Nia Burks

Nia Burks (b. 1984) is an American artist who works with the social web and popular culture. She received her MA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, where she was the recipient of a full time graduate assistantship. Following this, she participated in Takt Kunsteprojektraum in Berlin Germany and is represented in Europe by Art Claims Impulse in Berlin. Her work was featured on Rhizome at the New Museum and Creativity Online’s “Pick Of The Day” shortly after the creation of Angry Gamers in 2010.  In addition, her research and artwork related to online interconnectivity and performance is published in the book “ONLINE TERRITORIES, Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space” (Peter Lang Publishing, forthcoming).

Nia Burks lives and works in Richmond, VA.

Education

  • MFA 2009 Photography and Film (Specialization: Video, Internet and Society) Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA 2007 Digital Arts (Specialization: Feminist Film Theory) Maryland Institute College of Art
  • BFA 2006 Sculpture and Extended Media and Art History (magna cum laude) Virginia Commonwealth University

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2011 Ivory Tower, Marquis Residencies in concurrence with Art Basel Miami,
  • Miami, FL (Curators: Ginger Shulick, Big Deal Arts and Lauren Gentile, Contemporary Wing)
  • OK. Video, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • (FORTHCOMING SOLO DEBUT EXHIBITION)*, Art Claims Impulse Gallery, Berlin, DE, (Curator: Pierre Wolter - * solo shows marked by asterisk)
  • LOOP Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain
  • Image Fix, Capitol One, Richmond, Va, Curator: Aaron McIntosh
  • Symbiotic Output , Alice Gryphius Kunstraum (three person exhibition),
  • Berlin, Germany, Curators: S/N Coalition, Nia Burks (catalog)
  • Lumen Festival, Brooklyn, Ny, Curator: Ginger Shulick
  • Three Inch Canvas, Jyväskylå Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland, Curator: Håkan Mitts, (catalog)
  • DAS Weekend, Transmediale Affiliate, Berlin, Germany
  • To Be Determined, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
  • 2010  IkonoMENASA, Arab Satellite Television Airing, Middle East, North Africa and part of South Asia (catalog)
  • Irresistible Apparatus, Studio 8 West, Richmond VA, Curators: Stephanie Benassi and Nia Burks (catalog)
  • The Internet Is a Terrible Place To Live, New York, NY Curator: Jesse Malmed Glitch Festival, Chicago Il
  • New Media, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century, Museum of New Art,
  • Detroit, Michigan, Curator: Jonathan Lillie (catalog)
  • Platine, Köln, Stuttgartt, Germany, Curator: Lukas Höh (catalog)
  • No Budget Film Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
  • The Internet Is A Terrible Place To Live, Deep Leap, Portland OR, Curator: Jesse Malmed
  • Lumen Festival, Atlantic Salt, Staten Island, NY, Curator: Ginger Shulick
  • Solanum Video Tapestry, The Warehouse, Norfolk, VA, Curator: Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts
  • Renewal, The Warehouse, Norfolk, VA
  • 2009  *USERNAME, TAB, PASSWORD, RETURN, MFA Thesis Exhibition,
  • Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (catalog)
  • Sex Cells, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)
  • Electronic Art Exchange, Round 1-2, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA, Curator: Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts
  • 2008   Candidacy Exhibition, Plant Zero, Richmond, VA
  • 2007   It’s Got Layers, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • *Thesis Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD (catalog)
  • Acting Up/Acting Out, Fox 3, Baltimore, MD, Curator: Leslie King Hammond
  • Big Art Show, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
  • D-3900, John’s Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 2006  DEVICE, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • *Senior Thesis Exhibition, FAB Gallery, Richmond, Va
  • Experience in Collective Packing, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • Box Office Hits, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • VIEW/2006, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2005 *Girlie Show, Ethos Café, Richmond, VA
  • 2004 Femme Art, Polka Dot Art Gallery 18 Pack, Flat International, Richmond, VA, Curator: Kendall Buster

Awards, Honors, Grants, Fellowships

  • 2011 Judges Choice, Art|Everywhere, Norfolk, VA
  • 2009 Sex Cells, Runner Up, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, Ny
  • University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • 2008 University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • 2007 Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Photography and
  • Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • Deans List, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Md
  • 2006 Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, Department of Digital Arts, Baltimore, Md
  • Deans List, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Md
  • Merit Award, View/2006, Fine Art Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, Va
  • University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • 2005 University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • 2004 University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Induction
  • University Honors Program, Induction, Virginia Commonwealth University,
  • Dean of Undergraduate Study, Richmond, Va
  • 2003 University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students, Second Volume
  • 2002 University Deans List, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students, Induction

Bibliography

  • Cordelia, “10 Damn Good Things”, (June 2011) Velveteen Chic, New York, NY
  • Miranda, Carolina A., “Must See Arts In The City”, (June 2011) WNYC Culture, New York, NY
  • Schwartz, Alison, “Best Art Exhibits In New York This Weekend”, (June 2011), CBS New York, New York, NY
  • Staff, Tony, “15 Best Things To Do This Week”, (June 2011) Time Out New York, New York, NY
  • Thirteen, WNet, New York Public Media, “Top Picks”, (June 2011), NYC Arts.org
  • The 22 Magazine, The Blog, “Where Art Meets The Island: Lumen 2011”, (June 2011) The 22 Magazine
  • Webmaster, “From San Francisco to Staten Island: LUMEN”, (June 2011) Benzinga.com
  • Burks, Nia, Chase, Jennida, Pitts, Hassan, “Symbiotic Output Exhibition Catalog”, (March 2011), Alice Gryphius Kunstraum, Berlin, Germany
  • Lillie Jonathan, “ONLINE TERRITORIES, Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space”, (Forthcoming, 2011), Peter Lang Publishing
  • Transmediale Online, “Press Release”, web (January 2011): DAS Weekend, Berlin, Germany
  • Mitts, Håkån, “Exhibition Catalog”, (March 2011): Jyväskylå Art Museum, Jyväskylå, Finland
  • Launt, Diedre, “Featured Artist”, (August, 2010): QTown Magazine, Virginia
  • Benassi, Stephanie and Burks, Nia, “Irrisistible Apparatus, Exhibition Catalog and Short Essay”, (September 2010): Studio 8 West, Richmond, Va
  • Ikono MENASA Online, “Press Release for PLAY”, web (November 2010): Middle East, North Africa and part of South Asia
  • Lillie, Jonathan, “New Media, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century”, (Winter 2010): NMediaC: Journal of New Media and Culture, Detroit, Michigan
  • Lillie, Jonathan, “Exhibition Catalog”, (October 2010): Museum of New Art Online, Detroit, Michigan
  • Höh, Lukas, “Exhibition Catalog” (Fall 2010): Platine, Online/Print Publication, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Boling, John Michael, “Editorial”, (March 2010): Rhizome at The New Museum, New York, NY
  • “Pick of the Day: Angry Gamers=Art”, (March 2010): Creativity Online, New York, NY
  • “Best Ad’s”, (March 2010): Advertising Age/Web On Paper (online), New York, NY
  • “Game Art: Nia Burks”, (March 2010): Gamescenes: Art In The Age Of Videogames (online) Department of Media, Art, and Text and Art History, in conjunction with the School of the Arts, “MFA Catalog 2009” (May 2009): Virginia Commonwealth University and The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • “Make Yourself Something”, “Exhibition Catalog”, (Summer 2009) 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
  • Blurb (print), “MICA Masters Graduates”, (April 2007): Art In America Magazine, New York, NY
  • Department of Graduate Studies, “Exhibition Catalog” (May 2007): Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Blurb (print), “Top Ten”, (December 2007): Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore, MD
  • Radio, “This Friday”, (December 2006): The Signal, 88.1 WYPR Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Visiting Artist Lectures

  • 2011 “Symbiotic Output: Memory and Desire in the Recent work of Nia Burks”, Alice Gryphius Kunstraum, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 Deep Leap, Portland, OR
  • 2009 Introduction to Photography (Instructor: Stephanie Benassi), Department of Photography and Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Artist Residencies

  • 2009 Takt Kunstprojecktraum, Berlin, Germany
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