Yale University School of Art, MFA in Painting, 1985

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, BFA, 1981

Moore College of Art, majored in drawing and painting, 1976-78


New Canaan Public Library, November, Moments of Solitude: New Work, 2018

New Haven Lawn Club, Extra | Sensory, 2018

Gateway Community College, New Haven, Lesson Plans - A teaching Artist’s Diary in Drawings, 2016

Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, 2008, 2010, 2013

Willoughby Wallace Library, Branford, CT, Close To Home, 2010

Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, Sea, Snow, Sky,1996

Lukacs Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Paintings and Drawings, 1996

Kent Gallery, Kent, CT, Untold Stories, 1995, 1996

Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Paintings and Drawings, 1994


Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, “Across Cultures,” 2022

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, MIXMASTER Annual Juried Show, 2022

Jason McCoy Gallery, online, “ When I pronounce the word silence, I destroy it”, 2021

Jason McCoy Gallery, online, “the one who best understands the significance of light”, 2021

Jason McCoy Gallery, online, “All The Notes Are There Already” April, 2021

Jason McCoy Gallery, online, “Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true”, March 2021

Jason McCoy Gallery, online, “Yes, there will be singing. About the dark times”, January, 2021

Artists Equity,Spring Flash, 2020

Artists Equity Gallery, NYC, Members Invitational, 2020

Katonah Museum of Art, The Edge Effect, Juror: Akili Tommasino, 2019

Davis Gallery, Providence, RI, Unconventional, 2019

Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY, Pairings, 2019

Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY, Fear Returns, 2018

The Painting Center, JuxtaPositions, 2018

Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA, Sanctuary, 2018

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, MIXMASTER Annual Juried Show, 2017

Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Color: Primary to Tertiary, Juror: Lilly Wei, 2017

Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, Inspirations, Juror: Judith Hecker, 2017

The Painting Center, NYC, 21 and Counting, 2014

Kershner Gallery, Fairfield, CT, Speechless: Works that explore the use of text, Juror: Fred Giampietro, 2014

Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, The Right to Bear Arms, 2013

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, Pennsylvania Academy Alumni Exhibition, 2012

The Painting Center, NYC, Small Works Invitational, 2010

John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Extraordinary Facilities, 2011

Gallery @ Haskins Laboratories, Yale University, Dreams, Memory and Sleep, 2007

Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, Three Painters, 2003

The National Academy of Design, NYC, 173rd Annual Exhibition, 1998

Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts, Inaugural Faculty Exhibition, 1998

Artspace, New Haven, Barriers and Enclosures, 1996

Tatistcheff and Company, NYC, Summer Group Exhibition, 1993, 1994, 1995


Catalog of Work: Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, Paintings,1988-1999, 2018

New Haven Register, Aug 29, 2010, “Contemplative Art, 2 Artists... at Kehler Liddell," Judy Birke

New Haven Register, March 25, 2007, "Haskins Exhibit…Explores What We Dream,…" Judy Birke

Waterbury Republican, March 16, 2003, "Art Association…3 Notable," Tracey O’Shaughnessy

Waterbury Republican, March 9, 2003, "Color, Light, Bring Life to Art," Sarah Sparks

New Haven Register, December 1, 2002, "In Portraits, Stories of Artists + Subjects," Judy Birke

New York Times, CT, Aug 18, 2002, "A Wide-Open View Through Glass Panes," William Zimmer

New Haven Register, April 1, 2001, "CAW gives good glimpse of decades of Yale art," Judy Birke

New Haven Register, January 21, 2001, "In crowded faculty show, four stand out," Judy Birke

Art New England, December/January 1999, "Regional Reviews; Inspired Fear," Michael Rush

New York Times, CT, Sept 20, 1998, "Charting the Essence of Omnipresent Fear," William Zimmer

Review, September 15, 1998, "Inspired Fear," Michael Rush

New Haven Register, Sept 13,1998, "Fears exposed, examined in ‘Inspired’ exhibit," Judy Birke

Waterbury Republican, Nov 16, 1997, "Large meaning finds its way in small spaces," Tracey O’Shaughnessy

Art New England, April/May 1997, "Regional Reviews; Barriers and Enclosures," Michael Rush

New York Times, Connecticut, Nov 3, 1996, "Sculptural Installation of Large Intention," William Zimmer

New Haven Register, Oct 27, 1996, "Artspace puts up a few formidable barriers...," Judy Birke

Waterbury Republican, August 1996, "Painter pushes personal elements to the forefront," Kelly Devine Thomas

New Haven Register, Sept 18, 1994, "An eerie excellence pervades painter’s Erector Square show, Judy Birke

The New Haven Register, April 17, 1994, "Artspace offers memorable look at dark side of childhood," Judy Birke

New Haven Register, October 2, 1988, "A Painterly Look at Rooms and What They Mean," Shirley Gonzales

The New Haven Register, November 9, 1986, "City Artists Have a Message," Shirley Gonzales


Gateway Community College, New Haven, Adjunct Professor, 2006 – present

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, 2002 - present

SUNY, Purchase, Lecturer, 1986 and 2006

Fairfield University, Adjunct Professor, 1995 – 2001

Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Adjunct Lecturer, 1998-1999

University of CT at Storrs, adjunct lecturer, 1989-1990

Yale School of Art, Teaching Assistant to Gretna Campbell, 1984


Virginia Center for the Arts, August 2022

Green Olive Artists Residency, Tetouan, Morocco, July, 2018

Vermont Studio Center, 2014

Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, 1992 and 2002

Seaside, Florida’s Escape to Create, 1996

Work included in numerous collections including:

CHR Health / Donald Oresman’s The Art of Reading, NYC / The Whitney Center, Hamden, CT