Gayleen Aiken on her front porch with her 26 Raimbilli Cousins, c. 1980



Gayleen Aikenís creations reveal her relentless energy in depicting the main themes of her environs. Vivid memories of her familyís stately home, her 26 fictitious Raimbilli cousins, the nearby granite factories and transcendent panoramas of Barre, Vermont draw us in and seduce with her singular sense of place.

Gayleen Aiken's creative vision has been shown in major exhibits of American art in the US and Europe. It is included in the permanent collections of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum of American Folk Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the American Folk Art Museum.


Awards

1987
Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowship

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013
Gayleen Aiken, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
2011
Music and Moonlight, Old Firehouse Gallery, Hardwick, VT
2009
When Cousin Gawleen Comes, Governorís Office, Montpelier, VT; Old Firehouse Gallery, Hardwick, VT
2007
Our Yard in the Future, SUNDAY, New York, NY
2004
Gayleen Aiken, Vermont Supreme Court, Montpelier, VT
2002
Gayleen Aiken and the Granite Industry, Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, VT
1997
Moonlight and Music, KS Art, New York, NY
1995
Rooms & Rooms, Simpson College, Indianapolis, IA
1987
Art & Music, Gallery at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

2014
New York Eden, Luise Ross Gallery, NY
2013
The Collector's Show, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
The Metro Show Luise Ross Gallery booth, New York, NY
2011
Artists of GRACE, TW Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT
Selections, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2009
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
2008
GRACE Visionary Artists, Barre Opera House, Barre, VT
2007
GRACE Lands, Berenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
2005
Old Nickelodeon & a Game of Catch: Gayleen Aiken and Michael Powers, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT
2004
Raw Visions: Folk, Outsider and Tramp Art, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, NY
2002
Six Artists from GRACE, Tallaght Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2001
GRACE Selections, The Viewing Room, New York, NY
2000
Signals and Messages, VT Folklife Center, Middlebury, VT; The Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury, VT 1999
Touch of GRACE, T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT
1998
Merge, Very Special Arts, Washington, DC
1997
Flying Free Ė The Collection of Ellin and Baron Gordon, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, VA
Insita í97, Slovak National Gallery, Slovak Republic
Pure Vision, Federal Reserve Gallery, Boston, MA
1995
Drawing Outside the Lines, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
View From the Outside, Nathan D. Rosen Museum, Boca Raton, FL
1993
Made in the USA, Museum de la Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
1991
Insider Art, Barre Museum at Aldrich Library, Barre, VT; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT; Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, VT
1990
Ten Years of GRACE, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; Passepartout Gallery, Winooski, VT; Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, VT; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1987
American Outsiders, Galleri Wallner Fersens, Malmo, Sweden
1986
Outsiders Private World, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
1984
Laughing, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
1982
Images of Experience, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Public Collections

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA