Meet Madison Vander Ark
Madison Vander Ark is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist from central Pennsylvania. Through her interest in psycho-geography and the relationship between our bodies and structural environments, Madison’s work reveals the uncanny aspects of the various places she has lived. The inherent magical properties of ordinary life are the focus of her work as she investigates the seemingly banal spaces that permeate the landscape of daily walking.
Madison was recently featured in the Area Code Art Fair of New England and is a 2020 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grantee. After receiving her BFA in painting in 2016, Madison resided at the Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre in Marnay-sur-Seine and has since been included in shows at Studio E Gallery, CIVA, and the Susquehanna Art Museum. She went on to pursue her MFA in painting at Boston University, where she continued to make paintings and installations that explore her encounters with the built world.
After graduating in 2020, Madison participated in a virtual residency called CO-Residency, which connected 12 artists from around the globe making work in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She looks forward to being included in shows at the Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York and Boston University’s Stone Gallery this fall. As a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year, Madison is thrilled to be given the opportunity to make a series of paintings and installations that respond to her encounters with and study of Parisian architecture.