Faculty and Staff Bios

Hilary Doyle at MassMOCA

Hilary Doyle
Founder, Executive Director, Instructor

Hilary Doyle founded NYC Crit Club in Summer of 2017.  Doyle is an artist, curator and teacher. A native of Worcester, MA, Hilary Doyle received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA). She has recently exhibited at spaces such as Monya Rowe Gallery, Field Projects, Parlour Bushwick, and Erin Cluely gallery in Texas and has had solo shows at the Active Space and Brown University. Her work has received press coverage in Hyperallergic, Bushwick Daily, and New American Paintings Blog. Doyle is a recent recipient of a residency at MassMoCA Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. 

Doyle is a curator who co-directed Projekt 722 Gallery for three years and currently curates with HR Curating. HR Curating is the curatorial project of Hilary Doyle and Reid Hitt. Doyle and Hitt also helped co-run camel art space which was Directed by Rob de Oude and Enrico Gomez in 2010. Since 2010 Doyle has helped curate over 14 exhibitions and will be curating a new group show with HR Curating at Agency Gallery in Dumbo in the Spring 2019.

Doyle is faculty at Rhode Island School of Design in both the Foundation Department (EFS) and Painting Department. Doyle also teaches at Purchase College. She taught at Brown University for a three year appointment. Classes taught include: Foundation Drawing, Painting Marathon, Painting I/II, Advanced Drawing, Professional Practices and Materials and Techniques.  She also teaches Grad students at RISD for independent studies. 

Doyle will be having a solo show of painting and sculpture at One River School approaching in September of 2019. Her work explores the psychology of everyday spaces. Doyle currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Catherine Haggarty


Catherine Haggarty
Director and Instructor

Catherine Haggarty is an artist, curator & writer based in Brooklyn, New York. b. 1984 received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011. From 2016-2019 she was a co-director of Ortega y Gasset in Brooklyn - & curated two exhibitions along with collaborating & assisting on a dozen more. Additional curatorial projects include Crush Curatorial, Proto Gallery, One River School of Art and Design and Curating Contemporary. Haggarty is also a contributing writer for the Curator and Art Savvy

Haggarty's paintings & curatorial work has been reviewed & featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine, The New York Times, Maake Magazine, The Black and White Project, Art Maze Magazine, Sound and Vision Podcast and Young Space. Selected Exhibitions include: LeftField Slo, Hashimoto Contemporary (CA), The Provincial (MI), CGK Gallery (Copenhagen), Next to Nothing (N2N-NYC), Art on Paper Fair (Armory Week), Paper Paris (France), Geoffrey Young Gallery (MA), Design Sublime (Miami, FLA).

Solo shows include This Friday Next Friday (NYC), One River School of Art, Proto Gallery (NJ) and Bloomsburg University (PA).

Currently, Haggarty is an adjunct Professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA-Visual Critical Studies Program) & Instructs Painting and Drawing at Hofstra University.

Additional teaching experience includes Rutgers University, Abrons Art Center, Princeton Day School, Philadelphia Mural Arts and One River School of Art and Design. She has been a guest critic at Penn State, SVA, Nars Foundation, Residency Unlimited, The Wassaic Project, Abrons Center for the Arts and Trestle Projects.

Haggarty currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is preparing for a two person show and several group shows in the United States and abroad in 2019-2020.


Claudia Bitran

Claudia Bitran

Claudia Bitran is a multidisciplinary artist who works mostly in video and painting. She was born in Boston from Chilean parents, spent most of her life in Santiago, Chile and currently lives in NY. She has a BFA from the Universidad Catolica de Chile (2009) and an MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (2013). She was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico, Smack Mellon Studio Program in New York, and is currently a resident at Outpost Projects in Brooklyn. Solo Exhibitions include: Muhlenberg College 2018, Practice Gallery 2018, Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Gallery 2017, Roswell Museum and Art Center 2017, Museum of Visual Arts in Chile 2016, ThisFriday or NextFriday in Brooklyn. Group Exhibitions include: Galería Nemesio Antunez, Chile 2018, LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University 2018, Anytime Dept 2017, Saha Hadid IMAX Theater 2017, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, China 2017, The Parlour Bushwick 2016, Project 722, Museum of Contemporary Arts Quinta Normal, at Matucana 100 Art space, among others.  
Awards : First honorable mention at the XXII Media Arts Biennale in Chile, the first prize at the UFO McDonald's Painting Competition, the First Prize for Britney Spears Dance Challenge, 2016.  Grants:  The New York Community Trust Van Lier, Jerome Foundation for emerging Filmmakers Grant, Emergency Grant for Artists,  Hammersley Grant.

Bitran also teaches at Rhode Island School of Design in the painting and drawing department.



Padma Rajendran


Padma Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and received her MFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Catskill, NY and teaches printmaking at SUNY Purchase. She has exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Whitespace Gallery (Atlanta), Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn), and High Tide (Philadelphia). Padma is interested in Home as a tended space, where the decorative beckons prosperity to
flourish. She is engaged in the symbolism of “fruitfulness” within the home and how this blessing and burden has traditionally derived from the female body. Her work conjures forms that are
personal translations of shrine and monument. She merges the personal and pattern structures to communicate the quest for prosperity and homecoming. Padma unites these structures and
symbols to create images that instigate psychological elasticity yet are still bound by opposing



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