Anna Wehrwein

A photograph of Anna Wehrwein painting in her studio by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey.©Joanna Eldredge Morrissey Photography

Anna Wehrwein is an artist originally from the Boston area. She received her BS in Art and BA in English/creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Tennessee.

Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Friend of the Artist, West Branch Literary Journal and ArtMaze Magazine. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg (New York, New York), Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Collar Works (Troy, New York), and Troost Gardens (Kansas City, Missouri). She has been an artist in residence at VCCA, Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and MacDowell, for which she was awarded the 2019 Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellowship.

She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of Missouri and the co-founder/director of stop-gap projects.

Artist Statement

I make large oil paintings and small drawings that reimagine the domestic space as a site of creative action and communal agency. Within this space, care can take on many forms and intimacy comes from both touch and time. In recent drawings on Color-Aid paper, I examine the rituals and space I share with my partner. They look deeply while retaining flatness, a push and pull that also destabilizes what is full and what is empty, what is filled in and what is left open to the saturated ground. Color comes from feeling, mark from urgency, shape from intimacy. And while these drawings act as a window, they feel more like thinking.