Martin Cohen is a Newhouse Award Winner

Posted on May 31, 2013

Martin poses with his work at the Wynn Newhouse Awards ExhibitionMartin poses with his work at the Wynn Newhouse Awards ExhibitionFountain Gallery artist Martin Cohen is a winner of the 2012 Wynn Newhouse Awards, created to draw attention to the achievements of artists of excellence who happen to have disabilities. The Wynn Newhouse Awards Exhibition runs through June 13 at Syracuse University’s Lubin House, located at 11 East 61st Street in New York City. Martin is one of eight grant winners whose work is being showcased.

Martin incorporates mixed media, including photographic cutouts and found objects, into his abstract expressionist oil paintings and paper pieces, to introduce a textural quality and to explore elements of popular culture. He received a BFA degree from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon, where he studied with renowned artist Sam Gilliam. Martin has had one-man shows at Vivian Horan Fine Art, Cooper Union, and Gallery New World Stages. His work was shown in an exhibition at the Education and Research Center of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His pieces have been acquired by corporate patrons such as the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and Citi.

“I have been struggling with mental illness since my early twenties,” explained Martin. “Despite the shock of my first episode while I was a student at SUNY Purchase, my work has expanded. I have always been a mood-oriented artist. My illness has informed my work and made me more willing to experiment. It has also been therapeutic because it allows me to express my suffering artistically.”

Read more about Martin and other Fountain Gallery artists at

Camille Tibaldeo
Communications Manager, Fountain Gallery


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