The Vault Collective NYC presents Close Quarters, a three-person show, featuring works by studiomates Rachel Sard, Jodi Gerbi, and Amy Hughes. All three artists are oil painters who share an interest in representational subject matter as well as a passion for technique.
About the Collective The Vault Collective is a small but growing group of emerging artists who share everything from resources and opportunities to studio space and snacks. The Vault's members feel that the challenging and often isolating career path of an artist is best navigated with company.
About the Artists Rachel Sardis a New York artist who earned her MFA in painting from The New York Academy of Art (NYAA). She received NYAA’s Portraits Inc. Award in 2016, the Acquavella Portrait Scholarship, and the Gamblin Paint Award in 2015. Before attending NYAA, Sard completed residencies and fellowships at the Brooklyn Art Space, the School of Visual Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. She graduated with a BFA in painting and a minor in writing from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Sard was awarded the Hazel H. Huntsinger Memorial Prize in Painting by Washington University in 2011 and 2012. She also studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence in 2010. Sard's work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including Sotheby’s, The Brooklyn Museum, Magnan Metz, and Trestle Gallery in New York, and ArtDimensions Gallery and Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis. Her work has been highlighted in Vogue and can be found in online and print publications including The Artist's Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and Manifest Press. A commissioned portrait of hers hangs in the public collection of The New York County Lawyers' Association.
Jodi Gerbiwas born in New York and grew up in Freehold, New Jersey. As a child, she painted and drew to escape a tough and often frightening childhood. She graduated Syracuse University with a BFA in 1993 and spent 15 years as a graphic artist creating art for children’s clothes. Her freelance job ended in 2008 and this became an opportunity to finally pursue painting fully. Wanting more knowledge, Gerbi went back to school and graduated with a MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2016. Her work is about human connection: if we strip away the specifics of what each person has experienced as individuals and just had the representation of the emotion, we could see, not only, that we are not different, but also that we feel the same basic emotions. Although these feelings represented in her work are specific to her, they are connected to emotions that every person has felt. Her hope is the general representation of these feelings through the use of objects offers viewers a way into her work and shared emotions.
Born in Leicestershire, UK in 1992, Amy Hughes spent her years growing up between Cheshire, UK and Moscow, Russia. In July 2013 she received a degree in BA Hons Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University, UK. At her undergraduate show, she was awarded the 'purchase prize' by the Liverpool Women's Hospital, where a painting can be found in private collection. She most recently graduated from a two-year full-time MFA program at the New York Academy of Art. During her studies, she was awarded an Academy Merit Scholarship and HRH The Prince of Wales Scholarship (MFA 2016). Since graduating, Amy has continued to exhibit her work in both solo and group shows, working as an instructor of painting and as an Artist in Residence in the UK and New York. Most notably she has sold work at Sotheby’s NY and was recently a finalist for the Westminster Kennel Club painting competition in New York City. Her work has been featured in several publications, including W Magazine, Purple Fashion Magazine, Southwest Art, Aesthetica, Liverpool Hope Magazine, The Northwich Guardian, Cheshire Life, The Good University Guide, and Creative Quarterly.