Anna Schuleit Haber is a visual artist who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome. After graduating from art school in 1998 she worked on two site-specific installations: Habeas Corpus at the abandoned Northampton State Hospital (2000), and Bloom for the closing of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (2003). From 2001 to 2004 she was a visiting artist at a psychiatric institution in Westborough, MA, that was being downsized and phased out, ending in another closure. During that time she also documented the closing of Medfield State Hospital.
In 2005 she completed a master’s degree in creative writing / book arts at Dartmouth. From 2005 to 2007 she was commissioned by the ICA Boston to develop a site-specific project, Intertidal, for the military ruins of Lovells Island in Boston Harbor. In 2007 she created Landlines, a large-scale project that brought dozens of children together with artists, telephones, and the general public, in the forest surrounding the MacDowell Colony. In 2010 she was the visiting artist at UMass Amherst and completed Just a Rumor, a site-specific project involving a face, a pond, and wild ducks.
Anna has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Blue Mountain Center, The Hermitage, Yaddo, Banff, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and a visiting artist / guest lecturer at Brown University, MIT, Smith College, Harvard, The New School, Brandeis, University of Michigan, McGill, RISD, Boston University, Pratt, Bowdoin, and Syracuse University. In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Anna’s paintings have been shown at Coleman Burke Gallery in New York, the Rhodes Art Center, MA, the Brattleboro Museum, VT, Mousonturm, Frankfurt, and at the Chocolate Factory in New York in Here Rests Peggy, a set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance in 2010. Her new projects include The Voice Imitator, a creative collaboration with the composer Yotam Haber, of 104 paintings and 104 pieces for solo piano based on the short prose by Thomas Bernhard, as well as her second set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance at New York Live Arts. She was invited to be the visiting artist for the 2012 Benson Forum on Creativity at the Eastman School of Music, creating a project together with four young composers, Room for Five, which premiered on April 17, 2012.
In early 2013 Anna was chosen as one of three finalists to submit designs for public art in downtown Beverly, Mass., as part of the National Endowment for the Arts, (NEA) Arts and Cultural District Public Art Competition, hosted by the city of Beverly, Montserrat College of Art and Beverly Main Streets.
She is based in Brooklyn. Click here to see the new work.