The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts will host CCAD Fine Arts alumna Inka Essenhigh (CCAD 1991) for the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the SVA Theatre in New York City. Essenhigh earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1994.
After completing her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, Essenhigh had her first New York solo show in 1997. She gained attention as a member of the heralded late '90s generation of New York artists. Her paintings depicting cartoonish figures floating on monochromatic backgrounds helped to resurrect the public's interest in figurative painting through their graphic narratives.
Her work has been collected by public art collections such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Denver Art Museum; PS1 Center for Contemporary Art/ MoMA, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York.
Essenhigh is represented by 303 Gallery in New York and Victoria Miro Gallery in London. She currently lives and works in New York City with her husband Steve Mumford.