Mira Hecht is a DC-based artist. She holds a BA from American University in Washington, DC and an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Mira is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work has been selected for public collections such as Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and the City of Emeryville, CA.

Born Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Education

MFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute
BA, Psychology/Painting, American University, Washington DC
Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC

Select Solo Exhibitions

2014
All Things Vanish, Addison / Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC

2013
Spheres of Influence, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2009
Close to Home, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

2004-2005
Full Circle, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

Select Group Exhibitions

2014-16
Art in Embassies, Exhibition United States Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon

2012
Small Works from Seven Schools, Sarah Silberman Gallery, Rockville, MD
Group Show of Gallery Artists, Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
Concerning Line, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2011
Illuminate, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Circular Motion, The Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL.
20 Years, 20 Artists, The Ralls Collection, Washington DC

2010
Gallery Artists, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

2009
Group Show, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

2008
Winter Show, The Ralls Collection, Washington DC

2007
Gallery Artists Group Show, The Ralls Collection, Washington DC

2006
Important Work, Gallery Artists, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

2005
The American Spirit, Abstract Work by Artists from the Ralls Collection, DC
The Summer Show, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

2002
The Group Show, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
Matter as Protagonist, Creative Arts Studio, New Haven, Connecticut

2001
The Necessary Beauty, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
Think Again, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Small Works, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Sonoma, CA
Solo Plus, Stage Gallery, Merrick, New York
Mastermind, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Fuse, California College of Arts and Crafts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Painter to Painter, 5 New Voices, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
Art Gallery of Scholarie, Cobleskill, NY
Microsoft Summer Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
The Elements, Second City Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000
Fuzzy Logic, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Abstraction for a New Millennium, Stage Gallery, New York, NY
San Luis Obispo Art Gallery, Tahoe City, CA
On Canvas, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
Inside and Out, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Crossroads: Art of Revolution, Walter and Mc Bean Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
San Mateo Art Gallery, Belmont, CA

1998
ATA Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Teaching Experience

2010- Present
Painting/Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington DC

2000-2001
Painting/San Francisco Art Institute

1999
Painting/Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute

Select Collections

Capital One Bank, Richmond, VA
PricewaterhouseCoopers, McLean, VA
Microsoft Corporation, San Francisco, CA
The City of Emeryville, Emeryville, CA
Urology Associates, Philadelphia, PA
Denex Inc., Rockville, Maryland
Mr. and Mrs. A. Cherner, Washington, DC
Mr. J. Dicke II, Washington, DC
Mr. D. Schwinger, Washington, DC
Paris Morgan, San Francisco, CA
Mr. David Karshmer, New York, NY
Mr. Richard Squire Kramlich, San Francisco, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Costello, San Francisco, CA
Ellen Reich, San Francisco, CA
Mary MacConnel, San Diego, CA
Bridget, MacConnel, San Diego CA
R.B. Stevenson, San Diego, CA
Alyce Werdel, San Francisco, CA
Bruce Lessing, Burlingame, CA
Amma Green, Hayward, CA

Bibliography

2011
Stephen May, ARTnews, Summer Issue, pg. 129

2009
Stephanie Miller, ARTnews, September, pg. 122
John Blee, The Georgetowner, May 6, pg. 20

2008
Studio Visit, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, Vol. 5, pg. 68

2005
Dawson, Rebecca, The Washington Post,  Friday February 4, pg. 44

2002
Zimmer, William, When Humble Materials Interact, The New York Times,Sunday June 9, pg.11

2001
Pincus, Robert L., Color Charts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Aug 16, pg.48
Britten, Dawna, Five New Voices Speak,  Downtown News, San Diego, CA, Aug. 23, pg.11

“Spirit is a circle whose circumference is nowhere and whose center is everywhere”.
– St. Augustine

The circle is a vast and mysterious form filled with potential.  It is the form of forms: the bearer of the dynamic unfolding of life.

A signifier of organic life and the soul, each circle is hand drawn, perfect in its imperfection, inspiring me to try again. The straight line is representative of coordinates in space and universal energy.

Color unfolds organically, without constraint, allowing every work in the series to have a feeling tone of it’s own.

My process, a time consuming one, consists of layering opaque and transparent oil paint, wet onto dry. I use this process of layering, flatness of form and color to create a sense of depth, pattern and movement in the work.

Inspired by my own contemplative practice and glimpses of perfection within the mind’s eye, each painting is meant to be a small gesture of exaltation, pointing to joy, connection and wholeness.