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“Hillary Raimo’s work has altered the medium of photography.” – Janet Rutkowski, Curator Welcome to the Multiverse, The Royal Society of American Art (RSOAA) New York.
Hillary Raimo was raised as a Quaker, in part by her activist grandparents. Grandfather Les Holloway, Field Director in Guatemala for the American Friends Service Committee and Executive Director for the Community Action Agency was most assuredly what led Raimo towards having a curious tendency towards activism and truth.
Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Miriam Holloway, Raimo observed the Wall Street protests in NYC, protests in Cairo (2014) and Standing Rock Camp (2016) in North Dakota. In 2017, Raimo petitioned the White House to save the California Redwoods from logging, a beloved site for many of her photographs.
Having spent much of her life exploring magnificent sites, ancient cultures, religions and megalithic structures around the globe, Raimo’s talents surely are derived from experiencing many diverse civilizations and people.
With much more than an artistic background, Raimo’s own personal history also includes a business background as a licensed NYS real-estate and insurance agent, radio broadcaster, producer and writer. Yet through all of these adventures, whether they were lessons learned in a meeting room or as an observer of nature, she has gained a myriad of perspectives and like a magician has been able to transfer these gifts into brilliant works of art.
As the immediate past president of the Bethlehem Art Association in Delmar, NY Hillary has brought valued leadership to the organization. “She has led us forward in so many new ways during the last two years. She has spread our wings on many new adventures including having plein aire sessions for the Bethlehem High School students at Five Rivers, having an art show at Five Rivers, giving high school students a reduced membership rate in the BAA, getting members involved in a show at Senior Hope in Albany.” – Ellie Prakken, BAA member
And now, given the immense honor, Hillary Raimo has been appointed the 2nd Vice President of the National Women’s Caucus for Art. Her appointment on this prestigious national board will help women artists internationally, as well as nationally, as the WCA has a long history of activism with art. Raimo looks forward to the possibilities of being a part of this national arts organization.
Having recently been chosen as 1 of 25 women artists from NJ, NY and Pennsylvania whose work was highlighted at “The Space Between: Questions of Place in Times of Uncertainty” for the Women’s Caucus for Art New York Chapter (WCA NYC). The physical exhibition took place, as an all-media exhibition, from September 5th to September 26th in the Alfa Gallery in NJ.
In an effort to build bridges between certain regions, the exhibition focused on women artists specifically living in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and encouraged a diverse female audience in order to enable voices who are often under-heard.
This extraordinary exhibit, that is a compilation of work by women artists from a variety of backgrounds, dove deeply into the connection between female identity, circumstances and the environment, placing value on deep-rooted fundamentals in regards to space, in an ever-changing, uncertain climate that we find ourselves in. The exhibit sought numerous interpretations on its theme and ultimately “The Space Between” was juried by Jeanne Brasile, Director of the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.
As a featured artist, in “The Space Between: Questions of Place in Times of Uncertainty” exhibit, Raimo’s selected photograph, Apparition, was a brilliant work brought to life and noticed for its relevance in today’s quite interesting social climate. Raimo looks forward to her new role within the organization and hopes to bring many new and innovative ideas for women in the arts.
Already a well-known artist in New York, Raimo’s work has been featured in various NYC galleries, the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan, Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga, the Yaddo exhibit “Taking Flight” curated by Tristan Kirvin and is regularly featured in the traveling exhibits of the Schenectady Photographic Society. Her pieces have become highly sought after by collectors and her artwork has been inspiration for many up-and-coming artists and even established artists.
As the immediate past President of the Bethlehem Art Association in Delmar, NY Raimo has used her business expertise to mentor other artists who lack skills in this area. She has hosted residency studies at her home in upstate NY, curated art exhibits for the Senior Hope Foundation and has sponsored silent auctions to raise awareness and funding for non-profit organizations.
On November 4th, Hillary’s work will be included in the Albany Institute of History and Art Museum’s 2020 virtual Gala An Artful Evening silent auction along with 47 other artists.
Hillary Raimo, has established herself as a multi-talented, international, multi-medium artist, painter and photographer whose work covers a wide range of realities, perspectives, and modern-day relevant messages in abstract form. In 2019, Raimo had the esteemed honor of studying with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Essdras M. Suarez, which added yet another incredible experience to her already lengthy list.
As Raimo continues on a journey, where new opportunities are endless, she is open to collaborations, mentoring, commissions and curating. And, as her works begin to be seen in more and more galleries across the globe, limelight is sure to follow!
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