Visiting Lecturer of Art
Courtney Wrenn exhibits and writes as a visual artist under pseudonyms including “scrap wrenn” (2013-present), “sean wrenn” (2010-2012), and “scrapworm” (2002-2010). Ms. Wrenn's participation in artists' projects and group exhibitions for over two decades has included collaborations and shows throughout the New York City area, at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Texas, and Lecce, Italy – receiving the Mount Royal School of Art Graduate Fellowship Award at MICA (2006-2008) for her MFA.
She showed new work on roster with solo exhibitions at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY in 2016 and 2018, and in a ChaShaMa space at 675 3rd Avenue in Manhattan from July 11-November 16, 2023. She has also shown in group shows at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art (New Haven, CT), Kirkland Art Center (Clinton, NY, 2019) and Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, 2019.
Recent exhibitions include group shows at the Marist College Art Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY 2020, 2022), Upstream Gallery (Hastings on Hudson, NY, 2022), and Schweinfurth Art Center (Auburn, NY, 2022).
Benefitting from the time and space of residencies, Wrenn has been a resident/fellow at Arts@Renaissance (Brooklyn, 2012), the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (Ithaca, NY, 2013), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT, 2013), IPark (East Haddam, CT, 2005), Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat (PA, 2005, 2015), NYC chashama studios (40 Worth St. 2004-5, Brooklyn Army Terminal B 2013-15), and the Zen Mountain Monastery (Mt. Tremper, NY, various 2014-2021, initially funded by the Hemera Foundation’s Tending Space Grant).
MEd, Integrative Learning, Endicott College, 2022
MFA, Mount Royal School of Art, 2008
BS, Studio Art, New York University, 2002
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
Photography, Psychology of Perception, Philosophy of Art, Zen Buddhist Studies, Mindfulness & Education
2020 “Immersive work by Scrap Wrenn” by Nathalie Levy
“Issue 2, Gallery 2” Wild Roof Journal
“Mayi Buddhim” Art feature and essay. Mountains and Rivers: Zen Dharma and Practice Mountains and Rivers Annual
2017 "eclipse," photo in the Mountains and Rivers Order Mountain Record: "View," Fall 2017
2014 "Nebulae: Emission/Absorption" essay in Culture and Cosmos: A Journal of Astrology and Cultural Astronomy, October 2014
2011 "Bronx Calling: the First AIM Biennial" (exhibition cat.), Bronx Museum of the Arts, Artist in the Marketplace program (30/31), June 2011
2009 "Astrotimescales and Consciousess" in Infinite Instances: Studies and Images of Time; catalogue on the proceedings of the Archetime Conference, June 2009 ISBN: 978-1-9356132-1-3
2009 "Bushwick Biennial: Venice It Ain't" article art critic mention in The Brooklyn Rail, James Kalm (Loren Munk), July-August, 2009
"Bushwick Biennial" (exhibition cat.), by Ben Evans, incl. original [wrenn] essay "Boswijk: Town of the Woods," NurtureArt Gallery, June 2009
2008 "Demo Eco M.O." (cat.). essay on art by Linda Weintraub, published by NurtureArt Gallery,
2007 “Thought Provoking Culture Artist Interview.” By Matt Krise and Chuck B, Spray Graphic
August 13, 2007.
2006 “Seed Issue”, art feature in Artworld Digest, 2007, p. 39.
“Testing the Physical Limits, Copying and Collage.” Artist feature by Mark Stone, Resolve 40, February, 2006.
kyuko and her soul // ChaShaMa at 675 3rd Ave., NY, NY, July 11 - November 16
you are what you seek: living visual koans // John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, July 21 - August 12
emptying the rubble of this abyss // ChaShaMa at 266 W37th St., NY, NY, November 5 – 26
Fall in to Whole // John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, March 5 - 27
Color Conflagrations: sean wrenn // chashama's 20 W53rd St. Donnell Library, NY, NY, December 1 – 19
palimpsest paved: inverted dsol // Anita's Way, W42nd/43rd, Bway & 6th, NY, September 18-22
hiding inside oneself // how we dwell project space, Baltimore, MD, August 22 – 30
land of make believe and associated braneworlds // Chashama at 208 W37th St., NY, NY, January 27 - February 26
life: fear, small works and prints // Life Café 983, Brooklyn, NY, January 7 - 28
on the way // 234 W. 42nd St. Chashama Window Exhibit (installation), NY, NY, February 10 - April 26
visions of excess: visions of void // TIXE Gallery (113W42nd St., Chashama Space), NY, NY, January 6 - February 27
Awards and Honors
Hemera Foundation, Tending Space Artist's Fellowship
Bronx Museum, Artist in Marketplace Program (AIM31)
Commencement Speaker elected by/for Maryland Institute College of Art
Mount Royal Graduate Fellowship, MICA
The Arch Award, NYU
Founder’s Day Award, NYU
Alumnae Club Scholarship
Dean’s Research Travel Colloquium - Teaching and Learning in Senegal
Travel Research in Morocco
University Scholars Scholarship, NYU
Documentary Short by Alex Bencomo: https://vimeo.com/96534926