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BIO & STATEMENT:
Nyeema Morgan (born 1977, Philadelphia, PA) is a New York based visual artist. Her work has been included in exhibitions at The Drawing Center, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Art in General, NY; Abrons Art Center, NY; The Bindery Projects, MN; South Hill Park Arts Center, Bracknell, UK; Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France; and the CSS Bard Galleries/ Bard College, NY. Morgan's awards and residencies include an Art Matters Grant, NY; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace residency, NY; AIRspace Program residency, Abrons Arts Center, NY; and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ME. Her works have been included in The Wall Street Journal, Time Out NY and The New York Times. Morgan earned an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art.
Morgan's art practice is developed within an interdisciplinary framework that explores the personal and cultural economy of knowledge through familiar artifacts. Her works, whether project based or singular, are inspired by philosophical conflicts presented in our everyday encounters with images, objects and information. Morgan investigates how these artifacts are consumed, processed, re-presented and reiterated. Her investigations, often on-going, are executed by rupturing the formal and structural gravitas of these artifacts, in an attempt to dig deeper towards an epistemological core. Morgan's works, which have included large-scale drawings, installations, clay work, sculpture and printed matter, call to question information’s conceptual and hierarchical value, challenge the boundaries of authoritative reasoning as well as make evident her own implications within a larger socio-political drama.
2009, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2007, MFA, California College of the Arts, Painting & Drawing Dept., San Francisco, CA
2000, BFA, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
1996, Non-degree, Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2016, Washington & Lee University, I, Rhinoceros, Lexington, VA
2013, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Forty-Seven Easy Poundcakes Like grandma Use To Make, Brooklyn, NY
2012, The Bindery Projects, The Dubious Sum of Vaguely Discernable Parts, Minneapolis, MN
2011, Art in General/ Musée Miniscule, You Are Here. This Is Now., New York, NY
2010, John Jay College Gallery, Like It Is, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/ CUNY, New York, NY
Smack Mellon, 20th Anniversary Show, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Charlotta Kotik
The Bindery Projects, Itasca, St. Paul, MN, curated by Matthew Schum
The Drawing Center, Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-2015, New York, NY
Ortega y Gasset, love child, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Eleanna Anagnos
The Drawing Center, Open Sessions 3, New York, NY
CSS Bard Galleries/ Bard College, Signal from Noise, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, curated by Elisabeth Larison
SPRING/ BREAK Art Show, A Chorus of Objects, New York, NY, curated by Krista Saunders Scenna
Smack Mellon, RESPOND, Brooklyn, NY
Miami Dade College/ North Campus Art Gallery, the past is more infinite that the future, Miami, FL, curated by william cordova
Tuck Under Projects, doubleplusgood, Minneapolis, MN, curated by Caroline Kent
The Drawing Center, The Intuitionists, New York, NY
Kala Art Institute, Belewe, Berkeley, CA, curated by Amanda Curreri
The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Shadows Took Shape, in collaboration with William Cordova & Otebenga Jones & Associates, curated by Naima J. Keith & Zoe Whitley
Industry City, Come Together: Surviving Sandy: Year 1, Brooklyn NY, curated by Phong Bui
Hal Bromm Gallery, Lost & Found Part II, New York, NY curated by Fran Holstrom
Artspace, Toonskin, New Haven, CT, curated by Kenya Robinson
The Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, History! Hauntings and Palimpsests, New York, NY
DECENTER: Network, decenterarmory.com, curated by Andrianna Campbell & Daniel S. Palmer
Arts Incubator, Feedback, Chicago, IL, curated by Allison Glenn
Carol Jazzar Gallery, Collinear Points, Miami, FL
Soft-spot, The System, soft-spot.net, curated by Ryan Feeney
Museum of African and Diasporan Arts (MOCADA), NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Jessica L. Moore and Nelson Nance
New York Photo Festival 2012, What Do You Believe In? , New York, NY, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart
South Hill Park Arts Centre, At Play 4, Bracknell, UK (traveling to OVADA, Oxford, UK and New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK), curated by Cally Trench and Dr. Outi Remes
Artspace, Our Daily Rite, New Haven, CT, curated by Meredith Miller
Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Projet Gutenberg, Paris, France
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South, New York, NY, curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis
Abrons Arts Center/ Henry Street Settlement, Airspace 2011, New York, NY
224 Washington Ave, Why is this here?, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Jenny Saloman
Abrons Arts Center/ Henry Street Settlement, It’s You Today, New York, NY, curated by Adrian Saldana
New York Artist Residency & Studios Foundation (NARS), Ready Set Create, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Eun Young Choi
VerySmallKitchen & Pigeon Wing Gallery, The Festival of Nearly Invisible Publishing, London, UK, curated by David Berridge
Convent of Saint Cecilia, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Brooklyn, NY
Aljira: A Contemporary Art Center, Emerge 10, Newark, NJ , curated by Sara Reisman
Romer Young Gallery (formerly Ping Pong Gallery), Live + Direct, San Francisco, CA, curated by Amanda Curreri
John Jay College Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Temporary Autonomous Museum, Artists Go Lightly, San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts, MFA Thesis Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, curated by Glen Helfand
FAB Gallery, VCA/CCA Exchange Exhibition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Supermarket 2007, Koh-I-Noor, Stockholm, Sweden
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES:
2016, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, New York, NY
2015- 2016, Smack Mellon Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY
2014, Lower Manhattan Workspace Residency, New York, NY
2013 - 2014, Art Matters Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2012, Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2010 - 2011, AIRspace Program, Abrons Arts Center/ Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
2009, Camille Hanks- Cosby Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2009, Wheeler Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2007, Emerge 10, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:
Dickenson, Sheila. "Critic's Pick: Itasca", Art Forum. Aug 3.
Kinsella, Eileen. "18 Female Artists Give Advice to Young Women Starting Out in the Art World", Artnet. Jul 21.
“Love Child”, Staring at the Wall. Jul 10.
“Art List’s 3 Must See Shows: Art You Can’t Miss This Week in New York”, Art Market Monitor, Jul 15.
Choi, Eun Young. "Donuts and Coffee", Culturehall. Mar 4.
Meier, Allison. "Jam-Packed Spring/Break Art Show Pulls into Moynihan Station", Hyperallergic. Mar 4.
Burke, Sarah, “Museums & Galleries: Picks”, East Bay Express. Jun.
Wolff, Rachel, “Science Friction: Sci-Fi Gets Real”, ARTnews. Mar 5.
"Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1", Daedelus Foundation, exhibition catalogue.
Cotter, Holland. "Going Beyond Blackness, Into the Starry Skies", The New York Times. Nov 14.
Rosenberg, Karen. "The Future is African, The New York Times". Nov 8.
Clark, Abigail. "A Chat Over Pound Cake: Nyeema Morgan Reflects on "Forty Seven Easy Poundcakes"", BRIC Blog, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn. Apr 22.
Bortolot, Lana. "Culture Count: How Do We Love Cake? Let Us Count the Ways", The Wall Street Journal. Apr 18.
Dempster, Heike. "Collinear Points" Review, Miami Art Zine. Mar 15.
"Collinear Points | Carol Jazzar", Art Is About, artisabout.com, Feb 20.
Moore, Jessica L. & Nance, Nelson. “NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond”, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. Dec. (exhibition catalogue)
Driessen, Pete. "Art Hounds: 2012 visual art and music highlights", Minnesota Public Radio, Dec 31.
Regan, Sheila. "Nyeema Morgan makes art from pound cake recipes at the Bindery Projects", City Pages, Aug 23.
Scott, Gregory J. “A Cold Scientific Bludgeoning of a Warm Delicious Dessert.”, Minnesota Monthly, Aug 17.
Palmer, Caroline. “Nyeema Morgan: The Dubious Sum of Vaguely Discernable Parts”, City Pages, a*List, Aug 15-21.
Remes, Dr. Outi & Trench, Cally. At Play 4, exhibition catalogue, Apr.
Blanchard, Benoît. “Projet Gutenberg”, oeuvres-revue.net, Feb 29.
Curreri, Amanda & Scollon, Erik. Color&Color, Issue #1: Yellow & Purple, San Francisco, CA
Genocchio, Benjamin. “A Decade of Emergence”, New York Times, Art Review. Aug 28.
Carlin, T.J. “Get Outta Town”, Time Out NY, June 23-29.
VISITING ARTIST, LECTURER, PROFESSOR:
2016, Visiting Artist, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
2014- present, Adjunct Instructor, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
2014, Co-moderator, Book Club: The Invisible Man, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY
2014, Visiting Scholar, Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School, NYU, NYC, NY
2011- ‘12, Adjunct Professor, Saturday Outreach Program, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
2010, Visiting Artist, Department of Visual Arts, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
2010 – ‘12, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/ CUNY, New York, NY
2014 Board Member, The Bindery Projects, St. Paul, MN
2011 - 2014 Board Member, The Society for the Arts, Religion & Contemporary Culture
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