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Sam Fein
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am an artist who was trained in the social sciences. As such, I view my creative practice as a visual ethnography, an investigation into the untold complexities of the lived experience. My artwork expresses multifaceted narratives about human relations and emotional conditions. I work across mediums— utilizing paint, collage, and mixed media interchangeably. Through this media, I construct bizarre and comedic scenes densely layered with psychosocial content. My pieces depict figures, animals, and symbology rooted in a specific location. Referencing elements of oral history, ethnography, and personal narrative, my artwork does not replicate the literalism of the physical world. Instead, these pieces give expression to a uniquely individualized reality, a personal brand of magical realism. I then relate these stories within a greater framework of social power structures. My interest is to balance interior subjectivity within the external world of constructed hierarchies.
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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION

2013 M.F.A. Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, MD
2011 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, MD 2008 B.A. Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College; Bronxville, NY
2007 Universidad Social del Museo Argentino; Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 Universidad de La Habana and Instituto Superior de Arte; Havana, Cuba

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Pie in the Sky, Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
2013 Tall Tales: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fox 3 Gallery, MICA; Baltimore, MD

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Story of a story, curated by Shlomit Dror, Smack Mellon; Brooklyn, NY
2014 Juvenescence, curated by Laura Amussen, Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College; Towson, MD Día de los Muertos, Arlington Art Center; Arlington, VA
2014 ¡Salud! Bay Ridge SAW; Brooklyn, NY
2014 Spring Juried Exhibition, Greenpoint Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
2013 Window Wonderland, Harbor East, curated by Maryland Art Place; Baltimore, MD 2013 Connections: Folk Environments and Constructs, curated by Eduardo Rodriguez, Gallery 788; Baltimore, MD
2012 Mount Royal Fall Show, Leidy and Riggs Galleries, MICA; Baltimore, MD Road Trip, curated by Stephanie Madison, Studio 659; Whiting IN
2012 Fresh Perspective, curated by Judy Southerland, Hillyer Art Space; Washington, D.C.
2012 Backlash, SOHO20; New York, NY
2012 Student Art Exhibition, ISE Cultural Foundation; New York, NY
2012 LOADED PISTOLS (*Curator), Gallery 500, MICA; Baltimore, MD
2012 First Year MFA Exhibition II, North Avenue Market; Baltimore, MD
2011 Polyamorous, Fox 3 Gallery, MICA; Baltimore, MD
2011 Proclivities, curated by Liz Ashe, Gallery 500, MICA; Baltimore, MD
2011 Big Pointy Teeth, curated by Cat Sachse, Gallery 500, MICA; Baltimore, MD 2011 Drawing: Light, Fox 2 Gallery, MICA; Baltimore, MD
2011 Align, Gallery 500, MICA; Baltimore, MD
2011 The Seam, Fox 3 Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2010 FAIL Show, Gallery 500, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD 2008 Further Painting Senior Show, Heimbold Atrium, Sarah Lawrence College; Yonkers, NY
2008 SLC Visual Art Review Release Opening, A*Space, Sarah Lawrence College; Yonkers, NY
2007 Further Painting Exhibition, Heimbold Atrium, Sarah Lawrence College; Yonkers, NY
2006 Public Art in Action, Robert Brady Museum and Cultural Center; Cuernavaca, Mexico
2006 Group Drawing Exhibition, curated by Alfred Quiroz, University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ
2004 Intermediate Painting Exhibition, Hembold Atrium, Sarah Lawrence College; Yonkers, NY
2002-2003 High on Life: Transcending Addiction, curated by Tom Patterson, American Visionary Art Museum; Baltimore, MD

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2015 James Rosenquist Artist in Residence, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
2013 Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship; Johnson, VT
2011-2013 Mount Royal Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, MD
2010 Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, MD 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar, Philippine-American Educational Foundation; Manila, Philippines
2004-2008 Presidential Scholarship, Sarah Lawrence College; Bronxville, NY

PRESS AND PUBLICATION INCLUSIONS

2015 Benjamin Sutton “Dissecting and Detecting Stories in Found Objects and Remnants”, Hyperallergic, July 23, 2015
2015 Jack Dura “MU Gallery’s newest Rosenquist Artist in Residence treks globe, presents ‘playful’
work in exhibition”, The Spectrum, May 4, 2015
2014 Paul D'Agostino, "4 Art Exhibits You Need to See", The L Magazine, June 5, 2014
2014 Paul D'Agostino, "Business Is An Art: Bay Ridge SAW 2014", The L Magazine, Vol. 12, No.10, May 7- 20, 2014
2011 The Rooster, Fall 2011, contributing author “Vignettes of My Father” 2008 Sarah Lawrence College Visual Art Review, Volume 2, featured artist
2007 Brink Magazine, Issue 2, July 2007, featured artist

LECTURES, SEMINARS, AND PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

2015 Artists Summer Institute, Creative Capital/LMCC; New York, NY
2015 Visiting Artist Series, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
2014 Fulbright Open Salon, School of the Visual Arts; New York, NY
2014 TENT Museums, The Jewish Museum; New York, NY
2014 Open Engagement, Queens Museum; Queens, NY
2013 Critical Information Graduate Student Conference, School of the Visual Arts; New York, NY
2013 MFA Thesis Presentation, MICA Graduate Studio Center Auditorium; Baltimore, MD
2012 Artist Presentation, Hillyer Art Space, sponsored by the National Capital Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association; Washington, D.C.
2010 Mid-Year Enrichment Conference for Fulbrighters in Southeast Asia, Fulbright Commission for the Philippines; Manila, Philippines
 








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