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EDUCATION

2012
MFA, Studio Art, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
2006
BFA  Art & Design; BFA, Graphic Design, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2022   
As Above, So Below (with Kyle Adam Kalev Peets), Carnation Contemporary  |  Portland, OR
2021
Waiting for the Flood, Carnation Contemporary | Portland, OR
Point of No Return, Antenna | New Orleans, LA
2019
Famous Monsters, Carnation Contemporary | Portland, OR
Dominus, 355 PodSpace, VisArts Center | Rockville, MD
2018
Playing House, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University | La Grande, OR
Balance and Barrier (concurrent with Katrina Majkut), Greenly Gallery, Bloomsburg University | Bloomsburg, PA
2017
Dominus, DEMO Projects | Springfield, IL
Float, VisArts Center | Rockville, MD
2016
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, Upfor gallery | Portland, OR
2015
Float, University Galleries, William Paterson University | Wayne, NJ ( catalogue)
2014
Rat Party City, Visual Art Exchange | Raleigh, NC
Magnify: Window Installation Project, Art Coop, Inc. storefront window, Lincoln Square Mall | Urbana, IL
Invisible Fences, Murphy Gallery, University of Illinois YMCA | Champaign, IL
2013
Animal/Artifact, with David Ross Harper, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University | Chicago, IL
2012
Made in Champaign: Work Produced During the Figure One Summer Residency, with Jason Patterson, Figure One Gallery | Champaign, IL
2011
Museum for a Shark, indi go Artist Co-Op | Champaign, IL
2010
Ten to Watch, Figure One Gallery | Champaign, IL
From the Midwest: Drawing and Paintings, Arts on Grand | Spencer, IA
Drawings and Paintings: Solo Exhibition, Memorial Union Gallery | Iowa State University | Ames, IA
2009
Paintings and Drawings: Solo Exhibition, Gallery in the Round | Unitarian Universalist Fellowship | Ames, IA
2007
Studio Exhibition, with Joshua De Marree, Suite 602, Legacy Tower | Ames, IA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Time | Creature | Portal | Self: Staff and Faculty Exhibition, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College |  Walla Walla, WA
Over the Line: Regional Faculty Exhibition, Lewis-Clark State College  |  Lewiston, ID
The Extended Ear: An Artist Book Fair, Carnation Contemporary  |  Portland, OR
2021
The Landscape Zine Reading Room, The Recreation Club (part of the Small Press Fest 2021) | Champaign, IL
2020
Low Boil, Carnation Contemporary | Portland, OR
2019
[Create]ures: animals in contemporary art, Spartanburg Art Museum | Spartanburg, SC
A gallery of one’s own, Spartanburg Art Museum | Spartanburg, SC
Assembling Animal Communication, Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art | Lubbock, TX (catalogue)
2018
First Date, Carnation Contemporary | Portland, OR
Faculty Exhibition, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College | Walla Walla, WA
2017
The Sexual Politics of Meat, The Animal Museum | Los Angeles, CA
Utopia/Dystopia, Washington State University Fine Arts Center, Washington State University | Pullman, WA
2016
microMACRO, McLean County Arts Center | Bloomington, IL
AgriCulture, Campus Center Gallery, Dordt College | Souix Center, IA
2015
In Place, Vacant Storefront #122, Global Mall | Antioch, TN
Champaign Contemporary, 102 S Neil Popup Gallery | Champaign, IL
2014
Hunter/Gatherer, University Art Gallery, Truman State University | Kirksville, MO (catalogue)
Ecovisions, Mclean Arts Center | Bloomington, IL
Sky Gallery, 40 North Champaign County Arts Council billboard exhibition (collaboration with Jane Desmond) | Champaign IL
Prairie Center of the Arts Artist in Residence Regional Alumni Invitational, Prairie Center of the Arts | Peoria, IL
2013
Love Less Violently, with Shayna Egan and Cherie Fanning, Illini Union Gallery, University of Illinois | Champaign, IL
There/Here: A Mobile Exhibit | Grand Valley State University | Grand Rapds, MI
PostNatural | Isis Gallery | Notre Dame University | South Bend, IN
Lines, 3 Pillars Gallery | Benton Harbor, MI
Sightlines, South Bend Museum of Art | South Bend, IN
So Many Beasts of Burden, with Shayna Egan and Cherie Fanning, Illini Union Gallery, University of Illinois | Champaign, IL
Worked, ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art | Athens, GA
Post-Conceptual Glitter, Lawton Gallery | University of Wisconsin-Green Bay | Green Bay, WI
2012
2012 Residency Exhibition, Prairie Center of the Arts | Peoria, IL
Canis Familiaris, Amara | Urbana, IL
OMG! Kittens Kittens Kittens, Figure One Gallery | Champaign, IL
Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art, Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios (sponsored by Northwestern Oklahoma State University) | Alva, OK
Borders and Boundaries, Harwood Art Center | Albuquerque, NM
Small Works, K12/TEJAS Gallery | Dayton, OH
MFA 2012, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois | Urbana-Champaign, IL
You I You See (non-juried), Co-Prosperity Sphere | Chicago, IL
Where We Are: Tectonic Shifts and the Dissolution of Boundaries, DeLuce Gallery | Northwest Missouri State University | Maryville, MO
2011
30/30 (invitational), Address Gallery | Champaign, IL
Engage! Art + Design Grad Student Exhibition (non-juried), Link Gallery | Champaign, IL
More is More, Lexington Art League | Lexington, KY
A Live Animal, Root Division | San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
Pink, Studio 659 | Whiting, IN
Artsplosia! (non-juried), Co-Prosperity Sphere | Chicago, IL
National Wet Paint Exhibition 2011, Zhou B. Art Center | Chicago, IL
2010
All Together Now: Art + Design Grad Student Exhibition (non-juried), Link Gallery | Champaign, IL
Emerging Illinois Artists, McLean County Arts Center | Bloomington, IL
2009
30 and Beyond: College of Design Alumni Exhibition, Gallery 181 | Iowa State University | Ames, IA

RESIDENCIES

2022
Cow House Studios  |  Enniscorthy, Ireland
Stove Works Residency | Chattanooga, TN
2017
Enos Park Residency (short-term resident, summer) | Springfield, IL
2014
Center for New Art, William Paterson University | Wayne, NJ
Pop-up Studio Artist, 2-week public residency at [Co][lab] | Urbana, IL
2012
Prairie Center of the Arts | Peoria, IL
Summer Residency – Figure One | Champaign, IL

ARTIST TALKS / WORKSHOPS

2021
Guest on the Open Call Podcast, hosted by Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner
2019
“Darkness, absurdity, and weirdness: Strategies for re-thinking, or avoiding real feelings, in visual art.” Plenary speaker, Animals and Society Summer Institute | University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign | Champaign, IL
2018
Visiting Artist Talk, Eastern Oregon University | La Grande, OR
"Balance and Barrier," Gallery Talk, Bloomsburg University | Bloomsburg, PA
Artist Talk (lecture series in conjunction with Faculty Exhibition), Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College | Walla Walla, WA
2017
Miniature Floats, artist-led workshop in conjunction with solo show, VisArts Center | Rockville, MD
2015
Visiting Artist Lecture, Beloit University | Beloit, WI
Artist Lecture, William Paterson University | Wayne NJ
Exquisite Eye: Seeing and Being Seen by Birds artist workshop, co-presented with Jane Desmond | Urbana, IL
2013
"Big Pork," Pecha-Kucha Night, Volume 13 | Champaign, IL
2012
Artist Lecture, UIUC MFA Exhibition Programming, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS

GAP (Grant for Artist Projects) Grant, Artist Trust | 2018
City of Urbana Arts Grant: Envision 365 | 2014
Illinois Arts Council Artist Project Grant | 2013
Creative and Performing Arts Materials Fellowship | Fall 2011
Helen E. Platt Blake MFA Materials Grant | Spring 2011
Iowa Arts Council Mini Grant | Spring 2009
Janice Peterson Area Award in Integrated Studio Arts, Department of Art and Design | Spring 2007
FOCUS Grant, Iowa State University | Fall 2004

PUBLICATIONS

2019
“Magnify” (images and text) | Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Issue 49: Making nature | London, UK
2017
“Unwholesome” (images and text) | SLAG Mag (quarterly research journal of art): Vol. 3, Issue 3, MILK | Harrisonburg, VA
2014
LunchTicket literary magazine: Winter/Spring 2014 issue | Antioch University | Los Angeles, CA
2011
International Drawing Annual 6 (juried print publication) | Manifest Gallery | Cincinnati, OH
Masks Inkwell Magazine (juried online magazine)

WRITING PROJECTS

2016
Much to Digest, collection of essays and images accompanying exhibition at Upfor gallery | self-published
2015
Burger King (essay), The Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat, Lantern Books | New York
2012
Strung Together (nonfiction), PIECRUST Magazine (edited print publication) | Kansas City, MO
Maria Lux: Exhibition catalog and essays | Thesis work catalog, self-published | Lulubooks
Deke Weaver interviewed by Maria Lux – the Unreliable Bestiary | Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Animal Influence II Issue 22 | London, UK

CURATORIAL

2019
Fieldwork: An exhibition of work by Steve Baker, (curated by Maria Lux with Sarah Bezan & Robert McKay) | Jessop West Foyer, University of Sheffield, UK
2011
Accepted Knowing – Peer Review (co-curator), Figure One | Champaign, IL

SELECTED EMPLOYMENT

Assistant Professor of Art, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington | 2016 - present
Adjunct Professor of Art, Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois | Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Graduate Student Instructor of Record, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign | 2010-2012
Studio Assistant, Rosalyn Schwartz, 2013- 2014
Lab Assistant 3d Fabrication Lab, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - 2014
Instructor, Workspace community art center, Iowa State University | 2007 - 2008

CONFERENCES

2022
“Making Monsters: A Horror-and-Humor  Based Alternative to Mainstream Extinction Stories,” Creaturely Fear: Animality and Horror Cinema Symposium  |  Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre, Sheffield UK  |  Online
2021
Co-chair with Dr. Jessica Landau for "Unserious Ecocriticisms" panel, College Art Association Conference | Online
2020
"Happy Endlings" (online presentation with Dr. Sarah Bezan), Sex & Nature Salon | Art and Culture, University of Exeter | Exeter, UK
Extinction in Public Symposium, (part of Q&A during online presentation by Dr. Sarah Bezan), Manchester Museum | Manchester, UK
2019
"Asking ‘What if’ questions in artistic experimentation: Animals and risky speculations", Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts annual conference, Experimental Engagements | University of California, Irvine, CA
"Famous Monsters", Animal Remains conference | University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK
“Animal Language Pioneers: the Possibilities and Pitfalls of Reimagining Animals as Explorers through Visual Art” Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference | Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
2018
“Playing House: Radical cross-species families in 1960’s science through art,” National Women's Studies Association conference | Atlanta, GA
“Playing House: Visual art explorations of radical cross-species families in 1960’s science,” Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies conference, (Un)Common Worlds | University of Turku, Turku, Finland
Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute, appointed “Alumni Artist in Residence” and participant in week-long institute, co-sponsored by the Animals and Society Institute, Inc. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017
Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute, selected participant in inaugural week-long institute, co-sponsored by the Animals and Society Institute, Inc. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Unforseen Consequences of Co-existence with Vultures, Fruit Bats, and Viruses”, Living with Animals 3: Coexistence conference | Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
2016
“Creativity’s limits: an arts-based perspective on the problems and potential of the word 'creativity'” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts annual conference, Creativity | Atlanta, GA
2015
“Lossless Technology: Artificial animals, domestic animals, and extinction through art pieces” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts annual conference, After Biopolitics, Rice University | Houston, TX
“Thinking “Big”: Collaborative Processes between Artists and Scholars for Public Art Production” (Co-presentation with Dr. Jane Desmond) Living With Animals Conference, Eastern Kentucky University | Richmond, KY
2014
“Dogs, Robots, and Border Wars: Toward Intersections Rather than Boundaries” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Animacies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee | Milwaukee, WI
2013
“Arts Talk” Society for Literature Science and the Arts annual conference, Postnatural, University of Notre Dame | South Bend, IN
“Seeing Animals: Art that Looks at Animal/Human Vision” Animal Representation Conference, University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
2012
Taking Animals Apart Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Madison, WI
2011
Non-presenting conference attendee, Interactive Futures: Animal Influence, Emily Carr University | Vancouver, B.C.
2010
Non-presenting conference attendee, College Art Association | New York, NY