Arnold J. Kemp

CV

EDUCATION
MFA
Stanford University
BA/BFA English Literature/ Studio Art Tufts University, Medford, MA and School of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
Volta NY, New York, NY

2014
Public Evidence Spectator, Contemporary Gallery, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA

2013
Louis B. James, New York, NY
WHEN WILL MY LOVE BE RIGHT, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2012
For Heaven’s Sake, ΜΕΣ(s)Α Project Space, Portland OR
How to Make Mirrors, 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco, CA

2011
Callicoon Fine Arts, Callicoon, NY
Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR

2010
DAYDREAM NATION, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2009
This Quiet Dust Ladies and Gentlemen, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2007
Hallucinatory Horror Double Feature, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2006
Daydream Nation, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004
CCSRE, Stanford, CA

2002
Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001
Debs & Co., New York, NY

2000
Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA

1998
Gallery ESP, San Francisco, CA

1991
San Francisco African and African American Historical Society, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
About Face, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan, Drawing Center, New York, NY
A Stand of Pine in a Tilled Field: 21 Years at PDX, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2014
Antillean: an Ecology, The Seventh National Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

2013
Koenig Clinton, New York, NY

2012
Clouds Inclose Comets: The Envelope, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, Disjecta, Portland, OR

2011
You Can Never Go Home Anymore, Louis B. James, New York, NY
Here/Now, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2010
Collected. Black & White, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
A Perverse Library, Shandy Hall, Coxworld, England, UK
Hauntology, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Darkness: A Show to Winter, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR

2009
We do What we Have to Do: Printed Matter’s Award for Artists 2009, Printed Matter, NY
Amsterdam Biennale 2009, Mediamatic Bank, The Netherlands
A Sense of Place, de Saisset Museum of Art at Santa Clara University

2008
Hyères 2008 Festival, Hyères, France
A Dead Serious Group Show, Sister, Los Angeles, CA
In the Fullness of Time, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Before and After, And/Or Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007
Crooked Mirror, envoy, New York, NY
Space is a Place, PICA, Portland, OR
Refresh (Before and After), Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Collection in Context: Gesture, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2005
Poets Theater, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2004
Poetry and Its Arts, California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA
Continuities, curated by Renny Pritikin, The Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA,
I Love Music, Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
The Gray Area — Uncertain Images, curated by Matthew Higgs, The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts,
San Francisco, CA
Un/Familiar Territory, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2003
Rendered, Works on Paper, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
I am a Curator, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
Real Unreal, Sheppard Fine Arts, Los Vegas, NV

2001
Freestyle, curated by Thelma Golden, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, and Santa Monica Museum
of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Marked, Hunter College Art Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson), and Berkeley Art Museum (MATRIX Curator), Berkeley, CA

2000
SF Drawing Show, curated by Chris Johanson and Alicia McCarthy, New Image Art, Los
Angeles, CA

1998
Bottoms Up, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

1997
Stirred Not Shaken, Refusalon, San Francisco, CA

1996
Luscious, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

1995
Obsession, Southern Exposure, curated by Gary Garrels, Chief Curator, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

1994
Bong, Kiki, San Francisco, CA and Alleged, New York, NY

1993
Science Fair, Southern Exposure Pop Life, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Hypothalmic In[queer]ies, San Francisco Camerawork , San Francisco, CA

SELECTED PERFORMANCES
2008
INARMS, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA produced by Small Press
Traffic

2006
THE GIRL IN THE PARK, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, produced by
Small Press
Traffic

SELECT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The University of California Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
JP Morgan Chase Art Program, New York, NY
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Thorn EMI, Inc., Boston, MA
Kika Borghese
Rena Bransten
Dr. Austin Conkey
Nick Debs
Ann M. Hatch
Judy Moran
Dorothy Lemelson

GRANTS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES
2014
The Banff Centre Residency
Caldera Arts Center Residency

2012
Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts

2009
Art Matters Grant
Printed Matter Award for Artists 2009

2005
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris Residency

2003
Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant

2001
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship
The ArtCouncil Grant

1993
Pen Writers Grant

1991
Magna cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Tufts University Poetry Prize

1989
Academy of American Poets Prize

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2001
Freestyle, Catalog by Studio Museum in Harlem

ARTISTS WRITINGS AND BOOKS
2009
Surface Space Prosthetic by Publication Studio

2004
Nocturne, edited by Giovanni Singleton

2001
Art Journal, edited by Michelle Lee White
Nocturne, edited by Giovanni Singleton

2000
STEP INTO A WORLD, edited by Kevin Powell for John Wiley and Sons

1998
Spirit and Image, by Arnold J. Kemp

1997
Touch (CD), by Southern Exposure

1996
Merry Christmas, Baby by Harper Collins

1995
River Styx, by Quincy Troupe

1994
Mirage #4/ Period(ical), by Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
On the Verge, by Faber & Faber

1993
Agni Review, by Boston University

1992
Callaloo, by John Hopkins University

1991
Callaloo, by John Hopkins University

1990
Three Rivers Poetry Journal, by Carnegie Mellon University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
2013 - present
Painting and Printmaking Chair & Associate Professor, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth
University

2009 - 2013
Chair of the Master’s of Fine Arts in Visual Studies Program, Pacific Northwest College of
Art, Portland, OR

1993 – 2003
Associate Visual Arts Curator, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED SHOWS CURATED
2011
Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003
5ive Projects: Contemporary Art from Sweden, Yerba Bunea Center for the Arts
Bay Area Now 3, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2002
Slowdive, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2001
Rapper's Delight, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Laylah Ali, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2000
Tracey Moffat, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Above and Beyond, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

1999
Beholding Beauty, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Bay Area Now II, with Renny Pritikin and René De Guzman, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco, CA

1998
Mark Dion: Where the Land Meets the Sea, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts
Needles and Pins, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

1997
Ladies of the News, Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Now, with Renny Pritikin and René De Guzman, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Organically Grown, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Heavy Petting: Drawing on Queer Practice, Queer Arts Resource, http://www.queerarts.com

1996
Beyond the Outer Limits, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Hall of Fame Hall of Fame, with Renny Pritikin, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Spring Performance Series, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2003
Commonwealth Club of California: Bay Area Art Scene; Featuring Doug Hall, Matthew Higgs, Arnold J.
Kemp, Heather Marx, and Themis Michos

SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
2013
Speer, Richard. WW Pick. “Arnold Kemp: When Will My Love Be Right.” Willamette Week, March 1, 2013.
Snyder, Stephanie. Critic’s Picks. “Arnold J. Kemp.” Artforum, February 2013.

2012
Jahn, Jeff. “Arnold Kemp Guggenheim Fellow.” PORT, April 12, 2012.

2010
Motley, John. “Arnold Kemp with ‘Daydream Nation’ and Vanessa Renwick with ‘As Easy as Falling
off a Log’ both featured at PDX Contemporary Art.” The Oregonian, Nov. 19, 2010.
Speer, Richard. Willamette Week Pick, Willamette Week, Nov. 10-16, 2010.
Row, D.K. “First Thursday critic’s picks.” The Oregonian, Nov. 2, 2010.
Donovan, Thom. “Aspect Blindness: Arnold Kemp and Sreshta Rit Premnath.” art: 21 blog, Sept. 7, 2010.

2009
Row, D.K. “Review: Arnold Kemp at PDX and Dianne Korberg at Elizabeth Leach Gallery.” The Oregonian, Nov. 27, 2009.
Jahn, Jeff. “A gaggle of November reviews.” PORT, Nov. 26, 2009.
Malone, Michah. “Critics’ Picks: Arnold J. Kemp.” Artforum, Nov. 10, 2009.
Norris, TJ. “Arnold J. Kemp: Whispering Amid the Darkness, Shining in the Light.” just out, Nov. 6, 2009.

2007
Kryza, AP. “Blood, Guts and Art: The Hallucinatory Horror Double Feature.” Willamette Week, May 11, 2007.
Bowie, Chas. “Arnold J. Kemp Presents ‘Suspiria and Prince of Darkness’.” Portland Mercury, May 10, 2007.

2006
Cotter, Holland. “Energy and Abstraction at the Studio Museum in Harlem.” The New York Times, April 7, 2006.
Baker, Kenneth. “Black History Month Artist Profile.” San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 17, 2006.

2002
Hamlin, Jessie. “A necessary labor of art.” The San Francisco Chronicle, September 2002. 2001
Schmidt, Jason. “The New Masters.” Vibe (May 2001): 138-143.
Valdez, Sarah. “Freestyling.” Art In America, September 2001.
Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review: Arnold J. Kemp.” The New York Times, November 9, 2001.

2000
Horton, David. “Color Theory at the Luggage Store.” Artweek, September 2000.

1998
Berk, Amy. “Arnold Kemp at ESP.” Art in America, June 1998.
Bonetti, David. “Kemp: An artist unmasks the past.” San Francisco Examiner, March 27, 1998.