Angela Dufresne is a painter and video artist originally from Connecticut. She was raised in Olathe, Kansas, the town Dick and Perry stopped in before they killed the Clutters (In Cold Blood). She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and sometimes can be found in the Catskills. She received the first college degree in her family lineage. Her work articulates non-paranoid, porous ways of being in a world fraught by fear, power and possession. Through painting, drawing and performative works, she wields heterotopic narratives that are non-hierarchical, joyous and polymorphous. She has exhibited at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, NY; the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME; the RISD Museum in Providence, RI; The National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York; The Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York; the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MO; Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY; The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH; The Aldridge Museum in Ridgefield, CT; Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY; the Rose Museum in Waltham, MA; Mills College in Oakland, CA; and Minneapolis School of Art and Design among others.
Dufresne received a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and won a Purchase Award at The National Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011 and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 1992. She won residencies at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, the Siena Art Institute and The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown and the Headlands Center for the Arts. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City (fall 2018), and she recently had a two-person show with Louis Fratino at Monya Rowe Gallery in NY (summer 2018) and a group show at A.P.T. Gallery in London (summer 2018). She will be included in a traveling exhibition curated by the Avett Brothers and Erik Fischl titled Piece by Piece spanning 2019–20. Her work is in the collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; and Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.