About Karissa Gannon

Karissa Gannon hopes her works create a pause that signals everyone to collectively stop and take a breath. Her series employs alcohol ink to create compelling petri dishes as paintings. Her work is reflective of this past year—2020—which Gannon characterized as overstimulating in many facets. She has used her work as a way to soothe herself, and by extension provide a sense of relief to her viewers, whom she hopes can walk away with that feeling fully absorbed. Gannon received her BFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. She displayed in several solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the New Jersey area. Along with creating art, she has a taught cartooning, drawing, other art, and English, with experience in Texas, New Jersey, and China. 

New Brunswick Art Salon 2014 – Photography “New Brunswick In The Eyes of Photographers”

New Brunswick Art Salon 2021 – Winners: “Resonant Becoming”

Artist Statement

The pieces worked on here were in light of this past year. This year felt overstimulated in many facets. I was hoping to create some works that may create pause and take a breath. As of late I try to seek self soothing in my work, and hope that it provides relief to any who care to look.  


Solo Exhibitions:

2015 Piscataway Public Library

2015 New Brunswick Public Library

2015 Rutgers Art History Library

2014 Alfa Art Gallery- New Brunswick Art Salon

Group Exhibitions:

2015 Mason Gross BFA Thesis Exhibition

2014 Mason Gross gallery- Undergraduate Annual Art Open: City and Myth

2018 Resurge November

2020 Polyphonies November