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EDUCATION
1984 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
1984 Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, B.F.A.
1983 Temple University Abroad, Rome, Italy
1982 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016

Dewey Defeats Truman, Pierogi, New York, NY 1002
2014
Eighty-seven Ways to Kill Time, Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
2013
Fourteen Drawings and One Painting Perpetually Shown, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Parts and Labor,
The Front, New Orleans, LA
2012
Before Then After Now, the Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
J.Fiber: Split Decision, (Collaborative Show with Jane Fine),  Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, Asheville, NC
2011
James Esber: Your Name Here, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (January 30- June 11)
2010
You, Me, and Everybody Else, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (November 19- December 30)
J.Fiber: Where Boys with Guns Wear Bows in Their Hair (Collaborative show with Jane Fine), Wesley United Center for Digital Arts, New Orleans, LA
2008
Guy Walks Into a Bar, Pierogi Leipzig, Germany (September 5–October 28)
J.Fiber: World War Me (Collaborative Show with Jane Fine), Pierogi, Brooklyn
2007
American Delirium, SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), Winston-Salem, NC (Jan. 20–April 7)
2006
No Natural Ingredients, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (April 14–May 15))
2004
Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2003
PPOW, New York, NY
2000
PPOW, New York, NY
1998
PPOW, New York, NY
1997
Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
1996
Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (catalog)
1992
Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
Stack, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY. Curated by Deborah Zlotsky
He Said She Said, Gibson Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
2016
Rage for Art (Once Again), Pierogi, New York, NY
2015
Armory Show (with Pierogi), Pier 94, New York, NY
The Nothing That Is: a drawing show in five parts, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
2014
One Work, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog)
Idiom, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Salon, Central Connecticut State Uninversity, New Britain, CT
PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Unhinged, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2012
Image/Clot, Zola/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Beasts of Revelation, DC Moore Gallery, NY, NY
Spin Cycle: The Intersection of Craft and Politics, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Cloud Nine, Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
Drawing in the Mind: Neural Networks and the Emergence of Complexity, Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
2011
Thinking Through Drawing: Practice into Knowledge, Macy Art Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Williamsburg2000, Art 101, Brooklyn, NY
Subjective / Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Lines and Lives of the Face, Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
Twin Twin Postcard Edition, Pierogi , Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Artists, Spinnerei Galleries, Leipzig, Germany
2010
Now What?, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Seven: Pierogi, Miami, FL
Stuck Up, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
Instructions Not Included, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2009
Cream, No Sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Curated by Lisa Dennison (catalog)
Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2008
Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Apocalyptic Summer, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
The Land of Earthly Delights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (catalog)
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC (catalog)
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, Curated by Lisa Dennison
Drawing From The West Collection, SEI Gallery, Oaks, PA
2007
Mr. President, University Art Museum, University at Albany (January 18–April 1)
Ornament, Bavin Lee Program, New York, NY
Material Pursuits, Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT. Curated by Evelyn Hankins (catalog)
Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Dan Cameron
(Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2006
Inaugural Group Show, PIEROGI Leipzig, Germany (April 29–July 1)
Twice Drawn Part 2, Wachenheim Gallery, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Don’t Know Much About History, Artspace, New Haven,CT
Summer Group Show, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Twice Drawn Part 1, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog)
Subverting the Status Quo, AXIS Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005
Reconfigure, PIEROGI Brooklyn, New York
American Obsessive, Volcker and Freunde, Berlin,Germany (catalog)
Animal Tales, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Pie Fight, AR Contemporary Gallery, MIlan, Italy
Thirty ways to Make a Painting, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Decipher: Hand-painted Digital, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2004
SITE Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial: Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque,
Santa Fe, NM. Curated by Robert Storr (catalog)
Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Charlotta Kotik (catalog)
The Drawn Page, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Vacation Nation, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Impact: New Mural Projects, PPOW, New York, NY
Endless Love, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Cartoon, Riva Gallery, New York, NY
On and Off the Wall, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, NY
Williamsburg, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.
Brooklyn on 57th Street, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Armory Show (with PPOW), Pier 88, New York, NY
2002
New-Economy Painting, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Armory Show (with PPOW), Pier 90, New York, NY
Touchy Feely, Eyewash @ Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
InterSEXion, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Small Works from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
2001
My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation, Des Moines Art
Center, Des Moines, Iowa; travels to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts
Center, Cincinnati, OH, Tampa Museum of Art, Chicago cultural Center, Akron Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, and Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama (catalog)
Out of Hibernation, IM n IL, Brooklyn, NY
Skank, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY
Smile, Hereart, New York, NY
Small Works, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, Mass.
2000
Haulin’ Ass, Post Gallery, Los Angelas, CA
Art On Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (catalog)
Multiple Sensations (Pierogi Flat Files), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Drawing From Pierogi 2000, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Yaddo Centennial Exhibition, Art in General, New York, NY; traveled to The Hyde Collection,
Glens Falls, NY
Superduper New York, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
1999
Brooklyn: New Work, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
RE: Rauschenberg, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
Rage For Art, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
Pierogi 2000: the Flat Files, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
Valentine, Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY
Room with a View, Sixth @ Prince Fine Art, New York, NY
Installation (Gallery Three), PPOW, New York, NY
1998
Pop Surrealism, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (catalog)
Fashioned, White Box Gallery, New York; traveled to White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
(catalog)
Hide And Seek, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (catalog)
Summer Group Exhibition, PPOW, New York, NY
Including Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
Mediennacht, Alten Lok Fabric, Berlin, Germany
Pierogi 2000: the Flat Files, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Pierogi Goes to College, Vasser College, Poughkeepsie, NY
1997
Current Undercurrent, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Just What Do You Think You’re Doing, Dave?, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
New York Drawers, Gasworks, London; traveled to Cornerhouse, Manchester
1996
Painting in an Expanding Field, Bennington College, Bennington, VT. Curated by Saul Ostrow
Drawings, Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Cadmium Cathode, Sauce, Brooklyn, NY
Living Room, 558 Broadway, New York, NY
Central Industrial Supply Show, 446 Broadway, New York, NY. Curated by Gene Pool
1995
Maux Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Wacko, The Work Space, New York, NY
Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Works for a Fun House, E.S. Vandam, New York
Close Proximity, MMC Gallery, New York, NY
Spirit of New York (expanded exhibition), Spazio Cesare di Sesto, Pallazzo Communale,
Varese, Italy.
Crest Hardware Show II, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Gene Pool
1994
Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Page 5, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
Spirit of New York, Spazio Emilio de marchi, Milan, Italy. Curated by Florence Lynch
Crest Hardware Show, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Gene Pool
1993
Four Walls Benefit Exhibition, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
James Esber, Mary Behrens, Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1992
Morphologic, Art in General, New York, NY
Salon of the Mating Spiders, Herron Test Site Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1991
FIAR International: Art Under 30, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy; travelled to Galleria
del Chiostro, Rome, L’Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris,Accademia Italiana della Arti, London,
National Academy of Design, New York and UCLA Wight Art Gallery, Los Angeles. Curated
by Dan Cameron (catalog)
High Density Abstraction, Procter Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY
Maps and Madness, Bronx Council on the Arts, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NY; Curated
by Fred Wilson (catalog)
Group Show, Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1990
Dumb Animals, White Columns, New York, NY
Topologies, MMC Gallery, New York, NY
1989
Signs of Landscape, Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, NY
No Relief—Drawing on the Walls, 124 Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
1988
Ten Painters, White Columns, New York, NY
AWARDS
2016
Hermitage Artists Retreat Residency, Englewood, FL
2015
Hermitage Artists Retreat Residency, Englewood, FL
2012
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY

2010
Central City Artist Project, Artist Residency, New Orleans, LA
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2005
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2002
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2001
MacDowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY
1998
Bucknell University, Artist Summer Residency, Cowan, PA
Cite International des Arts, Artist Residency, Paris, France
1997
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY
1992
Macdowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH
1991-92
Fine Arts Work Center, Fellowship, Provincetown, MA
1991
FIAR International, Milan, Italy, Honorable Mention
1990
Yaddo, Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York
Art Matters Inc., Fellowship

LECTURES / PANELS / VISITING ARTIST

2014
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain,CT
Interview One Work, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2013
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Talking Images. Panel moderated by Ian Berry, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2012
State University of New York, Potsdam
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Drawing the Mind: Neural Networks and the Emergence of Complexity, Panel moderated by Andrea Kantrowitz, Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
2011
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
2009
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
2008
Queens College, Flushing, NY
Contemporary Art Classroom Project, Winston-Salem, NC
2007
Panel with Mark Veca and Bill Flick, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Center for Art and Design, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
2006
Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2004
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2002
Brooklyn Now, MacDowell panel organized by Robert Storr, Judith Rothschild Foundation, NY, NY
2001
Brooklyn Museum of Art
State University of New York,, Albany
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2000
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1998
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
1997
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1996
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1995
University of Massachusetts, Boston

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SELECTED COLLECTIONS
The Norton Museum of Art
The Tang Museum
The West Collection
Progressive Corporation
Stanley and Nancy Singer Collection
The Flag Collection