Rush arts gallery artist-in-residence 2017 & solo exhibition at rush 

I have the honor of being Rush Arts Gallery Artist-in-Residence for 2017!

My summer residency culminates in a solo exhibition, which is scheduled to open September 7, 2017. Save the date. :)

Established in 2011, the Rush Artist-in-Residence Program provides an artist with a summer studio space in the Rush Arts Gallery, in the heart of Manhattan's world-renowned art district in Chelsea, NYC.

With the creative studio space, artists can build on a body of work and invite mentors or colleagues in to discuss their artistic development and visual aesthetics. The residence program culminates with a solo pop-up exhibition at the Rush Arts Gallery Project Space. Candidates for the AIR program are selected by the Rush Gallery Director with recommendations from our Rush Arts Gallery Artist Advisory Board, which includes Larry Ossei Mensah, Sanford Biggers, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu, Hank Willis Thomas, Cey Adams, Dexter Wimberly, and more. Past Rush Artists-in-Residence include: Alexandria Smith, Cullen Washington Jr., Allison Janae Hamilton, Stan Squirewell, and Oasa DuVerney. 


artist talk & visiting artist at wassaic project

This January, I returned to the Wassaic Project as Visiting Artist, where I conducted studio visits with residents and gave an artist talk. Thank you for having me, Wassaic Project! 

Pamela Council and Artist Tiffany Smith at the Lantern Inn, Wassaic, NY following Pamela's artist talk. Tiffany was in town installing her exhibition at Wassaic Project. Photo by Liz Zito.

Pamela Council and Artist Tiffany Smith at the Lantern Inn, Wassaic, NY following Pamela's artist talk. Tiffany was in town installing her exhibition at Wassaic Project. Photo by Liz Zito.


Residency at MANA BSMT, Spring/summer/fall 2016

For 7 months in 2016, I was an artist-in-residence at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ. Here is a video profile that they made while I was there: 



Is Your House in Order? performance

at Black Art Incubator @ Recess, thursday July 28, 2016


In this performance of “Is Your House In Order?” artist Pamela Council will host a conversation prompted by this question and invites the public to stop by and begin writing their wills!

During this session she will also reveal her own will, which will have been written in acid in the nap of velvet. She will use an iron to burn the velvet, allowing the devoré process to reveal the text of her will. Throughout the day, the burning of fabric will remove the velvet’s nap and leave velvet ashes and dust.


On July 14, Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Bell Brown, Kimberly Drew, and Jessica Lynne will launch Black Art Incubator—a project that will use Recess’s storefront space as a hub for public programming and the dissemination of resources for artists and arts professionals. Black Art Incubator is a social sculpture designed to create an intervention in the “art world” through a series of public events that bring together artists, curators, community members, critics, and scholars. Using collaboration and public engagement as guiding methodologies, the Black Art Incubator will seek to provoke new understandings of the myriad sectors that comprise the contemporary art world.



(Thursday) July 28, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST



41 Grand St, New York NY 10013


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Flo Jo World Record Nails, 2012

Flo Jo World Record Nails, 2012

Salon Style at Studio Museum in Harlem

Group exhibition featuring work by Pamela Council, Hank Willis Thomas, Deborah Willis, Mark Bradford, Kevin Beasley, Chakaia Booker, Chris Ofili and more. 

144 West 125th Street, New York, NY

March 26, 2015- June 28, 2015

From the Studio Museum in Harlem: Hair and nails are universal sites of expression, sites where one’s identity and personhood can be asserted, however temporarily. Through an interdisciplinary examination, Salon Style looks at artists that use hair and fingernails as subjects or media in order to explore the complexities of identity, and issues such as gender, politics and consumerism. As a way to actively merge the seemingly superficial with the world of high art, the exhibition title takes on two meanings; it references both the fashions that emerge from beauty parlors and an art historical term for the exhibition of a large number of works stacked upon each other in a limited space.

Salon Style is organized by Hallie Ringle, Senior Curatorial Assistant.

Click here for more info. Click below for pub:

BUSTLE: "What better opportunity to deconstruct traditional fixtures of beauty as an extension of female identity than at the intersection of art and feminism? In a new exhibit coming to the Studio Museum in Harlem, called ”Salon Style,” artist Pamela Council does just that...."

i-D: "More than just signifiers of style, hair and nails become formidable political statements. To athletes whose physique might be considered masculine, for example, long red nails are a way to assert femininity."

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Mary Kay and Saint-Germain, 2014

Mary Kay and Saint-Germain, 2014

Show #15 at Parlour Bushwick

Group exhibition featuring work by Pamela Council, Sue Havens, Jen Hitchings, and Lana Z Caplans

791 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, New York

February 27, 2015-April 5, 2015

On view Sundays 12-5 or by appointment