milcah bassel

Based in Jersey City and Tel Aviv


2013                         MFA, Visual Art, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

2011                          Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art, Brandeis University



2015                          Father Tongue, Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 

2014                          Space That Dreams Itself, Solos Project House, Newark, NJ 

2013                , MFA Thesis Show, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ

                                  Potentialities, Roxaboxen Exhibitions, Chicago, IL   *two person exhibition

2009                        The Offering, Dear Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel 



2017                           Invitation To Play: Open Close Open, Fourth AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of The Arts, NY

2016                          Mis-Readings/ Drafting a Strand, collaboration with Amanda Thackray, for Precarious Constructs,

                                  Venus Knitting Art Space, Brooklyn, NY 

                                  Mis-Readings/ Drafting a Strand, collaboration with Amanda Thackray, for Raw Forms Forum, 

                                  Newark Museum, NJ

2015                          Seminar, for Rituals, No Holds Barred, LES, NY

                                  Father Tongue, Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, MA

2013                          Divider Revisited (after Lygia Pape), for Interstice, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

                                  Divider Revisited (after Lygia Pape), for Rutgers Performs, White Box, New York, NY 

2012                         Touching a Wall, for Two-Sided Act, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



2017                          Bronx Calling : The Fourth AIM  Biennial, Bronx Museum of The Arts, NY (catalog)

                                  Made Here | New Work by Winter '17 Artists in Residence, Guttenberg Arts Gallery, Guttenberg, NJ

                                  A Dark Wood, Noyes Museum of Art, Stockton University, Atlantic City, NJ (catalog)

                                  Monothon2017, Annual Benefit Auction, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, CT

                                  9th Annual Benefit, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ

                                  Time/Gaze, The Culture Club, Brooklyn, NY  *screening

2016                         Creation Stories, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ

                                  A Dark Wood, Art House Gallery & Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ (catalog) 

                                  Selfie: Us and Them, LIPS, Newark, NJ 

                                  Where is Eleven O'Clock?, Newark Open Doors Art Festival, NJ 

                                  Accumulating Experience, Newark Open Doors Art Festival, NJ

                                  Waves, 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY                                

                                  8th Annual Benefit, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ

2015                          “A-Tarim” (non-sites), Hanina gallery for contemporary art, Tel Aviv, Israel    *three person show

                                   Close Encounters, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ    *three person show

                                   Big Paper, 85 Market Street with Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

                                    “--------“, No Holds Barred, LES, NY

                                   Crossing Your Own Line, R. Jampol Projects, LES, NY

                                   Convey, XLSpace, NY and Budapest

                                   7th Annual Benefit, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ

                                   Brodsky Center Benefit, Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ

2014                           Emerald City, The Gateway Project, Newark, NJ

                                   Ready or Not, New Jersey Arts Annual, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

                                   The Good The Bad The Beautiful, Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY

                                   (IM)Possibilities, Solos Project House, Newark, NJ        

2013                           Etiquette For Lucid Dreaming, The Gateway Project, Newark, NJ 

                                   Rutgers in NY MFA Exhibition, White Box, New York, NY

                                   Women Redrawing the World Stage, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY

2012                           Welcome Back Show, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

                                   Memory of Here, Memory of There, West Windsor Arts Council, NJ

                                   The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society: Multi-site Exhibition, NJ

                                   Capital City College and University Show, TAWA, Trenton, NJ

                                   Brodsky Center Annual Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ

2011                            99% Wizards of Change, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

                                   Gross Artwerk, LAB Project Space, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

                                   Baggage, Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

                                   Israeli Art Auction, Sensi6 Benefit for Leket Israel, 23 Wall Street, NY

                                   Floors & Ceilings, Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

                                   Prospect II; Post Baccalaureate Thesis Show, Dreitzer Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

2010                          Envisioning Justice, The New Israel Fund, Lazzoni Gallery, New York, NY

2009                         Mikarov, Manofim 2009, Curator: Irena Gordon, Musach Davidov, Jerusalem, Israel



2016                          Zine Machine Printed Matter Festival, The Dirty Dirty, Durham, NC

2015                          UNTITLED art fair, Brodsky Center, Miami, FL

                                  PULSE contemporary art fair, Brodsky Center, NY

2014                          Editions/Artist Book (EAB) fair, Brodsky Center, NY

                                  Select fair, Brodsky Center, Miami, FL




Center For Book Arts, Artist-In-Residence Workspace Grant for Emerging Artists, NY


Featured Artist , Smack Mellon "Hot Picks"

Bronx Museum AIM Program, NY 

Guttenberg Arts, STAR program residency and fellowship, Guttenberg, NJ 

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, MONOTHON2017 Guest Artist, Norwalk, CT


Center for Contemporary Printmaking, MONOTHON2016 Guest Artist, Norwalk, CT 

Wonder Women Artist Residency, Gaia Studio, Jersey City, NJ

Creative Capital Professional Development Blended Learning Program in partnership with Aferro Gallery, NJ


Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Artist-in-Residence, Brandeis University, MA


Artist-In-Residence, Brodsky Center Residency and NEA Grant, New Brunswick, NJ      

Artist-in-Residence, Solos Project House, Newark, NJ


Fellowship, (IM)Possibilities Mentorship Program, Solos Project House & P.G. Chambers School, NJ


ACRE Summer Residency, Steuben, WI


Robert Watts Graduate Memorial Scholarship in Art

Mason Gross School of the Arts State funded Scholarship, Rutgers University    

Merit Scholars Award, Visual Arts Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts


Fine Arts Merit Scholarship, Brandeis University




Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial, exhibition catalog (Bronx Museum, 2017), Essays by Brian Boucher, Christine Licata, Aylet Ojeda Jequin, Heather Reyes, p. 44

Emergency Index Vol. 6; An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017, Sophia Cleary, Katie Gaydos, Yelena Gluzman, p. 452-3


Romanell, Christine, "Notes From the Other Side of the Cultural Cliff", Not What It Is,, 26 October 2016

A Dark Wood, exhibition catalog (Curious Matter 2016), Essay by Raymond E. Mingst and Arthur Bruso

Bassel, Milcah, “Next Epoch Seed Library: An Interview with Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons by Milcah Bassel”, Dime and Honey,, May 4, 2016


Groper, Jaime. “Exhibit draws on artist’s childhood to highlight artistry in the Hebrew Alphabet”,

The Justice,, 21 April, 2015

Bassel, Milcah. “Aleph, Bet, Gimel”, Brandeis University State of The Arts, winter/spring 2015


Emergency Index Vol.3; An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014,

Sophia Cleary and Yelena Gluzman, p.156-7

Ready Or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual, exhibition catalog (Newark Museum, 2014), Essays by Steven Kern, Shlomit Dror, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado

Weidmann, Kelsey. “’Pop up Talk’ features prominent artist at Rutgers “, The Daily Targum, 28 October 2014

Wei, Lilly. “Ready or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art”, Studio International,, 5 September 2014

Wiener, Robert."Unexpected Israeli art at Newark exhibit", NJJN, 6 August 2014


Garfinkle, Alexandra."Space Jam", Chicago Weekly, 25 Jan 2013


Fabbri Butera, Virginia. "Politics, Society and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Feminist Art",, Volume 9, November 2012

Brodsky, Judith. Olin, Ferris. The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, The Rutgers University Institute

for Women and Art, Distributed Art Publishers, New York, p.183

Miranda, Lynnette. "Milcah Bassel", Make-Space,, 28 August 2012

Stetler, Carrie. " 'Fertile Crescent' Exhibit Offers Insight into Paradoxes of Contemporary Middle East",

Rutgers Today, August 2012




The Body Lexicon Series | Refrain 1,  six month public mural, The Gateway Concourse, Newark, NJ



Zimmerli Art Museum

Newark Public Library Special Collections



2013-present           Adjunct Lecturer, Art Appreciation, Online, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University                       

2014-present           Adjunct Lecturer, Artists of Modern Life, Online, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University     

2015                         Instructor, Visual Arts for kids from underserved communities, ProjectArt, NY                                                         

2014                         Instructor, papermaking workshops, Union County Teen Arts, Union County of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, NJ

2013-2014               Artist Mentor, (IM)Possibilities Mentorship Program, Solos Project House & P.G. Chambers School, NJ

2012-2013               Adjunct Lecturer, Drawing Fundamentals, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University                     

2012-2013               Instructor, Drawing for kids, Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University, NJ  

2012                        Adjunct Lecturer, Papermaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

2010-2011               Teaching Assistant, 3D Design, Brandeis University                                                                                          

2010-2011               Teaching Assistant, Drawing Fundamentals, Brandeis University  



2017                          Artist Talk and Gallery Tour, Newark Museum through the eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists, Newark Museum

2016                          Visiting Artist, Professional Development Workshop for BFA Thesis Class, Rutgers University

2015                          Visiting Artist, SUNY Purchase

                                  Visiting Artist, AICAD New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY

                                  Artist-in-Residence and Guest Lecturer, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

                                  Guest Lecturer, Brandeis University, Art History Department

2014                          Artist-in-Residence and Guest Lecturer, Brodsky Center

2012                          Guest Lecturer, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

2011                           Guest Lecturer, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University