Karyn Olivier

Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. Olivier has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), the Gwangju and Busan Biennials (Korea), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), the Wanas Foundation (Sweden), The Whitney Museum of Art at Altria (NY), MoMA P.S.1 (NY), Uferhallen (Berlin), the SculptureCenter (NY), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh). Olivier has been the recipient of many awards and grants including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation
Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the William H. Johnson Prize, an Art Matters grant, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Olivier was an artist in residence at the Core Program (MFAH), Studio Museum in Harlem and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time out New York, The Village Voice, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Frieze, among others. Olivier is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.

Karyn Olivier lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Education

  • 2001  MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • 1999  Post-Baccalaureate Program, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1989  BA Psychology, Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire

Solo Exhibitions

 

  • 2009 Inbound: Houston, Houston, Texas (Creative Capital Grant, exhibition book forthcoming)
  • Road Signs, Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Houston, Texas (video premiere and live performance)
  • 2007 A Closer Look, Laumeier Sculpture Park, (catalogue). St. Louis, MO
  • 2006 Factory Installed, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Time to go home, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
  • Winter hung to dry, Women and their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2004 Billboard Project, Dupree Sculpture Park at Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas
  • 2003 Bench (seating for one), Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
  • 2002 Round 16, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas

Two Person Exhibitions

 

  • 2003 It’s not the end of the world, Nave Museum, Victoria, Texas
  • 2000 Blue, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Three Person Exhibitions

  • 2010 Balancing Act: Works by Miriam Cabessa, Gary Komarin and Karyn Olivier, (catalogue), Hendershot Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2009 Make Room: Karyn Olivier, Amanda Ross-Ho, Lisa Segal, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Group Exhibitions

 

  • 2011 Who Runs the Space Now?, (catalogue), Ecoh Galeria, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2010 World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, International Photography Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal
  • The Production of Space, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • BITE: A Street Inspired Art and Fashion Exhibition, Third Streaming, NY, NY
  • 2009 Carnival Within, (exhibition book), Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany
  • Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, (catalogue), Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
  • 30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Collected, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • The Mood Back Home, Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2008 Gwangju Biennial, (exhibition book), Gwangju, Korea
  • Learning by Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Part II), Houston, TX
  • 2007 Black Light/White Noise, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, (catalogue), Houston, TX
  • Mas’ From Process to Procession, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2006 Insight Out, The Wanas Foundation, (catalogue), Knislinge, Sweden
  • Trace, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, New York
  • Quid Pro Quo, The Studio Museum in Harlem, (catalogue), New York, New York
  • Busan Biennale 2006, (catalogue), Busan, Korea
  • Making Do, Yale School of Art Gallery, curated by Robert Storr, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2005 Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, (catalogue), New York, New York
  • You are Here, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas
  • Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MOMA affiliate, (catalogue), Long Island City, NY
  • Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art since 1970, CAM, (catalogue), Houston, Texas
  • Money, Baby! Artadia at Diverseworks, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
  • 2004 Three Attempts at Longevity, Triple Candie, New York, New York
  • Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, (catalogue), Long Island City, New York
  • In Practice Series, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York
  • 2004 Houston Area Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, (curated by Bill Arning), Houston, Texas
  • The 18th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina
  • African American Art from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 2003 Siting Sculpture, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas
  • Sweet Dreams, No Name Gallery at the Soap Factory, curated by Franklin Sirmans, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Function: Assimilate, Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Core 2003 Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 Core Samples, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
  • Core 2002 Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 2001 Function: Drop it, Function Variable Artists' Projects, Houston, Texas
  • Wall Space, Genesis Park, (curated by Hiram Butler), Houston, Texas
  • M.F.A. Thesis Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • 1999 Thesis Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fellowships and Awards

  • NYFA Award, 2011
  • William H Johnson Prize, 2010
  • William H Johnson Prize—Finalist prize, 2009
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award, 2007
  • The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2007
  • Art Matters Grant, 2007
  • Creative Capital Grant Recipient, 2005
  • Emerging Artists Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York, 2004
  • The 18th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition Award, 2004
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, (catalogue), 2003
  • Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County, Individual Artist Grant, 2003
  • Artadia Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant, Recipient, 2003 and 2004
  • Eliza Prize, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2002 and 2003
  • Jerome Family Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2000-2001
  • Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2000
  • Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award, World Studio Foundation, 2000
  • Jaycee War Memorial Scholarship, Jaycee War Memorial Fund, 2000
  • Work Study Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1996
  • New York City Boroughs’ Scholarship, Dartmouth College, 1988

Residencies

 

  • Artist in Residence, Salina art Center, Salina, Kansas, 2011
  • Artist in Residence, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, 2009
  • AIR Program, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2005-2006
  • The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York, New York, 2004-2005
  • The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 2001-2003
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Showhegan, Maine, 2000
  • Art History Abroad Program, Dartmouth College, Florence, Italy, 1988

Bibliography

  • 2011 Cozier, Christopher, “Space is never inactive,” Ecoh Galeria/Neue Galerie, exhibition book
  • 2010 Von Arbin Ahlander, Astri “Interview with Karyn Olivier,” Days of Yore, September
  • 2010 Laughlin, Nischolas, "Hungry for Words," Caribbean Review of Books, July 18
  • Tancon, Claire, “Carnival and the Artistic Contract,” Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, Winter, pp.106-119
  • 2009 Genocchio, Benjamin, “Colorful, Witty, Noisy: A West Indies Melange,” The New York Times, Dec 4, p. CT11
  • Russ, Sabine and Volk, Gregory, Carnival Within: An Exhibition Made in America (exhibition book)
  • Slaski, Jacek, “Made in the USA”, Tip Berlin, March 18, p.58
  • Stevenson, Bob, "The Front Row," Interview on KUHF, November 16
  • Britt, Douglas, "Outdoor exhibit might add a little surrealism to commute," Houston Chronicle, October 25
  • Galvez, Melissa, "Now You See It…Now You Don't: Billboards," KUHF News, November 16
  • Keith, Damali, “Artist Buys Billboards to Protest Billboards,” Fox 26 News, November 16 Gilbert, Dusty,
  • "Beyond the Billboards," Absolutely in the Loop Magazine, October
  • McClintock, Diana, “”Karyn Olivier + Amanda Ross-Ho + Lisa Sigal,” Art Papers, May/June, p.49-50.
  • 2008 Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria 25 years (book)
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Core: Artists and Critics in Residence (book)
  • Tancons, Claire, Annual Report: Gwangju Biennale (exhibition book)
  • Daneri, Anna, “Gwangju and Taipei Biennials”, Flash Art International, Nov./Dec., p.34.
  • Heartney, Eleanor, “Gwangju Biennale”, Art in America , December, p.94.
  • Tinari, Phillip, “2008 Gwangju Biennale”, ArtForum, January, p.200.
  • Daneri, Anna, “The Carnival of Art”, Mousse, Issue #16, pps. 82-83.
  • 2007 Fitzgerald, Shannon, A Closer Look (exhibition catalogue), Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis
  • Bonetti, David, “Artist makes adult creations from childhood icons”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, March11
  • Schulze, Troy, “Into the Light”, Houston Press, June 21
  • 2006 Johnson, Ken, “Trace”, The New York Times, August 18, p. E28
  • Cotter, Holland, “Beyond Sight”, The New York Times, September 8, p. E29
  • Wolin, Joseph, “Trace”, Time out New York, September 7-13, p.147.
  • R.C. Baker, “The Gang’s all Here”, The Village Voice, September 14.
  • Volk, Gregory, Quid Pro Quo (exhibition catalogue), The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Sholis, Brian, Insight Out (exhibition catalogue), The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
  • Reisman, Sara, “Same Difference”, Art Notes International Art Magazine, pp.72-3
  • Spears, Jacob, “Chandeliers, buckets and big ideas”, Pitt News, April 20
  • Smith, Roberta, “Where Issues of Black Identity Meet the Concerns of Every Artist”, The New York Times, November 18, p.E37
  • Momin, Shamim, Frequency, (exhibition catalogue), The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Kazemzadeh, Max, “Karyn Olivier: Time to Go Home”, Art Lies, Issue 49
  • 2005 Eleey, Peter, “Greater New York”, Frieze, May, Issue 91, p.114
  • Kimmelman, Michael, “Youth and the Market: Love at First Sight”, The New York Times, March 18, p.E41
  • Saltz, Jerry, “Lesser New York”, Village Voice, March 28
  • Greater New York 2005 (exhibition catalogue), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MOMA affiliate
  • Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art since 1970 (exhibition catalogue), CAM, Houston
  • Simon, Stephanie, “Local up-and-coming Artists take over P.S.1” www.ny1.com, March 14
  • Rockett, Benne, “Karyn Olivier: Winter Hung to Dry”, The Austin Chronicle, July, 22
  • Haber, John, “The New New Image”, www.haberarts.com, May
  • Heiges, Nathan, “Karyn Olivier in New York City”, Glasstire: www.glasstire.com, January
  • “Cheap Chills”, Time out New York Kids, Winter 2004/2005
  • 2004 2004 Houston Area Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston
  • The 18th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), The Turchin
  • Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina
  • Perreault, John, Artsjournal: www.artsjournal.com/artopia, February 1
  • Johnson, Patricia, “African–American art in focus”, Houston Chronicle, February 18
  • Moloney, Tim, “The Accidental Artist”, 002 Magazine, February, p.14
  • Dollar, Steve, “Putting Innovation into ‘Practice’”, Newsday (Queens Edition), January 4, p. D.27
  • Haber, John, “Sprawl, In Practice and Keith Sonnier”, www.haberarts.com, Winter 2003/4
  • Heinkel-Wolfe, Peggy, “Siting Sculpture”, ArtLies, Winter 2003/2004, p.78
  • 2003 Pugh, Clifford, “Is Houston Hip? UK mag thinks so”, Houston Chronicle, November 23, p.11
  • Poulson, Alex, “Oil be damned: Houston Art”, Dazed and Confused, December, p.180
  • Heinkel-Wolf, Peggy, “Sculpture exhibit offers odd twists at every turn”, Star-Telegram, Nov. 8
  • Daniel, Mike, “‘Siting Sculpture’ at the Contemporary”, The Dallas Morning News, October 31, p.59
  • Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “Party on the Patio”, Houston Press, April 10, p.50
  • Core 2003 (exhibition catalogue), The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • 2002 Core Yearbook (exhibition catalogue), The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Davenport, Bill, "Core 2002 Exhibition at the Glassell School of Art", Glasstire: www.glasstire.com, April
  • 2001 Morrison, Gavin, “Wall Space. Wall-works at Genesis Park, Houston”, Glasstire: www.glasstire.com, April

Permanent Collection

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem New York, New York

Lectures, Panels and Activities

 

  • Adjudicator, Visual Arts Panel, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, 2010
  • Visiting Critic, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2009
  • Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Yale University School of Art, New Haven CT, 2009
  • Visiting Faculty Critic (MFA Thesis Reviews), Yale University School of Art, New haven CT, 2009
  • Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
  • Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, 2008
  • The Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture series, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2008
  • Summer Lecture Series, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
  • MFA Summer Visiting Artist Series, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2008
  • Visiting Artists Series— Eight Sculptors, Boston Museum School, Boston, MA, 2007.
  • Visiting Artist Series, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 2007
  • The visiting artists program is comprised of a lecture, individual critiques with graduate students
  • (interdisciplinary), conducting a graduate seminar and a recorded interview for the university’s archive.
  • Gallery Talk, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, New York, 2006
  • Visiting Artist Series, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2006
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2006
  • “Conversations with Contemporary Artists”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 2005
  • Gallery Talk, “Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, 2004
  • Artist Board, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, 2003- 2005
  • Guest Artist, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003
  • Visiting Artists Series, The Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 2003
  • Dean, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, 2002- 2004
  • Artist Board, DiverseWorks Art Space, Houston, Texas, 2002- 2005
  • Artist Talk, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, 2002
  • Gallery Educator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, 2001-2003
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