Artemis Alcalay was born on 23 October 1957 in Athens. Upon graduting from Pierce College, Alcalay studied painting at the workshop of Vrassidas Vlachopoulos (1974-1976). She continued her studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts of Athens - ASFA (1976-1981) painting with Dimitris Mytaras and Yannis Moralis; stage design with Vassilis Vassiliadis; history of art with Marina Lambraki-Plaka; and history of architecture with Pavlos Mylonas. She studied for an M.A. in Studio Art at New York University (1998-2002) with Angiolla Churchill; Steven Madoff; Jerry Pryor; Philip Rylands; Livio Seguso; and Idel Weber. Upon her return to Greece in 1985 she studied Weaving with M. Leonidou at YMCA of Kifissia (1998-2002). Between 1992 and 2004 Alcalay has produced sets and costumes for the following theatre / dance productions: Okyroe, Modern Dance Group, Vasso Barboussi (sets and costumes); Deree Dance Company, Valery Harden (sets); Lathos Kinisi, Konstantinos Michos (costumes); Metakinesi, Maria Tsouvala (costumes); Schedia, Anastasia Lyra (costumes); Aikinitron, Nina Alcalay (costumes); Natassa Avra (costumes); and Paiktes Theater Group, Maria Savva (costumes). Alcalay collaborates with Aslanogou Contract Carpets as designer of hand-tufted carpets.
Artemis Alcalay presented the following personal exhibitions: 8th Meeting of Young Artists, Ora Cultural Center, Athens (1982); Polyedro Gallery, Patras (1982); Studio 17, Ioannina (1983); 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, Manhattan, NY (1984); Ora Cultural Center, Athens (1988); Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (1993); Polyedro Gallery, Patras (1993); Epoches Gallery, Kifissia (1996); Remembrance, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens (1999); Remembrance, Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens (2000); Remembrance, Zina Athanassiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki (2000); Memoire - Remembrance, Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg (2001); Erinnerung - Remembrance, Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt (2001); Weavings, Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation - Vassilios Papantoniou (2004); Carpet Design for Aslanoglou, Athens Art Gallery, (2006); and Home: An Installation, Gallery 7, Athens (2010). § She also took part in the following group exhibitions: New York University - Venezia, Fondazione Scientifica Querini Stampalia, Venice (1983); 9th Exhibition of Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, Manhattan, NY (1985); Suitable for Wrapping, Bridgewater Gallery of Fine Art, Manhattan, NY (1988); 5th Alumni Art Exhibition, The American College of Greece, Agia Paraskevi (1989); Eleftheria Park Art Centre, Athens (1989); Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking, Zappeion Megaro, Athens (1993); Aeschylia: 10+4=, Old Oil Factory, Elefsina (1996); Greek Jewish Painters, Simon Marks Jewish History Museum, Thessaloniki (1997); Pireos Street: Metamorphosis of an Industrial Landscape, Old V.I.S. Factory, Neo Faliro (1997); Aeginetan Jugs - Canvas of Clay, Aegina History & Folklore Museum, Aegina Island (1997); Nafplion Art Gallery, Nafplion (1998), Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki (1999); Greek Artists since 1962, Christie's, Athens (2000); 75th Anniversary of the Athens College: Artistic Creation, Theater, Athens College, Psychiko (2001); In Search of a Face, Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens (2001); Cultural Olympiad 2001-2004: Swatch Kaleidoscope, Art meets Sport, Dionyssiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway, Acropolis (2002); 322+1 Artists: Donations to the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Helexpo, Thessaloniki (2003); Dialogue with a Museum, The Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens (2004); Issues of Identity, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Helexpo, Thessaloniki (2004); 3rd Annual Greek-Turkish Friendship Festival: Walls and Bridges, Alexandroupolis Historical Museum, Daphne (2004); Month of Photography: Capturing Utopia, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens (2005); NYU Alumni Web Show (2005); Panhellenic Congress on Aids: AIDS, Divani-Caravel Hotel (2005); 3+omiloun, Nafplion Art Gallery, Nafplion (2006); A Tribute to the Alumnae Artists of Pierce College, Cultural Centre of The American College of Greece, Plaka (2006); Greek Spring, Artigraf (2006); Once upon a time there was Penelope Delta, Athens College, Psychiko (2006); 12th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland (2007); In-Situations: Artworks in Time and Space by Contemporary Greek Artists, Municipal Gallery of Kalamata, Messinia (2007); [Wo+Man=?] Defining Gender: New Role - New Rights, Cosmos of Culture Center, Athens (2008); and International Film Festival of Patras: 10th Panorama of Independent Film & Video Makers, Patras (2008).
Artworks by Artemis Alcalay are kept in the collections of the following insitutions: The American College of Greece, Agia Paraskevi; Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa, Lodz; The Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens; Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplion.
Artemis Alcalay continues to live and work in Athens.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2007]
ILIOPOULOU-ROGAN, DORA Artemis Alcalay 1993 Titanium Art Gallery, Athens
MANDRONI / ALEXANDRI / KONTOURI / PATSAS / SOUSSIS / SAVVA / ZIVANARI / VOUNELAKI / ROZANIS / KRITIKOU / VARON-VASSAR / DECASTRO / ARDITTIS / STAMATIS / GREGORIADES / COSTA / LEBRON / BARBOUSSI Artemis Alcalay: Remebrance 1999 Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens
AFRODITE KOURIA / GEORG HEUBERGER Erinnerung - Remembrance 2001 Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt
KANELLOS KANELLOPOULOS / JOHANNES WACHTEN / ANNA ENEPEKIDES Artemis Alcalay: Weavings 2004 Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplion
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES In-Situations: Artworks in Time and Space by Contemporary Greek Artists 2007 Municipal Gallery of Kalamata, Messinia
PLESSA, ELIZABETH Artemis Alcalay – Home: An Installation 2010 Gallery 7, Athens