Kerry Downey

kerrycdowney(at)gmail.com


EDUCATION

2017   Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME

2009   Master of Fine Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY

2008   Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

2002   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2001   Yale School of Art, Norfolk, CT


SOLO AND TWO PERSON SHOWS

2019  Catch and Release with Angela Dufresne, Danspace Project, New York, NY

2017  Nothing but net, solo exhibition at CAVE, Detroit, MI

2017  SCRIPT^^forms, two-person with E.E. Ikeler, 20|20 Gallery, New York, NY

2016  Read My Lips, two-person exhibition with Loren Britton, curated by Ashton

Cooper, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY


SELECTED SHOWS

2019 

Smeared States, Showroom MAMA, curated by Lila Athanasiadou

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Tell Us Plainly What You Mean, Aquarius Studios, curated by Becky Brown and Tatiana Istomina, Ridgewood, NY


2018 

How to see in the dark, Cuchifritos Gallery, curated by Christian Camacho-Light,

Moving Body, Moving Study, BAM, curated by Holly Shen and Rachel Valinsky,

Brooklyn, NY

Private Practice, Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard, Cooper Cole, curated by Ashton Cooper,

Toronto, CA

Health Show II, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Queer Tropics, curated by Charlie Tatum, Transformer, Washington D.C.

Partial Views, Hercules Studio Program, New York, NY


2017 

Queer Tropics, curated by Charlie Tatum, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA

Standard Forms, curated by Christian Camacho-Light, Ramapo College's Berrie

Art Center, NJ

what are we but lying single surface, curated by Molly Mac and Natalie Ann

Martínez, The Alice, Seattle, WA

Beauty and Room, curated by Miriam Laura Leonardi and Balthazar Lovay,

happening in various homes in Sion in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland

2ª Bienal Internacional de Arte, curated by José Silva, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Sinister Feminism, A.I.R. Gallery, curated by Piper Marshall; Brooklyn, NY


2016

ROT: Compost vs Surgery, Seattle Art Museum, curated by Molly Mac and S. Surface; Seattle, WA

Age Lines, Casco, curated by Staci bu Shea, Utrecht, Netherlands

Paris Internationale, Taylor Macklin, Paris, France

Blood, Sweat, and Tears, curated by Isabelle and Sophie Lynch, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON

VERBLIST, E. Tay gallery, curated by Mark Epstein, New York, NY

NO ATLAS, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space SHIFT residency exhibition, New York, NY

Queens International, curated by Lindsey Berfond and Hitomi Iwasaki, Queens

Museum; Flushing, NY

A new job to unwork at, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, curated by Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez, Los Angeles, CA

In Search of Conjunctions, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, WA


2015 

Extra Teats, curated by Rebecca Goyette, Satellite, Miami, FL

Underdonk at ESX LA, curated by Ashley Garrett; ESX LA (Eastside International

Gallery), Los Angeles, CA

Name It By Trying to Name It, curated by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal; The

Drawing Center, New York, NY

OS4 (in conjunction with Open Sessions), The Drawing Center, New York, NY


2014 

Hospital, curated by Matthias Borello; Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

Sex Without Bodies, Temporary Agency, Brooklyn, NY

Couplings, curated by Piper Marshall; Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland

We Owe Each Other Everything, curated by Andrew Kachel; Center for Curatorial

Studies at Bard College, Annandale, NY

Sunken Living Room, curated by Terri Smith; Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT


2013 

Ajar, REVERSE Gallery, curated by Natasha Llorens; Brooklyn, NY

CISCO, SYSCO, SISQO, LaFonda, curated by Tom Simon, Alina Tenser, and

Kristof Wickman; The Rockaways, Queens, NY

Artist Picks: Kerry Downey, solo screening of seven works, organized by

Clara López, Raumerweiterungshalle, Berlin, Germany

Videorover: Season 6, NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

A Terrestrial Cutting and Assemblage, UAL Gallery, London; Curated by Eliza Swann


2012 

A Study of Interruptions, Ramapo College's Berrie Art Center, NJ; curated by Natasha Llorens

O, with Amy Beecher, Garden/Party/Arts, Brooklyn NY; curated by Erin Ikeler

and Ariel Roman

Coworker Projects, Screening at Entwine, New York

The Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner, Flux Factory, Long Island City,

Queens; Curated by Sam Perry

Soft Opening, Heliopolis, Greenpoint, NY

Emotional Blackmail, Curated by Markús Þór Andrésson and Cḥen Tamir,

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario

Deconstructing the Habit, curated by Angela Washko, Spattered Columns, NY

How Many People Does It Take to Make a Place, Open Engagement, performance

workshop with Elizabeth Hamby, Portland, OR


2011 

Shifting Communities, collaboration with Action Club, Hatuey Ramos Fermin and

Elizabeth Hamby, curated by Chad Stayrook; Bronx River Art Center, NY

Do Me video screening, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn NY

Greatest Love of All in conjunction with Congress of the Collectives/Flux Factory, Angela Beallor and Niknaz Tavakolian; Long Island City, NY

Emotional Blackmail, Curated by Markús Þór Andrésson and Cḥen Tamir,

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), Alberta, Canada

Why Participate? with Action Club, curated by Angela Washko, Flux Factory, Long Island City, Queens

LUMEN, site specific installation with Claudia Pena Salinas and Jo Q. Nelson,

Merchant Marine Memorial Plaza, Staten Island

DOUBLE SESSION, with Action Club, curated by Natasha Marie Llorens, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Art & Lies, curated by Risa Shoup, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY

UNPUNISHED, curated by Nayland Blake, Sue Scott Gallery, New York


2010 

The Physical Center, St Cecilia’s Parish, Brooklyn, NY

You Can Have It All, with Jeremy Willis, Spattered Columns, NY

Great Fallings, Fabricolor building, ArtWalk, Paterson, NJ

All Together Now with Action Club collective, Build It Green, Queens, NY

Ecstatic, St Cecilia’s Parish, Brooklyn, NY (in conjunction Action Club)

Seven Easy Steps; video screening, Horton Gallery, NY

The Man I Wish I Was, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2009 

One After Another, The National Gallery of Saskatchewan, Canora, Saskatchewan

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY


PUBLICATIONS


2019 

We collect together in a net, edited by Rachel Valinksy, published by Wendy’s Subway; includes 14 full color reproductions of Downey’s works on paper, essays by Jaime Shearn Coan, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ryan Wong, and Layla Zami; designed by Erik Freer


Downey, Kerry, Art Journal Open, “Creating Good-Enough Containers: Reflections on Queerness in Community-Based Museum Education,” January

2016 

Downey, Kerry and Krakow, Ellie, Lookie Lookie, “Backstage with Kerry Downey and Ellie Krakow,” December


CURATORIAL PROJECTS


2015 

The Vault: A body is a song to be sung, Curator, group show of video works at SPACES, Cleveland, OH

2014 

Failing to Levitate, Co-curator (with Natasha Marie Llorens), group show at

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York

2011 

Do Me, Curator, video screenings at Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

Here & There and Do Me, Curator, video screenings at Invisible Dog, Brooklyn

2006 

Grizzly Proof, Co-curator (with Jean Barberis and Chen Tamir), Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

2005 

NOVEL, Co-curator (with Morgan Meis), Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

2004 

What the Book? Curator, Bard College, Annandale, NY


RESIDENCIES


2019   (forthcoming) Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

2018   Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY

2015-2016  SHIFT at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York City

2014-2015  Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York City

2014   Real Time and Space residency; Oakland, CA

2007   Residency with Hungarian Cultural Center and Flux Factory for Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

2002   Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


ARTIST TALKS

2019 

(forthcoming) University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona

Visiting artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Visiting artist, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Visiting artist, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Visiting artist, Dorksy Gallery and SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2018 

Visiting artist, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Visiting artist Studio Visit, Fellows from Emerging Artists program in the

United Arab Emirates, New York, NY

2017 

Artist talk, Always Already Desiring Machines Workshop, organized by Amanda, Parmer, Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at BAM, Brooklyn, NY

Panelist, PrintFest, New York, NY

2016 

Participant, The New Museum’s R&D Sessions on Legacy, New York, NY

2014 

Panelist, Intentional Communities, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2013 

Panelist, Arts & Labor Alternatives Fair, Eyebeam, New York, NY

Artist Talk with Natasha Llorens; Unscripted: A Symposium on the Study of Performance, Columbia University, New York, NY

Visiting artist; Sarah Lawrence College Printmaking Classes, Bronxville, NY

Visiting artist; BFA Seniors class, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

Panelist, Fucking Up: Learning from Mistakes in Art and Education, Eyebeam, New York, NY

2012 

Visiting artist, Printmaking class, SUNY Purchase, Harrison, NY

Artist Talk with Natasha Llorens, A Study of Interruptions, Ramapo College Berrie Art Center, Ramapo, NJ

2011 

Visiting artist, The New School for Public Engagement, Art of the 60’s and 70’s, New York, NY

Visiting artist, Senior Seminar, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Panel moderator; Focus and Motivation, Hunter College, New York, NY

2010 

Panelist, The Self-Destructing Art Show, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

Visiting artist, Senior Seminar, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


PRESS

2018 

Jenkins, Mark, The Washington Post, “Queer Tropics,” April

Colucci, Emily, Filthy Dreams, “Stranded in the Jungle: Exoticism and Resistant

Illegibility in ‘Queer Tropics,’” January


2017 

Henry, Joseph, The Brooklyn Rail, “Queering Queer Abstraction,” October

2016 

Gavin, Francesca, Artsy, “12 Emerging Artists to Watch at Paris Internationale,”

November

Chiragdin, Neil, Queens Chronicle, “Exhibition embodies abstraction in human

forms,” November

Yerebekan, Osman Can, Filthy Dreams, “Potentials of Queer Abstraction,” November

2014 

Trolio, Kory, The Range, “We Owe Each Other Everything,” April

2013 

Adams, Abraham, Artforum, “Ajar,” October

2012 

The Record, “Examining Human Emotions,” May

2010 

Queens Chronicle, “Destroy!,” for Self Destructing Art Show, November


HONORS & GRANTS


2018      Recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Art Career Opportunity Grant

2017      Nomination for Pushcart Prize in Poetry

2016      Recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant

              Nomination for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

2015      Recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant

2012      Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow

2010      First place award for video, Forward Thinking Museum

2009      Nominated for Joan Mitchell Foundation’s MFA Grant Program for Sculpture

2007      Graf Travel Grant for Berlin, Hunter College MFA

2002      Award of Distinction/Trustee Leader Scholars Program Bard College

              Brewster Terry III Memorial Scholarship for commitment to the liberal arts

              community, Bard College

2001      Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University School of Art

              Suzanne Clements Zimmer Prize for Fine Art