Photo credit: Julia Girardoni

Photo credit: Julia Girardoni

Camille Hoffman's current work is a mixed-media meditation on Manifest Destiny and its representation in the romantic American landscape. Reflecting on the embedded and latent meanings around light, nature, the frontier, borders, race, gender and power in influential American landscape paintings of the 19th century, she uses materials collected from her everyday life, including holiday-themed tablecloths, discarded medical records, nature calendars, plastic bags and paint, to craft imaginary landscapes that are grounded in accumulation, personal narrative and historical critique. Her paintings are layered geographies, in which these fragments of cultural objects are chromatically twisted and blended into complex wholes. Taking inspiration from the Philippine weaving and the Jewish folk traditions of her ancestors, along with traditional landscape painting techniques from her academic training, she interweaves image with refuse in order to reveal seamless yet textured transcultural contradictions. Disrupting visual perception, her scraps of materials take on new life, becoming a vehicle of territorial reclamation and spiritual agency for the artist amid the pressures of economic and political globalization in the Anthropocene.

Hoffman was born in 1987 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, she received her BFA in Community Arts and Painting from California College of the Arts and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2015. She has worked for over a decade as an arts educator and community organizer in Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, New Haven, Brooklyn, and Queens. She was a recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in Painting from Yale University, a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship, and a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Hoffman has shown throughout the U.S. and in Europe in exhibitions including Music and Conversation: East of the Wallace Line at the Yale University Art Gallery, MASSIVAMENTE at Espai Cultural Biblioteca Azorín in Valencia, Spain and the Nuit Blanche arts festival in Paris, France. Hoffman recently completed a Van Lier Fellowship at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and there will open her first solo New York exhibition Pieceable Kingdom in January 2018.







2015        MFA, Painting & Printmaking, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2012        Advanced Painting Intensive, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY

2009        BFA, Community Arts, High Distinction, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2008        Study Abroad, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain  



2018       Pieceable Kingdom, Fellow Focus, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (forthcoming)

2015        Service, Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

2,015 But Who's Counting: Yale MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2014         Music & Conversation, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT  

2009        Summer Spectacular, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

                 About Face: Deconstructing Diversity in the Institution, CCA Center Gallery, Oakland, CA



2017       LifeWtr Open Gallery curated by Delphine Diallo, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

               Art By a Woman, LifeWtr digital exhibition, Times Square and Oculus at World Trade Center, New York, NY

2016        New Genealogies, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2015        Jew as the Other, Abrazo Interno Gallery Clemente Center, New York, NY

La Fête à Colette, Nuit Blanche, Collège Collete Besson, Paris, France

Arresting Patterns, Artspace, New Haven, CT

Yale Painting and Printmaking Graduates 2015, Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York, NY

SEEN, Yale institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT

2013         Splendor in the Grass, Green Hall Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2012         Painting Intensive Exhibition, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2011          Road to the Hidden Green Village, 3rdeye(sol)ation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008        MASIVAMENTE, Espai Cultural Biblioteca Azorín, Valencia, Spain

                 The Future of Culture, North/South Gallery, Oakland, CA

2007         A Class Act, curated by Raymond Saunders, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

                  Rest in Peace, Rise in Peace, South Gallery, Oakland, CA

 Dialects of the Heart, Corazon Del Pueblo Gallery, Oakland, CA

2005         Subway, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ



2017       Van Lier Fellowship, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2016       Nomination for Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant

2015        Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting, Yale University

John A. Carrafiell Scholarship, Yale University School of Art

Editor's Choice, New American Paintings, No. 116, Northeast Issue, 2015

2014        Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale University School of Art

2009        National Endowment for the Arts Scholarship

2008        Community Student Fellow, California College of the Arts

2007        Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Study in Valencia, Spain



2018         Winter Workspace Artist in Residence, Wave Hill, New York, NY

2017         Van Lier Fellow, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2016-17     Artist in Residence, QueenSpace, Long Island City, NY

2016           Artist in Residence, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and

                    Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs, New Haven, CT



2017          Visiting Artist Lecturer, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

                  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

                  Artist Lecturer, The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive, New York, NY

2016          Visual Arts Visiting Lecturer, Barnard College, New York, NY

                  Visual Art Instructor, Queens Paideia School, Long Island City, NY

2015           Mentor/Facilitator, Jerome Project, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2010-12      Manager, Summer Camp Director, Visual Arts Teacher

   Beacon Center for Arts & Leadership, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, Brooklyn, NY

2005-8       Community Student Fellow Teaching Artist

   California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2007           Arts Instructor

   Mills College Summer Arts Program, Mills College, Oakland, CA



The New Yorker, "Goings On About Town - Camille Hoffman: Pieceable Kingdom", The New Yorker, 2018

Gallardo, Tatiana, "Camille Hoffman; Art, Cultural Identity and Polly Pockets", Young Hot and Modern Magazine, 2017

Viscardi, Ella and Shaper, Helen "Camille Hoffman", Matter of Hand, December, 2016

Zahn, Brian, "Art Meets Life in School's Open Studio", New Haven Register, February 1, 2016

Morand, Michael, "Alumnus Artist Titus Kaphar Creates, Connects, and Builds Community in New Haven", Yale News, 2015

Plagens, Peter, "Yale, RISD MFAs Go on Display", Wall Street Journal, 2015

Caldwell, Ellen C., "In the Studio: Process of Painting with Camille Hoffman", 2015

New American Paintings, No. 116, Northeast Issue, 2015

Those That This Arts Journal, Issue 8, 2015

Appal, Allen, "Seen" is a scene at ISM", New Haven Independent, April 3, 2015

Menconi, Lilia, “How Long Can Art One Hold On?”, Phoenix New Times, July 2, 2009

Lessard, Kim, CCA Students Give Oakland Landmark a Facelift with Murals, CCA News, March 13, 2009

Donnelly, Sean “Telling the Tale of Temescal”, Oakland Tribune, February 12, 2009



Interview with Titus Kaphar, Artspace New Haven, 2015

A Snapshot: Landmarking Community Cultural Arts Organizations Nationally, National Endowment for the Arts, 2010

CCA 100: The Future of Culture, CCA Center for Art & Public Life, 2008

Latino Poverty in the New Century (Cover Illustration), The Haworth Press, Inc., 2000