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David Samuel Stern
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: These images are the result of physically weaving together photographic prints of the same subject. They are an attempt to bridge dignified, direct portraits with a sort of abstraction that allows their subjects to hide within themselves, and the photographs to be distinctly physical objects. In hiding some things, we reveal others.

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2006 MFA Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Kreft Gallery, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI
2015 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) (Next Wave), Brooklyn, NY

Select Group Exhibitions
2017 Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (forthcoming)
Novado Gallery, Jersey City, NJ (forthcoming)
2016 Rubber Factory, New York, NY
Portal Art Fair, New York, NY
Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery (photo+craft), Asheville, NC
2015 Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, IA
Kreft Gallery, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI
Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library & Arts Center, Falls City, NE
2014 BKC Brooklyn Central, Brooklyn, NY
Minan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Mark Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery MC, New York, NY
The Vanderbilt Republic, Brooklyn, NY (Curator: Renwick Heronimo)
Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA (Juror: Glen Helfand)
2012 Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Community School of Music and Art, Ithaca, NY
State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2010 Community Center, Nobeoka, Japan
Murray State University, Murray, KY
2009 The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2007 Clark University, Worcester, MA
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
2006 Agora Gallery, New York, NY
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Baseline Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2005 Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2004 Hoffman La Chance Fine Art, Clayton, MO

Select Publications, Bibliography, and Media
2016 “The best photography courses NYC has to offer,” Time Out New York (website feature) (October) Davis, Ben. “Portal Art Fair Lets in Some Promising New Voices,” Artnet News (
“Woven Portraits by David Samuel Stern,” The Photophore website feature (
“Painterly Distortion,” Interview and feature on Majestigal Magazine website ( (UK)
2015 Nunes, Andrew. “Woven Portraits Break Photography’s 2D Limits,” The Creators Project, Vice Media, Inc. (blog feature:
“Woven Portraits,” GUP Magazine website feature (September) (Netherlands)
Turnbull, Joe. “Dream Weaver: New York-Based Artist Creates Magical Woven Portraits,” The Plus Paper website (UK)
Rocco, Hélène. “Les portraits tissés de David Samuel Stern,” Fisheye Magazine (website feature) (Paris)
Kyrsa, Danielle. The Jealous Curator (blog:
Art Connect Berlin summer staff picks, blog feature ( (Germany)
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. “A Better Self or No Self,” (Fall 2015 issue) (Halifax)
Felix&Friends, Ltd.. Artesia Art Book (limited-run book), London and Mumbai
Broughton, Chad. Boom, Bust, Exodus, Oxford University Press
2014 Barbosa, Brisa. “David Samuel Stern,” Apócrifa Magazine, November 2014 (Issue 23: “El Rostro”) (Mexico)
Broughton, Chad. “The Last Refrigerator,” The Atlantic (website:
Rypl, Khrista P. “Woven Portraits: Photos That Capture Two Moments in Time,” WNYC Studio 360 blog feature (
LINDA. Magazine (Netherlands), December 2014 issue
Ppaper Magazine (Taiwan), September 2014 issue
Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center, INPHA 2 (First Place Prize)
Kyrsa, Danielle. The Jealous Curator (blog:
Juxtapoz Magazine blog feature ( (blog: (Germany)
O’Connell, Ainsley. “Woven Portraits Capture Artists And Poets As They Really Are,” Fast Company (website:
Garrett, Jenna. “‘Woven Portraits’ By Photographer David Samuel Stern,”
The Dish (blog:
De Morgen (Belgium) (newspaper website:
2013 4heads. Governors Island Art Fair 2013, ex. cat.
Dalkey, Victoria. Review in Sacramento Bee, Aug. 15, 2013
Beard, Sandra and Shirley Hazlett. Eighth National Juried Exhibition, ex. cat., Axis Gallery
2012 David Samuel Stern (auth.), Longest Season, independent publication (70 pgs., 52 photographs)
2010 Broughton, Chad. “The World at the U.S.-Mexican Border,” Contexts Mag. (Univ. of Chicago), Vol. 9, No. 1
Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Magic Silver 2010, ex. cat., Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University
2007 DeHijde, Peter and Sreshta Rit Premnath (eds.). “Transparent White,” Shifter Magazine, Issue 10
2005 Washington University College of Art. In(ter)vention, College of Art student publication

Teaching Experience
2013–Present BKC Brooklyn Central, Brooklyn, NY (curricula developed: Essential Portraiture, Digital Photo I, Analog Print Lab, Analog Film Lab, Darkroom Basics)
2014–Present Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn, NY (curricula developed: Photo 101, Intro to DSLR Photography, Guerrilla Photo Studio: Headshots)
2013 Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
2013 Pratt Institute, New York, NY
2009–2010 Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
2010 Bradley University, Peoria, IL
2005 Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2014 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
2011 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Awards & Honors
2015 Best of Show Prize, Kreft Gallery (2015 Juried Exhibition), Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI
2014 First Place Prize in Manifest Gallery and Drawing Cetner’s INPHA 2 publication
Full Grant (Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation, for residency at KHN Center for the Arts)
2011 Artist’s Grant (Vermont Studio Center)
2010 Second Place Prize at 60th Nobeoka Shibiten, Nobeoka, Japan
2007 Honorable Mention at Prix de la Photographie Paris
2004 Jens Fellowship (Washington University)
Walhert Scholarship (Washington University)

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