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WHITNEY LYNN

whitneylynnstudio [at] gmail [dot] com


(b. 1980, Williams Air Force Base, AZ)


EDUCATION
2007  MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres 
2004  BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture + Extended Media
1998-99  San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music Performance


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020  The Siren, Catharine Clark Gallery, Media Room, San Francisco, CA
2019 Sirens, Silencers, Mufflers and Mutes, Bass & Reiner Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017  Tools and Implements, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2017 After The Fall, Bass & Reiner Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016  A Matter of Perspective, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV
2016  Sirens, Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, NY 
2014  Searching for Diogenes, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA  
2014  You Get What You Get, Sediment Arts, Richmond, VA
2012  Involuntary Sculptures, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010  Doug (Event Recorders), Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA


PUBLIC PROJECTS
2021  PSA Miami, bus bench billboard series, funded by Kreielsheimer Research Grant, Miami, FL (upcoming)
2021  Wine-Dark See, 120’ installation alongside the Burke-Gilman Trail, commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture in collaboration with Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA
2018  Not Seeing is a Flower, commissioned by the San Diego International Airport Arts program, San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA
2012  Timing is Everything, commissioned by the Reno Arts & Culture commission, City Hall Lobby, Reno, NV


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021  Three Turns Miami, UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (upcoming)
2021  Spirit of Disruption, Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco, CA, curated by Leila Weefur and Margaret Tedesco
2020  From the Tower: Transmission, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, curated by Tony Labat
2020  Invincible Summer, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
2020  Remote Access, Catharine Clark Gallery (online video screening in response to COVID-19)
2019  Bahía a Bahía, Two-Person Exhibition, Centro Bahía, Regla, Cuba
2019  Objectos Imposibles, Estudio 8, Havana, Cuba, collaboration with Tony Labat
2019  Internet Archive Residency Exhibition, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA
2018  Dressed, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ (curated by Caren King Choi and Kristen J. Owens)
2018  Neon AIR: Radiant Residents, Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2018  Feel and Rhythms, White Columns Online, curated by Ashton Cooper
2018  Figure of Speech, San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA
2018  Shhh..., Arts + Literature Lab, Madison, WI
2017  Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, curated by Kevin B. Chen, Lisa Ellsworth and Lordy Rodriguez
2017  The Art Book Show, Bas
s & Reiner, San Francisco, CA
2016  Not Alone, War Memorial Veterans Building, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, curated by Jason Hanasik and Meg Shiffler
2016  Mediated: An Urban Projection Event, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
2016  Greeks for Greece, Figure One Gallery, Champaigne, IL, curated by Allison Rowe
2016  Bizarre Bazaar, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, curated by Michael Arcega
2015  Play Grounds, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO, curated by Cortney Lane Stell and Ruth Bruno
2015  Front Yard/Backstreet, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2015  Ephemeral Objects, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, curated by Andrew Horwitz
2015  The Gold Standard, VCU Depot Gallery, Richmond, VA
2014  Prep School, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, curated by Max Presneill and Lisa DeSmidt (catalogue)
2014  5 Year Anniversary, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014  The Long Conversation, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, curated by Gay Outlaw Et al.
2013  The Temporary Institute of Emancipated Objects, RMCAD Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver, CO, curated by Cortney Lane Stell
2013  See You Next Tuesday, Portland State University, Portland, OR, curated by Jennifer Locke
2013  Device, CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA
2012  Here, There and Elsewhere: Assembling Communites, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2012  Strange Loop, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, curated by Alanna Simone
2012  De-Mobbing, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, curated by Brian Karl
2011  Transient, Corcoran Gallery of Art/College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
2011  Negative Space, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2011  Zombie-Proof House, di Rosa, Napa, CA, curated by Robert Wuilfe
2011  Apocalypse Party, SPAD, Oakland, CA (di Rosa satellite video exhibition)
2011  God Only Knows Who the Audience Is, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, SF, CA
2010  Teen Age: You Just Don’t Understand, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010  Golden State, RVCA/VASF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010  Print Summit: Survey of Contemporary Printmaking, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2009  Bellwether, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2009  Z-axis, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA, curated by Ross Campbell
2009  Pulse, (Patricia Sweetow Gallery), Miami, FL
2009  Midnight Snacks, No Globe, Brooklyn, NY
2008  Mystery Ball, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2008  Make Do, Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA, curated by Ross Campbell
2008  The Sky is Falling, Spur Projects, Portola Valley, CA
2008  Shape, LoBot Gallery, Oakland, CA, curated by Ross Campbell
2007  The Art of Craft/The Craft of Art, CCA Irwin Center, Oakland, CA

2007  The Gun Show, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2007  Vernissage, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2006  Terror?, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2006  Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, NY
2006  Security, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004  The Presidency, Exit Art, New York, NY, curated by Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman
2004  On Message: Art for our Time, Plant Zero, Richmond, VA, curated by Alyssa Salomon
2004  Pulse 2004, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, curated by Peter Baldes and Kristin Beal


SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2017 Deceptive Actions, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2016 Mistaken Impressions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2015 Rummage, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 site_specific, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2009 Retractions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2008 Decoy, LoBot Gallery, Oakland, CA
2004 Fluff My Pillow, Inns of Virginia, Richmond, VA (with Diane Derr and Ryan Mulligan)

SELECTED COMMUNITY PROJECTS/WORKSHOPS
2017 Decoy Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2009 DIY Survivalist Training Workshop, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2013 The Attempt (Sno-Kone Quinzee) as part of The Temporary Institute of Emancipated Objects, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO
2013 El Porvenir/What’s to Come, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2013 Brats (Formation) Response, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
2012 Position 1 (Sitting Pretty), Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2008 Public Interventions, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA

SELECTED AWARDS/RESIDENCIES
2021-22 Mellon Faculty Fellow, University of Washington
2021-25  Hermione Pruzan Faculty Fellowship, University of Washington
2021  Kreielsheimer Research Grant, University of Washington
2020  Arts + Creativity Course Development Grant, Mellon Foundation/University of Washington 
2020  Wyckoff Milliman Endowment Grant, University of Washington
2019  Artist-in-Residence, Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA 
2019  One Roll Residency, LightSource SF, San Francisco, CA
2018  Wyckoff Milliman Grant, University of Washington
2017  Artist-in-Residence, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2016  National Artist-in-Residence, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV
2012  Kress Project Winner, Georgia Museum of Art
2007  Travel Grant, College Art Association
2006  Gulnar Bosch Travel Award, Southeastern College Art Conference
2003  Dean's Award Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University

SELECTED PRESS
Kim Beil, An Act of Gathering: Whitney Lynn Interviewed by Kim Beil: A public artwork layers history and language, BOMB Magazine, Jul 5, 2021
Hall W. Rockefeller, “Women of the Pacific Northwest: Whitney Lynn,” less than half, June 29, 2020
Elif Bereketli, Interview, TRT World, Istanbul, Turkey, May 20, 2020
Charles Desmarais, "Sirens, Silencers, Mufflers, and Mutes," San Francisco Chronicle, June 6, 2019
Lara Shalson, Performing Endurance: Art and Politics since 1960, Cambridge University Press, 2018. 183.
Sarah Hotchkiss, “How to Start a Year of Bay Area Art Off Right,” KQED Arts, Jan. 4, 2018
Kathleen Dixon, “After the Fall,” San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 8, 2017
Sarah Hotchkiss, “Uplifting Art for Uncertain Times,” KQED Arts, Sept. 6, 2016
Kristen Peterson, “Biblical Temptresses In Neon: San Francisco-Based Whitney Lynn Looks At Las Vegas In The Larger Context Of Time,” Las Vegas Weekly, June 29, 2016
Fred Wasser, “Las Vegas: Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?,” KNPR RADIO, June 29, 2016
Sarah Corsa, “Artist explores ‘industry of fantasy’ in Las Vegas,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 4, 2016
Charles Demarais, “Make no mistake, catch latest Root Division exhibit,” SF Chronicle, Jan. 27, 2016
Kimberly Chun, “‘Mistaken Impressions’ explores the inspiration of trash,” SF Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2016
Amanda Dalla Villa Adams, “Change: ‘The Gold Standard’ examines the work of VCU graduates from the last 10 years,” Style Weekly, July 28, 2015
Ray Mark Rinaldi, “Art that invites you to ‘play’ and see the world now,” The Denver Post, June 21, 2015
McClintock, Andrew, “Picks: Rummage at Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn,” SFAQ, June 6, 2015
Shannon Geis, “Explore the Art of the Garage Sale at Open Source Gallery,” South Slope News, June 1, 2015
The Kress Project, Georgia Museum of Art, 2013
Susan Froyd, “Art is All Around,” Denver Westword, Jan. 24, 2013
Christian L. Frock, “De-Mobbing Invests in Different Futures at Headlands Center for the Arts,” KQED Arts, Feb. 23, 2012
Kara Q. Smith, “With Involuntary Sculptures,” ArtSlant, Jan. 10, 2012
Bean Gilsdorf, “Intersections and Boundaries: Interview with Whitney Lynn,” Daily Serving, Jan. 12, 2012
Liz Glass, “The Lure of Disaster,” Artslant, Sept. 20, 2011
Matt Sussman, “Just Say No,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, Aug. 8, 2011
Michele Carlson, “Zombie-Proof House,” Art Practical, June 28, 2011
"A ‘Zombie Proof House’ at di Rosa explores hope and fear," Napa Valley Register, June 15, 2011
Matt Sussman, “TV Eye: Anxiety of Influence and Bleak Portraiture,” SF Bay Guardian, May 3, 2011
Liz Glass, “On the ‘Attempt’,” Artslant, May 3, 2011
Aimee Le Duc, “God Only Knows Who The Audience Is,” KQED Arts, May 3, 2011
Heidi J. De Vries, “God Only Knows Who The Audience Is,” Engineer’s Daughter, April 28, 2011
Manish Vora, “San Francisco Gallery Hop,” Artlog, Sept. 20, 2010
Matt Sussman, “Totally wired,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, Sept. 14, 2010
Tonya Warner, “Bellwether,” Percolator Magazine, Nov/Dec 2009
Kenneth Baker, “‘Bellwether’ is Southern Exposure’s latest,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 17, 2009
Nirmala Nataraj, “‘Bellwether’: Uncertainty’s artistic promise,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 15, 2009
Hiya Swanhuyser, “Under Exposure’s Spell,” SF Weekly, Oct. 15, 2009
Traci Vogel, “Harpoons and Harbingers,” SF Weekly, Aug. 31, 2009
Kenneth Baker, “Fall Arts Preview,” San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 30, 2009
Johnny Ray Huston, “Fall Arts Preview,” SF Bay Guardian, Aug. 26, 2009
David Buuck, “‘Retractions’ at Root Division,” Artweek, March 2009
Victoria Gannon, “Retractions,” KQED Arts, Jan. 17, 2009
Mary Eisenhart, “Last chance: ‘Retractions’,” SF Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2009
Rebekah Drysdale, “Whitney Lynn,” Daily Serving, Aug. 14, 2008
Rachel Swan, “Critics Choice: Shape,” East Bay Express, Feb. 20, 2008
Lea Feinsten, “Terror?,” SF Weekly, Oct. 25, 2006
Nirmala Nataraj, “Terror at the Intersection: The Breadth of What We Fear,” SF Station, Oct. 12, 2006
Steven L. Jones, “Loud and Clear: Finally, an art show gets political,” Style Weekly, Sept. 29, 2004

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR/CONTRIBUTOR/EDITOR
-V-E-N-T-R-I-L-O-Q-U-I-S-T- Issue 4: Persistence of Vision, Jan. 2021 (editor/publisher)
-V-E-N-T-R-I-L-O-Q-U-I-S-T- Issue 3: One Hour Photo
, Dec. 2015 (editor/publisher)
-V-E-N-T-R-I-L-O-Q-U-I-S-T- Issue 2: Coloring Book, Sept. 2010 (editor/publisher)
-V-E-N-T-R-I-L-O-Q-U-I-S-T- Issue 1: Performance, Dec. 2014 (editor/publisher)
“Howard Fried: The Decomposition of My Mother’s Wardrobe at The Box,” Daily Serving, Dec. 17, 2014 (author)
"DIY Survival Kit," The Present Group, Issue 12, Fall 2009
24: Innovative Pedagogical Exercises for the Classroom, Anna Novakov, ed. Center for Creative Pedagogy, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008 (contributor)

SELECTED ARTIST TALKS & PRESENTATIONS
2020  University of Delaware, Artist Talk + Grad Studio Visits, Newark, DE (online due to COVID-19) 2018  Florida State University, Artist Talk, Tallahassee, FL
2017  San Francisco State University, Guest Artist: Object Cultures & Thing Theory, San Francisco, CA
2017  SMFA at Tufts, Artist Talk, Boston, MA
2017  San Francisco Art Institute, Artist Talk: Contemporary Practice, San Francisco, CA
2016  The Neon Museum, Artist Talk, Las Vegas, NV
2014  Torrance Art Museum
, Panelist, Prep School, Torrance, CA
2013  San Francisco State University, Guest Artist: Art as Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Studio Experiences, San Francisco, CA
2013  RMCAD, Visiting Artist, Scholar & Designer Program, Panelist, Beg, Borrow and Steal: Four Contemporary Views on Failure, Denver, CO
2012  Sonoma State University, Artist Talk, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Rohnert Park, CA
2012  Kadist, Artist Presenter, Presente, Presente, Presente!, San Francisco, CA
2012  Mills College, Guest Artist: Intermediate Photography, Oakland, CA
2011  Queens Nails Projects, Artist Presenter, QNA Lab, San Francisco, CA
2010  Dominican University, Guest Artist: Advanced Drawing, San Rafael, CA
2010  Mid-America College Art Association/SECAC, Panelist, Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Photography, Richmond, VA
2010  San Francisco Art Institute, Guest Artist: Visual Translations, San Francisco, CA
2009  UC Berkeley, Guest Artist: Sculpture/Social Practice, Department of Art Practice, Berkeley, CA
2009  Southern Exposure, Performance/Lecture, Survival Training Workshop, San Francisco, CA
2009  College Art Association, Panelist, Artists, Technology, Landscape, Los Angeles, CA
2009  San Francisco Art Institute, Guest Artist: Visual Translations, San Francisco, CA
2008  Southeastern College Art Conference, Panel Chair, The Art of a 'Practice', New Orleans, LA
2008  Art Institute of California, Artist Talk: Graphic Design Lecture Series, Sunnyvale, CA
2008  Saint Mary’s College of California, Guest Artist: Sustainable Art, Moraga, CA
2007  Saint Mary’s College of California, Guest Artist: Art in the Public Realm, Moraga, CA
2006  Mid-America College Art Association/SECAC Conference, Panelist, Artists' Respond to War, Nashville, TN
2004  University of Mary Washington, Guest Artist: Beginning Video, Fredericksburg, VA

COLLECTIONS
The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Private collections in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Havana, Barcelona and Göteborg

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2021--  Chair, Interdisciplinary Visual Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2020-21 Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Visual Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2018 -- Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2017-18 Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2014-17 Lecturer (full-time), Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2010-18 Lecturer, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2013-15 Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2012    Adjunct Professor, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA
2009-14 Lecturer, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
2009    Visiting Lecturer, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA