Our Group of Directors
Ortega y Gasset is a non-profit organization run by a group of directors based in New York and other regions throughout the US. All directors are working artists and in addition to writing, curating, installing and doing administrative work to run OyG, their directorship enables them to connect with the community that OyG fosters to support their practices as painters, photographers, sculptors and writers. Learn more about each director below and see their current projects via their instagram feeds.
Directors: Eleanna Anagnos | Clare Britt | Catherine Haggarty | Eric Hibit | Will Hutnick | Leeza Meksin | Sarah Rushford | Zahar Vaks | Lauren Whearty
Eleanna Anagnos (Brooklyn, NY)
Eleanna Anagnos (born 1980, Evanston, IL) is a New York-based artist and curator. She has received awards from The Rauschenberg Foundation (2019); The Grant Wood Colony (2018-2019); Yaddo (2017); BAU Institute (2016); The Anderson Ranch (2011); The Atlantic Center for the Arts (2009) and The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2011, 2009). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artnet, and The New York Observer, among others and her curatorial project Wish Me Good Luck, was reviewed in Art in America. Solo exhibitions include: The EWING Gallery of Art and Architecture in Knoxville, TN (2018) and Kent School Place, Summit, NJ (2018). In the U.S. she has shown at: HIGH NOON Gallery, NYC (2017); dOGUMENTA, NYC (2017); SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC (2017); South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN (2011); The National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, IL (2009), among many others. International exhibitions include: 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany (2014); Die Ausstellungsstrasse in Vienna, Austria (2012) and at Galerie Vaclava Spaly in Prague, CZ (2009). Eleanna has been a Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects since 2014. She earned her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art (2005) and a BA with honors and distinction from Kenyon College with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002). You can find out more information about Eleanna’s practice and curatorial projects at www.eleanna.com
Clare Britt (Chicago, IL)
Clare Britt (born 1979, North Carolina, USA) is a photographer living and making in Chicago, IL. Her work explores themes about materiality and form deconstructing photographic images and making layers of found images to create sculptural collages. She also uses light as subject and found objects in space to transform ordinary places for site specific installations. She founded the Nonprofit Arts Organization Fraction Workspace in Chicago, IL (2003-2007). She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters in Fine Arts (2008). She is a freelance photographer traveling the country documenting various projects that include the Friedman House assisted living facility for the visually impaired and One Tail at a Time no kill dog rescue Center. She is a co-founder and Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects based in Brooklyn, NY. You can view her projects at www.clarebritt.com and follow her on instagram at clarebrittphoto.
Catherine Haggarty (Brooklyn, NY)
Catherine Haggarty (born 1984) received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty joined the artist run curatorial collective, Ortega y Gasset Projects in 2016 as a co-director. Haggarty, who has shown both nationally and internationally for a decade, is the recipient of the ESKFF Emerging Artist Grant and Residency, DNA Gallery Residency, Vermont Studio Center Residency and most recently, The Look e Listen Residency in Marsielle France (2017). Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic and Two Coats of Paint. Her curatorial work and writing includes Curating Contemporary, The Curator, Ortega y Gasset Projects, White Box and Proto Gallery. Teaching experience includes but is not limited to Rutgers University, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design.
Eric Hibit (Queens, NY)
Eric Hibit (born Rochester, NY 1976) lives and works in New York. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, TSA Gallery, and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has exhibited nationally at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, and internationally in Giverny, France and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in the Village Voice and the Washington Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects. erichibit.com oygprojects.com
Will Hutnick (Wassaic, NY)
Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, NY. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and his B.A. from Providence College (Providence, RI). His work has been exhibited most recently at LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Paradice Palase (Brooklyn), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), The Java Project (Brooklyn), Providence College Galleries (Providence, solo) and Pratt Institute. Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute (New York and Brooklyn) and Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC). He has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), DNA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and a curator-in-residence at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) and Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). Hutnick is a 2017 Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as well as a 2015 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is the Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn, and is currently the Residency Director at the Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization that uses art and art education to foster positive social change.
Leeza Meksin (NY, NY)
Leeza Meksin (born 1977, Moscow, Russia) is an interdisciplinary artist, who makes paintings, installations, public art and multiples. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Miller Contemporary, NYC (2017) and a 2-person show at GBS, Los Angeles. Meksin has created site-specific installations at The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2016), The Kitchen, NYC (2015), BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn (2015), Brandeis University, Waltham (2014), the former Donnell branch of the New York Public Library (2011), Cosign Projects, St. Louis (2011), and in a National Endowment for the Arts funded project at Artspace, New Haven, CT (2012). Her work has been exhibited at Regina Rex Gallery, NYC (2011, 2014), Airplane Gallery, Brooklyn (2014), Primetime, Brooklyn (2013), Adds Donna, Chicago (2011) and Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC (2009). In 2017 Meksin was awarded a summer residency at The Banff Centre in Canada. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist grant (2015) and the co-founder and director of Ortega y Gasset Projects. Her work has been featured in BOMB magazine, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, among others, and her recent curatorial project Unwanted Women, was reviewed in the New Yorker and Art in America. Meksin received a MFA in painting from Yale, a BFA from SAIC and a joint BA/MA in Comparative Literature from The University of Chicago. She lives in New York City and teaches art at Columbia University. For more information about her current projects please visit www.meksin.com.
Sarah Rushford (Portland, OR)
Sarah Rushford (born 1976, Massachusetts) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator who lives in Portland Oregon. Her poems, text-art, and art criticism have appeared in journals including Houseguest, Tuesday: An Art Project, Accordion, and Big Red and Shiny. Sarah has completed residencies at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin and Art Farm Nebraska and exhibits work internationally with recent shows at Satellite Contemporary in Las Vagas Nevada and 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington Massachusetts. Sarah is a Co-Director of the curatorial collaborative Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn. See her work at www.sarahrushford.com and follow her on twitter @SarahRushford and Instagram @sarahannrushford.
Zahar Vaks (Brooklyn, NY)
Zahar Vaks (born 1983, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) Is a multi disciplinary artist based in New York, NY. He earned his BFA from Tyler School of Art, and his MFA from The Ohio State University. He has shown in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Columbus, Las Vegas, Galveston, Houston and Los Angeles. Recently he has shown at the CAMH museum in Houston and at Leslie Heller Workspace in NY. Zahar attended the Galveston Artist Residency from 2012-2013. In 2014 He joined the Ortega y Gasset Projects (OyG) an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he is currently a co director. You can find more information about Zahar’s practice and curatorial projects at www.zaharvaks.com .
Lauren Whearty (Philadelphia, PA)
Lauren Whearty is a painter who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa. Lauren received her MFA in painting from The Ohio State University where she received a Graduate Teaching Associate Award, an Arts and Humanities Research Grant, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. She received her BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, with honors. While attending Tyler, Lauren received the Ellen Battell Stoeckel fellowship to attend Yale’s Summer School of Art residency in Norfolk, CT. She has attended Vermont Studio Center with a fellowship, and has exhibited at such venues as the Woodmere Museum of Art in Philadelphia, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, Vox Populi, Satellite Contemporary. Lauren has taught at The Ohio State University, Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, and Hussian College of Art. Lauren is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Lehigh University.