Brahna Yassky was trained as a visual artist at San Fransisco State University and California College of the Arts. Although she has predominantly worked as a painter, she also wrote and directed a short film “Frozen Moment” which was shown at several film festivals.
She received her certification in art therapy from the New School for Social Research, New York City.
As an artist she keeps her medium fluid depending on what is the best one to convey what she wants so say.
Yasskys' latest project is a new book "Slow Dancing with Fire" forthcoming in January 2022 published by Shanti Arts- a memoir of the healing power of art, love, and swimming.
Summer 2021 - The Plentitudes Journal "Flaws"
May 2021 - The Girlfriend "40 of the Most Amazing Gitlfriend Stories You May Have Missed" 200 anniversay issue 2 essays
March 2021 Salon "Gathering, grief and the pandemic Passover"
February 2021 - The Ethel "The Birthday That Ushered in a Whole New Attitude"
January 2021 - The Independent "My ex-husband was hailed as one of the first people in New York to get the vaccine.."
December 2020 - The Girlfriend "Finding a Ladies Room in a Brave New World"
June 2020 - American Writers Review 2020, San Fedele Press "How Swimming Saved My Life"
May 2020 - AARP Disrupt Aging "Shacking Up With My Ex in the Pandemic"
November 2019 - AARP Girl Friend Blog "The Lost Ring"
October 2017 - Blood and Thunder Review “Frozen Moment”
December 2011- Tribeca Tribune, "From a Resident's Front Row Seat At OWS"
EXHIBITIONS: Partial List (*One person shows)
2020 - National Arts Club NYC, NY
2019 - "In Your Mother Tongue: A Word and Image Dialogue", Griffin Museum, Boston; 'Barbie on the Beach' words by Brahna Yassky, photo by Susan Rosenberg Jones.
2019 - Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Bali, Indonesia
2017- WBAI Art Auction Chesterfield Gallery, New York City
2014 - “Shifting Ecologies” The Painting Center, New York City
2005 - “Wish You Were Here” A.I.R. Gallery, New York City
2004 - “Domestic Affairs” Locus Media Arts, New York City
2002 - “Life of the City” Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.
2000 - “Certain Things: Unlikely Treasures” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1999 - *”Personal Belongings” Delaware Arts Center Gallery, Narrowsburg, N.Y.
1998 - “Domestic Narratives” RCCA, Troy, New York, N.Y.
1997 - “Fire and Ice” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, Ma.
1997 - Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, Ma.
1996 - * “The Ghost Series”, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY.
1995 - "Children’s Books by Artists," Printed Matter, New York, NY
1994 - "The Self Portrait Show," New York Law School, New York, NY
1993 - "Sacred Spaces," Thomas Center Gallery, Gainsville, FL
1993 - Artist & Homeless Collaborative, Louis Arons Gallery, New York, NY
1992 - Art in General, New York, NY
1992 - Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
1992 - "You Must Remember This," Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
1991 - "Choice," A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
1991 - "Innundation," Uddoh Gallery, New York, NY
1990 - "Dia De Los Muertos," Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1989 - "Soho in DeSota," Tallahassee Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
1988 - Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall on Hudson, NY
1988 - *Window, Department of Labor, Brooklyn, NY
1988 - "Interiors/Exteriors," East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art,
East Hampton, NY
1987 - "Small Works," B.A.C.A. Downtown, Brooklyn, NY
1987 - "What is Feminist Art," P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY
1986 - *The Gallery of the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
1986 - *The Atrium Club, New York, NY
1985 - "Hudson Valley '85," Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY
1985 - 22 Wooster Street Gallery, New York, NY
1984 - "The 69th Hudson River Annual," The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1983 - *Danceteria, New York, NY
1981 - *Bloomingdale's Windows, New York, NY
1980 - * Zoma Gallery, New York, NY
1979 - San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1979 - Source Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1979 - "Images of Women," Kaiser Center, Oak
COMMISSIONS - PUBLIC/PRIVATE:
1993 - New York City Department of Health - 6,000 subway cars, New York, NY
1992 - New York City Department of Health - Mural, Bronx, NY
1990 - Mr. and Mrs. Martin Heinfling, Great Neck, NY
1988 - St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, NY
1983 - Macy's, New York, NY
1981 - Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones, American Tour
1979 - Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gilson, Stanford, CA
1992 - "You Must Remember This," Jersey City Museum
1990 - "Dia De Los Muertos," Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1994 - WCA Panel "Inclusion/Exclusion/Ethnicity: Will We Ever Learn?"
1994 - Queens Museum
1990 - WCA Panel "Making Art After Making It--Maquettes for the Future"
FILM & VIDEO:
1989 - "Frozen Moment;" Wrote, directed and styled the film
Peg Churchill Wright, “‘Domestic Narratives’ tugs at our daily lives”
The Daily Gazette, March 19, 1998
William Jaeger, “3 Artists Combine Strengths in ‘Domestic Narratives’
Times Union, March 8, 1998
Mary Greene, “Ghost Series; A Landscape of Mystery at the Arts Center
The River Reporter, June 13, 1996
Pepe Karmel, "Pictures in Children’s Books, From Cherubs to Divided Faces"
The New York Times, Friday, Aug. 18, 1995
Abraham J. Karp, "The Jews in America: A Treasury of Art and Literature,"
(art reproduced), Hugh Lauter Levin, 1994
William Zimmer, "When Deep Memories are Unshakable,"
The New York Times, Sunday, April 12, 1992
Eileen Watkins, "Memories, Human Body Are Themes of Pair of Exhibits,"
Sunday Star Ledger, April 26, 1992
"Museum Announces 'You Must Remember This,'"
Hudson Current, Vol. 1, No. 28
"The Art of Education," Heresies 24, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1989, art reproduced p. 26
"What is Feminist Art?"
Rose C.S. Slivka, "From the Studio,"
East Hampton Star, December 1, 1988
Robert Long, "Strong Realist Paintings,"
Southampton Press, November 17, 1988
Palmer Poroner, "Eclectic Art Show Opens at Zoma Gallery,"
The Westsider, January, 1980
Artspeak, November, 1980
Robert Mcdonald, "Images of Women-Censored and Uncensored,"
Artweek, Feb. 1979
Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.
Artist & Homeless Collaborative, New York, NY
The Unknown Museum, Mill Valley, CA
AWARDS & HONORS:
2019 - Finalist Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, Brooklyn Filme and Arts Festival
2018 - Honorable Mention for memoir "After The Fire", Doheny Prize, Center For Fiction, NYC
1998 – Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant
1998 – Juried Curator’s Choice Competition (Maxwell Davidson, juror)
Artists Talk on Art
1995-1996 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant
1994-1995 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant
1993-1994 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant
1992-1993 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant
1990 - Rochester Film Festival, Honorable Mention, "Frozen Moment"
1990 - Cinequest, San Jose Film Festival, "Frozen Moment"
1989, 1990 - Summer Residency, Cummingham Community for the Arts,
1989 - Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant
New School for Social Research, New York, NY, Certification, Art Therapy, 1983
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA, M.F.A., 1978
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, B.A., 1970
Masters Writing Workshops:
2011 - Rebecca Stowe, 92nd Street Y, NYC, NY
2012 - Daphne Merkin, Hunter College, NYC, NY
Also studied with Nick Flynn, Mark Matousek and Garrard Conley