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1980 MFA Painting, Queens College of The City University of New York  

1978 BA cum laude Art, The State University of New York at Albany       


Individual Exhibitions

2022   Borders of Light and Water, European Cultural Centre, 59th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2022   Watermark, Crosland Library, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

2022   Wavelength, Chastain Art Center, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta, GA

2020   Strata, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal

2019    Variation, Alpharetta Arts Center, Alpharetta, GA

2018    Translucence, Gallery 72, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta, GA

2015    Honeycomb, LaGrange Museum of Art, LaGrange, GA

2015    Upended, Neuer Worpsweder Kunstverein, Worpswede, Germany

2012    Emergency Orange, M55 Art, LIC, NY

2012    Under and Over, BOA gallery Atlanta, GA

2009   Everything is Optional, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA

2006   Circling, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK

2006   Red Eye Love, Plus Gallery, Denver CO

2006   Notes to Self, Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA

2005   It’s All In My Head, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA

2005   Up to My Eyeballs, Ty Stokes Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004   Gestures, Antalya Cultur Centre, Antalya. Turkey

2004   New Work, Ty Stokes Gallery, Atlanta. GA

2003   New Work, Saltworks Gallery,Atlanta, GA

2002   The Arrangement of Things, Coach Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2001    Punto di Fuga (Vanishing Point), Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venice,

2000   After Painting, Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX

1999    Retracings, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1999    Retracing Retracing, Resource Forum, Atlanta, GA

1999    Into the Blue, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA

1998    In Retrospect: Paintings From the Last Decade, Buckhead Plaza, Atlanta

1996    Quaternity, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1995    Forecasts, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA with catalogue-traveled to

            Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN

            Hudgins Center, Duluth, GA

1994    Between Heaven and Earth, The Autrey Mill Project, Alpharetta, GA.

1993    Paintings, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1989    PaintingsGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

1988    PaintingsArt Institute of Pittsburgh, PA

1987    PaintingsOmni Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1987    PaintingsBerry College, Rome, GA

1986    PaintingsPhilip Morris Gallery, Richmond, VA

1986    PaintingsCatholic University, Washington, D.C.

1986    PaintingsFoundation Gallery, Norfolk, VA

1985    PaintingsSarah Y. Rentschler Gallery, New York City

1985    Paintings, Long Island University Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1983    PaintingsArnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

1993    PaintingsThe Studio School and Gallery, Johnson City, NY

1981     PaintingsSmedley’s Gallery, Ithaca, NY

1981     PaintingsWillard Straight Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Group Exhibitions

2021    Exhibition: Geo from the Collection of the Mark Rothko Centre Daugavpils, Riga Art Space, Latvia   

2020   Drawing Challenge  I - XXIII, Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC, New York

2017    Group Show, Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York

2017    Unanswered Letter with Lenka Clayton, Fabric Workshop And Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2016    Painting, Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia​

2016    Academy/Academia Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

2015    Rooted, Manny Cantor Center, New York City, NY

2015    Selections from the Permanent Collection, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA

2014    Draftsmen’s Congress, The New Museum, New York, NY  invited by Pawel Althamer

2013    kleineaberKunst, Neuer Worpsweder Kunstverein, Worpswede, Germany

2012    Billboard Project, Atlanta, GA

2011     C-Flow, Elevate Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA

2011     Days oF Awe, Flux Projects, Atlanta, GA

2010    5 + 15 + 5, Ateilerhaus Bahnhof Sagehorn, Oyten, Germany

2010    From Padies, Galerie 22, Toulouse, France

2009   Majestic Sunrise, The Rialto ,Atlanta, GA

2007   Genius Loci, Soranzo Cappello Palace, Venice, Italy

2007   Viva Frida, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2007   Drawings, City Gallery East , Atlanta, GA

2006   Color, Space 301 , Mobile, Alabama

2005   Drawing Conclusions, Rialto curated by Karen Comer Lowe , Atlanta

2004   Shenzhen Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, PR China

2004   Multiple Views, Madelyn Jordan Fine Arts, Scarsdale , NY

2002   Shenzhen Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, PR China

2002   Kunsthaus Invitational, Heidenheim, Germany

2001    New Orleans Triennial, Installation, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA

2000   Collaborating Couples, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

1997    Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art,             

            Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC  

1996    Grace and Violence, Olympic Village, Atlanta, GA

1996    Gone With the Wind, Taboo, Chastain Gallery, City of Atlanta

1994    Kay Garvey Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994    Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993    GreenSpace, Nexus Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta Contemporary), Atlanta, GA;                   

1992    Atlanta Biennial, Contemporary Art Center Atlanta,

1988    Bowery Gallery, New York City

1987    Vistas: The Panoramic Landscape, GW Einstein Gallery, NYC, NY

1987    Landscape, 22 Wooster Street, New York City

1986    New York Artists Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, VA

1986    Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA (two-person)

1985    Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

1985    Four Artists on Paper, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

1985    Small Works Invitational, Bowery Gallery, NYC

1984    BFM Gallery, NYC, NY

1984    New Scapes: Land and City/States of Mind, One Penn Plaza, NYC

1982    Wells College, Aurora, NY

1982    Goldwin-Ternback Museum, Flushing, Queens, NY


2013     She’s Got What It Takes: American Women Artists in Dialogue. Published by Charta Art Books, Milan, Italy.



2018  Deanna Sirlin: New Collages in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire published by the        

          Institute of African American Affairs at New York University, New York, NY edited by Quincy Troupe

Collaborative Projects

2022  Nuno Veiga, Wavelength, video collaboration, Atlanta, Georgia

2021   Nuno Veiga, 3 Scherzi 4 Strata, Three video, sound  and dance collaborations, Evora, Portugal 

2018   Matthew Ostrowski, UUU, video collaboration, Gallery 72, Atlanta, GA

2017   Lenka Clayton, Unanswered Letter, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA 

1991    Vinnie Murphy, The Vincent Project, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 

1983   Chris Kraus, Readings From The Diaries of Hugo Ball, St Marks Poetry Project , NYC, NY

1980   Ronald Tavel set design and installation “The Understudy” Cornell University Theatre, Ithaca, NY 


2022    J. Andrew Salyer, A Chromatic Lens for Reflection 

2020    José Alberto Ferreira, Deanna Sirin: STRATA, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Portugal 

2019     Cinque Hicks, Deanna Sirlin: Variation

Articles and Reviews

October 2022        Review: Deanna Sirlin’s show at Chastain Gallery is a love song to paint and color by Jerry Cullum

August 2022           Making a Splash: Deanna Sirlin, Watermark at GA Tech Library, by Robert Stalker for Arte Fuse

August 2022.           Deanna Sirlin: Borders of Light and Water at Palazzo Bembo by ART SPIEL, NYC, NY

June 2021                 Yiyao Yang, Looking Inward, Strata in Evora,  Imprint Magazine, UK

June 2021                 Geo from the collection of the Mark Rothko Centre at Riga Art Space 

April 2021                  Tijana Lehtikoski Zest & Curiosity: Deanna Sirlin: STRATA in Portugal  

December 2020     Celso Martins, Strata,  Expresso Magazine, Portugal

January 2018           Quincy Troupe, Black Renaissance Noire

May 2015                  Donata Wood, Painting Is Its Own Language, Wümme-Zeitung  

October 2006         Sandi Toksvig, My Skull Was A Credit To Me,  London Telegraph

Spring 2006             Quandra Rodriguez, Art of Deanna Sirlin, Catalyst Magazine

December 2005     Rebecca Dimling Cochran, Atlanta: Deanna Sirlin, Sculpture Magazine 

October 2002         Nancy Staab, Grand Scale Art, Southern Living

June 2001                John Villani, Catching the World’s Emerging Art Voices, Art Business News  

January 2001           Christina Kline, Framing a New Paradigm, Art Papers Magazine



May 2022                Climate change inspires artist Deanna Sirlin's Venice Biennale Installation, Arts ATL by Gillian Renault 

September 2020    Shoutout Atlanta: Deanna Sirlin Artist 

November 2019       VoyageATL Conversations with the Inspiring Deanna Sirlin 

November 2018       IdeelArt US American Artist Deanna Sirlin

August 2018             ArtsATL, Deanna Sirlin by Andrew Alexander

July 2018                   VoyageATL, Deanna Sirlin

Audio Interviews


                            Episode 516: Artist in Residence II interviewed by Charlie Bennett

August 2018        Storycorps interviewed by Ed Austin Hall

August 2018       City Lights, NPR interviewed by Lois Reitzes


Grants and Honors

2022     Individual Artist Grant, Fulton County Arts Council, GA

2022     Artist in Residence, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

2021      Grant, South Arts, Atlanta, GA

2021      Individual Artist Grant, Fulton County Arts Council, GA

2020     Grant, United States Artists, Chicago, IL

2020     Grant, Georgia Chapter of  The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

2020     Grant, Judith Alexander Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia

2020     Nexus Fund, Atlanta, Georgia

2019      Artist in Residence, City of Alpharetta, Georgia

2019       Artist in Residence, CINI Foundation, Venice, Italy

2017       Individual Artist Grant, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia

2016      State Department Grant, United States of America

2016      Rothko Foundation International Painting Symposium Artist in Residence

2012      Mini-Grant, City of Milton, GA to make art with the community

2010      Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Award for Art Writing Mentor

              Program working with Hayden Herrera

2009     Artist in Residence, Padies Chateau, Lempaut , France

2008     Fulton County Arts Council, Small And Emerging Arts Organizations Grant

2002     Artist in Residence, Nuremberg, Germany

2002     Artist in Residence ,Kunsthaus Project- Heidenheim, Germany

2002     Artist in Communities Grant, Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta

1994      IIndividual Artist Grant, Georgia Council for the Arts

1992      Artist Project Grant, BCA, City of Atlanta

1987      Artists’ Space Grant, New York City

1983      Yaddo Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY


Selected Collections

Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia

Shenzhen Institute of Fine Arts, Shenzhen, PR China

Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venice, Italy

Kunsthaus Nürnberg,Nürnberg ,Germany

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Wohnbau Studio, Stuttgart, Germany

Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA

Atlanta Gas Light, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Pacific, Atlanta, GA

United Airlines, Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C.

General Electric, Atlanta, GA

CSX Corporation, Richmond, VA

Southern Progressive, Birmingham, AL

THW and Associates, San Diego, CA

Penny McCall Foundation, New York, NY

McKinsey and Co., Atlanta, GA

Egleston Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Citihome Developers, Atlanta, GA

Troutman-Sanders, Atlanta, GA

Childress Klein, Atlanta, GA

Hewitt and Associates, Atlanta, GA

Larson-Juhl, Atlanta, GA

Colorchrome, Atlanta,GA

Casas, Benjamin, and White LLC Atlanta, GA

Wells Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Georgia Power, Atlanta, GA

Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Herman Miller, Atlanta, GA

Pope and Land, Atlanta, GA

Cousins Properties, Atlanta, GA

State Farm, Dunwoody, GA

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