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. 

Her work explores the psychology of everyday spaces. Doyle currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.



Catherine Haggarty
Director and Instructor

Catherine Haggarty is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. b. 1984 received her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is currently the co-director of Ortega y Gasset in Brooklyn and 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), 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.


Claudia Bitran

Claudia was born in Boston and was raised in Chile. In 2009 She graduated from the BFA program at the P. Universidad Catolica de Chile. She exhibited her painting work in group shows in Santiago at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Quinta Normal, at the Museum of Visual Arts, at Matucana 100 Art space, among others, then she became a Britney Spears impersonator for the a Chilean talent TV show “Mi Nombre Es”; this experience became fundamental for her studio practice. In 2013 she graduated from the MFA painting program at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting Sculpture and at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Claudia works through video, painting, performance, installation, animation and sound, and is currently remaking Titanic by James Cameron. She has exhibited internationally and had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Visual Arts in Santiago, Chile in January 2016. Between 2016 and 2017 she is an Artist in Residence at Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, New Mexico. She lives and works in Brooklyn.


Ellen Hersey


Ellen is an artist, writer and researcher. She received her Master of Science in Gender, Media and Culture from the London School of Economics and Political Science and went to complete the BFA Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  She has exhibited at SVA Chelsea Gallery (2016) as part of “Poisoned Apples and Smoking Lamps”.  

Ellen’s interests involve the enduring potential of the figure as both form and content as well as the (dis)integration of narratives. She has provided research and communications for BBC Worldwide, The Young Foundation, Roundhouse Studios and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.