Ann Marie Auricchio (b. 1972, Queens, NY) is a New Orleans based painter and installation artist whose vibrant and energetic compositions personify fictional landscapes conveying human sentience through abstract gesture. While born out of the artist’s own profound and formative life experiences, the universal themes throughout her work intend to provide the viewer with relation and resonance. Auricchio earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1994) She has attended fully funded residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center (2021/22) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2023). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Ferrara Showman Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and Michael Warren Contemporary (Denver, CO) She has participated in many group exhibitions nationally in commercial galleries as well as with alternative and institutional spaces such as White Columns NY, the Painting Center NY, the Alexandria Museum LA, and the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans. Auricchio held a 25-year tenure in the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and designer for film, theater, and television until 2015. She worked on projects for award-winning classics such as Requiem for a Dream, Broadway’s Lion King, and mega-films like John Wick. The experiences and skillset acquired through those years have helped inform her installation work, and sense of scale found throughout all of her mediums. Included in many private collections, Auricchio’s work also belongs to several corporate collections, including Azamara Cruise Lines and the Scott Companies.
1994 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art
2023 Virginia Center of Creative Arts | Karen Shea and Gabe Silverman Endowment Funded Fall Residency
2021/22 The Joan Mitchell Center Residency | Fully funded through the Joan Mitchell Foundation
Solo + Two-Person Exhibitions
2024 Ferrara Showman Gallery | Burning Inside: Ann Marie Auricchio, New Orleans, LA
2023 Michael Warren Contemporary | We Are All Heroes: Ann Marie Auricchio, Denver, CO.
2022 Octavia Gallery | Inner Worlds/Outer Worlds: Ann Marie Auricchio & Sherry Owens, New Orleans, LA
2022 The Front Gallery | Works on Paper: Ann Marie Auricchio, New Orleans, LA.
2020 Pop-up @454 Julia | Yellin in My Ear, New Orleans, LA.
2000 The NY Body Archive | New Skin, New York, NY
2023 IBIS Gallery | An Outside Chance. New Orleans, LA.
2022 The Painting Center New York | Ethereal Communication, New York, NY.
Art Conscious New Orleans | Phantasma, curated by Elliot Stokes. New Orleans, LA.
Upstart Modern | Resilience/A Visual Proclamation, Sausalito, CA
Contemporary Art Center NOLA | Remember Earth, curated by Erin Antonak, New Orleans, LA.
Michael Warren Contemporary | Selection of Gallery Artists Spring Exhibition, Denver, CO
Louisiana Tech University | Possible Impossible Worlds / 6th Louisiana Biennial Juried by Rebecca Hart.
2021 Octavia Gallery | Ann Marie Auricchio, Mia Kaplan, Erika Larkin- Gaudet, New Orleans, LA
Octavia Gallery | Selections from the Roster, South Hampton Art Fair. The Hamptons, NY.
The Painting Center New York | Once in a Year, juried group show. New York, NY.
EDNA Contemporary | Abstraction, Landscape, and Light, San Luis Obispo CA
2020 Alexandria Museum of Art | 33rd September Juried Exhibition juried by Kristen Miller Zohn, Louisiana
Shaw Center for the Arts Mansfield Gallery | ArtFlow 2020 Group Show, Baton Rouge, LA
2019 SITE:Brooklyn Gallery | Landscape: Real And Imagined, j juried by Eileen Jeng Lynch. New York, NY
2016 Martine Chaisson Gallery | Spring Group Show. New Orleans
2000 White Columns | Foreign Bodies, New York, NY
1999 White Columns | Outer Burroughs, New York, NY
1999. ABC No RIO | Beware the Ides of March, New York, NY
1998 Postmasters | WAR, New York, NY
2023 Old-school ideas about art and literature get an update, Denver post critic Ray Rinaldi
2022 We Hit the Road in Search of the Flyover States’ Most Exciting Creatives, Print magazine by Chloe Gordon
2021 The Creatives, Adore Magazine By Katy Danos and Michaela Bechler
2016 Studio Visit Magazine: Volume Thirty Three, juried selection by Michael Lash
My work leans into the tension between the strength of the natural world and the fragility of the self. Through both abstract painting, and immersive installation spaces, I create metaphorical landscapes to confront challenging emotional experiences.
In my paintings, repetitive, forceful brushstrokes and lyrical linear tethers of acrylic paint overlay thin washes of saturated color. The imagery within my work conjures likenesses to underwater volcanic eruptions, falling down woodland paths, and the tangling of vines, bramble, and power lines. Frenetic vibrations created through mark-making are a reflection of profound anxiety, anger, and grief, while a simultaneous predisposition toward hope imbues my palette with luminosity. Within my installations, shards of wood and discarded bits of plastic and wire bathe in the flickering light of digital projections. An eminent sense of overwhelm and gravity is conveyed through the size of the paintings in relation to the body, and the immersive scale of the built environments.The resulting abstract spaces express a tumultuous environment striving towards understanding - finding a balance between chaos and serenity.
Emotion powers my work. It is how I find meaning in the making and form connections with the viewer. As I navigate overwhelming realities of personal, social, political, and environmental crises, I focus my practice on the energetic resonance and repercussions of moving through and within these realities – giving a visual voice to what feels like a fiery rumble that never quiets.