The Peregrinas Art Collective: artists Anja Marais and Irene Sullivan.



photo by Ana Carballosa

Multi-disciplinary Artist | Ethno-poet

Anja Marais was born and raised in the countryside of South Africa. As a young adult, she apprenticed with a landscape painter for many years. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a BFA (Honours) in 1998. She has been selected and participated in various programs such as the Enrique Martinez Celaya Summer Workshop (in affiliation with the Anderson Ranch Art Center). She currently works and lives in Miami, FL, USA and exhibits her work in the national and international arena.

She recently exhibited at The Orlando Museum of Art, The International Museum of Art and Science, Texas, The University of the Arts Gallery, Philadelphia; Ground Moscow Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia; Sakura Exhibition, Studio Yoshida, Mino, Japan; MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami; Baker Museum of Naples, Florida; and the Museum of History of St Petersburg, Poterna Hall, Russia.

Her work is in private and museum collections at the Akari Museum Mino Japan, Kronstadt History Museum Russia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami. She was awarded the Orlando Prize in Contemporary Art Finalist 2019, South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship 2014, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship 2010. She attended many art residencies in Europe, Asia, and the USA, which includes the Ucross Art Residency in Wyoming, The Millay Art Colony in New York, etc.

Marais has also given lectures on Art and her own practices at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, The Northern Colorado University, Greeley, the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Orlando Museum of Art, and other non-profit organizations.


2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art Finalist, Orlando Museum of Art.
2018 Truth and Reconciliation Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2018 [SOLO] “The Mountain Without a Shadow” Bridge Red Project Space, Miami, FL
2018 [Group] “FOLD” curated by Raheleh Filsoofi. IMAS Museum, McAllen, TX
2017 [Group] “SFCC Fellowship Exhibition”. The Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, FL
2017 Millay Art Colony Residency, NY
2017 Ucross Art Residency, WY, USA
2016 [SOLO] “Stages of the Denizen “ The University of the Arts. Sculpture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2016 [Group] “Intersectionality” curated by Richard Hayden. The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, FL
2015 [SOLO] ” The Berth” . Mariani Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
2014 [SOLO] “The Ballast”. The Firehouse Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship
2014 Arteles Art Residency, Finland
2014 [Group] “Florida Contemporary”. Baker Museum of Naples, Naples, FL
2014 [Group] “Кронштадтские истории” Museum of History of St Petersburg. Peter and Paul fortress, Poterna Hall, Russia
2013 [SOLO] “The Guide” Atlantic Art Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2013 NCCA Art Residency Kronstadt by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Best Short Award & Audience Award Optic Nerve 14
2010 Seoul Art Space Geumcheon Residency, Seoul South Korea
1998 B.F.A(Hons) University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


photo by Anja Marais

Painter | Book Artist

Irene F. Sullivan is an artist whose work is informed by her research as an independent scholar, the ecologies of Northern Peoples, and poetry. She creates unique milieus for her paintings with video and artist’s books using the Orihon format. She recently held her first solo international exhibit in a 13th century historic French Church.

Sullivan holds advanced degrees in Theology, Religious Studies, and Trauma Nursing and is the co-author of the award-winning Dictionary of Native American Mythology.

She lived in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic for nearly a decade. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her research about female shamanism found in Greenlandic Narratives as well as an American Philosophical Society Field Research Grant for her work with subarctic storytelling practices. She has attended artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Arts Ranch, Chateau Selliers (France) and CAMAC ( France).

She has a full-time studio in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado and a part-time studio on the banks of the River Seine in the French village of Marnay-Sur-Seine.


2019 [SOLO] “Alchemy on the Seine”. Notre Dame de l’Assomption, Marnay-sur-Seine, France
2019 Artist in Residence, Chateau Selliers, Romilly-sur-Seine, France
2018 Artist in Residence, Claude Domec Atelier, Marnay sur Seine, France
2017 [group] “National Juried Annual Contemporary Art Survey” The Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, Co.
2017 NEA – Colorado Career Advancement Award
2017 Camac Centre d’Art Residency, France
2016 The Tenot Foundation Bursary, Camac Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, France
2015 Anderson Arts Ranch, Snowmass, Colorado
2015 Marthe Kate Thomas Fund
2015 Studio Intensive, Whale&Star, Culver City, California
2014 [SOLO] “Uprooted” Boulder, Colorado
2011 [group]“9th Annual BANJAE at Borderland” Easton, Massachusetts
2010 [group]“18th Annual Juried Exhibit” Bowery Gallery, New York City
2009 [group]“14th Annual Juried Exhibit – AOC” Denver, Colorado
2008 [SOLO] “Wit(h)nessing the Arctic” Stinson Beach, California
2014 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Vermont
2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation
1989 National Museum of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland
1989 Fulbright Scholarship, Copenhagen, Denmark
1988 Master of Arts – University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado