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Carl E. Hazlewood

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Guyana, South America

Lives in

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, BFA w/Hons
Hunter College, CUNY, MA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

modern, performance, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract, drawing, painting, photography, digital, exhibition/performance, photo



Carl E. Hazlewood, born in Guyana, South America, has been an exhibiting artist since childhood. He is also a writer and curator currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He is co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, and taught at New Jersey City University and other institutions. Currently associate editor for Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, (Duke University), he's written for many other periodicals including Flash Art International, ART PAPERS Magazine, and NY Arts Magazine. Since 1984 he has organized numerous curatorial projects for Aljira such as ’Modern Life’ (co-curated with Okwui Enwezor). Hazlewood’s project on behalf of Aljira, ‘Current Identities, Recent Painting in the United States,’ was the US prize-winning representation at the ‘Bienal International de Pintura,’ Cuenca, Ecuador 1994. As an Independent curator he has organized numerous exhibitions including those for The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Hallwalls, NY; Artists Space, NY; P.S.122, NY,. Advisory board - FUSE Infrastructure, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Editorial Advisor - The Arts Journal: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Literature, History, Art and Culture of Guyana and the Caribbean.


"For a culturally complex ‘black’ person from the Caribbean there were, inevitably, demanding questions concerning painting’s relevance. As a curator and someone interested in theoretical aspects of art, it seemed necessary to take all these polemical ideas into consideration. But working now, in photography and multimedia installations, my interest is in paring down complexities to essential practical ideas; particularly those basic ones that concern the visual and establishing an assertive abstract image. New constructions are made mostly of paper, twine, canvas, and other materials attached directly to the wall. Unframed, the bounding edges are unrestricted, left free to respond to the visual 'pressures' of what happens within the piece." 

Carl E. Hazlewood


Art Omi International Artists Residency, (upcoming) Ghent, NY, early Summer 2016
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Fellowship at Art Omi
MacDowell Fellow, The MacDowell Colony Residency,  Peterborough, New Hampshire,  Oct. & Nov. 2015
The TransCanada Fellow (at the MacDowell Colony)
Mrs Giles Whiting Foundation Award, (the MacDowell Colony)
Triangle Artist’s Workshop, Salem, NY, Summer 2015
BRIC 2015 Visual Artist’s Residency, Brooklyn, NY Summer 2015
Triangle International Artists Workshop, NY 2012
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant nominee, 2010
New York City Council Citation for Community Service, 2010
The Guyana Cultural Association of NY Award for contribution in the Arts, 2010
The Wheeler Foundation Grant, NY 1997
Exhibition Grants, Artists Space, NY
Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation Scholarship, Chicago, Ill.
Max Beckmann International Award for Advanced Study, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Anco-Wood Foundation Award, Pratt Institute, NY
Rosalie Petrash Schmidt Memorial Award, Pratt Institute, NY
Award, National Art Exhibition, Guyana, SA
Human Rights Year Award, National History and Arts Council, Guyana, SA
Poster Design Award, Chamber of Commerce, Houston, TX
Awards, National Scholastic Exhibitions, Houston, TX
Awarded Commission for Public Art - Bronx River Project:
   Elizabeth Grajales - Sculpture & Carl Hazlewood- Poetry, Bronx, NY, 2002

(Brief listing)

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo - Brazil
The Schomburg Center Collections, New York, NY
Johnson and Johnson, Inc.
The National Collection of Fine Arts, Guyana, South America
Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Department of the Treasury, State of NJ
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, NJ
State Legislative Buildings, Albany, NY
Wilson Industries, Houston, Texas
Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas

Recent Exhibits

Carl E. Hazlewood participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2016 Desiring to be Data for Others: Panel Discussion
Sep, 2015 Handmade Abstract
BRIC Arts | Media House
Sep, 2014 Carl E. Hazlewood - Weights and Measures
Salena Gallery, Long Island University
Sep, 2014 New Visions: Crown Heights Artists
Nov, 2013 “Olu Oguibe and Carl E. Hazlewood” (2 person show with Dr. Olu Oguibe), Brooklyn, NY, Oct.-Dec., 2013
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