Category Archives: The Abandoned Series

Follow my progress on the Abandoned Series. With your patronage, these abandoned barns will once again be loved!

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My artwork has been selected to be available on Artspace! Check it out, I love the “view in a room” feature!

Greenpoint Open Studios

I was blown away by all the positive feedback I received during Greenpoint Open Studios. The studio was packed from start to finish both days! I barely had time to start my newest drawing, “New Purpose,” but enjoyed the brief moments where I could share my process with the viewers. I even reconnected with visitors who remembered my work from last time in the old studio. “Importance” was a show stopper, as well as “Paths of Memory.” The drawing “Bask” stole the show when it sold on the first day! So glad it’s gone to a great home of another amazing artist. I met the artist Mick Theebs, who asked to take my picture with a statement for his art blog, Also That. (Update: After this, I was September’s featured artist on Also That!)

Greenpoint Open Studios was featured in the NYTimes!:


Even if you missed it, you can still be a fly on the wall by watching this one-minute time-lapse video of the entire two-day event:

Conception Gallery: Armory Week Salon

Honored to have my work in this show by Conception Gallery during Armory Week, only a block away from Pulse Art Fair. The opening was packed, and I sold the drawing, “Love is Being Flexible”!

 Armory Week Salon: Opening Reception

Friday March 3rd – 7pm – 11pm

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Disquieting Vicinities

Honored to have my ink painting “Release” in this show at Owen James Gallery in January!


Featured on Two Coats of Paint

Press Release:

Disquieting Vicinities

Colleen Blackard, Rachael Gorchov, Karen Marston and Elin Rodseth

Owen James Gallery  61 Greenpoint Ave, Suite 315 Brooklyn, NY 11222

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“Drawers Drawing” at Galerie Protege

aicampbellshowimageDrawers Drawing
Curated by Alison Pierz

Galerie Protégé
197 9th Avenue, lower level Chelsea Frames
New York, NY 10011 

October 8th-November 5th, 2015
Opening reception Thursday Oct 8th, 6-8pm

Artists: James Bills, Colleen Blackard, Ai Campbell, Joseph Karwacki, Tim Maxwell and Jaanika Peerna. Curated by Alison Pierz

The art of drawing is sometimes seen in a subordinate role to the traditionally dominant media of painting. After the rapid broadening of the art world to include conceptual, performance, multi-media, digital and countless other modes, it is slightly surprising in the twenty first century to encounter working artists who choose drawing as their primary, or in some cases, sole method of expression.

People who draw are technically referred to as draughtsman, which seems to suggest that their efforts are considered a step in a process. One draws a preliminary sketch, or plan – a draft – to be interpreted and developed into something else at a future date. The artists presented in Drawers Drawing have all made the choice to be “drawers” and consider their mark making an end product in itself.

The title is a reference to an early 1970s documentary that celebrated the high profile American painters of the mid twentieth century. In contrast, this exhibition showcases a group of artists with diverse origins in places like Japan, Estonia and Texas. Their artistic backgrounds and references include traditional Japanese brushwork, comic book art, tattooing, mathematics and movement. Pencil, pen and ink, marker and dry pastel are juxtaposed alongside each other in an inspired display of line, form and color.

Some of the works are presented as one might encounter them in an artist’s studio, for example a sketchbook opened to a single page, a large work on paper tacked to the wall, as though the artist has stepped away and might return to make additions and changes. Others highlight the diversity possible in drawing by being presented as three-dimensional installations and sculpture. Drawers Drawing celebrates the ancient human act of mark making and the artists who engage with it.

Closing Reception Update:

At the last minute, as we began de-installing the work, a dear friend and collector who has been following my work since my first show recognized the drawing, Taurus (Hyades), from my first “For the Universe” series and came to the gallery to acquire it. So grateful for the support, and glad it went to a happy home!

Installation Shots:

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New Studio!

"Colleen in the Studio," by Shannon Soule

“Colleen in the Studio,” by Shannon Soule


The Historic Pencil Factory Building

Last month I moved into my new studio in the Pencil Factory! So grateful for the 10ft walls, beautiful south-facing windows, and much needed space for the new large “Abandoned Series” drawings. Come for a visit during the next Greenpoint Open Studios!

Follow me on Periscope as @ColleenBlackard to watch me draw LIVE in the new studio!

Broadcasting Tuesday evenings from 9:00-10:00 PM EST

@ColleenBlackard on Periscope

@ColleenBlackard on Periscope

New and Available Drawings in the Abandoned Series

Creating “Hold Me (Love Me)” for the Abandoned Series

Hold Me (Love Me)

Hold Me (Love Me), 2015, Prismacolor marker on canvas, 3ft x 4ft


Creation of Hold Me (Love Me)

Sunken Depths

Creating “Fate” for the Abandoned Series



Creation of "Fate"

Creation of “Fate”