realism Now, 2003

9th Int’l Exhibition of Contemporary Collage, (ARTCOLLE), Paris/Sergines, France 2002

Barry Friedman, Ltd., Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill., ART CHICAGO, 1998

Boston University, Mass., Fuller Building Gallery, Metaphor for Ireland, 1997

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vt., Excavating Culture, 1996

Babcock Galleries, New York City, N.Y., The Peaceable Kingdom: Animals in Art, 1994

Lumina Gallery, Taos, N.M., 1993

Henry Deford III Gallery, Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City, N.Y., Joseph Cornell: Revisited, 1992

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Conn., Resonance, 1992

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Conn., Dreamscapes, 1988, Matters of the Heart, 1992

University of Connecticut, Atrium Gallery, Storrs, Conn., Spiritual Cargo, 1991

Old State House, Hartford, Conn., Vision and Imagination, 1990

Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Conn., 1989 Connecticut Biennial

Traveling Exhibition: New England Now — Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University; Bowdoin College Museum of Art; Currier Gallery of Art; Decordova and Dana Museum; Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont; New Britain Museum of Art, 1988-89

Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, Conn., Chosen Two, 1985

Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, Imagenes en Cajas, 1985

Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C., Poetic Objects, (curated by Walter Hopps) 1983

Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York City, N.Y., Area Code 914-203, 1982-83

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., Animal Images, 1981

John Koller Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wis., The Unpainted Portrait, 1979

Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, 1978

Traveling Exhibition: Connecticut Painting Drawing and Sculpture — Connecticut College, New London; New Britain Museum of American Art; Carlson Art Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Conn., 1978

Traveling Exhibition under Smithsonian Institution Auspices 1978-80: Artists’ Postcard Show — 24 museums including SoHo Drawing Center, 1977-79

Traveling Exhibition: Object as Poet — Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City, N.Y. and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1977

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn., Selected Connecticut Artists, 1973



The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, Tenn., lecture, 2007

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Wash., lecture, 2006

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vt., lecture, 1996

American Irish Historical Society, New York City, N.Y., lecture, 1994

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Visiting Artist, 1990

U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, lecture, 1998

University of Delaware, 1976, 1980, 1984

Smithsonian, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., Poet/Artist Collaboration, 1977

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.: Visiting Sculpture Critic, 1976;

Careers for Women in the Arts, 1975;

What Happens to Painters? 1974



Named the Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Professor of Studio Art, Connecticut College, 2001

John S. King Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence, Connecticut College, 1997-98

Connecticut Artists’ Collection — two works selected by The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, 1992

Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Individual Artist Grant, 1980

Mellon Grant for Women’s Studies, preparation for course: Women in Modern Art, 1976



American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, 2006

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland, 1995

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H., Fall 1988

Artist-in-Residence, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, 1988

The Fabric Workshop Residency, Philadelphia, Pa., 1978

Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Residency, sponsored by Darthea Speyer Galerie, Paris, France, 1977-78

Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine, residency sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts for Artist and Poet Collaboration, 1976. Resulting works were shown at the Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., The Object as Poet, December 1976 to June 1977 and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City, 1977

Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1975



Jeff and Betsey Cooley, Old Lyme, Conn.

David and Mary Dangremond, Old Lyme Conn. David and Linda Frankel, Miami, Fla.

Barry Friedman, New York, N.Y. Alva Greenberg, New York, N.Y. Malcoln Knapp, New York, N.Y.

Robert and Arlene Kogod, Washington, D.C. Michael and Bernadette Monroe, Bellevue, Wash. Beau R. Ott, Philadelphia, Penn.

Christopher and Rebecca Steiner, Old Lyme, Conn. Walter and Linda Wick, Miami, Fla.



Dictionary of International Biography World Who’s Who of Women

Who’s Who in American Art



MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1971 — Booth Scholarship BFA Rhode Island School of Design, 1969 — Ford Scholarship



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