Amy Cousins


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Installation & Sculpture

Artist's Biography

Amy Cousins is an artist from Houston, Texas who currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Vox Populi and Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS, Visual Arts Center at Boise State University, University Galleries at Illinois State University, Peephole Cinema in San Francisco; and IS Projects in Fort Lauderdale. Cousins was a long term visiting artist at Illinois State University in 2018 and a resident at ACRE Residency in 2019.

Artist's Statement

I create sculptures, prints, and installations that explore my relationship to a poorly documented queer past. I look to archives and material culture to locate revolutionary potential within tightly policed narratives and objects, and explore what it means to look at this potential through contemporary lenses of intersectional feminism and queer ecology. I am especially inspired by histories of activism and of land projects, in the queer ingenuity, playfulness, and world building that has historically been wielded to combat oppression, the way that queer people practice celebration and expression as a means of survival.

I work with textures like faux fur, pleather, papier-mâché as a way to honor legacies of thrift store, self-fashioned queer decadence as well as the historic role of craft within social movements. The forms in my work also conjure the domestic through their references to furniture and objects of comfort, as I question whose comfort is valued by the mainstream and what a comfortable world for queer identities might look like. Printmaking maps its way onto my work as dance party fliers, separatist journals, and other ephemera are reimagined in new contexts. My work takes its queues from our revolutionary past to imagine a future where flexible identities and messy feelings are celebrated as natural and necessary.

Selected Exhibitions

Among Us, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A Shimmer & A Shout, Lawrence Arts Center, Laurence, KS

You Will Never Have the Comfort of Our Silence Again, University Galleries at Illinois State, Normal, IL

Not In Our House, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA
MFA Thesis Exhibition

Patterns and Prints: Recent Work by Amy Cousins, IS Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bottom of the 9th, Pinch-Hitter Projects, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Heather Raquel Phillips

Queer Threads, American University, Washington, DC
Curator: John Chaich
Cancelled due to COVID-19

2020 MAPC Member’s Juried Exhibition, CVA Galleries, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Juror: Imin Yeh

Emerging Artist Exhibition, Chautauqua Visual Art Galleries, Chautauqua, NY

Queer Ecology Hanky Project, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, Pittsburgh, PA

Your Plus-One, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

4x6 Show, traveling exhibition at Press North Printmakers, Townsville, North Queensland, AU,
Firestation Print Studio Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria, AU, Bluegrass Printmakers, Lexington,
KY, and Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

Queer Craft, Morrison Gallery at University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN
Curator: Andrew Stansbury

Lip-Sync Parade, FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Doah Lee

Annual Member Print Exchange, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

Collaborative Explorations, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal IL

Marginalia, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Curator: Henry Gepfer

2018 Screenprint Biennial, Opalka Gallery, Albany, NY
Juror: Nathan Meltz

What We Talk About When We Talk About Print, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Exhibition of exchange portfolio organized by Nick Satinover and Sarah Smelser

Best of the Worst, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

9th International Printmaking Douro Biennial 2018, Museu do Douro, Douro, Portugal
Curator: Nuno Canelas

Second State Press: Prints We Made, The University of the Arts Printmaking Gallery, Philadelphia,

Lucky 7, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

Graphic Mimicry, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Amze Emmons
Part of Print Think Conference

Aberrant Methods, Baker Gallery at West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Curator: Lindsay Deifik

Queer Art of Resistance, The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Allentown, PA
Curator: Deborah Rabinsky

Crafting Resistance, Visual Arts Center at Boise State, Boise, ID
Curator: Kirsten Furlong

Wig-Wag, Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, CA

Swing State, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Rebekah Flake

By the Campfire, Studio Two Three, Richmond, VA

Beyond the Norm: International Juried Print Exhibition, Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, IL
Juror: Susan Tallman, Art in Print

1,560,297, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Anthony Romero and Abigail Satinsky
Part of Unlisted Art Fair

Ink, Press, Repeat, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson University, Paterson NJ
Juror: Phil Sanders, PS Marlowe

5 into 1, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Philadelphia Sculptors

Don’t Take This The Wrong Way, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

Show #31 Online Exhibition, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY Curator: Jesse David Penridge, James Cohan Gallery

RBTL (Read Between the Lines): College Art Association’s MFA Annual Regional Exhibition, Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC

Insight/Lines, Stella Elkins Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fifth Annual Members Print Exchange, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

Graphic Coordinates, White Box Gallery at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia

Works by Amy Cousins, J. Pascoe, and Elizabeth Coffey Williams, William Way Community Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Eli VandenBerg

Fourth Annual Members Print Exchange, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

Thanksgiving Dinner, AUX at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Crossing into the Cinematic, Impact 8, Dundee, Scotland

Third Annual Members Print Exchange, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

Dinner and a Movie, The Fairgrounds, Philadelphia, PA

Formality: On Loan, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
Juror: Cara Ober

Transfer: Annual Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Middendorf Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Juror: Amy Eva Raehse of Goya Girl Press

Excellence in Printmaking, Washington Printmaker’s Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
Juror: R.L. Tillman

Repeat Notions, Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD

Vestige: Annual Juried Printmaking Exhbition, Fox 2 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Juror: Ann Shafer, assistant curator at Baltimore Museum of Art

Moving Right Along, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
Part of the Travelers installation at Penn station as part of the museum’s exhibit

Artist's Bibliography

"In Dialogue," GrizzlyGrizzly, August-September

Huff Hunter, Bea. "Critic’s Pick: Lip-Sync Parade," Art Forum, December 17, 2018

Sorrentino, Lea Devon. "The Reality of Rejection," Bad at Sports, August 9, 2018

Nash, Indiana. "On exhibit: Screen printing in Opalka spotlight," The Daily Gazette, December 6, 2018

"Playful Art Delivers Powerful Message," WGLT, Sep 8 2017
Radio and web

"New of the Print World: Selected New Editions," Art in Print, May-June 2016. 51

Residencies and Visiting Artist Lectures

“Queer Epehemera, Etc: Encounters in the Archive,” Co-Chair, panel presented at MAPC 2020 virtual symposium

Craft & Activism, panel moderator, Arcadia University, Montgomery County, PA
Canceled due to COVID-19

Artist’s lecture and studio visits with Queer Archives class (remotely), Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI

Artist's Talk, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

MICA Printmaking Alumni Panel, panelist, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Printmaker’s Round Table, Screenprint Biennial 2018 Symposium, Sage Colleges, Albany, NY

Long Term Visiting Artist, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Artist’s Lecture, Race, Identity, and Experience in American Art class, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Artist (Print Collaboration, Artist’s Talk, and Graduate Studio Visits), Normal Editions Workshop at Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Artist’s Lecture and Workshop, Advanced Screen Printing Class, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Artist’s Lecture and Workshop, Beginning Printmaking Class, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Artist-in-Residence, Two Birds One Stone Editions, Baltimore, MD

Show and Tell Guest Artist, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

2013 - 2014
FOB Holder, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

College and Post Graduate Apprentice, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Grants

InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Wind Fellowship, Recipient

Award for Affective Disjuncture of Being In Straight Time

Beyond the Norm: An International Juried Print Exhibition, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Curator's Choice Award

2014 - 2016
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
University Fellowship

2011 - 2012
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Carrie Macedonia '03 Memorial Scholarship

2010 - 2011
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Liberal Arts (Minors) Departmental Recognition Award

2009 - 2003
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Dean's List
Fanny B. Thalheimer Scholarship
Academic Excellence Award
Trustee Award
Talent Grant

Curatorial Projects

Bedside Manner, with Kelly Kuykendall, the Annex at Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
Exhibition and zine

Invisibile Ink, Rush Process Festival, Aurura Picture Show, Houston, TX
Traveling program with OOF Collective

Reverberations, Stella Elkins Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Lyrical Hysterical, with OOF Collective, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA


2018 - 2019
Soapbox Community Printshop, Philadelphia, PA
Mid-American Print Council

2013 - 2019
Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA

2013 - 2017
OOF Animation Collective


Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Printmaking

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA, Printmaking with Creative Writing Minor
Summa cum laude