EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2017 Carter Burden Gallery, New York “Changing Patterns” 3/2-3/23/2017

2016 Carter Burden Gallery, New York “Earth Spirit “(4/7-4/28) sculpture

2/4-2/25 “On the Wall” installation “Crossing Time and Country”
2016 Ceramic Artists Friendship Association, Nippon House, New York, NY
2015 Salon Show, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Figuring Abstraction, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
2015 BWAC, Brooklyn NY “The Origins of Clay”
2015 Carter Burden Gallery, New York, NY“12x12”
2015 Three at Tappan, Ye Old 76 House, Tappan NY
2015 A Space on Main, Cranbury NJ (solo exhibition)

2014-2015 WAH, Brooklyn, NY “Paper/ Unbound & Salon Show

2014 Carter Burden Gallery, NYC “What You See Is What You Get”

Gallery 98 Bowery “Talk is Cheap: Poster from 1984” online exhibition

2013 New Museum, XFR STN, excerpts from Potato Wolf: Colab TV

Fridge Art Fair NYC (Miami Art Week)

Lasting Legacy, Leroy Neiman Art Center, NY

Unlimited, Metuchen, NJ

WAH, Spring Fling, Brooklyn, New York

2012 Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn NY

Lesley Heller Workspace, New York

Viridian Artists, NY Group Show, New York

2011 AIR Gallery, Generations VIII, New York

Gowanus Print Lab, Brooklyn, Identity Shift

WAH Art from Detritus: Upcycling with Imagination

2009 Westbeth Gallery NY Triple Play
2008 Metro Poles: Art In Action, The Journey; At the Crossroad Asian American Art Center/Chinatown Manpower Project, NY,Gallery OneTwentyEight, NY, Make Art Not War
Fusion Arts Museum, ”Then and Now”Lower East Side Art
Asain American Art Center, “Below Canal/After 9/11) 3/21/2003-5/2/2003
Abrons Arts Center “Tradition and Innovation: Clay Sculptors 2003
Gallery Onetwentyeight, Benefit exhibition for RAWA, Sculpture 2002
A.I.R. Gallery, Salon Group Show, Sculpture 2002
Gallery Onetwentyeight, “Unsettled Spirits”, 3 person show, Sculpture, 2001
Avery Fisher Hall Gallery, Lincoln Center, Sculpture, 2001
“Angels for the Millennium”, Curated by Judy Collischam
Performance/Sculpture, 2000
Abrons Arts Center, “Artists-in-Residence” Exhibition, Sculpture,1999
Bronx River Gallery, “Mumia 911,” Sculpture, 1999
Tribe Gallery, Group Show curated by Al Loving, Sculpture, 1999 Abrons Arts Center, “Ain’t It Funky Now,” Installations1998Brooklyn Brewery Art Space, “Stirring Space

Gallery Onetwentyeight, “Freak of Nature,” Sculpture, 1998
The Gallery at 1 East 53rd St., “Small Works,” Sculpture, 1997
Brooklyn Brewery Art Space, “Commitments,” Sculpture, 1997
Gallery Onetwentyeight, “Without Drums and Trumpets,” Sculptural paperwork, 1997 Abrons Arts Center, “Import/Transplant Myth/Reality,”
Gallery Onetwentyeight, “Cafe December,” paperwork, 1996
Gallery Onetwentyeight, ”Tabula Rasa” an exhibition of international artists
Gallery 121 Henry, “Tiny Multiples,” sculptural tiles, 1996
Boricua College, “Personal Statements,” Installation. 1995
Jacque Mariches Museum of Tibetan Art, Sculpture, 1995
Henry Street Settlement, “Fresh Air at 20,” Drawing, 1995
The Time Square, Healing Through Art/Art for Healing, Sculpture, 1995
Henry Street Settlement House, “Insights into Public Art” 1995
Under One Roof, “Works on Paper” 1994
Thread Waxing Space, “Auction for Cummington Community of the Arts,” 1994
Artist Space, New York. Group Exhibition, Drawing 1994
Art In General, New York Salon, Drawing 1994
Staatlliche Kunsthall, Berlin, Germany. Documenta “34 Raume.” Drawing 1994
Henry Street Settlement, New York. “Stories,” Drawing, 1994
Dietal Gallery, Troy, NY. Cummington Artists, Painting, 1994
Hunter College, New York. The Decade Show, Drawing 1992
Abrons Art Center, NY. “Subterranean Subjects. Performance, Installation
BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY. Showcase Presentation, Performance, 1990
The Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Images & Words, 1990
The Tallahassee Gallery, Tallahassee, FL . 1990
Artists Space, New York. Curated by Paterson Sims, Whitney Museum
Max Fish Gallery, NY. Atomic Art Show, Monoprints, 1989
Exit Art, New York. Concrete Crisis, Drawing, 1989
Bronx River Gallery, NY Relationships, Installation & Performance, 1989
New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, LA. Oppression/Expression, by Lowery Sims & Leon Golub,
Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY. Expressions African, Drawing, 1988
Ceres Gallery, New York. Collaborations Through New York Feminist Art Institute, 1987
City Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York. ABC No Rio; The First Five Years,
ABC NoRio, New York, Heroes & Heroines. Installation and Performance1986
22 Raw, New York. Fit & Flab Diaries. Installation and Performance, 1985
AIR Gallery, New York. Artists as Filmmakers Series. Exhibition and Performance, 1985
PS 122, New York. AvanteGardeArama. Subway Stories. Performance, 1985
Franklin Furnace, NY. Propaganda AKA Public Relations. Curated by Lucy Lippard. 1984
Franklin Furnace, NY. Karnival Knowledge, Performance 1984
The WPA, Washington, DC, The Ritz Show. Exhibition & Performance 1983
Inroads, NY. Potentially Dangerous, Performance. 1983
22 Wooster Gallery, NY. Erotic Art. Installation 1983
Medger Evers College, Brooklyn, NY; Boricua College, NY; Pennsylvania State University; Westbeth Gallery, NY; Abyssinian Baptist Church for Art Against Apartheid, Printed Matter, NY; Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NY; Jack Tilden Galleries, NY; Goddard Riverside Community Center, NY (Featured Artist); Concord Gallery, NY; California State University; Brooklyn Munitions Terminal; Artists for Nuclear Disarmament Travel Exhibition; Group Material SubCulture for the IRT, NY; L.E.S.S. Gallery, NY; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; Small Walls Gallery, NY; Just Above Midtown/Downtown, NY; Arsenal Gallery, NY; Broome Street Workshop, NY; Brooklyn Federal Court House.

OTHER PERFORMANCES: The Kitchen, NY; Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage with Spaulding Gray; Theatre for the New City; Limbo Lounge; Danceteria; Kamakaze; Max Fish; Public Access TV



Actions, Elenora Fabiao—Battery Park, New York 2015

Town and Village, “Sirovich Center’s walls brought to life with Nature Murals”
by Sabina Mollot 2015

Art for Learning, The Art for Learning Exhibit, Municipal Art Society, 1994

The New Yorker, “Goings On About Town,” January 7, 1991

Daily News, “Underground Art,” by Dennis Wepman, January 18, 1991

Downtown, NY.“Celebrating Our Subways,” by Les Weichselbaum, 2/6, 1991

The Trentonian, Trenton, NJ. “Subterranean Subjects, Inspire Exhibit,” by Lili Wright, 1-10-91

The New York Times, “Subway Muse at Work in the Murk,” by Michael Norman, December, ‘90

The Villager, NY, “Review,” by Tom Waichunas, December, 1990

Heresies 21, NY. “Food Is A Feminist Issue,” 1986

Ikon Anthology/Apartheid Issue, NY. Winter/Spring, 1986

ABC No Rio Dinero, “The Story of a Lower East Side Gallery”
Edited by Alan Moore&Josh Miller,1985

The Prospect Press, NY. “Portrait of an Artist in a School,” by Jonathan Ward, June, 1985

Upfront, NY. A. P.A.D.D. Publication, Fall, 1985

Arts Magazine, “Portrait of an Artist in a School,” by Jonathan Ward, June, 1985

Greetings from NYC, Postcards from Collaborative Projects, 1985

The Village Voice, NY. “Too Close To Home,” by Lucy Lippard, June 14, 1983

The Village Voice, NY. “Cross Country Music,” by Lucy Lippard, March 18, 1983

Artforum, “Reviews, Group Material,” by Glenn O’Brien, December, 1983

The Washington Tribune. “Doing the Ritz,” by Kevin Doran, March 31, 1983

Women’s Art Journal, “The Future Is Ours; Art for Action and Change,” by Sharon Gilbert, 1982

Artspeak, NY. “Review, 22 Wooster,” January 31, 1980

The Soho News, NY. “Craven Rebellion in the Crowd,” by Barbara Baracks, July 30, 1980


1994 IKON, #14/15 Crossroads: An anthology of art for a time of transition and change, 1991 The Boundaries of Twilight: Czecko-Slovak Writing From the New World, stories,” edited by CJ Hirbal, published by New Rivers Press 1990 A Day In The Life: Tales from The Lower East Side edited by Alan Moore & Josh Gosciak, published by Autonomedia, Appearances, Number 10, “I Always Wanted To Have A Baby,” New York, 1983



2017 Artist In Residence Carter Burden Network/ Leonard Covello Center, NYC

2015 SPARC Artist’s Residency, Sirovich Center, New York

2014 SPARC Artist’s Residency, Sirovich Center, New York

2014 Artist In Residence, Platte Clove-Red Cabin, Catskill Conservancy,

Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, NY Teaching Fellowship to India 2006
Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, Teach Turkey, University of Arizona 2001
The Council for Basic Education (CBE) Time Warner Arts Fellowship 1998
Department of Transportation,NY Pedestrian Division, Sign Project 1996
Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia Fellowship 1995, 2003
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence 1991
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Va, Artists Fellowship, 1992 Cummington Community of the Arts, MA, Artist’s Fellowship 1991, 1990, 1988, 1984
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, Artist’s Fellowship 1990, 1987
New York State Council on the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship 1990 Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, Artist in Residence 1987-2013



Sirovich Senior Center, NY, NY a series of relief ceramic panels in Grand Auditorium

PUBLIC ART FUND, Mosaics at PS 152, Queens, NY, in collaboration with Allision & Bette Saar Garden Project, Roots & Wings 1996-1997

SITES FOR STUDENTS, New York State School Construction Authority, PS 132

District 14, 1998

New York State School Construction Authority, PS 107 District 15,1995



Brooklyn Museum teacher training programs

Trainer and mentor to Arts Educators at Department of Education

Arts Coordinator for District 2, Department of Education

Center for Arts Education, Juror Selecting Projects to be funded

Artists Talk On Art, Been There/Done That: The Art Colonies’ Experience 1996
County of Sweet Briar, Virginia, guest artist-critique 1994
University Settlement, Eyes and Ears, Slide lecture 1993
Hunter College, Decade Show:  Sex and Gender, Panel Discussion 1991
New York Technical College, Growing Together, Panel 1989
Artist Talk On Art, NY, How Political Can You Get, Panel 1985


Brooklyn College, CUNY Assistant Professor 2009-2012

Pratt Institute, Assistant Professor, 1998-2000

NYC Department of Education, 1994-2012

Studio In A School, 1982-1994

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