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. The co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, he has taught at New Jersey City University and other institutions. Currently associate editor for Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, (Duke University) he has 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, ‘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 exhibitions for The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Hallwalls, NY; Artists Space, NY; P.S.122, NY, among other venues. 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.
ABOUT MY ART
"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, interest lies 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 material 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
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
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