an experimental experience
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Vilma Exhibition Space

a space for art



Vilma exhibition and project space is a 8’x 20’ shipping container commissioned by Yvonne Buchanan and Dorene Quinn to serve as a small flexible gallery to house works created at Buckwheat Space by resident artists. The inaugural exhibition will open on March 15th with small works and works in progress created by the co-founders Quinn and Buchanan .



Founder/ c0-Director

Yvonne Buchanan

Buchanan was born in Manhattan, NYC. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College and a BFA in Illustration from Parson School of Design. Buchanan uses video, animation, photographs, illustrations and drawings to create narratives of survival strategies. Buchanan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Syracuse International Film Festival, Studio Museum in Harlem, Site: Santa Fe, Slamdance International Film Festival, Hammer Museum/UCLA, Aspex Gallery, 57th Venice Biennale, Society of Illustrators,  Everson Museum of Art, Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, Urban Video Projects, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Recontres International Paris/Berlin among others. She teaches in the School of Art at Syracuse University, and lives in Syracuse NY and Southern California.



Parsons School of Design
B.F.A., Illustration

Bard College
M.F.A., Film & Video



Founder/ co-director

Dorene Quinn

Quinn was born in Portland Oregon and has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking and painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, and a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from the New York State College of Art and Design at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Quinn maintained a studio practice and was a professor of studio art at Pratt/Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and Syracuse University. In 2011 she co-founded and directed a community-based research project called Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development, Inc., to address the lack of educational opportunities for creative youth who live in poverty in the city of Syracuse NY.  The project continued until the end of 2018.

Quinn has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout New York State and nationally, including the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, The University Art Museum, Albany, the Schenectady Museum, The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn NY, The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and Rochester Contemporary. She has been honored with grants and awards for her work Including a NYFA MARK Fellowship, and a NYSCA Special Opportunity Stipend Grant, and received fellowships for artist residencies at the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Costa Rica,  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca NY, Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program in Joshua Tree California, Sam and Adele Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY, and Willapa Bay AIR, in Oysterville, Washington.

 In 2017, Quinn returned permanently to the West Coast to establish a studio practice in the high desert in Southern California where she resides with her partner artist Yvonne Buchanan.



Pacific Northwest College of Art
B.F.A., Painting and Printmaking

Alfred University
M.F.A., Sculpture