“The dichotomies we are effected by and that which define us are the root and structure behind the work: how we are connecting or being ripped apart, what we have or lack, when we are strong vs. weak and aware or oblivious, here in the present and then gone.
My interest lies in how a subtle or vast shift alters relationships. My work continues to explore the fine line between perception and imagination of these relationships through an articulation of compositional effects. Using line and form, I determine how much or how little information is necessary to communicate these shifts.
Although abstract, my work is influenced by formal principles. I use these principles both literally and metaphorically as the vocabulary with which I develop my compositions.”
Xanda McCagg is a painter who's work has been shown in both individual and selected group exhibitions in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and internationally in Budapest, Hungary. Her abstract compositions, rooted in figurative concepts are made with oil, graphite and collage. McCagg’s work has been collected extensively by private individuals and is also in the Alliance Capital Management collection. Along with a BFA in Art Education from Boston University she has completed Fellowship and residencies at C.A.M.A.C Marnay Sur Seine, France, The American Academy Rome, Italy, Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, The Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams MA, and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT.
She balances her time between painting and running her business: Art Introductions, art tours and events with a social twist. Launched in 2014 McCagg began:“Xanda McCagg Project Gallery “; a subsidiary of Art Introductions. As an extension of her studio practice this gallery setting is a forum for exhibition and events highlighting artists and art forms that embody and framework for education, discussion and inspiration for the public. McCagg works in her her Chelsea, NY studio.
Selected Recent Exhibitions
Teaching and Professional Experience
2001-2009 THE NEW SCHOOL: VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM New York, NY
Part-Time Faculty: Drawing, Painting, and Collage
2006 – Present ART INTRODUCTIONS, LLC. New York, NY
Director/Owner: Art Tours and Events, Tour Guide and Host., www.artintroductions.com
2004- Present HIGH LINE OPEN STUDIOS, New York, NY
Founder/Team Leader: Artist Open Studios and Group Exhibitions
McCAGG’S paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide.
2015 Muse Gallery, Hilton Head ,SC
2014 Holstetler Gallery , Nantucket, Ma. August 2014
2013 Studio 7D solo show April 2013
2012 Galerie Charlot, Paris France Painting October 17-November17th
2012 Ground Arts, NYC Paper: Work Group Exhibition curated by Kelly Worman April 2012
2011 STANDPIPE Gallery, NYC “Xanda McCagg Paintings” March 17th-April 9th
2011 POOL Art Fair, NYC March 3-6
2011 Art 101, Brooklyn NY “NEW WORK” January 14th – February 6th
2010 POOL Art Fair, Miami Florida December 4-6th
2010 Art 101 Miniatures, Brooklyn, NY December 1-23rd
2010 SideShow Gallery It’s A Wonderful 10th Brooklyn, NY January 9-February 20th
2009 Mystic Art Center 53rd Regional Juried Carolina Pedraza, juror, Aldrich Contemporary Art
2009 Museum ArtBridge ArtBridge: First Exposure
2009 Public Art Piece New York, NY
2008 Art Gotham Painting (solo) New York, NY October 1st – November 30th
2008 Stamford Art Association Faber Birren- National Color Award Show, Stamford, CT
2008 Attleboro Arts Museum Out of the Blue- National Juried Exhibition, Attleboro, MA
2008 Abstract EXPOsure Best in Show Winner, July Exhibition, abstractexposure.com, July
2008 Projekt30 A Glass Darkly- Juried Online Competition, project30.com
2007 Michael Ingbar Gallery New York, NY Mulry Fine Arts West Palm Beach, FL New Year – New Art
2006 Dana Hall School Between Generations, Wellesley, MA
2006 SideShow Gallery War is Over Brooklyn, NY
2004 A.I.R. Gallery Sketches New York, NY
2003 2B Gallery 2nd International Hanger Show Budapest, Hungary
2002 Washington Square East Galleries 25t Small Works Barbara Millstein, Curator Brooklyn Museum of Art