Bio

Lives and works in Los Angeles                                   

info@cathyakers.com

Education
 

2006
M.F.A., Photography and Media Program, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

 

1996
B.F.A., concentration in photography, Tufts University, Medford, MA,

in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

 

Solo Exhibitions
 

2019

A Utopia for Some: Morningstar and Wheeler's Ranches Reconsidered, Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA (Jan.-March)

Stories From the Revolution, Elephant, Los Angeles, CA (March)

 

2017

Open Hearts, Open Land, The Edouard de Merlier Photography Gallery, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

2011
Open Hearts, Open Land, EGHQ (Emma Gray Headquarters), Los Angeles, CA

 

2008
Hertopia: An Illustrated History of the New World, Honor Fraser Gallery (project room), Los Angeles, CA

 

Learning By Example, The Manual Archives, Los Angeles, CA

 

2006

Natural Selection, MFA Thesis Exhibition, D301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings
 

2018

Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, curated by Ciara Ennis and Jennifer Vanderpool, Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

 

2017
Focus Photo L.A., Photo L.A., LA Mart, Los Angeles

2016

The Hippies, curated by Erin Sheffield and Sue Gary, West County Museum, Sebastopol, CA (continuing until fall 2017)

This Wicked Tongue, curated by Cindy Rehm, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Focus Photo L.A. Pop-Up, Berlin Art Week, Berlin, Germany

Naked Underneath, curated by Shannon Currie-Holmes, The Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA


2015                

FlatFile at Fringe, Logan Fringe Arts Space, Washington, D.C.

                       

Anything Goes, curated by Grace Levine, Kitty Hawk Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
                       

Sugar Rush, curated by Rhoda Coleman, En Em Art Space, Sacramento, CA


2014                

A Forest, curated by Calvin Phelps, 2A Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                       

Summer Social, Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C.


2013                 

Transmissions, curated by Patricia Watts, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
                       

The Wood Anniversary, curated by Jason Kunke, Elephant Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                                   

Incognito 2013, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

2012                

Projekt Papier 2, curated by Gosia Wojas, Zatoka Sztuki MCKA, Sopot, Poland
                       

Projekt Papier 1, curated by Gosia Wojas, Souterrain Gallery, Berlin, Germany

                       

Fellow Travelers, curated by ARTRA Curatorial, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA


Incognito 2012, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA


LACE Art Auction, curated by Ciara Ennis, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA

 

2011                

Daybreak, curated by Emma Gray, 1830 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA


Help Rebuild Cordova, curated by Calvin Phelps, Armory Center for the Arts,
Pasadena, CA

 

Incognito 2011, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

2010                

Incognito 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA


Alumni Show, curated by Jason Kunke, Elephant Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2009                

Bitch is the New Black, curated by Emma Gray, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

LA 2019: Cults, Collectives & Cocooning, curated by Ciara Ennis, 18th Street

Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA (catalogue)

 

Artists’ Alphabet #1: The Great Recession, curated by D. Jean Hester, Project 210,

Pasadena, CA (catalogue)

 

2008                

LACE Art Auction, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA


One Shot: 100x100, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA


Conventions and Attitudes, curated by Karen Atkinson, Remy's on Temple, Los Angeles,
CA; traveled to the Graduate Center Art Gallery, The City University of
New York, New York, NY

 

2007                

All-In Juried Show, curated by Lorraine Molina, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

                       

The Collective Body, curated by Kristen Raizada, Galerie Califia, Horaždovice,

The Czech Republic

 

E-Ticket Ride, curated by Joanna Grasso, J Flynn Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

 

(Tender) Assembly, Show Cave Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2006                

Open Show, curated by Ann Philbin, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

 

Captive, curated by Carol Cheh and Kristen Raizada, Gatov Galleries, California

State University, Long Beach

 

Baby’s All Grown Up, curated by Veronica Fernandez, Marvimon House, Los Angeles, CA

                       

Goods to Declare - MFA International, curated by Nahum Tevet and Sandra Weil, Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel (catalogue)

 

Super/Sonic 2006, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

 

Collisions & Pileups, Armory Northwest, Pasadena, CA

        

Video Nightmare, video screening, RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA

 

2005                

Components, D301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

 

Gendered Geographies, 1853 Arlington Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

A Haunting: International Artist’s Film & Video Screening, curated by Vicki Wheeler and Jonathan Carson, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK; traveled to The Residence, London, UK

 

MFA Mid-Residency Show, D300 Gallery, California Institute for the Arts,Valencia, CA

Grants
& Awards 
 

2019
Parent-Artist Award, Sustainable Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2012                

Traveling Scholar Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

 

2007                 

Artists’ Resource for Completion (ARC) Grant, The Durfee Foundation

 

2006                 

Juror’s Award, Open Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

                       

Travel Grant, The Philip And Muriel Berman Foundation

 

2004-05

School of Art Grant, California Institute of the Arts

 

 

Selected Publications and Media
 

2019

Patricia Lea Watts, Cathy Akers: Pitzer College Art Galleries and Elephant, Artillery Magazine, March 18, 2019

https://artillerymag.com/pitzer-college-art-galleries-elephant-cathy-akers/

Sydney Walters, Cathy Akers: A Utopia for Some: Morningstar and Wheeler's Ranches Reconsidered, Art and Cake, April 4, 2019

https://artandcakela.com/2019/04/04/cathy-akers-a-utopia-for-some-at-pitzer-college-art-galleries/

 

2017
Shana Nys Dambrot, De-skilled Ceramics: The Approachable Art Form, KCET’s Artbound, September 16, 2017


https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/de-skilled-ceramics-the-approachable-art-form

2016

Genie Davis, We're All - Naked Underneath, Diversions LA, September 1 2016

http://diversionsla.com/category/art/page/26/


Interview for Floorr Magazine, Issue 3,
April 29, 2016
http://www.floorrmagazine.com/issue-3/cathy-akers

Interview with Brainard Carey for Yale University Radio, January 6, 2016
http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/?s=cathy+akers


2015                
Limited edition postcard of Pee Performace #14 (Sun Tunnels) published by Atelier
34zero Muzeum, Brussels, Belgium

Musée Magazine, Issue 13, two-page spread featuring images from the Pee Performances series of photographs,
pages 250-251, November 2015

Cover image, New Delta Art Review, Spring/Summer 2015
http://ndrmag.org/front-page/2015/05/commune-watercolors/

 

2011                

David John, Interview With Cathy Akers: How Much Bliss Can You Handle? YHBHS
(You Have Been Here Sometime Before) blog, June 15, 2011

 

2010                

Carrie Yury, Reinventing Photography: Hybrid Photographic Forms, The Huffington Post, November 22, 2010

 

2009                

Christopher Bedford, André Ethier and Cathy Akers, Art in America, Exhibition Reviews, February 2009

 

18th Street Art Center, 2009 Program Annual (exhibition catalogue), essay
and color image

 

D. Jean Hester, Artist’s Alphabet, contribution to artist’s book with eight
other artists, 2 color images.

 

2008                

Catherine Wagley, Cathy Akers, Daily Serving.com, May 6, 2008

                       

Holly Myers, Around the Galleries, Los Angeles Times, Arts & Culture, April 25, 2008

                      

Emma Gray, Emma Gray’s Top 10 Shows in Los Angeles This Month,Saatchi Online, Daily Magazine, April 16, 2008

                       

Ashley Tibbits, Andre Ethier and Cathy Akers, Flavorpill, April 12, 2008

                

2007                

Gean Moreno, Cathy Akers, Ten by Ten, Uber.com, April 2007

 

2006                

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Goods to Declare: MFA International
(exhibition catalogue), color image

 

Cathy Akers, Natalie Henderson-Alton, Lindsay Ljungkull, Caroline Maxwell and Carrie Yury, A Super/Sonic Conversation, NYArts Magazine, November/December 2006

 

Amra Brooks, Must See Art: Super/Sonic 2006 Part II at Los Angeles Municipal Art    Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, LA Weekly, August 16, 2006
 

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