Bio

Amy Pleasant + bio | statement | press

Lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama with representation by Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York, and whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Education

1999 | MFA, Painting, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1994 | BFA, Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Solo Exhibitions

2017 | Amy Pleasant, Augusta University, Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta, Georgia
Dane Carder Studio, Nashville, TN (forthcoming November)
Writing Pictures, whitespace, Atlanta, GA
The Dodd Galleries, site-specific banner commission, Athens, GA
Amy Pleasant, Augusta University, Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta, GA
2016 | Amy Pleasant / New Work, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York
Parts and Pieces, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
2015 | Blink, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York
Around and Between, The Packing Plant, Nashville, Tennessee
2014 | Auburn University’s School of Liberal Arts, Biggin Gallery, Auburn, Alabama
re / form, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2012 | Surround, CANDYLAND, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 | On the Ground Below, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
Almost Empty, The Coleman Center for the Arts, York, Alabama
2009 | Suspended, The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
Tight Shot, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
The Bed, after Lautrec, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia
2007 | The Night Before, Tandem Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama (catalogue)
2006 | You Are Here, Clough Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (catalogue)
2005 | Out of Nowhere, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
2004 | The Lure of Telling, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
2003 | The Making of a New Tale, Ruby Green Contemporary Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Time Lapse, University of Alabama at Birmingham Visual Arts Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama(catalogue)
2000 | Meanwhile…, Hotel Brazil Fine Arts Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama

Two and Three Person Exhibitions

2016 | Merge, Birmingham Museum of Art/shift, collaboration with choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Arova Contemporary Ballet, Jamorris Rivers, Birmingham, Alabama
2015 | UNTITLED Art Fair, with Jim Gaylord, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Miami, Florida
Coupling, two person exhibition with Pete Schulte, The Mason Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Demorest, Georgia
Figure 8, three person exhibition with Elizabeth Jaeger and J Parker Valentine, The Dodd Galleries, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, Georgia, catalogue with essays by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Lilly Lampe and poems by Monica Fambrough, curated by Katie Geha
2004 | Environment and Influence, two person exhibition with John Pleasant, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, Alabama

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017| Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama, curated by Jennifer Jankauskas, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama, catalogue (forthcoming November)
Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY (forthcoming October)
Intersections of Gender and Place, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi (forthcoming October)
Different Beginnings, curated by Platform Platform, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga, Tennessee
I Was A Wall, And My Breasts Were Like Fortress Towers, Adams and Ollman, Portland, Oregon Pattern Recognition, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee
Dallas Art Fair, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2016 | About Face, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, curated by Marc Ethan Mitchell
Transitions: States of Being, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia, curated by Kirstie Tepper (catalogue)
Ineffable Domains, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Paper Cuts, Cuevas Tilleard Projects, New York, New York
Losing My Edge: New Perspectives on Abstract Figurative Painting, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama
2015 | John Riepenhoff / Handler, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia
Soft Eyes, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, curated by Pete Schulte
South of No North, East of No West, Lowe Mill, Huntsville, Alabama, curated by Brian Edmonds
2014 | Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Exhibit at Aberson, Tulsa, Oklahom
Contrapposto and Other Stories, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York curated by Katia Rosenthal
Roving Room, Habersham Mills, Demorest, Georgia, curated by Kelly Kaczynski and Cori Williams
Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2013 | Aqua Art Miami, whitespace gallery, Miami, Floridab The December Show, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2012 | Secrets, PLUG PROJECTS, Kansas City, Missouri
Shared Southern Stories, Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Suspended, Uptown Columbus Sculpture Walk 2012, Columbus, Georgia
2011 | Something Along the Lines of Rock-n-Roll, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia
PULP, Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
2010 | The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, curated by Nandini Makrandi
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, North Carolina
To Kill a Mockingbird: Awakening America’s Conscience, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
2009 | Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama, The Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, Alabama
Give Them What They Never Knew They Wanted, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
2008 | Pulse Miami Art Fair, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Miami, Florida
The Columbus Biennial, The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia, curated by Paula Katz
Gen X: Post Boomers and the New South, The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
Southern Gothic Now, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama, curated by Clayton Colvin
Forms of Figuration, Clifford Chance, New York, NY, curated by Dinaburg Arts, essay by Joao Ribas
2007 | Pulse Miami Art Fair, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Miami, Florida
Conversations in Color, Wall drawing installation, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL
Explorations, 21st Street Studios, Birmingham, Alabama, curated by Ron Platt
Tablet, Tanner Hill Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, curated by Ron Buffington and Mark Bradley-Shoup
Group Exhibition, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, New York
Pulse New York, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
2006 | Pulse Miami Art Fair, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Miami, Florida
Made in Birmingham, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama, curated by Brett Levine
The Affair @ The Jupiter Hotel, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Contour: The Definitive Line, Schedler Minchin Fine Art, Birmingham, Alabama, curated by Jon Coffelt
Pulse New York, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
2005 | From the Committees, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
The Affair @ The Jupiter Hotel, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Portland, Oregon
The Saltline Biennial, The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama (catalogue)
Homegrown, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
MAX 2005, The Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Tennessee, curated by David Moos
Atlanta Biennial, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, curated by Helena Reckitt (catalogue)
New Currents in Regional Painting, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art, Florida Atlantic University Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida (catalogue)
artLA, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Santa Monica, California
We are Not Aimless, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, New York
2004 | Scope Miami Art Fair, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Miami, Florida
BAMA, Wall drawing installation, Space One Eleven, Birmingham, Alabama (catalogue)
Simply Drawn, LUXE Gallery, New York, New York
Art in Embassies Exhibition Program, U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)
Focus-Alabama, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama
Alabama Masters 1, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
2003 | Switchyard, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Alabama Signatures, Painting and Photography, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, Alabama (Emerging Artist Award)
2002 | The Red Clay Survey of Contemporary Southern Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (catalogue)
2001 | 4th Biennial Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York, juror Anne Ellegood

Honors and Awards

2015 | Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award
The Mary Hambidge Fellowship Distinguished Artist Award, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia
2009 | Louis Comfort Tiffany Award Nominee
2008 | Individual Artist Fellowship, The Cultural Alliance of Birmingham
2003 | Individual Artist Fellowship, The Alabama State Council on the Arts
Emerging Artist Award, Magic City Art Connection
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award Nominee
2000 | The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, New York
Artlink@Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s Auction House, Tel Aviv, Chicago, and Vienna (catalogue)
1998-1999 | Exhibitions Assistantship, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
1990-1994 | Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Visiting Artist Lecture/Public Talks

2017 | University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama, student show juror and lecture (forthcoming March)
Augusta University, student show juror, lecture and solo exhibition
2016 | Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee
University of Knoxville, student show juror and lecture
2015 | The University of Iowa, Visiting Artist, lecture and graduate student critiques, Iowa City, Iowa
Auburn University, Visiting Artist, lecture and solo exhibition, Auburn, Alabama
2014 | On the Table, in collaboration with the Drawing Center, NYC, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama
2010 | The Birmingham Museum of Art, lecture and exhibition Suspended, Birmingham, Alabama
The Hunter Museum of American Art, artist panel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, Visiting Artist, lecture and student critiques
2009 | The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Visiting Artist, juror, lecture and student critiques
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Visiting Artist, lecture, Contemporary Art History Department, Birmingham, Alabama
2008 | Samford University, Visiting Artist, lecture, Birmingham, Alabama
2006 | Rhodes College, Visiting Artist, solo exhibition, public lecture, student critiques, Memphis, Tennessee

Artist Residencies

2017 Air Serenbe, The Fuel And Lumber Company Project Residency 2017 – 2018, Palmetto, Georgia
2015 | The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Distinguished Artist Fellowship, Rabun Gap, Georgia
2012 | Nordic Art Association, one month residency, Malongen, Stockholm, Sweden
2010-2011 | The Coleman Center for the Arts, York, Alabama

Artist Assistantships

2008 | Artist Assistant to Sharon Louden, Taking Turns, The Birmingham Museum of Art
2003 | Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing, Artist Assistant to John Hogan, Private Collection, Birmingham, Alabama
2001 | Artist Assistant to Stephen Hendee, Perspectives 7, Ascension, The Birmingham Museum of Art

Museum/Corporate Collections

The Fidelity Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee
The U.S. Embassy, Dubai
The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia
The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama
The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Clinic, Mayfield Village, Ohio
WilmerHale, New York, New York

Curatorial Projects

2017 | Contemporary On-Site, Douglas Degges, Mariah Dekkenga, Ann Pibal, Eleanor Ray and Nancy Shaver, The Fuel And Lumber Company, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia A Night of Creative Resistance / 20 January 2017, performances by Andrew Raffo Dewar and Brad Davis, David Redwine (aka sLanguage) and Gilded Milk, The Gin Palace, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
2016 | Off Kilter / In Time, works by April Bachtel and Mary Laube, COOP Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
William Downs, The Fuel And Lumber Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Lisa Iglesias, The Fuel And Lumber Company, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
2015 | Hither and Yon, Craig Drennen, Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass, and Jered Sprecher, The Fuel and Lumber Company in collaboration with UAB’s Project Space, Birmingham, Alabama
A Letter Edged In Black, performance by Andrew Raffo Dewar and Brad Davis, Birmingham, AL
Drift, The Fuel and Lumber Company Curates the Straus Collection, Birmingham, Alabama
2014 | Jay Davis, The Fuel and Lumber Company, solo exhibition of new paintings, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Jiha Moon, The Fuel and Lumber Company, solo exhibition of works, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Bibliography for Curatorial Projects
2015 | West, Sam. New Strokes, The Crimson White, October 19, 2015
West, Sam. Southern Artists Work Exhibited at The Fuel and Lumber Company, The Crimson White, September 9.
2014 | Huebner, Michael. al.com, Duo’s New Fuel and Lumber Studio Helping to Kindle Downtown Resurgence, August 21, 2014

Bibliography

2017 | Levine, Brett. BURNAWAY, Continuity and Change: Amy Pleasant in Augusta, Jan 24, 2017
2016 | Mintz, Donna. ArtsAtl, The Thought Provoking “Transitions: States of Being” tackles cultural appropriation, October 7, 2016
Flamming, Liz. ART PAPERS, Transitions: States of Being, Reviews, Nov/Dec 2016
2015 | Tauches, Karen. BURNAWAY, John Riepenhoff Riffs on Painting’s Conventions at the Contemporary, October 15, 2015
Geha, Katie. The Figure 8; An Introduction; Lampe, Lilly. The Figure 8, Your Epidermis is Showing, catalogue for the exhibition The Figure 8, September 2015
Lampe, Lilly. Artforum.com, John Riepenhoff, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Oct. 2015
Davis, Maggie. ArtsAtl, Soft Eyes Group Show Hovers Between Familiar and Strange, at Whitespace, September 3, 2015
Asboe, Eric. Bad at Sports, From the Road: Slow Heat, August 18, 2015

2014 | O’Callaghan, Jacquelyn. BURNAWAY, BURNAWAY’s Best of 2014: Exhibitions, Dec. 26, 2014
Joiner, Dorothy. Sculpture, Review: Amy Pleasant, re/form at whitespace gallery, Nov. issue Tauches, Karen. BURNAWAY, Habersham Mills Brings High Art to Hinterlands (well, Demorest), July 12, 2014
Thornton, Grace. BURNAWAY, Timeless Struggles with Identity in Amy Pleasant’s Show at
whitespace, February 6, 2014
Mintz, Donna. ArtsAtl, Amy Pleasant’s Archeology of Her Own Past, January 28, 2014
Cash, Stephanie. BURNAWAY, BURNAWAY’S Best: Who and What to Keep an Eye On in 2014,
January 2, 2014
Vega, Muriel. CommonCreativAtl, Q & A With Artist Amy Pleasant, January 15, 2014

2013 | Louden, Sharon. Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Essays by 40 Working Artists
Wilson, Joanna. BURNAWAY, Pictoral Excavation with Amy Pleasant, October 30, 2013
Abney, Kate. The Atlantan, Arts and Power, December 3, 2013

2012 | Cotter, Christina, ArtsAtl, Review: Strong SharedSouthern Storiesfrom emerging artists across the region, November 14, 2012
Oxford American Magazine, (100 Under 100) The New Superstars of Southern Art, The Visual South, Issue 76, 2012 pg 54-96
Harvey, Alec. al.com, 4 Alabama Artists in Top 100 as Named by Oxford American Magazine

2011 | Harvey, Alec. The Birmingham News, A Pleasant Touch, October 16, 2011
Kreiter, Rachel. BURNAWAY, Snapshot Reviews: Four Galleries on a Pleasant Saturday Afternoon, March 23, 2011

2010 | Platt, Ron. The Big Sky, catalog essay for the site-specific installation Suspended at the Birmingham Museum of Art
Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Amy Pleasant’s Clouds, Ice Floes Harken Our Current
Events, pg. 5G

2009 | Brock, Glenny, The Birmingham Weekly, Suspended: The Art of Amy Pleasant
McAdams, Shane. The Brooklyn Rail, Amy Pleasant: Tight Shot, pg. 27

2008 | Riley, Cindy. Lipstick Magazine, Intimate Relationship, November 2008, pg. 49-51
Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Samford Selects, March 9, 2008, pg. 3F
Ribas, Joao. Essay for Forms of Figuration, exhibition brochure for group exhibition at Clifford Chance, NY

2007 | Pinckard, Rae. Wiregrass Living Magazine, Speaking Out: Conversations in Color, Nov/Dec
Nichols, Ann. The Chattanooga Times, ‘Tablet’ to open at Tanner Hill Gallery, Jul. 22, 07, D6 Rieth, Herb. Number:58, Amy Pleasant:You Are Here, Winter 2007, pg.10-11
Levine, Brett. Birmingham Home and Garden, Off the Block, January edition, pg. 80-81

2006 | The Rambler, November/December 2006 edition, pg. 64, reproduction
Knowles, Carol. Memphisflyer.com, That’s Life, Four exhibits four explorations, Sept. 28, 2006
Koeppel, Fredric. Commercial Appeal, Art With Economy of Silence, September 8, pg.
Dobbins, Hamlett, essay Amy Pleasant: You Are Here, exhibition catalogue
The Rambler, September/October 2006 edition, pg. 42-43, reproduction
Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Contour exhibit casts spotlight…,. June 19, pg. 3F

2005 | Knowles, Carol. Number:54, The Inner Voice of Art: The Journey, Fall 2005, pg. 10-11
Stevens, Susan; Padnos, Sophia. The Warhol Initiative, Space One Eleven, BAMA reproductions
Folan, Kerry. Women in the Arts, Amy Pleasant’s After the Death, Fall 2005, 24-25
Squier, Prudence, Southern Accents, Ambassador’s Residence in Prague, Sept-Oct., pg.196-203
Moreno, Gean. ART PAPERS, Reviews/Southeast, July/August edition, pg. 41-42
Feaster, Felicia. Creative Loafing, Tastes Great Less Filling, April 21-April 27, pg. 45
Fox, Catherine. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s Biennial showcases the region’s emerging talents, May 8, 2005, L3
Dallow, Jessica. ART PAPERS, BAMA, Reviews/Southeast, March/April edition, pg. 42-43

2004 | Henry, Max. Art in America, Amy Pleasant at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Dec. issue, pg.142-143
Moos, David. Contemporary American Art / Art in Embassies, catalogue
Brock, Glenny. Birmingham Weekly, Becoming BAMA Artists, December 2-9, 2004, pg. 4-5
Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Space One Eleven’s BAMA…, Art in Review
Levine, Brett. essay BAMA’ Bound, exhibition catalogue, pg. 6-9
Schwendener, Martha. Artforum.com, Critic’s Picks New York, March-April
Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Environment and Influence, Art in Review

2003 | David Maddox. Nashville Scene, The Physics of Personal Identity, October 9,2003, pg.71
New American Paintings. Volume #46, Open Studios Press
Pelfrey, David, ART PAPERS. Reviews/Southeast, Time Lapse, May/June edition, pg.36
Huebner, Michael. Birmingham News, City Scene, Connecting with Art
Joiner, Dorothy. ART PAPERS, Reviews/Southeast, 2002 Red Clay Survey, Mar/Apr, pg.37
Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Art in Review
Levine, Brett. essay Melancholy Baby, exhibition catalogue for the solo exhibition Time Lapse

2000 | Nelson, James. The Birmingham News, Art in Review
Tyndal, Cumbee. Birmingham Magazine, Canvas, August edition
Sanford, Peggy. The Birmingham News, Amy’s World