b. 1983 Columbus, GA

Lives and works in Durham, NC



2008    MFA   Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University

2005    BA      Art History/Visual Arts, Fordham University Rose Hill, cum laude


Awards & Fellowships

2018    Arts/Industry Residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2017    Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC

2016    PNC Pop-In Residency, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2015    The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Exploratory Residency 

2014    Fulbright-García Robles Research Grant, Mexico 

            The American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award: Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund                                        

2013    The MacDowell Colony

            The Edward F. Albee Foundation 

2012    Associate Artist, The Atlantic Center for the Arts

2010    The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, The Space Program

2009    Nadine Goldsmith Artist’s Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

2008    Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant nominee

2007    Teaching Fellowship, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University

2006     University Merit Scholars Award, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University

2005    Vasari Lecture speaker, Fordham University

2004    Stark Travel Prize, Fordham University


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2019 pieces, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC

Interwoven, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC

off-kilter, Hodges Taylor, Charlotte, NC

Translations, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

2018    Martha Clippinger:Two Sides/ Dos Lados, Institute 193, Lexington, KY

           Three Quilts, Ella Fountain Pratt Gallery, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC

2017    Martha Clippinger: Colorplay, part of 12x12 series, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC 

            Hodge Podge Lodge, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

2016    ¡lotería!, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

            right quick, Artspace, Raleigh, NC 

            Project 9 (with Mel Prest),c2c Project Space, San Francisco, CA

            Tilt-a-Whirl (with Rachel Goodwin), Spectre Arts, Durham, NC 

2015    Xigie, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY 

            gabi ganai,Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ (catalogue)

2014    Flipside, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

2013    Odds and Ends, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ 

2012    Hopscotch, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

            809 Warren, Hudson, NY

            Tunnel of Love (for Color),Window at 125, New York, NY

2010    Paintings, Better Than Jam, Brooklyn, NY

2008    MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University

2005    Paintings, Push Pin Gallery, Fordham University, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Ancestry of Necessity, curated by April Childers, Reed Gallery, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC

Inquiry, curated by Mark Brousseau, University of Cincinnati, OH

2018    Seeing the Weave: Textile Based Abstraction in the Piedmont, Appalachian State, Boone, NC

Surface of a Sphere, Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA 

            12 x 12,Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC 

            Geometric Behavior, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, Denmark

            A Radical Voice: 23 Women, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY

2017    Over & Over,Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago 

            Art on Paper: The 44th Exhibition, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC

            King of the Cockroaches, Guest Room Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

            We Are Happy to Serve You, LUMP, Raleigh, NC

2016    New Geometries, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (catalogue)

            Confluence/Influence: Mingei in Contemporary Abstraction,Dorsky Curatorial Programs Long Island City, New York (catalogue)

            Anywhere but here, LUMP, Raleigh, NC

            Continuum, LIGHT, Chapel Hill, NC

            Portable Mind, Spring/Break Art Fair, New York, NY

            New American Paintings, The South #124,Open Studios Press

            Made In Paint, Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY

2015    Fiber Optic, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

            2015-2016 Flat File Program, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY

            object’hood,Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY

            Recent Relics and Re-placed Sites, AUTOMAT, Philadelphia, PA

2014    2014 Annual Invitational, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY

            Funkdafied, Rhombus Space, Brooklyn, NY

            Color as Structure, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY

            Paint Me Sculpturly, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Italy

            Offline, Radiator Arts, Long Island City, NY

            Genesis Forward Battery, HKJB @ Underdonk, Ridgewood, NY

2013    Drifter,Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

            The Language of Painting, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY, NY 

2012    Abstract Realities, Hal Bromm, New York, NY

            On the Fence,The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY

2011    The Edgemere Letterswith poet Urayoán Noel, Edgemere, NY

            Listen and Repeat, Tjaden Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

            Perimeters, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

            Let water be the other half,The Doo-Nanny, Seale, AL 

2010    Alternative Histories,Exit Art, New York, NY (catalogue) 

            Local Color, Fordham University Lincoln Center, New York, NY

            Exit Light, Reference Art, Richmond, VA 

            Something to Put Something On,Box 13, Houston, TX

            Three Rooms,Homestead, New York, NY

2009    I Wanna Be Somewhere,Daily Operation, New York, NY

            Derived, Borrowed, and Stolen, Broadway Gallery, NY, NY 

            Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction,Austin Peay State University, Clarksville,TN    

2008    The Fungusamongus,The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY

           Small Works Show,440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

           Fordham Alumni Show,Fordham University, New York, NY

           Fresh Meat/Young Blood,Shore Institute of Contemporary Art Long Branch, NJ



Amussen, Jasmine. “Take Five: Textiles” burnaway.org, Sept. 2019.

Baker, Alex. ”New Geometries” catalog essay, Fleisher-Ollman, Sept 2016.

Berlind, Robert. “Martha Clippinger HopscotchThe Brooklyn Rail,Feb 2012.

Buhmann, Stephanie. “Color, Geometry, and Texture in the Work of Martha Clippinger” catalog essay for ¡lotería!, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Oct 2016.

Butler, Sharon. “New Geometries: Embracing Narrative and Content” Two Coats of Paint,Oct 2, 2016.

Donlon, Bridget. “Confluence/Influence: Mingei in Contemporary Abstraction” catalog essay, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Sept, 2016.

Gerrity, Alexa.  “Hump Day Art Crush: Martha Clippinger” LivesandWorks, Aug 8, 2012.

Haber, John. “Modernism for Beginners” haberartsblog, Feb 14, 2014.

Hughes, Christine.  “Invitational” ARTEIDOLIA, March 2014.

Hurst, Howard. “10 Underrated Artists from Brooklyn” Hyperallergic, Aug 19, 2011. 

Kohler, William Eckert.  “In Between: Various Artists at Various Galleries on the Lower East Side,” HuffingtonPostBlog, Jan 3, 2014.

Landi, Ann. “Color as Structure” at McKenzie Fine Art” ARTNEWS, Oct 2014.

Loizzo-Desai, Alexandra. “Martha Clippinger: An Eye for Color,” Fordham Magazine, Nov 2015.

Mattera, Joanne. “Color: Field and Form, Part 11” JoanneMatteraArtBlog, 2012. 

Naves, Mario, “Martha Clippinger at Elizabeth Harris Gallery” TooMuchArt, Jan 16,  2012. 

Nicté-Há, Axóchitl. “Martha Clippinger y su proyecto Xchang”(interview)  MadejándoLA, Aug 2016. 

Noel, Urayoan. “Martha Clippinger Hopscotch” catalog essay, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Jan 2012.

Panero, James. “Gallery Chronicle” TheNewCriterion, April 2014.

Stamey, Emily. New American Paintings, The South #124,Open Studios Press.

Wertz, Orion. “Martha Clippinger’s Hodge Podge Lodge at the Columbus Museum"  Burnaway.org, Nov 9, 2017.

Witkowski, Viktor. “10 Underrated Artists?” SameOleArt. Aug 29, 2011. 

Yau, John. “The Pleasures of DIY Art” Hyperallergic, April 21, 2019.

Yau, John. “Sassily Serious, Seriously Sassy”Hyperallergic, Jan 28, 2012. 

Yau, John. “Scrap Master” Hyperallergic, Oct 30, 2016.


Professional Experience

2017-18           Instructor, Drawing andFigure Drawing, Duke University, Durham, NC

2017                Instructor, Intuitive Geometriesquilt making workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine, NC

2015- present  Duke CreateWorkshop instructor for Painting and Drawing, Duke University

2016                Mentor to MFA candidate, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

2016                Instructor, Carolina Friends School Summer Camp (Art), Durham, NC

2014                Fulbright- Garcia Robles Research grantee in Painting, Mexico, Institute of International Education, New York, NY

2008-2014       Coordinator, New York Semester on Contemporary Art, Drew University, Madison, NJ

2008-2013       Creator and Director, The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY

2011                Adjunct Instructor, Drawing 1, Fordham University, Bronx, NY

                        Adjunct Instructor, Visual Thinking, Fordham University, New York, NY

2010                Adjunct Instructor, New York Semester on Contemporary Art, Drew University, Madison, NJ

                        Adjunct Instructor, 2D Design, Drew University, Madison, NJ

2008                Adjunct Instructor, Arts in Contemporary Society, Berkeley College, Newark, NJ and Berkeley College, Paramus, NJ

                        Instructor for Arts Conservatory Program, Police Athletic League, NYC

2007-2008       Teaching Assistant, Seminar in Contemporary Art(instructor of record)  Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University 

2006-2008       Art instructor for children’s art classes and summer art camp, Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ


Visiting Artist Lectures

2017    Fordham University, New York, NY

2016    School of Visual Arts, Summer Session in Oaxaca (lecture on Fulbright research)

2015    Drew University, Madison, NJ (gabi ganaiexhibition lecture)

2014    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (public lecture and MFA studio critiques)

2013    Drew University (Language of Paintingexhibition lecture)

2012    Pace University, New York, NY  (Hopscotchexhibition lecture)

            Fordham University, New York, NY (Art History Department panel)

2011    State University of New York, Purchase, NY (artist’s studio visit)

            Drew University (“Senior Studio” critiques)

2010    Drew University (artist’s studio visit and gallery lecture for Erica Saito exhibition)

2009    Fordham University (Visual Arts Department lecture)


Public Collections

Capital One Corporate Collection, Richmond, Virginia

The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia

Duke University, site-specific installation at The Brodhead Center, Durham, North Carolina

The Durham Hotel, Durham, North Carolina

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Kohler Company, Kohler, WI

Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai, UAE

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas



Duke University, Brodhead Center mural, Durham, NC 

The Durham Hotel, Durham, NC (screenprint edition produced with Durham Supergraphic)

Chet Miller, Durham, NC (screenprint edition produced with Durham Supergraphic)

Mural at private residence in Durham, NC