Artist in Residence 2018

Discovery Center’s 2018 artist in residence: Abby Hirsch Reish

Abby Hirsch Reish was born in Athens, Ga., but spent the majority of her childhood in Marietta, Ga., which is best known for a big chicken (which may have made an appearance in her art). Some of her earliest artistic influences and experiences came from homemade play-dough scented with coconut extract, The World of Syd and Marty Kroftt at the Omni, book author/illustrators Maurice Sendak and Crockett Johnson, and Saturday morning cartoons.

Abby returned to Athens to attend the University of Georgia where she earned her BFA in Ceramics and Art Education and her MFA in Ceramics. During this time she married Greg, her summer camp sweetheart-turned professor. Greg’s academic appointments allowed Abby to teach art and exhibit and sell her work in galleries and shops in Hilo and Waimea, Hawaii; Athens, Ga.; Rome, Italy; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jerusalem, Israel; and most recently Murfreesboro, Tenn. She has also done many privately commissioned paintings.

Abby’s most current works are brightly colored, whimsical acrylic paintings that capture humor and love in two-dimensional form. Her work can be viewed at: