Mona Brody is a contemporary U.S. artist from West Orange, New Jersey. Solo Exhibitions include: The Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (Newark, NJ), Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ), Wood Art Gallery, Vermont College (Montpelier, Vt), Treasure Room Gallery, Interchurch Center (New York, NY), New Jersey Center for Visual Arts (Summit, NJ).
Public Collections include: The Museum of Modern Art Library (NY), The Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ). The New Jersey State Museum (Trenton, New Jersey). The Jersey City Museum (Jersey City, NJ). The Morris Museum (Morristown. NJ), The Noyes Museum (Oceanville, NJ), Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Rutgers State University (New Brunswick, NJ), Boleslawiec Art Museum, (Boleslawiec, Poland), Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum (Marshall, Minnesota).
Fellowships & Honors include: Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (Rutgers State University), New Jersey Artist/Teacher Dodge Foundation, Dodge Foundation Residency for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Sweet Briar, Va.), Visiting Artist at the 33rd International Sculpture Symposium In Boleslawiec, Poland, Contemporary Art Center, Artist Residency Award (North Adams, Massachusetts).
Academic: She was a visiting Assistant Adjunct Professor 2007 at Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, NY Her other mentoring ocontribution have included Art Reach, City Without Walls, Newark NJ, Mapping No Boundaries: An HIV/AIDS Project, “Educating Through the Arts” Visual AIDS, New York, Educational Coordinator, responsible for creating partnerships and art projects: The Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, Jersey City Museum, Visual AIDS Archive Artists, Newark Art Museum Film Series & Lecture, Brooklyn Museum Collaboration. She spent many years as a public school art teacher, educating young minds and helping good artists become amazing, at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in New Jersey.
My work is influenced by family genealogy, responses to the physical world, personal documents, as well as found and handmade objects. These sources have inspired a series of fragmented images that address a glimpse into self-reflection and recollection. Wood panels and paper support, charcoal, pencil, paint, transferred images, collage and wax. The layered surfaces veil and obscure what is beneath the surface, hidden experiences that elicit the viewer to explore.
" everything of which I know, but of which I am not at the moment thinking; everything of which I was once conscious but have now forgotten..." Jung "
2007 New Jersey Center for Visual Arts "From Fragment to Object" Summit, NJ
2003 Studio Montclair: Meet the Artist Series "Framed Evidence", Montclair Library Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2002 Pierro Gallery of South Orange "New Evidence" South Orange, NJ
1998 Gallery at Newark Academy "Beyond the Wall" Livingston, NJ
1997 Aljira, A Center of Contemporary Art "Mona Brody: Recent Works" Newark, NJ
1996 Pine Gallery "An Installation" Fairlawn, NJ
1993 The Montclair Art Museum "Works in Progress" Montclair, NJ
1993 DDC Fine Arts Gallery "From the Journey Series" Montclair, NJ
1992 Kent Place Gallery "Paintings and Works on Paper" Summit, NJ
1991 Treasure Room Gallery "New Works with the Earth" New York, NY
1987 Pleiades Gallery "A Story" New York, NY
1986 Center Gallery "Words and Visual Images" OCCC, Demarest, NJ
Selected Honors, Awards and Grants
2005 New Jersey Artist/Teacher Fellowship, Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant. The Governor’s Award in Arts Education, New Jersey State Department of Education VSA Arts Education Award, VSA Arts of New Jersey
2004/2002 Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
2001/2000 Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Artist & Master Printer Norwalk, CT
1998 Gradiva Award National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis New York, NY
1997 The 33rd International Ceramic and Sculpture Symposium Boleslawiec, Poland
Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
Jersey City Art Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
Boleslawiec Cultural Center & Museum, Boleslawiec, Poland
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
The Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton, NJ
The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Nancy Einreinhofer-Director, Ben Shahn Galleries, West Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
- Raynor, Vivien (4 February 1996). "ART;In 70's Deja Vu, Drawing Returns as a Quirky End in Itself". The New York Times. p. 14. Retrieved 28 September 2011.