BA/BFA English Literature/ Studio Art Tufts University, Medford, MA and School of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Volta NY, New York, NY
Public Evidence Spectator, Contemporary Gallery, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA
Louis B. James, New York, NY
WHEN WILL MY LOVE BE RIGHT, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
For Heaven’s Sake, ΜΕΣ(s)Α Project Space, Portland OR
How to Make Mirrors, 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco, CA
Callicoon Fine Arts, Callicoon, NY
Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR
DAYDREAM NATION, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
This Quiet Dust Ladies and Gentlemen, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Hallucinatory Horror Double Feature, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Daydream Nation, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
CCSRE, Stanford, CA
Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Debs & Co., New York, NY
Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Gallery ESP, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco African and African American Historical Society, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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
Antillean: an Ecology, The Seventh National Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Koenig Clinton, New York, NY
Clouds Inclose Comets: The Envelope, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, Disjecta, Portland, OR
You Can Never Go Home Anymore, Louis B. James, New York, NY
Here/Now, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
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
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
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
Crooked Mirror, envoy, New York, NY
Space is a Place, PICA, Portland, OR
Refresh (Before and After), Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
Collection in Context: Gesture, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Poets Theater, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
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
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
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
SF Drawing Show, curated by Chris Johanson and Alicia McCarthy, New Image Art, Los
Bottoms Up, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
Stirred Not Shaken, Refusalon, San Francisco, CA
Luscious, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Obsession, Southern Exposure, curated by Gary Garrels, Chief Curator, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Bong, Kiki, San Francisco, CA and Alleged, New York, NY
Science Fair, Southern Exposure Pop Life, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Hypothalmic In[queer]ies, San Francisco Camerawork , San Francisco, CA
INARMS, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA produced by Small Press
THE GIRL IN THE PARK, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, produced by
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
Dr. Austin Conkey
Ann M. Hatch
GRANTS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES
The Banff Centre Residency
Caldera Arts Center Residency
Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts
Art Matters Grant
Printed Matter Award for Artists 2009
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris Residency
Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship
The ArtCouncil Grant
Pen Writers Grant
Magna cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Tufts University Poetry Prize
Academy of American Poets Prize
Freestyle, Catalog by Studio Museum in Harlem
ARTISTS WRITINGS AND BOOKS
Surface Space Prosthetic by Publication Studio
Nocturne, edited by Giovanni Singleton
Art Journal, edited by Michelle Lee White
Nocturne, edited by Giovanni Singleton
STEP INTO A WORLD, edited by Kevin Powell for John Wiley and Sons
Spirit and Image, by Arnold J. Kemp
Touch (CD), by Southern Exposure
Merry Christmas, Baby by Harper Collins
River Styx, by Quincy Troupe
Mirage #4/ Period(ical), by Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
On the Verge, by Faber & Faber
Agni Review, by Boston University
Callaloo, by John Hopkins University
Callaloo, by John Hopkins University
Three Rivers Poetry Journal, by Carnegie Mellon University
2013 - present
Painting and Printmaking Chair & Associate Professor, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth
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
Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
5ive Projects: Contemporary Art from Sweden, Yerba Bunea Center for the Arts
Bay Area Now 3, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Slowdive, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Rapper's Delight, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Laylah Ali, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tracey Moffat, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Above and Beyond, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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
Mark Dion: Where the Land Meets the Sea, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts
Needles and Pins, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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
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
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
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.
Jahn, Jeff. “Arnold Kemp Guggenheim Fellow.” PORT, April 12, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horton, David. “Color Theory at the Luggage Store.” Artweek, September 2000.
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.