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Artist Bio

Alyssa Todd Follansbee is a multimedia artist based in Beacon, New York. Her work explores the impermanence and ambiguity of the human experience using vivid color palettes and figurative subjects. 


Alyssa grew up as the youngest of three daughters in Mystic, Connecticut. She studied figurative oil painting and sculpture at Indiana University- Bloomington, Intaglio Printmaking and Artists Books at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. She graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Art History from Indiana University in 2009, and went on to earn her Masters in Art Education from Brooklyn College in 2014. After working as a New York City public school art teacher, she now devotes her time to creating art, collaborating with her art collective Super Secret Projects, operating her business Happy Valley Arcade Bar, and raising her children in Beacon, New York. 

Utilizing figurative subject matter with surrealist elements, her paintings reflect themes of self-image, mental health, loss, and family. Although her figures are typically studied from life and photographs, exaggerated color palettes and simplified imagery serve to distort the representational into the realm of memory and imagination. Realistic imagery, invented patterns and flattened, painterly forms are juxtaposed to convey ambiguity and defy absolutism. Reflective of an ever present fascination with the push and pull between our experience in our physical space and our own private minds, her work seeks to inspire viewers to feel more alive and more connected with one another.

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2014 Masters of Art Education, Honors, CUNY Brooklyn College, USA

2009 Bachelor of Arts- Studio Art, Honors, Indiana University- Bloomington, USA


Solo Exhibitions

July 2023 Interior Super Secret Projects Gallery, Beacon, New York

July 2022   Can I Have A Minute? BAU Gallery, Beacon, New York


Group Exhibitions

2023    Human Zoo at the Haunted Mill, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York 

2023    Identity, Super Secret Projects, Beacon New York 

2023    Distortion: Subverting Reality, Distortion Society, Beacon, New York

2023    Beacon Open Studios Group Show, Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, New York

2023    Wappingers Rises Community Streetside Artist Exhibit, Wappingers, New York

2023    Winter Art Show, The Yard, Beacon, New York

2023    Perspective, Super Secret Projects, Beacon New York 

2023    Radiate, BAU Gallery, Beacon, New York

2023    Duality, Super Secret Projects, Beacon New York 

2022    Upstate Art Weekend Beacon Arts Show, Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, New York

2021    I Am Woman, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, New York

2021    Emergence, BAU Gallery, curated by Samanta De Tillio, Beacon, New York 

2020  Beacon Open Studios Group Show, Happy Valley, Beacon, New York

2018   The Art of Fashion- Project Runway Art Installation for Season 17 Semi Finals, Brooklyn, New York

2016    Fashion Week Underground F/W 2016, 50 Ave B., Manhattan, New York

2012    Look and See, Vegan Gallery, 2153 Division Street, Chicago, Illinois

2011    Art of Film, 1913 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois

2009    Indiana University FSA Group Show, Bloomington, Indiana

2009   Artist Book Show, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy 


Gallery Experience

2023   Super Secret Projects- founding member

2022   BAU Gallery, Beacon, New York

2013   Morpho Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

2008   Granary Art Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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