Shoshanna Weinberger


Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shoshanna Weinberger received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, and MFA from Yale School of Art in 2003. Living and working in Newark, NJ since 2006, Weinberger’s work is rooted in an exploration of her Caribbean-American heritage. It draws strongly on the complexity of heritage and assumed norms. Referencing her own adolescent memory and our current xenophobic zeitgeist, Weinberger renders her female muses along a spectrum of character types. Some are excessive, sexualized, and quirky; while others are passive, or dominant, a culmination of figures that ultimately question standards and the psychology of beauty and identity.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous invitational group and solo exhibitions. Weinberger is a five-time participant of the Jamaica Biennial from 2006 to 2017, held in Kingston, Jamaica; and her work was included in the 2013 Martinique Biennale. A recipient of several awards, residencies, and grants that include: 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant; 2015 Joan Mitchell Center, Art-in-Residence, New Orleans; 2016 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts; 2017-2018 Project for Empty Space, Art-in-Residence, Newark, NJ; 2019 Dawn Scott Memorial Award, presented by the National Gallery of Jamaica and Edward M. Gomez; appointed 2019-2020 McMillan Stewart Endowed Chair in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; and a 2020 Sunroom Project Artist, Wavehill, Bronx, NY (postponed to May, 2021, due to the pandemic).

Public collections include New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; The Sagamore Collection, Miami, FL; Girls Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL; The Margulies Collection, Miami, FL.; Davidson College, Davidson, NC and The AC Kingston Collection, Kingston, JA.

Selected Works