Bee Chessman - Painter - New York

'20 The New York Studio School, New York, NY

       MFA Painting

'16 The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

       BA Studio Art and German

Exhibitions and Publications

2022 Hohenberg Award Exhibition, New York Studio School, New York, NY

2021 Virtual 2021 Alumni Exhibition, NYSS Alumni Association.

2020 MFA Thesis Show, New York Studio School, New York, NY.

2020 Wilkin, Karen, “COVID chronicle”, The New Criterion, September 2020.

https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/9/covid-chronicle

2020 "Group Solitude", Force Gallery, Online

2020 “Paper Jam”, The Catholic Center at NYU, New York, NY

2019 “Sculpture from 8 West 8th Street”, NYSS at Dumbo, New York, NY

2019 Group Show with Halle Dillon, NYSS, New York, NY

2019 "We All Belong", Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York, NY

2019 Group Show with Jamie Allen and Alexis Nunnelly, NYSS, New York, NY

2019 "Anonymous was a Masterpiece", NYSS, New York, NY

2018 “Fresh Meat”, NYSS, New York, NY

2018 “Art & Art History: 100 Years of W&M Women Alumnae”, Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, VA.2018 Published in art newspaper The Ordinary, Issue 1, New York, NY

2017 "Bee Chessman Gemälde", Gymnasium Corvinianum, Northeim, Germany

2016 "Senior Exhibition: Looking Making" The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

2015 "Catron Scholars Exhibition" The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Awards

2020 Hohenberg Award for European Travel

2019 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

2018-20 Jane C. Carroll Scholarship to the New York Studio School

2016-17 Fulbright English Teaching Scholarship, Northwest Germany

2016 Merit Scholarship to the Mount Gretna School of Art

2015 Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

2015 Catron Scholarship for Artistic Development

2014 The Grand Central Academy, NYC: Drawing Intensive Scholarship

2014-15 Thorley Scholarship for the Study of Art

"Bee Chessman, a graduating student whose thesis exhibition, originally scheduled for May, is now planned for some time this fall, writes that, in some ways, her enforced separation from the school environment has been helpful. “After March 13, apart from Zoom critiques, I was isolated from the influence of teachers, classmates, and exhibitions. Adding to that the stress of the covid crisis, I quickly realized that I deeply desired to just paint beautiful subject matter with colors that I loved. I also found myself grateful for simply the food I was eating. It resulted in small, intimate paintings of foods with a newfound lusciousness and thickness of paint. I let go of the pressure to include everything in a painting and focused on the search for rich, intuitive color and form.” Chessman’s new small paintings of fish and seafood are particularly strong, although she says that she was sometimes interrupted by her mother’s needing to cook her subject matter for the family dinner."

Karen Wilkin, "Covid Chronicle, The New Criterion, September 2020.

Contact 

bmchessman@gmail.com             Instagram: @bee_chessman