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Portia Munson, 2020
© Guzman

Portia Munson, 2020
© Guzman

For over three decades, Portia Munson (b. 1961) has created maximal installations, sculptures, paintings, and digital prints that harness a vast array of accumulated consumer products. Synthesizing environmental and cultural themes from a feminist perspective, Munson’s work elucidates the connection between our indifference to the natural world and the ongoing struggle for gender equality. Munson lives and works in Catskill, NY. She holds holds a BFA from Cooper Union, an MFA from Rutgers University, and studied at the Skowhegan School and Painting and Sculpture. Munson’s work has been shown internationally in major public and private exhibitions since the early 1990s. Munson’s most recent solo exhibitions include Portia Munson: Her Room/Her World at Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 2018; Flood at Disjecta, Portland, OR, 2018; The Garden, at P·P·O·W, New York, NY, 2017; and Earth Rites, NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2017. Munson's work has also been in numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Dime-Store Alchemy at The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, 2018; Garden Dwellers at Regina Rex, New York, NY, 2017; Out of Site at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, 2017; Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency at Girls' Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2016-17; Radical Kingdoms at Union College Schenectady, NY, 2017; Pink Project: Table with P·P·O·W at Frieze London, UK, 2016; Nature Pops at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2016; Tie His Hands Gently at Romeo New York, NY, 2016; In Plain Air at Art Omi, Omi, NY, 2016; The Female Gaze at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2012. In June 2022, Munson will present an immersive installation at Art Omi, a gallery and sculpture park in Ghent, New York.

PORTIA MUNSON

b. 1961, Beverly, MA
Lives and works in Catskill, NY

EDUCATION 

1990    
M.F.A. Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1987    
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MEBFA, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY

1983    
B.F.A. Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2022
Memento Mori, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY
Portia Munson: Flood, The Newmark Gallery at Art Omi, Ghent, NY

2021    
Memento Mori Mandalas, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY

2018    
Her World/Her Room, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Flood, Disjecta, Portland, OR

2017    
The Garden, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Earth Rites, NYU Langone Medical Center Gallery, New York, NY

2015    
Little Suns, Hollow Bones, Cross Contemporary Art Gallery, Saugerties, NY
Dear Mother Nature, Mills Gallery, Central College, Pella, IA

2013    
Reflecting Pool, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2011    
Color Forms, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

2010    
Portia Munson, Liebowitz Gallery, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA

2007    
Green, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Pink Project: Contained, Hemphill Gallery, Washington D.C.

2005    
Flower Mandalas, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

1996    
The Garden, Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY
Pink Project: Bedroom, Hotel, Art Awareness, Lexington, NY

1994    
Paintings and Pink, Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY

1993    
White Room, White Columns, New York, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2022
Women's Work, Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY 
Kaatsbaan Festival, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Tivoli, NY
A SENSE OF PLACE: Artists from the Woodstock Masters Series, Woodstock, NY

2021    
Still, Life! Mourning, Meaning, Mending, 21c Louisville, Louisville, KY
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and our Contemporary Moment, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
Bad Girls, wallspaceplease, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2019    
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY 
Drawn Together Again, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
CHEW: Food as Muse, Opalka Gallery- Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY

2018    
Dime-Store Alchemy, curated by Jonathan Rider, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Spectrum, Curated by Kate Menconeri & Kiki Smith, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY
Cheeky: Summer Butts, Curated by Anthony Iacono & Peter LaBier, Marinaro, New York, NY
OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project at EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL
Landmark, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY

2017    
Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Herbarium, NYU Langone Medical Center Gallery, New York, NY
Garden Dwellers, Regina Rex, New York, NY
In Our Nature, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Out of Site, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
Radical Kingdoms, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency, Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL

2016    
Tide is High, Colonel’s Row, Governor’s Island, New York, NY
Tie His Hands Gently, Romeo, New York, NY
Nature Pops, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
In Plain Air, Art Omi, Ghent, NY

2014    
American Trash, eARThWE Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Skull Show, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

2013    
Consumed: Nourishment and Indulgence, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Resonance: Audible Silence in Portraiture, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Ephemeral, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Convergence, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

2012    
The Female Gaze, Women Artists Making Their World, Linda Lee Alter Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Dear Mother Nature, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2011    
Oppenheimer Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

2010    
Debris, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Objectophilia; Biennial of the Americas, Capsule, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO
Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
Botanica, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
Digital to Physical, Patton-Malott Gallery, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO
At the Edge, Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art, Portsmouth, NH

2009    
Forces of Nature, Danese Gallery, New York, NY
New Prints-Portraits, IPCNY, New York, NY

2008    
Garbage Picker! The Contemporary Artist as Chiffonier(e), curated by Amy Brandt, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY
Repetitive Nature, Concourse Gallery, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY
Cornucopia: Documenting the Land of Plenty, Monserrat Collage of Art, Beverly, MA
Out of this World, Rockland Arts Center, Nyack, NY

2007    
Tuttavia Povero!, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
Oasis, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2006    
Out of Context: Contemporary Photography in the Landscape, The Fields Sculpture Park Art, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY

2005    
This is Not an Archive, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY
Flowers/Kwiaty, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2004    
Tracks, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY
On Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2003    
Compost, Gallery at The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

2002    
Artists to Artists, Ace Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Color of the Avant Garde, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Reaction, Exit Art, New York, NY

2001    
Spitting Image, Art Gallery at Stamford University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT

2000    
Fixation: Obsession..., curated by A. Inselman, Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, WI
The Likeness of Being, curator Dr. Judith Stein, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

1999    
The Petite Format, Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY
Color, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Alan Sonfist & Portia Munson, Art Gallery of University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME 

1998    
The Ornament of the Masses, Kunstahallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odensec, Denmark (catalogue)
Along the Garden Path, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, curated by Linda Weintraub, (catalogue)

1997    
Fetish, Art Gallery of Windsor, curated by Renee Baert (catalogue), Montreal, Canada
Pink, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by Lisa Wainwright
American Art Today: The Garden, Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL (catalogue)
Figuring Women's Lives, Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1996    
Obsession, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Body Language, Florida State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL, curated by Judith Page & Adam Strauss (catalogue)
In This Time and Place, College Art Gallery, SUNY at New Paltz, NY
Women Artists, Douglas College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (catalogue)
ARS 95 Helsinki, Museum of Contemporary Art/Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (catalogue)

1995    
Insight, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY
Object Lessons: Feminine Dialogues with the Surreal, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA (catalogue)
Kunstkabinett, curated by Sean Ellwood, Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Nothing Overlooked: Women Painting Still Life, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Domestic Disturbance, Delta Axis, curated by Allan Frame & Katherine Herndon, Memphis, TN
New Forms, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA, curated by Ann Wilson Lloyd

1994    
Bad Girls, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (catalogue)
Pink Window, Art in General, New York, NY (catalogue)
Contemporary Still Life, curated by Laura Reuter, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Evolutions, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Sololoquies, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

1993    
1920, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
Update '93, White Columns, New York, NY (catalogue)
Songs of Retribution, curated by Nancy Spero, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY

1992    
Women & Surrealism, curated by Mary Jane Jacob, Women's Caucus for Art, Chicago, IL
Still Life Today, Scott Alan Fine Arts, New York, NY

1990    
Brut 90, curated by Bill Arning, White Columns, New York, NY

SELECT PUBLIC WORKS 

2018    
OVERRIDE Chicago, Interlude at Hand, a Billboard Project, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016    
Cosmos, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY

2015    
Botanicals Below Bryant Park, MTA Station, Bryant Park, New York, NY

2012    
Gardens of Fort Hamilton, MTA Subway Commission, Arts for Transit, Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, Brooklyn, NY

COLLECTIONS

21C International Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY
ART in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Arlington, VA
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Lyndhurst, OH
Dimensional Fund Advisors, Austin, TX
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Numerous Private Collections

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2017    
Crews, Caitlin. “Got a Girl Crush, ‘Portia Munson’,” Issue 6, 2017.

2015    
Elvin, George. “Post – Petroleum Design,” Routledge, New York, NY, 2015.

2014    
Bloodworth, S. & Ayres, W. “NY’s Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts & Design,” Monacelli Press, 2014.
Coultas, Brenda. “The Tatters,” Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, 2014.

2012    
“Oppenheimer Collection,” James Printing Company, Kansas City, MO, 2012.

2006    
Edited by Nemitz, Barbara. “Pink: The Exposed Color in Contemporary Art & Culture,” Hatja Cantz, NY, 2006.

2002    
“Artist to Artist: A Decade of The Space Program,” Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, 2002.

1994    
“Bad Girls,” The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, 1994.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Portia Munson Serving Tray #3, 2021

Portia Munson
Serving Tray #3, 2021
found figurines, string, rope, serving tray
13 x 26 x 16 ins.
33 x 66 x 40.6 cm

Portia Munson Flood, 2018
Portia Munson Flood, 2018
Portia Munson Flood, 2018
Portia Munson detail of Flood, 2018
Portia Munson detail of Flood, 2018
Portia Munson detail of Flood, 2018
Portia Munson Flood, 2018

Portia Munson
Flood, 2018
found blue plastic objects and tabletop vitrine
48 x 528 x 636 ins.
121.9 x 1341.1 x 1615.4 cm

Portia Munson Fox Maze, 2013

Portia Munson
Fox Maze, 2013
pigmented ink on rag paper
61 x 87 1/2 ins.
154.9 x 222.3 cm
Edition of 3

Portia Munson Verdant Aftermath, 2011

Portia Munson
Verdant Aftermath, 2011
pigmented ink on rag paper
43 x 55 ins.
109.2 x 139.7 cm
Edition of 3

Portia Munson Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
Portia Munson Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
Portia Munson detail of Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
Portia Munson detail of Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
Portia Munson detail of Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
Portia Munson Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010

Portia Munson
Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
found plastic
29 1/2 x 96 x 160 ins.
74.9 x 243.8 x 406.4 cm

Portia Munson The Garden, 1996
Portia Munson The Garden, 1996
Portia Munson The Garden, 1996
Portia Munson The Garden, 1996
Portia Munson The Garden, 1996
Portia Munson The Garden, 1996

Portia Munson
The Garden, 1996
found/recycled manufactured, synthetic & plastic floral & garden related stuff along with salvaged floral bedroom furnishings
dimensions variable

Portia Munson Serving Tray #3, 2021

Portia Munson
Serving Tray #3, 2021
found figurines, string, rope, serving tray
13 x 26 x 16 ins.
33 x 66 x 40.6 cm

Portia Munson Flood, 2018

Portia Munson
Flood, 2018
found blue plastic objects and tabletop vitrine
48 x 528 x 636 ins.
121.9 x 1341.1 x 1615.4 cm

Portia Munson Fox Maze, 2013

Portia Munson
Fox Maze, 2013
pigmented ink on rag paper
61 x 87 1/2 ins.
154.9 x 222.3 cm
Edition of 3

Portia Munson Verdant Aftermath, 2011

Portia Munson
Verdant Aftermath, 2011
pigmented ink on rag paper
43 x 55 ins.
109.2 x 139.7 cm
Edition of 3

Portia Munson Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010

Portia Munson
Pink Project: Table, 1994-2010
found plastic
29 1/2 x 96 x 160 ins.
74.9 x 243.8 x 406.4 cm

Portia Munson The Garden, 1996

Portia Munson
The Garden, 1996
found/recycled manufactured, synthetic & plastic floral & garden related stuff along with salvaged floral bedroom furnishings
dimensions variable