Pamela Council was born in Southampton, New York and lives in South Bronx, New York.

She makes sculptures, prints, performances, jokes, and more. Recent works are abstract sensual experiences that freestyle on notions of self care, estate management, personal style, and the preciousness of product. A combination of artist-made and acquired materials is used in the work, which has been featured at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Williams College Museum of Art, Outpost Artist Resources, Rebuild Foundation, and the Wassaic Project. Pamela has created a commission for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

She received a B.A. from Williams College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Pamela is currently an artist-in-residence at Mana BSMT at Mana Contemporary.

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Education

2014        Columbia University School of the Arts, M.F.A., New York, NY

2007        Williams College, B.A. with Honors, Williamstown, MA

Selected Exhibitions

2016         i found god in myself, African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA (forthpcoming), curated by Souleo

                 Memory Room, Outpost Artist Resources, Queens, NY, curated by Andrew Ross

                 March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, curated by Hank Willis Thomas & Adam Shopkorn

                 tinydrink at Beverly’s, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, curated by Alison Kuo

2015         Salon Style, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, curated by Hallie Ringle

2014         Harlem Postcards (commission), Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

                 i found god in myself (commission), Schomburg Center for Research, New York, NY

                 Re: Purpose, MoCADA at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Amanda Reid and Ali Rosa-Salas

                 Shrink It Pink It, Cathouse Funeral, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Irena Jurek

                 United Against Speculation, Neiman Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Rikrit Tiravanija & Tomas Vu-Daniel

2013         Blaxidermy Venus, Art-in-Buildings (solo), Time Equities West 10th Window, New York, NY    

                 Homeward Found, Maxon Mills, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2011          NY Group Show, Kianga Ellis Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2010         Balls: Ordering Black Maleness, Pill House, Minneapolis, MN

                 Mahogany Dew II, Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY

                 Five From Providence, Bannister Gallery, Providence, RI

2009        Bag It!, Gasp Gallery, Brookline, MA, curated by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

2008       Unchained Legacies, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Performances

2016      Is Your House In Order? (solo presentation for Black Art Incubator, forthcoming), Recess, New York, NY, Black Art Incubator is a social sculpture by Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Bell Brown, Kimberly Drew, & Jessica Lynne.

2014      Sweet Grace (solo), VOLTA NY with Kianga Ellis Projects, New York, NY

Is Your House In Order? (solo), MoCADA at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Bartertown, Heather Hart Experience at Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Bartertown, Heather Hart Experience at Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

2013     Sweet Grace (solo), The Argonauts at The Wassaic Project Summer Festival, Wassaic, NY

2005   God’s Trombones with Sankofa, dir. Craig T. Harris, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

Awards, Grants, & Residencies

2016     Mana BSMT Residency, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2015     Catwalk Artist Project summer residency, Catskill, NY

             Robert Wilson's Watermill Center International Summer Program, Water Mill, NY

2014     Toby Devan Lewis Award, Toby Devan Lewis Foundation

2013     Neiman Fellowship, Columbia University School of the Arts

2012     Wassaic Project Summer Art Residency, Wassaic, NY

             Joan Sovern Sculpture Award, Columbia University School of the Arts

2009    Product Creation Trainee in Reebok/adidas sneaker factory, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2006    Study Abroad: Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark & Textiles in Accra, Ghana

 

Lectures, Presentations, Panels

2015       “Artist Talks” at mini B.A.R., New York, NY

2014       “Is Your House In Order? B.A.R. Edition”, session host, Black Artist Retreat, Chicago, IL

              "Works in Progress: Artist & Art Historians Present”, panelist, Department of Art History, Columbia University, New York, NY

               “Re: Purpose artist talk”, panelist, MoCADA at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

Publications

Press

Wright, Peter Souleo. “40 amazing black artists to watch in 2014.” TheGrio.com. 3 January 2014. Web.

Wright, Peter Souleo. “40 amazing black artists to watch in 2014.TheGrio.com. 3 January 2014. Web.

Sarah Barnes. “Pamela Council’s Sculptures Made of Fake Acrylic Nails.” Beautiful Decay. 10 October 2013. Web. 

Sarah Barnes. “Pamela Council’s Sculptures Made of Fake Acrylic Nails.” Beautiful Decay. 10 October 2013. Web. 

“Flo Jo World Record Nails: An Olympic-Inspired Nail Project.” NAILS Magazine. 17 September 2012. Web. 

Flo Jo World Record Nails: An Olympic-Inspired Nail Project.” NAILS Magazine. 17 September 2012. Web.