Stamford Murals Co-Founder
Alissa helped launch Stamford Murals with RiseUP in Winter of 2020. Alissa is a figurative oil painter living and working in Stamford Connecticut. Her work is about light, color, and the energy in objects and spaces.
She earned a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied in Rome for a year with the European Honors Program. Soon after, she moved to St. John in the US Virgin Islands, made and sold art, and opened a small gallery with another artist. After a year she moved to NYC, worked in a mural house, earned an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, and with friends opened and ran a cooperative gallery on east seventh street in the basement of a Ukrainian church.
Drawn by a live work opportunity, she moved to Connecticut. There she joined and for a year led the Loft Artists Association, developing her art and helping to create and deliver free art workshops and experiences to the public, and became a teaching artist with the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield. She created art classes and exhibits for local middle schoolers in Norwalk through the Silvermine Guild of Artists’ outreach program, was an art mentor for elementary school students in Stamford, and set up and ran a free choice art program for local middle schoolers at Stamford’s public charter school. She created and exhibited work in Connecticut and New York, including at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Lockwood Mathews Museum in Norwalk, had work added to private and public art collections, including at Stamford Hospital, SH’s Bennet Cancer Center, Yale New Haven Hospital’s Park Avenue Medical Center, and Sacred Heart University, and included in the movies “The Bounty Hunter” with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston and “Something Borrowed” with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. As New Canaan Library’s second artist in residence she exhibited and offered nature and conservation themed art workshops to the public, and through the National Parks Artist in Residence program spent a month living and painting at Weir Farm in Wilton in 2019.
In August 2020 she installed a 110 foot mural at the Bennett Cancer Center. Then, wanting to create more public art and also offer what she could during the shut down, she began working with local high school students, meeting weekly over zoom to learn about murals and design our own to install here in Stamford. She partnered with RiseUP for Arts, and has been working to build Stamford Murals, a public art and education program.