Anna Schuleit Haber is a visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, drawing, installation art, architecture, history, and community. Her works have ranged from museum installations made with paint, to large-scale projects in forests, on uninhabited islands, and in psychiatric institutions, using extensive sound systems, live sod, thousands of flowers, mirrors, antique telephones, bodies of water, and neuroscience technologies. Anna studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, creative writing at Dartmouth, and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard. She was named a MacArthur Fellow for work that has “conceptual clarity, compassion, and beauty.” Current projects revolve around seriality and memory, and include a body of 104 paintings based on Thomas Bernhard’s short fiction, as well as large-scale drawing commissions for architecture.
Anna has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Blue Mountain Center, The Hermitage, Yaddo, Banff, 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.
Her 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 a set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance in 2010. She was 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, based on four colors and their RGB-spectrum equivalent intervals in music. New projects include The Voice Imitator, a creative collaboration of 104 paintings and 104 pieces for solo piano based on the short prose by Thomas Bernhard, which won a 2013 NYFA award, as well as her second set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance at New York Live Arts, using light to combine her drawings with dance in real time.
In 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. Anna won the competition, and the project is now in its development phase, with Montserrat College of Art acting as the primary commissioning agent and strategic umbrella. Anna has been working in close collaboration with student interns and local arts administrators.
In 2014, Anna gave her first commencement speech, Believe the Bird, started working on a new museum commission for Fitchburg, MA in 2015, and moved to New Orleans with her husband, Yotam Haber, a composer. A selection of The Voice Imitator paintings will be on view in a solo show in December 2014 in NYC. Details to come.