Allison Long Hardy was born and raised in Frederick, MD. She received her BA in Intermedia from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her MFA from Townson University where she concentrated in painting. Allison currently is an adjunct professor at the university of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg Virginia where she teaches a variety of 2D and 3D design, painting, and drawing, and printmaking courses. Allison’s work has been exhibited nationally, and most recently, her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the university of Mary Washington, titled Crowded Spaces and McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, titled Engulfed. Her work is in the collections of PNC Bank in Washington, DC and on the set of The Good Wife, which airs on CBS.
Allison is interested in how people communicate: effectively and ineffectively. She sees Communication as one thing that binds us all together, the one common thread that must continue. When making work she is interested in the certain moments that communication or lack of communication occur and interpreting, those moments through mark. What interests her most is when the mark that emerge on the page overlap and meld with the marks below or on top and create their own type of mark, something that she has not planned. Her work is a mix of intuitive and deliberate mark making paired with the spontaneity that occurs when these marks overlap.