Summer J. Hart

Studio & Gallery

Cold Spring, NY

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Archived Work


Artist's Biography

Summer J. Hart is an interdisciplinary artist from Maine, living in the Hudson Valley, New York. Her written and visual artworks are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Boomhouse (2023, The 3rd Thing Press) and the microchapbook, Augury of Ash (Post Ghost Press.) Her poetry can be found in Waxwing, The Massachusetts Review, Northern New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her mixed-media installations have been featured in shows and galleries including SPRING/BREAK, NYC; Pen + Brush, NYC; Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ; and LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA. Summer is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation.


Artist's Statement

I am astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution. Even after we trample it, cut it all down, build from and over it, new seeds scatter, vines reach. My work explores the way nature reclaims the built environment. Who or what will fill the vacancies after we have passed through?

I’m drawn to former industrial buildings, abandoned gardens, and the kinds of interstitial spaces that might go unnoticed—under the stairs, odd corners or alleys, the roots, trunks, crooks of trees. Neglected or decomposing spaces hold promise. My hand-cut artwork is a false nature. It’s the juxtaposition of artificial forest to forest-scape.


Selected Exhibitions

Unsaid, InLiquid at One Commerce Square, Philadelphia, PA

Unwritten, Sohns Gallery, Bangor, ME

Protection From What Remains, The Art Dept. Collective, Philadelphia, PA

Cold Light, Wynono & Company, Cold Spring, NY

Look Again, DUMBO, NY
Curator: Bree Scotti

In Pomerium, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY

Furies, Fairies, Visionaries, Pen + Brush, New York, NY
Curator: Alice Gray Stites

Out of The Box, Gitana Rosa Gallery, Art Factory Studios, Paterson, NJ

Birds & Bears & Flowers & Things, Sohn's Gallery, Bangor, ME

Whatsoever the Wolf Wishes, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY

shining with the secret of it, CoLAB Projects, New Orleans, LA

not a bird nested here, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL 2023



Boomhouse. Full-length poetry collection. The 3rd Thing Press (forthcoming 2023)

11 Triptychs. Limited edition, hand-bound artist’s chapbook
Eleven ink and salt drawings paired with eleven “triptych poems” by Sandra Simonds, selected from her collection, Triptychs (Wave Books, 2022)

Quote Quote Sleeping
Collaboration with Sandra Simonds, Couplet Poetry

Your Eyes Repeat the Landscape
Collaboration with Sandra Simonds, Conversation #45, The Scales Project

Tidewrack, Conversation #24, The Scales Project

Artist Spotlight #25, Digging Press


"A Man is an Earthworm in this Respect"; "A Man is the Red Glow of a Compass in this Respect"; "A Man is the Longest Moon in this Respect", the tiny journal

"Auspice 13"; "Auspice 17"; "Auspice 20"; "Auspice 26"; "Auspice 28", The 3rd Thing Press
Published alongside the land acknowledgment for all 2021 books

"The Good News", Hypertext Review

"Horse Crazy", HAD, Hobart,

"Auspices", Pidgeonholes: Fearless Literature

"Auspice 31"; "Auspice 32"; "Auspice 33"; "Auspice 34", Annulet: A Journal of Poetics

"Auspice 24", The Mississippi Review

"Auspice 18", Ariadne

"When the Snow Melts, Prepare for the Snow"; "Hot 104.7"; "Steps, Worn Smooth in the Middle"; "The Incident at Millinocket Lake", Denver Quarterly

"No Man’s Land", Driftwood Press

"Boy Crazy"; "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board", Waxwing

"Salt for the Stain", Golden Walkman Magazine podcast
Edited by W. Todd Kaneko

"Salt for the Stain", The Massachusetts Review

"Augury of Ash", Micro-chapbook, Post Ghost Press

"North Triptych", Northern New England Review

"44°41'00.3” N, 68°36'20.3” W," Northern New England Review , 2019 True North Summer Spotlight

"Red Bird, Red Bird", Third Point Press

"REAL TURKEY SUPPER", South Broadway Ghost Society


"Native Voices", The Massachusetts Review

"10 Questions for Summer J. Hart", The Massachusetts Review

"Summer J. Hart Reads Louise Erdrich on 'Lyric Essentials,'" The Sundress Publications Blog

Wong, Mandy Suzanne, "Cold Light," Entropy Magazine

Wong, Mandy Suzanne, "Vacancies," Kiskadee column, Talk Vomit



MacDowell Colony Fellow, Peterborough, NH

Land Acknowledgment Writer, The 3rd Thing Press, Olympia, WA

Artist in Residence, PHS Meadowbrook Farms, Jenkintown, PA

Finalist, “2021 Poetry Prize,” The Mississippi Review

Finalist, “Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition,” Black Lawrence Press

Finalist, “2020 Adrift Chapbook Competition,” Driftwood Press

Finalist for “Red Bird, Red Bird,” Best of the Net Anthology, Sundress Publications

Artist Resident, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Professional Affiliations

2019 - Present
Artist Member, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

2012 - Present
Artist Member, The Brooklyn Collective, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Member, RAW: natural born artists

2006 - 2007
Printmaker Associate, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center, Ithaca, NY

2004 - 2006
Co-Director, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL



The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Book Arts/Printmaking

The Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT
BFA, Printmaking