education
Master of Fine Arts, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Mt. Royal, 2008
Master of Medical Illustration, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Michigan, summa cum laude

 

1 and 2 artist exhibitions    
2019
Providence College Galleries, Art & Art History Dept’s 50th anniversary, RI, “gatherings”

2015
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA, “gatherings”

2014
707 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, “gatherings,” curated by Murray Horne

2013
Ohio University Campus Eastern Gallery, St. Clairsville, OH, “gatherings”

2012
Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany, “gatherings”

2009
Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA, “She called them in, they never left”

2005
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, “Bundles and Ties”
Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR, “Her Eyes See Strength,” curated by Carl Annala

2004
Portland Community College, Rock Creek, Portland, OR, “To describe a heart, begin like this”
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, “All Her Dances Were Stories”

2002
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, “Brownie Hawkeye”

 

selected group exhibitions    
2017
Saville and Schwab Galleries, Cumberland, MD, “Being Sentient/ Sentient Being,” curator: Aneta Georgievska-Shine

2016
SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA, “John Riegert,” curator: Brett Yasko

2015
Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA, “PAGES,” sound and visuals for collaborative dance performance
“Reverberations,” University of Pittsburgh, PA, faculty show, curator: Vicky Clark
“War on Women,” Pittsburgh, PA, auction for Planned Parenthood, curator: Vicky Clark
“Start with Art, Pittsburgh,” PA, 12 artists send 3500 newborns home from hospital w/ signed print, curator: Matthew Conboy

2014
American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, “This is not a dream: artists on place, curated by Melissa Hiller
SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA, “Obsessions,” curated by Tom Sarver

2013
Bowman, Penelec & Megahan Galleries at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, “8 Hour Projects: Performitivity,” curated by Darren Mill
“SIX x ATE Selections,” Pittsburgh, PA, part of First Night, curated by Casey Droege

2012
“(e)merge,” juried international art fair, Washington DC, committee members include: Claire Breukel, NYC; Matthew Higgs, White Columns, NYC; Kevin Havelton, Basel, CH; Petra Leene, Amsterdam, NL
Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany, “naht,” curated by Weronika Trojanska    
Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA, “distillate (gatherings project),” curated by Meghan Olson and Kara Skylling

2011
Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, “con.temporary: here today, gone tomorrow,” invitational

2010
Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, “100th AAP Annual Exhibition,” juried by Al Miner of the Hirshhorn Museum
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PA, “Interplay,” curated by Eric C. Shiner of the Andy Warhol Museum (catalogue), awarded: Best Conceptual Art
The Schmutz Lodge, Pittsburgh, PA, “unstill’d”  exhibition of installations            
MICA Faculty Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art

2009
Sook-Myung Women’s University, and Hai Tai Gallery, Seoul, Korea, “An Art Exchange: Maryland / Korea”
Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD (an exhibition of four artists), December 2008-January 2009, curated by Julie Ann Cavnor
Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, “FRESH: an exhibition of urban contemporary art,” juried by Clark V. Fox
School 33, Baltimore, MD, “Lottery,” juried

2008
Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD, “Archimage
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, “Hello, Hello”  MFA Thesis Exhibition

2007
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, “recto/verso”
ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY, “International Exhibition”

2006
Lewis and Clark College Gender Symposium, Portland, OR, “Body Language, Sexualities, Identities, & Time,” curated by Barbara Bartholomew

2005
Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR, “First Person – A juried exhibition of self-portraits,” juried by Charles Froelick

2004
“Sitka Invitational,” Portland, OR, for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

2003
“Art for Life,” Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, OR, Auction

2002
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, “Over the Couch”

2001
“Charm Bracelet, Meeting People,” Portland, OR, Group project organized by Brad Adkins and Christopher Buckingham

1999
Littman Gallery, Portland, OR, “Colors of Dreams,” juried by Charles Froelick and Terri Hopkins

 

bibliography
Vranish, Jane: “Dance preview: 5 Performances series brings diverse dance to Wood Street Galleries,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 21, 2015

Totino, Adrienne: “Mita Ghosal and Joan Wagman collaborate with Becky Slemmons in two new works," examiner.com, preview, Nov. 9, 2015

Sorensen, Kristine: TV Interview live KDKA CBS, on gatherings & Obsessions, Nov. 10, 2014

“Best of Culture: December,” cont. ed.s, Pittsburgh Magazine, Nov. 25, 2014. Scroll—“Exhibits”

Brennan, Lissa: “Artist’s Project Based …”  review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Dec. 10, 2014

Shaw, Kurt: “Art review: ‘Obsessions’ …” Pittsburgh Tribume-Review, Dec. 17, 2014

Wetherbee, Brandon: “(e)merge Takes Over…”  Huffington Post, Photos #28-29, Oct. 5, 2012

Grant, Jarvis: “Photoshop's influence at (e)merge…”  examiner.com, Wash. D.C. review and 2 photos on gatherings, Oct. 12, 2012

Steger, Peter: Interview and article on gatherings, in Mittelbayerisches Zeitung (translation: “Mid-Bavarian Newspaper”), June 27, 2011

Girmay, Weenta: “Becky Slemmons and ‘Gatherings,’” Pittsburgh City Paper, Nov. 17, 2010.

“gatherings” posted on Rick Byerly’s art blog. http://pittsburghgalleries.blogspot.com, Nov. 11, 2010

Krtalic, Sima: “Review of Thesis by Becky Slemmons,” http://bmoreart.com, April 7, 2008

Peterson, Isaac: “Bundles and Ties,” Review, www.portlandart.net, Nov. 15, 2005.

Cambell, Polly: “Artist Draws on Parts of a Whole,” The Oregonian, Out and About, Thursday, November 18, 2004.

 

residencies    
2014
Polli Talu Arts Center, Rame hoiuala, Estonia

2012
Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany

2011
Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany

2009 - 2010
Selected for and served Distillery Program at the Brew House, Pittsburgh, PA

2009
Vira I. Heinz Endowment to attend Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

2008
Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA

2005
Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY

 

honors, lectures    
2016
Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer at Evergreen College, Olympia WA     

2015
“They did not know that the books were already in our head,” glass artist’s book accepted into the inventory of Central Booking gallery, New York NY

2013
“Idea Furnace” proposal chosen for a design session with a glass master, Pgh Glass Center, PA
“Flight School Fellowship,” career development program, partnered w/ Creative Capital, Pgh PA

2012
Lecture, “gatherings” and “Pages” at SIX x ATE at Carnegie International’s CI13, Pgh PA

2012
Guest Lecture, “gatherings” at The Ellis School, Pgh PA

2012
Lecture, “gatherings” Relics and purposeful collections at Andy Warhol Museum, Pgh PA
        
2011
Guest Lecturer, “gatherings” and Berlin work at SIX x ATE at Carnegie International’s CI13, Pgh PA    

2010
Awarded: Best Conceptual Art in Interplay; Juror Eric Shiner of Andy Warhol Museum

2004 - 2005
Co-president of Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

2005
Invited Speaker at Art Beat, May honorarium, Portland Community College, Rock Creek, OR              

2002
Grant Awarded from The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, one of ten national recipients

1993
Awarded two Richard Wilt Memorial Fund Painting Awards

1990
William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize, one recipient in the School of Art

 

collections
2016
University of Pittsburgh, Artists’ Books Collection
University of Michigan, Artists’ Books Collection

 

teaching experience    
Adjunct Faculty positions, present: Carnegie Mellon University, pre-college program; University of Pittsburgh

Adjunct Faculty positions, past, include:  Carnegie Mellon University, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art); Duquesne University, PA; Robert Morris University, PA; Anne Arundel Community College, MD; (non-faculty) Drawing Instructor at Walters Cultural Arts Center, OR

 

Additional professional experience    
“Finding Our Wings” Community Documentary Video, six girls at Dunbar Middle School: senior mentor, editing consultant, grant writing   Baltimore, MD   5/08 to 5/09

Ash Creek Press, offset printing for galleries: prepress and design   Portland, OR   12/02 to 6/06
    
Freelance book layout   Portland, OR   1/99 to 6/06
    
48 Hour Film Festival, national competition: film graphics, title screens, credits   Portland, OR   8/04
    
Medical illustratorfor Allscripts Healthcare Solutions   Portland, OR   7/98 to 10/01; and for Med Art & Legal Graphics Company   Akron, OH   6/95 to 5/98