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ALEXANDRIA SMITH: <I>A LITANY FOR SURVIVAL</I><BR>INSTALLATION VIEW AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES, BOSTON, MA, 2018-2019

ALEXANDRIA SMITH: A LITANY FOR SURVIVAL
INSTALLATION VIEW AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES, BOSTON, MA, 2018-2019

BRIEF BIO

Born 1981, Bronx, NY
Lives and works between Wellesley, MA and Brooklyn, NY

Through a regenerative collage process, Alexandria Smith creates paintings, drawings, and installations defined by a unique relationship to the body and responsive to notions of cultural difference. Smith earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons The New School for Design, MA in Art Education from New York University, and BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards including the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship (2018/19), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Virginia A. Myers Fellowship at the University of Iowa, and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship (2013-2015). She has been awarded residencies at the Fountainhead Residency, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center, Yaddo, the LMCC Process Space Residency, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. From 2016-18, Smith was also co-organizer of the collective, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM) who mounted artistic interventions at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Project Row Houses. Smith's recent solo exhibitions include "A Litany for Survival" at Boston University (2018). Her recent group exhibitions include "The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night" at Mass MoCA (2019); the inaugural Wanda D. Ewing Commission and Solo Exhibition at The Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE (2017); "Black Pulp," which traveled to Yale University, International Print Center NY (IPCNY), USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, FL, Wesleyan University, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia (2016-18); and a commission for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library (2015). In 2019 Smith will mount a new site-specific installation for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Biennial as well as her first solo museum exhibition, "Monuments to an Effigy" at the Queens Museum.

BRIEF CV

Born 1981, Bronx, NY
Lives and works between Wellesley, MA and Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION

2015 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME
2010 MFA in Painting + Drawing, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY
2006 MA in Art Education, New York University, New York, NY
2003 BFA in Illustration, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

SELECTED SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019
Monuments to an Effigy, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
A Litany for Survival, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2018
A Litany for Survival, Stone Gallery at Boston University, Boston, MA

2017
Try a Little Tenderness, The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Collage Collaborations, Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY

2016
All the women in me..., Levitt Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Alexandria Smith and Katherine Toukhy, Five Miles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fraught Imaginaries, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015
No one belongs here more than you, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Stars in my pocket, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2014
Perpetual Adorations, Scaramouche Gallery, New York, NY
Out Through The Sun, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
deCordova Biennial, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln, MA

2018
The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure The Night, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Nine Moments for Now, Hutchins Center's Cooper Gallery at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
States of Freedom: The Figure in Flux, Tufts University Art Galleries, Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA
Cosmic Traffic Jam, Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Postcards from New York II, Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Said by Her, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY
#SayHerName: Watch Us Werk, VanDernoot Gallery, Lesley University, Boston, MA

2017
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Closing Reception, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
SIP Fellowship Exhibition, Robert Blackburn Gallery, New York, NY?
Collage Collaborations, Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY
Black Pulp!, Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Contemporary Art Museum at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Vanishing Points, curated by Andrianna Campbell, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

2016
Black Women Artists for Black Lives, New Museum, New York, NY
Cultural Landscapes, The Fed Galleries at KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI
Black Pulp!, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; International Print Center, New York, NY
Africa's Out, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Inside/Outside: Works from the Skowhegan Archives, curated by Michelle Grabner, Common Street Arts Gallery, Waterville, ME
Africa's Out, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Power, Protest, Resistance, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Tales and Passions, Galerie Placido, Paris, France
INSITU: Women Artists in Place, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY
Selected Works: FAWC Fellows, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

2014
I found God in myself: 40th Anniversary of For Colored Girls, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, New York, NY
Made in Paint, Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, NY
Last Night I Had a Glimpse of the Good Life, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY
I See You: The Politics of Being, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC
Context and Counteractions, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2019 Queens Museum | Jerome Foundation Fellowship, Flushing, NY
NXTHVN Studio Fellowship, New Haven, CT
Pioneer Works Residency, Brooklyn, NY
2018 The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2017 LMCC Process Space Residency, Governor's Island, NY
Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY?
NYU Artivist-in-Residence Fellowship, New York, NY
2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant?
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts/Robert Blackburn Studio Immersion Fellowship, New York, NY
2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York, NY
Virginia A. Myers Visiting Artist in Printmaking (2015-16), University of Iowa, IA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME
2014 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA
A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA
Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Artist Residency, New Berlin, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018
Eustice, Kyle. "Alexandria Smith Takes On The Bemis," Omaha Magazine, Encounter Magazine, Jul. 2018
Cafritz, Peggy Cooper and Charmaine Picard, ed. "Fired Up! Ready to Go! Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity, an African American Life in Art: the Collections of Peggy Cooper," Cafritz, Rizzoli Electa, 2018
New American Paintings: Issue 134, Northeast Edition, Mar. 2018
Austin, April. "Women of Color, Present and Seen," Wellesley Magazine, Winter 2018

2016
Keith, Naima J. "Alexandria Smith: all the women in me..." Levitt Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (catalogue)
Stafford-Davis, Jessica. "10 Female Artists of Color on the Rise," The Root.com, Mar. 2016

2014
Frank, Priscilla. "Alexandria Smith's Adorably Grotesque Cartoons Explore What Little Girls Are Made Of," Huffington Post, Sep. 2014

PUBLIC LECTURES / CONFERENCES / PANELS

2019 Visiting Artist and Lecture, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2018 MFA Lecture Series and Visiting Critic, Boston University, Boston, MA
MFA Visiting Critic, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Artist Lecture and Visiting Critic, SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, MA
2017 Artist Lecture, Global History of Black Girlhood Conference | UVA, Charlottesville
2016 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Artist Lecture, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Artist Lecture, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA?
Artist Lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Artist Lecture, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Artist Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2015 "Shop Talk" Artist Lecture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Roundtable: A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G, The Feminist Art Project at CAA Conference, Museum of Arts and Design, NY
2014 Lecture, Pace University, New York, NY
"I See You: The Politics of Being," Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC (panel/lecture)