Kerry Downey



2017   Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME

2009   Master of Fine Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY

2008   Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

2002   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2001   Yale School of Art, Norfolk, CT



We collect together in a net, solo show at Rhode Island School of Design, Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI


We collect together in a net, solo show at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, New York, NY
A Tree Falls, solo show at GERTRUDE Gallery, curated by Chris Domenick and Em Rooney, Great Barrington, MA

Catch and Release with Angela Dufresne, Danspace Project, New York, NY


Nothing but net, solo exhibition at CAVE, Detroit, MI

SCRIPT^^forms, two-person with E.E. Ikeler, 20|20 Gallery, New York, NY


Read My Lips, two-person exhibition with Loren Britton, curated by Ashton

Cooper, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY



Omniscient, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, curated by Avram Finkelstein, New

York, NY

Place is the Space, Always Fresh, curated by Amanda Parmer, New York, NY

Push Over, Push Back, CCS Bard /Hessel Museum, Annandale, NY

Contact the Shadow, Seochon Guesthouse, curated by Minkyung Choi

Seoul, Korea


Creative Beginnings, Professional End, curated by Julia Gardener, Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France

Not Close Enough, curated by Moritz Krauth, ÆdT, Düsseldorf, Germany


Comedies of the Status Quo, curated by Christian Camacho-Light, Kate Werble

Gallery, New York, NY

Smeared States, Showroom MAMA, curated by Lila Athanasiadou

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Tell Us Plainly What You Mean, Aquarius Studios, curated by Becky Brown and Tatiana Istomina, Ridgewood, NY


How to see in the dark, Cuchifritos Gallery, curated by Christian Camacho-Light,

Moving Body, Moving Study, BAM, curated by Holly Shen and Rachel Valinsky,

Brooklyn, NY

Private Practice, Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard, Cooper Cole, curated by Ashton Cooper,

Toronto, CA

Health Show II, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Queer Tropics, curated by Charlie Tatum, Transformer, Washington D.C.

Partial Views, Hercules Studio Program, New York, NY


Queer Tropics, curated by Charlie Tatum, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA

Standard Forms, curated by Christian Camacho-Light, Ramapo College's Berrie

Art Center, NJ

what are we but lying single surface, curated by Molly Mac and Natalie Ann

Martínez, The Alice, Seattle, WA

Beauty and Room, curated by Miriam Laura Leonardi and Balthazar Lovay,

happening in various homes in Sion in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland

2ª Bienal Internacional de Arte, curated by José Silva, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Sinister Feminism, A.I.R. Gallery, curated by Piper Marshall; Brooklyn, NY


ROT: Compost vs Surgery, Seattle Art Museum, curated by Molly Mac and S. Surface; Seattle, WA

Age Lines, Casco, curated by Staci bu Shea, Utrecht, Netherlands

Paris Internationale, Taylor Macklin, Paris, France

Blood, Sweat, and Tears, curated by Isabelle and Sophie Lynch, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON

VERBLIST, E. Tay gallery, curated by Mark Epstein, New York, NY

NO ATLAS, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space SHIFT residency exhibition, New York, NY

Queens International, curated by Lindsey Berfond and Hitomi Iwasaki, Queens

Museum; Flushing, NY

A new job to unwork at, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, curated by Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez, Los Angeles, CA

In Search of Conjunctions, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, WA


Extra Teats, curated by Rebecca Goyette, Satellite, Miami, FL

Underdonk at ESX LA, curated by Ashley Garrett; ESX LA (Eastside International

Gallery), Los Angeles, CA

Name It By Trying to Name It, curated by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal; The

Drawing Center, New York, NY

OS4 (in conjunction with Open Sessions), The Drawing Center, New York, NY


Hospital, curated by Matthias Borello; Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

Sex Without Bodies, Temporary Agency, Brooklyn, NY

Couplings, curated by Piper Marshall; Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland

We Owe Each Other Everything, curated by Andrew Kachel; Center for Curatorial

Studies at Bard College, Annandale, NY

Sunken Living Room, curated by Terri Smith; Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT


Ajar, REVERSE Gallery, curated by Natasha Llorens; Brooklyn, NY

CISCO, SYSCO, SISQO, LaFonda, curated by Tom Simon, Alina Tenser, and

Kristof Wickman; The Rockaways, Queens, NY

Artist Picks: Kerry Downey, solo screening of seven works, organized by

Clara López, Raumerweiterungshalle, Berlin, Germany

Videorover: Season 6, NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

A Terrestrial Cutting and Assemblage, UAL Gallery, London; Curated by Eliza Swann


A Study of Interruptions, Ramapo College's Berrie Art Center, NJ; curated by Natasha Llorens

O, with Amy Beecher, Garden/Party/Arts, Brooklyn NY; curated by Erin Ikeler

and Ariel Roman

Coworker Projects, Screening at Entwine, New York

The Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner, Flux Factory, Long Island City,

Queens; Curated by Sam Perry

Soft Opening, Heliopolis, Greenpoint, NY

Emotional Blackmail, Curated by Markús Þór Andrésson and Cḥen Tamir,

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario

Deconstructing the Habit, curated by Angela Washko, Spattered Columns, NY

How Many People Does It Take to Make a Place, Open Engagement, performance

workshop with Elizabeth Hamby, Portland, OR


Shifting Communities, collaboration with Action Club, Hatuey Ramos Fermin and

Elizabeth Hamby, curated by Chad Stayrook; Bronx River Art Center, NY

Do Me video screening, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn NY

Greatest Love of All in conjunction with Congress of the Collectives/Flux Factory, Angela Beallor and Niknaz Tavakolian; Long Island City, NY

Emotional Blackmail, Curated by Markús Þór Andrésson and Cḥen Tamir,

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), Alberta, Canada

Why Participate? with Action Club, curated by Angela Washko, Flux Factory, Long Island City, Queens

LUMEN, site specific installation with Claudia Pena Salinas and Jo Q. Nelson,

Merchant Marine Memorial Plaza, Staten Island

DOUBLE SESSION, with Action Club, curated by Natasha Marie Llorens, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Art & Lies, curated by Risa Shoup, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY

UNPUNISHED, curated by Nayland Blake, Sue Scott Gallery, New York


The Physical Center, St Cecilia’s Parish, Brooklyn, NY

You Can Have It All, with Jeremy Willis, Spattered Columns, NY

Great Fallings, Fabricolor building, ArtWalk, Paterson, NJ

All Together Now with Action Club collective, Build It Green, Queens, NY

Ecstatic, St Cecilia’s Parish, Brooklyn, NY (in conjunction Action Club)

Seven Easy Steps; video screening, Horton Gallery, NY

The Man I Wish I Was, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


One After Another, The National Gallery of Saskatchewan, Canora, Saskatchewan

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY



Downey, Kerry, Journal of Museum Education, “Reaching Out, Reaching In: Museum Educators and Radical Transformation,” December


We collect together in a net, edited by Rachel Valinksy, published by Wendy’s Subway; includes 14 full color reproductions of Downey’s works on paper, essays by Jaime Shearn Coan, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ryan Wong, and Layla Zami; designed by Erik Freer; Edition of 500

Downey, Kerry, Art Journal Open, “Creating Good-Enough Containers: Reflections on Queerness in Community-Based Museum Education,” January


Downey, Kerry and Krakow, Ellie, Lookie Lookie, “Backstage with Kerry Downey and Ellie Krakow,” December


2021-2022 Temporary Files, video publishing cooperative, online publication,

streaming site, and remote residency

2019 Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

2018 Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY

2015-2016 SHIFT at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York City

2014-2015 Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York City

2014 Real Time and Space residency; Oakland, CA

2007 Residency with Hungarian Cultural Center and Flux Factory for Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

2002 Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT



The Vault: A body is a song to be sung, Curator, group show of video works at SPACES, Cleveland, OH


Failing to Levitate, Co-curator (with Natasha Marie Llorens), group show at

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York


Do Me, Curator, video screenings at Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

Here & There and Do Me, Curator, video screenings at Invisible Dog, Brooklyn


Grizzly Proof, Co-curator (with Jean Barberis and Chen Tamir), Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY


NOVEL, Co-curator (with Morgan Meis), Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY


What the Book? Curator, Bard College, Annandale, NY



Fire Island Artist Residency, Visiting Artist, public lecture and studio visits, Fire

Island, NY

Center for the Humanities Fellows, Visiting artist workshop, New York, NY


 Parsons/ The New School, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, public lecture and studio

visits, New York, NY

Visiting Lecturer: Art on the Ground Lecture Series, and visiting artist to

“Queering Art History,” FIT, New York, NY


Visiting lecture and artist, University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona

Visiting artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Visiting artist, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Visiting artist, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Visiting artist, Dorksy Gallery and SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY


Visiting artist, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Visiting artist Studio Visit, Fellows from Emerging Artists program in the

United Arab Emirates, New York, NY


Artist talk, Always Already Desiring Machines Workshop, organized by Amanda, Parmer, Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at BAM, Brooklyn, NY

Panelist, PrintFest, New York, NY


Participant, The New Museum’s R&D Sessions on Legacy, New York, NY


Panelist, Intentional Communities, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY


Panelist, Arts & Labor Alternatives Fair, Eyebeam, New York, NY

Artist Talk with Natasha Llorens; Unscripted: A Symposium on the Study of Performance, Columbia University, New York, NY

Visiting artist; Sarah Lawrence College Printmaking Classes, Bronxville, NY

Visiting artist; BFA Seniors class, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

Panelist, Fucking Up: Learning from Mistakes in Art and Education, Eyebeam, New York, NY


Visiting artist, Printmaking class, SUNY Purchase, Harrison, NY

Artist Talk with Natasha Llorens, A Study of Interruptions, Ramapo College Berrie Art Center, Ramapo, NJ


Visiting artist, The New School for Public Engagement, Art of the 60’s and 70’s, New York, NY

Visiting artist, Senior Seminar, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Panel moderator; Focus and Motivation, Hunter College, New York, NY


Panelist, The Self-Destructing Art Show, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY

Visiting artist, Senior Seminar, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY



Jenkins, Mark, The Washington Post, “Queer Tropics,” April

Colucci, Emily, Filthy Dreams, “Stranded in the Jungle: Exoticism and Resistant

Illegibility in ‘Queer Tropics,’” January


Henry, Joseph, The Brooklyn Rail, “Queering Queer Abstraction,” October


Gavin, Francesca, Artsy, “12 Emerging Artists to Watch at Paris Internationale,”


Chiragdin, Neil, Queens Chronicle, “Exhibition embodies abstraction in human

forms,” November

Yerebekan, Osman Can, Filthy Dreams, “Potentials of Queer Abstraction,” November


Trolio, Kory, The Range, “We Owe Each Other Everything,” April


Adams, Abraham, Artforum, “Ajar,” October


The Record, “Examining Human Emotions,” May


Queens Chronicle, “Destroy!,” for Self Destructing Art Show, November


2018      Recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Art Career Opportunity Grant

2017      Nomination for Pushcart Prize in Poetry

2016      Recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant

              Nomination for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

2015      Recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant

2012      Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow

2010      First place award for video, Forward Thinking Museum

2009      Nominated for Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Program for Sculpture

2007      Graf Travel Grant for Berlin, Hunter College MFA

2002      Award of Distinction/Trustee Leader Scholars Program Bard College

              Brewster Terry III Memorial Scholarship for commitment to the liberal arts

              community, Bard College

2001      Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University School of Art

              Suzanne Clements Zimmer Prize for Fine Art


2022-2023       Williams College, Williamstown, MA

                        Visiting Critic, Art Department

2019-2022       Rhode Island School of Design, Assistant Professor and Critic, 

                         Painting Department, Providence, Rhode Island

                        Sophomore Painting, Senior Degree Project, Grad Crit II, Painterly Prints,           

                        Experiments in Drawing, Independent Studies

2019-2021      Art Education at City College, New York, NY, Adjunct Professor

2007-2019      The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

                        Teaching Artist, Community and Access Partnerships and Programs; Adult and                              Academic Programs, Education Department

2015-2016      Parsons School of Art and Design / The New School, New York, NY

                        Visiting Critic

2009-2016      Hunter College, Art Department, New York, NY

                       Adjunct Professor