Saya Woolfalk

Statement & Resume

No Place


Artist Statement:
No Place: Wonders From that World is a part of an artistic investigation exploring the relationships between fantasies of imperial power and imagined utopian configurations of race, class, and gender.  The title is derived from the English word, “utopia,” coined by Thomas More from the Greek “no” (ou) and “place” (topos)--literally, no place. The audience is invited to look at a series of tourist destinations from No Place that are based on the seven wonders of the ancient world.  Each place is a mixture of the real and mythological, and begins to map the edges of an empire.

Somewhere between toys, fetishes, and carnivalesque objects, the objects and bodies in this exhibition are brought from No Place to perform outlandish functions.  Through ritual and masquerade, they provoke the imagination of alternative narratives and worlds.

2006 Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Studio Art
2004 M.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

B.A. Brown University, Providence, RI

2005 Fulbright IIE Grant: Brazilian Fulbright Commission-for the study of folk performance & craft
Jerome Fellowship, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, Minnesota
Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts
2004 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Recipient
2003 World Studio Foundation Fellowship
 Art Institute of Chicago Academic Incentive Scholarship
2002 World Studio Foundation Fellowship
Art Institute of Chicago Academic Incentive Scholarship
2005 Jerome Fellowship, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
Artist in Residence, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2004 Artist in Residence, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Artist in Residence, The Millay Colony of the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
2007 Jamaica Flux, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
Whitney ISP
, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
, Miami Botanical Gardens, Miami Beach, FL curated by AJ Japour
Saya Woolfalk,
Heidi Cho Gallery, NY, NY
Saya Woolfalk, No Place: Wonders from that World
, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL  (see images)
2006 Treemendous, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY curated by Karen Shaw
Works on Paper
, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of NC, Greensboro, NC curated by Xandra Eden

The Jaundiced Eye,
Scope-NY, entrance installation, curated by David Hunt
Dead of Winter,
Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY curated by Dan Fuller
Zg Summer Show 06’,
Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Joan Mitchell Foundation 2004-2005 MFA Grant Recipient Exhibit,
CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
YEA! Young Emerging Artists
, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
d’Afrique d’Asie,
Artist Commune, Hong Kong, China

Art Chicago in the Park,
participating artist with Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Saya Woolfalk & James Fotopoulos,
Momenta, Brooklyn, NY
Winner Take All,
Scope-Art, New York, NY
Group Show curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, NY
The Studio Visit,
Group Show, Exit Art, New Work, NY
National Psyche:
Feminine Vision, Thought & Action during Wartime, The LAB, San Francisco, CA
2005 d'Afrique d'asie, group show, Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York, NY
group show, Macalester Art Gallery, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Saya Woolfalk: New Work, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY
Greater New York 2005,
P.S. 1/MoMA, Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY
Saya Woolfalk: Terra de Lixo,
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
Saya Woolfalk: New Sculpture & Performance,
Federal Univ. of Maranhao, Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil
group show, Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Zg Summer Show 05’,
Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
What Did Puck Say,
group show, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY
Art Chicago in the Park,
Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mardi Gras
, Performance Event, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

Production of Escapism -
a project by Rashid Johnson, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN
Trousseaux: Love Object
,  Solo Exhibit, SubCity, Curated by Candida Alvarez, Chicago, IL
2004 Paradise Imagined, 12x12: New Artists / New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Summer Show '04,
Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

One Night Stand
, Performing Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
, Installation and Performance by Saya Woolfalk, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL (read reviews)
Saya Woolfalk, Richard Levy Gallery, Scope Art, New York, NY
Social Seduction, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

The Chicago 11
, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
2003 As Small As Possible, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Group Show,
Gallery 2, SAIC, Chicago, IL
The Chicago 11
, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
MFA 2003,
New American Painting, Boston, MA, Curator: Lawrence Rinder,
Curator of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art
National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Eat Me, 65 Hope Street, Williamsburg, NY
The Anti-Spacesuit Show
, Gallery 2, SAIC, Chicago, IL
Art Hotel 2003
, Embassy Suites, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition
, 2003, Stray Show, Chicago, IL
Artwindows 2003,
G'Bani, Chicago, IL
2002 National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY Curated by:
Charlotta Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY

Kink or Pink
, Dollhouse Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fieldwork; in honor of national women's history month, 1926 Halstead, Chicago, IL
2001 The List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
Annual Group Exhibition, The Museum at F.I.T., NY
Juried Exhibition,
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

unfoldingobject: critical selections.
Miranda Fine Arts & Henaine Fine Art, Port Chester, NY
EA50: HEREart’s 6th Annual Emerging Artists Show,
HEREart, New York, NY
Emerging Artists, The Hell's Kitchen Show, New York, NY
Exhibition to Benefit Breast Cancer Research
, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
Sarah Doyle Woman's Center, Providence, RI
2005 The New York Post online, “They’re Unknown, Under 30 and from New York,” James Gardner, New York, NY, March 21, 2005
The New York Times online
"Youth and the Market: Love at First Sight," Michael Kimmelman, New York, NY, March 18, 2005. slide show (pictured)
Observer Dispatch “Feature: Saya Woolfalk,” Jorge Hernandez, Utica, NY, February 15, 2005. p (pictured)
2004 "Breakout Artists, Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers" by Michael Workman, New City, May 6, 2004 (read review)
"Love Toys"  Eye Exam by Michael Workman, New City, March 18, 2004
(read review)
"Artists Explore the World..." The Chicago Tribune,
March 12, 2004, no. 72, sec. 7, pg. 25
(read review)
"Sex Politics & Soft Sculpture" by Jackie Lupo, The Scarsdale Enquirer, March 12, 2004, page 15
(read review)
"Performing Desire
," The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Catalogue (2004)
2003 "Performing Desire," Fiberarts Magazine, vol. 30, no. 2 (Sept/Oct 2003): p 48
“Karmen Gei: Political Sex Icon,” essay in
2001 Nostalgia, Icon Magazine, New York
“Paragon Girls: A Taste of Perfection,” essay in RISD/Brown Independent, Providence, RI
“Sexual Objects,” essay in

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