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    
Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Ormond, FL, yet untitled

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

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

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

Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany, “gatherings”

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

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

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

Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, “Brownie Hawkeye”


selected group exhibitions    
Swarthmore College, PA, yet untitled

SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA, “_______,” curator: Brett Yasko
Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA, “Idea Furnace Retrospective,” curator: Heather McElwee
CURATE: “What we don’t talk about,” 937 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA, “AWT,” curators: Barbara L. Jones and Bonnie West
Stamps Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, “Future Former,” curator: Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo
“Stand with Women,” Pittsburgh, PA, auction for Planned Parenthood
Irma Freeman Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA,  “The Stories We Tell,” curator: Tirzah DeCaria

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

SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA, “John Riegert,” curator: Brett Yasko
“War on Women,” Pittsburgh, PA, auction for Planned Parenthood

Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA, “PAGES,” sound and visuals for collaborative dance performance
University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, “Reverberations,” Pittsburgh, PA, 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

American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, “This is not a dream: artists on place, curated by Melissa Hiller
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, “Ossuary Project,” curator: Laurie Beth Clark
SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA, “Obsessions,” curator: Tom Sarver

University of Tennessee: Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN, “Ossuary Project,” curator: Laurie Beth Clark
Bowman, Penelec & Megahan Galleries at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, “8 Hour Projects: Performitivity,” curator: Darren Mill
“SIX x ATE Selections,” Pittsburgh, PA, part of First Night, curator: Casey Droege

“(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

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

Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, “100th AAP Annual Exhibition,” juried by Al Miner of the Hirshhorn Museum
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PA, “Interplay,” curator: 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

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, curator: 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

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

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

Lewis and Clark College Gender Symposium, Portland, OR, “Body Language, Sexualities, Identities, & Time,” curator: Barbara Bartholomew

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lynn, Hannah: “Death is Everywhere in What we don’t talk about at 937 Liberty,” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 24, 2019

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,", 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…”, 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., Nov. 11, 2010

Krtalic, Sima: “Review of Thesis by Becky Slemmons,”, April 7, 2008

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

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


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
Azule, Hot Springs, NC

Polli Talu Arts Center, Rame hoiuala, Estonia

Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany

Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany

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

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

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA

Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY


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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awarded two Richard Wilt Memorial Fund Painting Awards

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


Swarthmore College, Artists’ Books Collection
Columbia University, Artists’ Books Collection

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 (undergrad), 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 illustrator for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions   Portland, OR   7/98 to 10/01; and for Med Art & Legal Graphics Company   Akron, OH   6/95 to 5/98