Artist Bio

Ann Cofta is a visual artist who uses an extended range of media, including drawing, embroidery, cut paper, beadwork, bookmaking and printmaking. Her most recent series includes tiny, hand-pieced works that employ traditional sewing and beading techniques. These embroidered textiles are modified representations of larger objects; often iconic structures, such as bridges and buildings, and more recently retro objects like manual typewriters and rotary phones. They reference a sense of nostalgia, and speak to memories that reveal our universal interconnectedness.

Born in New York City in 1969, she has lived abroad in Japan and Venezuela and traveled extensively throughout the United States. She has taught art in New York City for the past 22 years after receiving her MA in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently lives in Woodside, (Queens) NY, and she has a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.



Group Shows

Beach Elements IV, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY, 2017 (curated by Nancy Gesimondo)

Surrender to Small, Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY, 2017 (curated by Lisa D’Amico)

Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2016 (juried by Joanne McFarland, former Exhibitions Director of A.I.R. Gallery)

Wide Open 6, BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition), Brooklyn, NY, 2015 (juried by Rujeko Hockley, Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum)

Made in Queens, Front Street Gallery, Patterson, NY, 2014, (curated by Jeanette Rodriguez and Nancy Gesimondo)

Bridging the Gap, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY, and LaGuardia Community College, LIC, NY, 2013 (juried by Amy H. Winter, Director of Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY)

Represent Brooklyn, Rising Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2013 (jurors included Maribeth Flynn, Wendy Jones and Danny Simmons)

Represent Brooklyn, Rising Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2012 (jurors included Maribeth Flynn, Wendy Jones and Ellie Balk)

Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011, (juried by Sara P. Mintz, Associate Director at Cynthia-Reeves Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, NY, NY)

The Brooklyn Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2009, (juried by Florence Neal, founder and director of Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY)

Artist Groups

Member of Queens Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Long Island City Artists (LICA) and Sunnyside Artists.