Welcome to the HAI Art Studio at 33-02 Skillman Ave., Long Island City, Queens!

Unfortunately, on May 11th 2016 the Studio & Gallery closed due to unforeseen fiscal problems in the parent company.



Excerpt from a review of the show in:

Brooklyn Magazine 18 April 2016:

At Open Source Gallery, Community Forms Through Accessible Art

By Gabriela Barkho

      Curated by Francis Palazzolo, “Sole Exchange explores the intersection between live performance and representational form, utilizing social practices that enhance intersubjectivity." Palazzolo said the project “was all about putting yourself into someone else’s shoes, going just beyond the normal exchange, getting outside your comfort zone, engaging the public as art, and through art.” The curator continues to say "the idea for the show is the connection, the relationship between social engagement and visualizing yourself as someone else. Artist's arrived as pictured in their pieces upon the walls which facilitated more interaction and the exchange of shoes with each other.”


Participating Artists include: Laura Anne Walker, Ray Lopez, Derrick Alexis Coard, Alyson Vega, Derrick Brown, Phillip Clark, Angela Rogers, Jorge Hernandez, Cynthia Timms, Anthony Perez, Christopher Jean Baptiste, and Lukau Lukelo.



Congratulations Derrick!


HAI Artist Derrick Alexis Coard has received two prestigious art awards in the past two months.  In December 2015, he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and January 14threceived notification that he won the Wynn Newhouse Award.

The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards recognize emerging American artists whose work shows promise but who have not yet received widespread critical or commercial recognition. Winners are selected for their talent, promise, and individual artistic strength.

The Wynn Newhouse Awards provide grants to artists of excellence who happen to be living with disabilities. These awards cap a 14 month period in which Coard’s works were featured in a sold out solo show at White Columns in November, 2014, which was then reviewed in Art Forum in February, 2015.

Derrick Alexis Coard has been a member of the HAI Art Studio for seven years.  He is a prolific artist who has developed a remarkable body of work.  His large drawings are of bearded black men, with the heads of his subjects often commanding the entire page.  Many are spiritual in nature, expressing the word of God speaking through Moses commanding men not to cut their beards.  In his words, “My art is a voice for the human race.  I use bearded black men as symbolic expression for possible change for the African American male community, expressing to them that we as a black male people can be victorious, achieving needed healing and unity.”  As an individual living with chronic depression and psychosis, he has found that reading the word of God and expressing himself through his art has helped him.  Coard works with graphite, permanent markers, and oil pastel on paper.

Derrick’s work will be featured at the Gallery at HAI’s Booth # 49 at the Outsider Art Fair, January 21-24, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. 125 West 18th Street. Tickets may be purchased at outsiderartfair.com 



Art Shows 2015:








We're Here!  HAI Art Studio members and staff posing outside on the first Saturday in the new space.


The Saturday Studio members preparing pieces for HAI's Omni*Buses, August 28th 2013.



Above is Girl Negron, a member of the HAI Art Studio, working on her mural, a collaboration with Julia Price, in the Off The Wall show.

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