Born 1948 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Lives and works in New York. 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2020

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, ‘The Storyteller: Olivia Beens Through the Decades’, New York NY

 

2016

Carter Burden Gallery, ‘On the Wall: Crossing Time and Country’, New York NY

 

2015

A Space on Main, Cranbury NJ

 

1983

22 Wooster Gallery, ‘Generations’, New York NY

Colab Productions, ‘I Always Wanted to Have a Baby’, Washington D.C.

 

Select Group Exhibitions

 

2020

Established Gallery, ‘Continuum’, Brooklyn NY

 

2019

Carter Burden Gallery, ‘Cold’, New York NY

 

2017

Carter Burden Gallery, ‘Changing Patterns’, New York NY

 

2016

Carter Burden Gallery, ‘Earth Spirit’, New York NY

 

2015

Lesley Heller Gallery, ‘Salon’, New York NY

Westbeth Gallery, ‘Figuring Abstraction’, New York NY

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, ‘Art in Clay: Origins’, Brooklyn NY

Carter Burden Gallery, ‘12 x 12’, New York NY

 

2014

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, ‘Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound’, Brooklyn NY

Carter Burden Gallery, ‘What You See is What You Get’, New York NY

 

2013

New Museum, ‘XFR STN’, New York NY

LeRoy Neiman Center, ‘Lasting Legacy’, New York NY

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, ‘Spring Fling’, Brooklyn NY

 

2012

Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn NY

Viridian Artists, New York NY

 

2011

A.I.R. Gallery, ‘Generations: VIII’, New York NY

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, ‘Art From Detritus: Upcycling with Imagination’, Brooklyn NY

2009

Westbeth Gallery, ‘Triple Play’, New York NY

 

2008

Metro Poles, ‘Art in Action’, New York NY

Asian American Art Center, ‘The Journey: At the Crossroad’, New York NY

 

2003

Asian American Art Center, ‘Below Canal/After 9/11’, New York NY

Abrons Art Center, ‘Tradition and Innovation: Clay Sculptors’, New York NY

 

2002

A.I.R. Gallery, ‘Salon’, New York NY

Gallery Onetwentyeight, ‘RAWA Benefit’, New York NY

 

2001

Avery Fisher Hall Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York NY

Gallery Onetwentyeight, ‘Unsettled Spirits’, New York NY

 

1999

Abrons Art Center, ‘Artists-in-Residence’, New York NY

Bronx River Gallery, ‘Mumia 911’, Bronx NY

Tribe Gallery, Curated by Al Loving, New York NY

 

1998

Abrons Art Center, ‘Ain’t It Funky Now’, New York NY

Brooklyn Brewery Art Space, ‘Stirring Space’, Brooklyn NY

Gallery Onetwentyeight, ‘Freak of Nature’, New York NY

 

1997

Abrons Art Center, ‘Import/Transplant/Myth/Reality’, New York NY

Gallery Onetwentyeight, ‘Without Drums and Trumpets’, New York NY

Brooklyn Brewery Art Space, ‘Commitments’, Brooklyn NY

The Gallery at 1 East 53rd, ‘Small Works’, New York NY

 

1996

Gallery Onetwentyeight, ‘Café December’, New York NY

Gallery Onetwentyeight, ‘Tabula Rasa’, New York NY

Gallery 121 Henry, ‘Tiny Multiples’, New York NY

 

1995

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island NY

Henry Street Settlement, ‘Fresh Air at Twenty’, New York NY

The Time Square, ‘Healing Through Art’, New York NY

Boricua College, ‘Personal Statements’, New York NY

 

1994

Art in General, ‘Salon’, New York NY

Artists Space, New York NY

Under One Roof, ‘Works on Paper’, New York NY

Dietal Gallery, ‘Cummington Artists’, Troy NY

Henry Street Settlement, ‘Stories’, New York NY

 

1992

Hunter College Gallery, ‘The Decade Show’, New York NY

1990

Abrons Art Center, ‘Subterranean Subjects’, New York NY

The Painted Bride, ‘Images & Words’, Philadelphia PA

Tallahassee Gallery, Tallahassee FL

 

1989

New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, ‘Oppression/Expression’, Curated by Lowery Sims and Leon Golub, New Orleans LA

Artists Space, Curated by Paterson Sims, New York NY

Bronx River Gallery, ‘New York Relationships’, Bronx NY

Exit Art, ‘Concrete Crisis’, New York NY

Max Fish Gallery, ‘Atomic Art’, New York NY

 

1988

Fashion Moda, ‘Expressions: African Drawing’, Bronx NY

 

1987

Ceres Gallery, ‘Collaborations Through New York Feminist Art Institute’, New York NY

 

1986

ABC No Rio, ‘Heroes and Heroines’, New York NY

ABC No Rio; City Gallery, ‘The First Five Years’, New York NY

 

1985

Performance Space 122, ‘AvantGardeArama’, New York NY

A.I.R. Gallery, ‘Artists as Filmmakers’, New York NY

22 Raw Gallery, ‘Fit & Flab Diaries’, New York NY

 

1984

Franklin Furnace, ‘Karnival Knowledge’, Brooklyn NY

Franklin Furnace, ‘Propaganda a.k.a. Public Relations’, Curated by Lucy Lippard, Brooklyn NY

 

1983

ABC No Rio, ‘Not for Sale’, New York NY

22 Wooster Gallery, ‘Erotic Art’, New York NY

Inroads, ‘Potentially Dangerous’, New York NY

Works Progress Administration, ‘The Ritz Show’, Washington, DC

 

1982

Hunter College Gallery, ‘Oppositions’, New York NY

 

1981

22 Wooster Gallery, ‘Erotomania: She Gave Her Heart Away’, New York NY

Hunter College Gallery, ‘Images: Reflections and Projections’, New York NY

480 Broome Street, ‘Indivisible’, New York NY

 

1980

22 Wooster Gallery, ‘Identifying’, New York NY

 

Grants and Fellowships

 

2017

Artist-in-Residence, Carter Burden Network/Leonard Covello Center, New York NY

 

2015

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

 

2014

Artist-in-Residence, Platte Clove Preserve, Catskill Conservancy, Hunter NY

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

 

2006

India Teaching Fellow, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York NY

 

2003

Fellow, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap GA

 

2001

Fulbright-Hayes Fellow, University of Arizona, Istanbul TR

 

1998

Time Warner Arts Fellow, Council for Basic Education, New York NY

 

1996

Grantee, Department of Transportation New York Pedestrian Division Sign Project, New York NY

 

1995

Fellow, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap GA

 

1992

Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst VA

 

1991

Artist-in-Residence, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York NY

Fellow, Cummington School of the Arts, Cummington MA

 

1990

Fellow, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH

Fellow, Cummington School of the Arts, Cummington MA

Fellow, New York State Council on the Arts, New York NY

 

1988

Fellow, Cummington School of the Arts, Cummington MA

 

1987

Fellow, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH

Artist-in-Residence, Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, New York NY (position held 1987-2013)

 

1984

Fellow, Cummington School of the Arts, Cummington MA

 

Teaching Experience

 

2009-2012: Assistant Professor, CUNY Brooklyn College

1998-2000: Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

1994-2012: New York City Department of Education

1982-1994: Studio in a School

© 2016 by Olivia Beens

Email: oliviabeens@gmail.com

Photo Credits:

Sherman Sussman

Regina Cherry

Chris Bolton

Seth Rubin

Peteris Krumins