Courtney Kessel
Both Artist and Mother Interview - March 2016
Other Peoples Pixels Interview
Cultural Reproducers: Interview Courtney Kessel
List shown in reverse chronological order
Family Practice: Artist and Family Collaborations
I am pleased to be included in presenting on this panel chaired by Niku Kashef, California State University, Northridge, and Woodbury University

College Art Association Conference, New York, NY
Time: 02/16/2017: 1:30PM–3:00PM
Location: Murray Hill Suite East/West, 2nd Floor (ARTspace)
CAA link

About the panel:
Whether you’re working as an academic, curator, writer, or in another job it is difficult to juggle your studio practice, your life, and your family. If one part is really good, then the other parts are often suffering. For those balancing outside-of-studio careers, there is even less time for practice. Many artists often consider the decisions of starting a family with what sort of art career they want. This panel brings together artists, media makers, artist-couples, and collectives that are actively collaborating with and making work related to their “family practice.” Panelists discuss changes in their practices, the still prevalent “taboos” of family practice in the art world and academia, and share their self-generated resources for success and community support systems.

Courtney Kessel, Ohio University
Rachel Lachowicz, Claremont Graduate University
Walter Meyer, Santa Monica College
Margaret Morgan, Independent Artist
Christen Clifford, The New School and Dixon Place
New Maternalisms: Redux and Mapping the Maternal: Art, Ethics, and the Anthropocene
New Maternalisms, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Canada
Third in a series of exhibitions, Redux features 5 international artists who are working with projects and performances surrounding maternal subjectivity: Lenka Clayton, Alejandra Herrerra Silva, Jess Dobkin, Jill Miller and myself.

During a three day colloquium, many events are scheduled to take place in a number of venues.

*Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist, and Everyday Enactments*
Jennie Klein wrote an essay on my work along with Barbara T. Smith and Alejandra Herrera called, "Grains and Crumbs: Performing Maternity" in this book from Demeter Press.
Purchase your copy today!
*Family Matters: Portraits and Experiences of Families Today*
March 14- July 20, 2014

If you get to Florence, Italy or anywhere near, try and see this show!

Or order a catalog at

Family Matters

Family Matters. Portraits and experiences of family today presents the works of eleven international artists (Guy Ben- Ner, Sophie Calle, Jim Campbell, John Clang, Nan Goldin, Courtney Kessel, Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini, Trish Morrissey, Hans Op de Beeck, Chrischa Oswald, Thomas Struth) that encourage an investigation into the images, dynamics and structures that define the concept of family in the contemporary world.

14 March-20 July 2014
Opening : Thursday, 13 March 2014, 7:00pm

Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

- See more HERE
*Complicated Labors*
I am honored to be included in this exhibition at the University of California, Santa Cruz:

Complicated Labors

February 5 - March 15, 2014, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery
Curated by Irene Lusztig

Artists: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Also featuring a screening series of work by: Myrel Chernick, Mark Cooley, Celia Cooley, and Beth Hall, Masha Godovannaya, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dillon Paul and Lindsey Wolkowicz

Opening Reception: February 5, 5:00-7:00pm
February 5, 2014, 10 AM - 5 PM, Digital Arts Research Center, Room 306 (DARC Light Lab)
Organized by Micah Perks and Irene Lusztig
Keynote talk by Mary Kelly

Symposium participants: Amra Brooks, Jennifer González, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Megan Moodie, Kate Moses, Micah Perks, Carmen Giménez Smith, Michelle Tea and Mother Art Collective (members Deborah Krall, Suzanne Siegel, Laura Silagi).
2014 Ohio University School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition press
The faculty art exhibit is up and looking strong.
January 17- March 16, 2014
Kennedy Museum of Art

The Feminist Art Project in Chicago, February 2014
Saturday, February 15, 9:30am

"The theme of the 2014 TFAP day of panels is the representation of the maternal in art and visual culture. Topics of discussion include art historical readings of maternity, the maternal body, exhibitions that address maternity/motherhood, collaboration with children, and what it means to be a mother and an artist today in relationship to the issueof M/E/A/N/I/N/G on artists/mothers."

2:10-3:30 PM
Chair: Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College
Panelists: Lynn Somers-Davis, Drew University; Jill Miller, San Francisco Art Institute; Marni Kotak, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn; Lise Haller Baggesen, independent artist; Courtney Kessel, The Dairy Barn Arts Center
Indiana University Southeast and Bellarmine University
Article on the Symposium for Ephemeral Art and Practice
Finalist for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Our mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation's goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.
HWD "Best of Show" awarded by Juror Hunter Stamps
MAMSIE: Maternal Aesthetics: The Surprise of the Real Mamsie: Studies in the Maternal|
Special Issue: Surprise of the Real, Edited by Andrea Liss
MIA Moving Image Art Series
November 23- Black Friday

a one-night exhibition
23 November 2012 – 7-10PM

The video In Balance With will be screened along with 13 other international artists:

Salwa Aleryani – JE Baker – David Beck – Anna Bruinsma
Jose Armando de Miranda Filho – Courtney Kessel – Muriel Montini
Chee Wang Ng – Timothy David Orme – Katarzyna Pagowska
Tara Raye Russo – Viktoria Schmid – Lili White – Sasha Zuwolinsky

This is a one night screening of curated works by Alanna Simone for the
Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA
Article in Art Pulse Magazine
Courtney Kessel and Linda T. Diec Two Person Show
Roy G Biv Gallery
997 North High Street
Columbus Ohio 43201
November 3 - 24, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 3, @ 7-10pm
*Artist Talk, Saturday, Nov. 24, @ 2:30pm
Reveal Collaborative @ Majestic Galleries
Majestic Galleries
October 26- November 25, 2012
Opening reception Final Fridays October 26, 6 - 10pm

Majestic on Facebook
New Country: Ruralism in Contemporary Art
October 24- November 20
Claypool_Young Art Gallery on Facebook

Visiting Artist Lecture: Courtney Kessel
Nov, 20, 10:20 & 12:40
Claypool-Young Art Gallery
Morehead State University
Morehead, Kentucky
Visiting Faculty Exhibition
Trisolini Gallery
September 3 - October 11, 2012
Opening reception: September 6, 6 - 8pm
Performing Visibility
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Trisolini Gallery
April 10-21, 2012
Artist's Reception Saturday, April 14, 4-6pm
Performance of In Balance With starting at 5:15pm
On Another Note
Reveal Collective (Courtney Kessel, Natalie Tornatore, Danielle Wyckoff)
will show in exhibit On Another Note
St. Louis Art Guild
St. Louis, Missouri
January 20, 2012- March 17, 2012
On Another Note