Kevin McNamee-Tweed - CV + Bio

Kevin McNamee-Tweed has a multifaceted studio practice for which drawing and humor are central. Sometimes he draws on paper; at other times he incises a drawn line into clay, adds color with glazes and fires the clay to yield a ceramic painting; at other times he uses ink, a sheet of plexiglass and a sheet of paper to create monotypes; and at other times, he creates paintings that also incorporate drawn lines. Most of his works are modest in scale, often not much larger than a sheet of paper. But they are not paper-thin. They have depth and weight. His ceramic paintings are like tile fragments and his monotypes are typically mounted to wood which has stained edges. As a result, both feel like books, a category of object that McNamee-Tweed values above all others, including art. Whatever the materials and processes, it is the right combination of humor and beauty that makes his works stand out.

Steve Turner Gallery has published three books on the artist. Click here to purchase. 


Born 1984, Stanford, California
Lives and works in Iowa City

Education
2020
MFA, University of Iowa

2019
MA, University of Iowa

2008
BFA, New York University

Solo Exhibitions 
2020
Tableaux Vivant, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2019
Literature, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Beret Debt, Devening Projects, Chicago

2018
Already Not Yet, Shrine Gallery, New York
Slow Rocket, 57W57, New York

2017
Little Hawk Field, Rod Barton, London
New Top Old Bottom, Left Field, San Luis Obispo
The End, Bay Space, Portland
Self-Tourism, MoHA, Austin

2016
Handmade Books, The Menil Collection Bookstore, Houston
Bread In North Carolina Butter In Tennessee, To_Bridges_, The Still House Group, New York
100 Views, Lower Left Gallery, Austin

2015
Words, Installation at Austin Bergstrom Airport
Words, Pump Project, Austin
Sherts and Dreams, Las Cruxes, Austin

2014
Karl’s Korner, Bolm Project Space, Austin
Books, Little Berlin, Philadelphia
Books, Co-Lab Projects, Austin

2013
Shit Show, Eleven Seventeen Garland, Austin

2012
Rocks, Big Medium Gallery and Project Space, Austin

Group Exhibitions
2020
Curated exhibition by Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Steve Turner, Los Angeles (upcoming)
ALAC (with Steve Turner), Los Angeles

2019
Sunday Art Fair (with Steve Turner), London
Art Berlin (with Steve Turner)
Enter Art Fair (with Steve Turner), Copenhagen
Free Spirit News: Fourth Dimensional Issues, Melanie Flood Projects and Adams and Ollman, Portland
Summer Soup, Three Four Three Four, Brooklyn
Highway Blues, Underdonk, New York
Power of Ten, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)

2018
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
Pablo, Cabinet Printemps, Dusseldorf
Swab Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair (with Dutton Gallery)
Spring 1883 (with Dutton Gallery), Melbourne
Afire, Skylab Gallery, Columbus
All You Can See, Rizzutto Gallery, Palermo, Italy
NADA New York (with Dutton Gallery)

2017
Born To Run, Lane Meyer Projects, Aspen
Another Place, Shrine, New York
Spring 1883 (with Dutton Gallery), Sydney
GIFC, The Hole, New York
Eyes Ears Nose Etc Etc, Left Field, San Luis Obispo
Zing Zam Blunder, Harbinger Projects, Reykjavik
Mysticeti: Jonathan Ryan Storm & Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Molasses Books, Brooklyn
All American, PM/AM, London
GIFC, Art Athina, Athens
Part IV, Magic the Gallery, Austin

2016
A Room With a View, Eddy’s Room, Brooklyn
Return Policy, The Still House Group, New York
In Residence, Las Cruxes, Austin

2015
A Little Me Time, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin
Coming To Terms, Little Berlin, Philadelphia
Bazt, Flux Factory, New York
Desktop Archeology, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin
Austin Pavilion at Art City

2014
Conspectus, Co-Lab Projects, Austin
AHöM, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin

2013
A Catalogue, Tiny Park Gallery, Austin
F.R. Etchen Collection, Big Medium, Austin
The Drawing Show, Pump Project, Austin

2012
Farewell, Wardenclyffe Gallery, Austin
Medium Small, Big Medium, Austin
The Monster Show, Domy Books, Austin

2007
Period, Rosenberg Gallery, New York

Residencies and Awards
2019
Mildred Pelter Fellowship

2018
Wilhelm and Jane Bodine Fellowship, Iowa City

2017
Iowa Arts Fellowship
Artist in Residence, Bay Space, Portland

2016
Montello Foundation Fellowship
Artist in Residence at The Range, Saguache, Colorado
Artist in Residence, Montello Foundation, Nevada

2013
Best Work of Art 2013-2014, Austin Critics Table
Best Curation of Group Exhibition 2013-2014, Austin Critics Table

2012
Best Solo Exhibition 2012-2013, Austin Critics Table

Bibliography
2020
Ollman, Leah. “Commentary: I visited four reopened art galleries. The experience was not what I expected,” Los Angeles Times, September 16
Zellen, Jody. “Kevin McNamee-Tweed: ‘Tableaux Vivant’ More Than Meets the Eye,” ArtnowLA, August 16
Hudson, Suzanne. “Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” Art Forum, January

2019
Storm, Rebecca. “Kevin McNamee-Tweed’s Literature,” Editorial Magazine, November

2018
“Featured Artist: Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” Los Angeles Review of Books

2017
Heinrich, Will. “What To See In New York,” The New York Times, July 27
Greenwood, Caitlin. “The Exit Interview,” The Austin Chronicle, March 10
LeRoux, Ayden. “The Power of Refusal: Kevin McNamee-Tweed’s Departure from Austin,” Glasstire, January 28

2016
“Feature: Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” Fields Magazine, September

2015
“2015: Our Top Fives,” Fields Magazine, December
McCollom, Caitlin. “Deciding to Become An Artist While Making Art,” Arts and Culture Texas, September 8
Athent, Dallas. “Molasses Books Launches A Book Titled, Well, ‘Books’: Get It Now,” Bushwick Daily, August 24
Schwaiger, Seth Orion. “Review: Books by Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” Austin Chronicle, August 14
Marino, Rebecca. “Q+A with Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” Conflict of Interest, April 27
Otterbein, Holly. “Interview with Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” City Paper

2014
Ball, Lilly. “New Mysteries. New Day. Fresh Doughnuts: An Interview with Kevin McNamee- Tweed,” Forth Magazine, December 16
Potraz, Kathryn. “Laugh Until You Cry.” Paste, December 9
Gosling, Emily. “Self-Help, Poo, & Existential Questions: KMT’s Books,” It’s Nice That, November 20
Bursese, Stephanie. “The Form Review; Kevin McNamee-Tweed at Little Berlin,” The St. Claire, October 31
Rhea, Quinten. “Interview with Artist Kevin McNamee-Tweed,” KOOP Radio, Austin, August 10

2012
van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “Review: Rocks,Austin American-Statesman
Brenner, Wayne Alan. “Worth Your Weekend Time,” Austin Chronicle
Wlody, Janet. “Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Rocks,Gessato
Breaux, Adrienne. “Rocks,” 2 Modern

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