Freya Powell Uses time-based, drawn, and linguistic platforms to explore language and its relationship to memory, myth, and history. Navigating between the individual and the collective, She seeks to present narratives that strike a balance between the personal and the political. Through the examination of etymology, she mines connections and disconnections between sites and subjects. To this effect, Powell gathers memories and builds archives that offer a glimpse of a collective experience; a moment when the individual becomes part of the universal and the distance between the two is diminished.
2012 MFA, Hunter College. New york, NY
2006 BA, Bard College. Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.
the silence of the unsaid, Art in general. brooklyn, ny.
omniscience and oblivion, basile gallery at the Herron school of art and design. Indianapolis, IN.
I’ll smile and I’m not sad and other present pasts, Arts Santa Monica. Barcelona, Spain.
I'll smile and I'm not sad, Emerson Dorsch. Miami, FL.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
the new minimalists, Abrons Art Center. New York, NY.
Of Tongues and Hands. NARS Foundation. Brooklyn, NY.
Apparatus 2.0. Foundation and Centre for Contemporary Art. Prague, Czech Republic.
fluidCURRENY. NARS Foundation. Brooklyn, NY.
Emergency Contact. Placeholder Gallery. Miami, FL.
what did i expect to find? Freya powell and shanjana mahmud. 20|20 gallery at the ELizabeth foundation for the arts. New york, ny.
hey! you! get off my cloud, part 1. curated by michele thursz. CP project space. new york, ny.
Queens International, Queens Museum. Flushing, NY.
Strategies in the Geometry of Homecoming, Torrance Shipman Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
Summer Exhibition. The Fields Sculpture Park, Art OMI. Ghent, NY.
My friends and other animals, Travesía Cuatro. Madrid, Spain.
apparatus for a utopian image, EFA project space. New york, ny.
EAF 15, Emerging Artist Fellowship Program Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Art Design Faculty Exhibition, QCC Art Gallery, Bayside, NY.
Masque Libros. IV Feria Internacional Libro de Artista de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
#1: Cartagena, The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Museum of Inquisition, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
Masque Libros. III Feria Internacional Libro de Artista de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
Espora Project. The International Center of Photography Library. New York, NY.
Published by the Artist, International Print Center of New York. New York, NY.
Masque Libros. II Feria Internacional Libro de Artista de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial. Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. New York, NY.
Testing. Heliopolis. Brooklyn, NY.
Masque Libros. I Feria Internacional Libro de Artista de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.
MFA Thesis Exhibition. Hunter College Times Square Gallery. New York, NY.
Libros de Artista. La Porteria. Madrid, Spain.
The Art of Rebellion. Gowanus Print Lab. Brooklyn, NY
Capture. Abrazo Interno Gallery, Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Centre. New York, NY.
Drawing a Line from You to Me. Abode. Brooklyn, NY.
What's Your War? Load of Fun Gallery. Baltimore, MD. Brooklyn, NY.
Glob(E)Scope. ARTPLAY Centre, II Moscow International Biennale "Qui vive?" Moscow, Russia.
What's Your War? Five Myles Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
Paper Politics, SPACE Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA.
Man Down. Blackburn 20/20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. New York, NY.
Paper Politics, Ghostprint Gallery. Richmond, VA.
Blackburn Member's Exhibition. Blackburn 20/20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. New York, NY.
Paper Politics, Dowd Gallery, SUNY- Cortland. Cortland, NY.
A Perfect Wave. Perfect Wave Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
Paper Politics, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX.
A Stone's Throw. LA Artcore. Los Angeles, CA.
Paper Politics, Red House Gallery. Syracuse, NY.
Landscape. Hallway Bathroom Gallery. San Francisco, CA.
Paper Politics, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Milwaukee, WI.
Paper Politics, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. Whitewater, WI.
Paper Politics, 5 + 5 Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
Selected Works of Graduating Seniors. Fisher Gallery, Bard College. Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.
Paper Politics, Food For Thought Gallery. Portland, OR.
This Empty is a Fortress, Senior Thesis Show. Bard College Exhibition Space (UBS). Red Hook, NY.
Paper Politics, Phinney Center Gallery (in association with Seattle Print Arts). Seattle, WA.
reading frequencies, 321 Gallery. Brooklyn, ny.
Reading Frequencies: Oblivion, Queens Museum. Flushing Meadows, NY.
Reading Frequencies, Underdonk. Brooklyn, NY.
Mnemosyne Atlas Book Launch, Underdonk. Brooklyn, NY.
Loving is Repeating, in collaboration with Lex Braes, Show Room Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY.
Bronx Calling Video Screenings, Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY.
Mnemosyne Atlas Book Launch. Independent Curators International. New York, NY.
2019 New Works Grant. Queens Council on the Arts.
2017 new work commission. Art in general. Brooklyn, NY.
2015 Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park. Long Island City, NY.
2015 Summer Stipend, Macketz, shortlist
2012 C-12 Emerging Artist Award, shortlist
2011 William t. Graf Travel Grant
2011 Artist Grant. Contemporary Arts Center- Woodside. Troy, NY.
2009 Artist Grant. Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT.
2006 Studio Art Award. Bard College. Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.
'Art and Artist, Exposed to the Elements'. NY City Lens. 2016: Web.
'Hyperallergic Podcast: Tania Bruguera, Mariam Ghani, Queens International', Hyperallergic. 2016: web.
Socrates Sculpture Park. EAF 15 Catalogue. 2015: Web.
"I'll smile and I'm not sad. I altres passats presents" Cicle: Blanc sota negre. Arts Santa Monica. May 2014: Print.
“Un recorrido por la Bienal de Arte de Cartagena”. RevistaArcadia.com. 27 Mar. 2014: Web.
"Espora Project New York". Monsters & Madonnas, The International Center of Photography Library Blog. 2014: Web.
“Catalogue for First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia”. BIACI. 2014: Print
“Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial.” Bronx Museum. 2013: Print.
“Utopias, Pirate Press, Issue #0” edited by Misa Jeffereis and Christopher Rivera. 2012: Print.
“Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today” edited by Josh MacPhee. 2009: Print.
2017 “Mnemosyne Atlas (2016)” Print: 2017
2017 "108 days" print: 2017
2015 “Mnemosyne Atlas (2014)” Print: 2015
2014 “Sonrieré y no estoy triste” Print: 2014
2013 “Mnemosyne Atlas (2012)” Print: 2013
2011 "days of tahrir" print: 2011
2015 Flux Thursday. Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY.
2015 Artist talk and panel. Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
2014 Arts Santa Monica. Barcelona, Spain.
2013 Artist talk and panel. Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
2011 Hunter College. New York, NY.
2010 Mercer County Community College. West Windsor, NJ.
2018 NARS foundation, International artist residency. Brooklyn, NY.
2016 holes in the wall collective, creative residency. new Jerusalem, pa.
2014 Artist Summer Institute. LMCC & Creative Capital. New York, NY.
2013 Artist in the Marketplace. Bronx Museum of Art. Bronx, NY.
2011 Contemporary Arts Center-Woodside. Troy, NY.
2009 Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT.
New York Public Library
Bardiana Collection, Stevenson Library, Bard College
The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, John M Flaxman Library Special Collections, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Franklin Furnace Archive