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Erin M. Riley, 2021
Photo by Colin Conces

Erin M. Riley’s (b. 1985) meticulously crafted, large-scale tapestries depict intimate, erotic, and psychologically raw imagery that reflects upon relationships, memories, fantasies, sexual violence, and trauma. Collaging personal photographs, images sourced from the internet, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera to create her compositions, the Brooklyn-based weaver exposes the range of women’s lived experiences and how trauma weighs on the search for self-identity. In her review of Riley’s most recent solo exhibition, The Consensual Reality of Healing Fantasies at P·P·O·W, Roberta Smith of the New York Times wrote, “Her richly variegated colors and complex, arresting scenes take full advantage of tapestry’s stitch-by-stitch autonomy.” Riley received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at P·P·O·W, New York; Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris; Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden; The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; Gana Art Gallery, Seoul; among others. Riley is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship Grant, 2021 and an American Academy of Arts & Letters Art Purchase Prize, 2021 and has completed residencies at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. Her work is currently featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, manifesto of fragility, the 16th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, and Kingdom of the Ill at Museion, Bolzano, Italy.

ERIN M. RILEY

b. 1985, Cape Cod, MA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION 

2009    
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA 

2007    
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021    
The Consensual Reality of Healing Fantasies, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2020    
A Reminder of Being There, Jonathan Hopson Gallery, Houston, TX

2018    
Used Tape, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2017    
Simple, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA 

2016    
18/bi/f/ma, Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn, NY 
Anew, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA            

2015    
Darkness Lies Ahead, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY 

2014    
The Pain Comes in Waves, OGAARD Gallery, Oakland, CA 
Crimson Landslide, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA 

2013    
Undo, University of Wisconsin Gallery, Oshkosh, WI 
In & Out, Paradigm Gallery & Studios, Philadelphia, PA 
Show Me More, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Erin M. Riley, The End is Near Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2012    
Crush, Extension Gallery, Boston, MA 
Forgotten in a File, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2011    
Erin M Riley, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 
Jailbait, Sky High Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 
Graphic, Central Utah Arts Center, Ephraim, UT 

2010    
Erin M Riley: New Works, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Daddy Issues, Helene Davis Gallery, Artspace, Richmond, VA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Kingdom of the Ill: Second chapter of TECHNO HUMANITIES (2021 - 2023), Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Manifesto of Fragility, Biennale de Lyon 2022, Lyon, France
Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Material Knowledge, Arsenal Contemporary Art, New York, NY 
52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT 
F*CK ART: the body & its absence, Museum of Sex, New York, NY 
Line by Line, Kent State University School of Art, Kent, OH 
Skin in the Game, curated by Zoe Lukov & Produced by Abby Pucker, Chicago, IL

2021    
Skin in the Game, curated by Zoe Lukov, Palm Heights, Miami Beach, FL
we’re not meant to do this alone, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
TEXTiles, Bookstein Projects, New York, NY
IRL (In Real Life), Timothy Taylor, London, UK

2020    
Shag: Provocative Textiles, The Nashville Art Scene, Nashville TN
BLUNT, Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris, France
myselves, curated by Joshua Friedman, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Visions: The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway
1988, curated by Easy Otabor, Anthony Gallery, Chicago, IL
Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2019    
Reflections, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Textus Ex Machina, aqb Project Space, Budapest, Hungary
Strangers in Town, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, GE
Group Show, Galerie Julien Cadet, Montpellier, France
Time Bomb, Wadstrom Tonnheim Gallery, Marbella, Spain

2018    
Complicated Territory: Alex McQuilkin, Erin M. Riley, Martha Tuttle, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Today's realism / Réalisme d'aujourd'hui, Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris, France
Weaving New Worlds, William Morris Gallery, London, England

2017    
NSFW: Female Gaze, Museum of Sex, New York, NY
28th Annual MassArt Auction, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA 
Feminine Product, The Void Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2016    
Winter Group Exhibition, P·P·O·W, New York, NY 
Winter Group Exhibition, Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn, NY 
Winter Group Exhibition, Athen B. Gallery, Oakland, CA 
Frieze London, P·P·O·W, Regent’s Park, London, UK 
Juxtapoz x Superflat, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Fertile Solitude, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA 
From Life, Galerie Manqué, Brooklyn, NY 
Juxtapoz x Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, WA 
You Can Call Me Baby, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY 
Landline: Works in Fiber from Coast to Coast, Praxis Fiber Workshop, Cleveland, OH 
Here and Now, The National Center for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire, UK 
Here and Now, The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK 

2015    
KITH: HOMAGE, Miami Beach, FL 
Miami Project, Hashimoto Contemporary, Miami Beach, FL 
Soft Core, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY 
Fresh Brew, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 
I Know You Know, curated by Tim Strazza, Kinfolk, Brooklyn, NY 
Summer Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA 
Vroom, Vroom, Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY 
Scenic Route, Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
Data Flow: Digital Influence, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia 

2014    
Narcissism and The Self Portrait, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY 
December Exhibition, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark 
Summer Mixer, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY 
Invitational Small Works, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 
Reality Loop, VEST Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark 
Competition Team, Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA 

2013    
Texas Contemporary – Art Fair, West Collection booth, Houston, TX 
Culture Cache, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 
Bones, Center Center, Milwaukee, WI 

2012    
Hemmed In, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, UK 
Blank Land, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 
Tropico Post-Apocalyptic, Extra Extra Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
Recalibrations, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
Optical Fiber, Space 1026 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

2011    
Woven Stories: Exhibition of Contemporary Tapestries, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY 
Oye Chica!, The Mission Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL 
Myself, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV 

2010    
Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 
Re-invent, Re-interpret, Re-make, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, VIC Australia

RESIDENCIES

2018    
The Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2015    
Museum of Art and Design Artist Studios, New York, NY 

2012    
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA 
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE 

2011    
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 
McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC 

2010    
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH 
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

AWARDS

2021    
United States Artists (USA) Fellowship Grant, Chicago, IL

2012    
Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, New York, NY 

2011    
Vermont Studio Center Artist-in-Residence Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT 
Kittredge Foundation Grant Recipient, Cambridge, MA 

2009    
Best in Show, Radius 250, Artspace, Richmond, VA 
Project Completion Grant, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA 

2008    
Graduate Academic Tuition Assistantship, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA 

2007    
Graduate Academic Tuition Assistantship, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA 
Marilyn Pappas Award, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA 

2006    
Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, Inc. Fiber Scholarship, Willet, NY 

2005    
Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, Inc. Fiber Scholarship, Willet, NY 

PUBLIC COLLECTION

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2022
Alfred, Brian. “Erin M. Riley.” Why I Make Contemporary Art: Contemporary Artists’ Stories About Life & Work, Atelier Editions, 2022, pp. 257-263.  

2020    
Zaiden, Emily, “The New Nowness of Tapestry,” CODA, America Tapestry Alliance, 2020: 3–7.

2018    
Treggiden, Katie, Weaving, Ludion Publishing, Belgium, BE, 2018.
Krysa, Danielle, Big Important Art Book (Now with Women), Running Press Adult, New York, NY.
Fateman, Johanna, "Erin M. Riley P.P.O.W." The New Yorker, July 2, 2018: 8-9.
Chillida, Gisela, "Tejiendo Píxeles" La Maleta De Portbou, Julio/Agosto 2018: 69.
Kettle, Alice and Millar, Lesley, The Erotic Cloth, Bloomsburg Publishing, London, UK, 2018.

2017    
"Erin M. Riley" Gross Magazine, Volume 2 Sink or Swim, 79 - 85.

2016    
Tulsa, Cheyenne, "Zeitgeist-Gewebe" Material Girl Magazine Spring/Summer 2016: 60-61. Print. 
Janowitz, Neil, "Looming Changes" American Craft Magazine June/July 2016: 34-36. Print. 

2015    
Santibanez, Tamara, “Erin Riley” Interviews, Discipline Press January 2016: 1-6. Print. 
Slenske, Michael, “Art Talk: Knots Landing” The Wall Street Journal Magazine September 2015: 98. Print. 
Baritaux, Zio, Strange Plants II, Zioxla, March 2015. Print. 
Barry, Ramona and Jobson, Rebecca, The Craft Companion, Thames & Hudson. 
Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia. October 2015. Print. 

2014    
Newhouse, Sam, “Weaver finds the beauty in sexy selfies” Metro New York City December 10, 2014: 8. Print. 
White, Rachel R., “Dream Weaver” Playboy Magazine December 2014: 29. Print. 
The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, UK. May 2014. Print. 
New American Painting, no. 110, juror Al Miner, February/March 2014: 126-129. Print. 
Stouffer, Hannah, “Erin M. Riley” Juxtapoz Magazine February 2014: 78 – 85. Print. 
It’s Nice That Annual 2013 by Company of Parrots, London, UK. Print. 

2013    
Martin, Lois, “Body Gazing.” Surface Design Journal, Summer 2013: 28 – 33.

2012    
Lotto Magazin. Places and Locations Issue, English/German, July 2012: 315-321. Print. 
The Textile Artist’s Studio Handbook by Visnja Popovic and Owyn Ruck, Quarry Books, Beverly, MA. May 2012: 161. Print. 

2011    
O’Toole, Meighan, “Fishbowl.” Foam Magazine August/September 2011: 36. Print. 
Levine, Faythe. “Caught in the Web.” Fiberarts Magazine 22 March 2011: 32 – 33. Print.

2010    
Pardi, Lou. “Re-Invent Re-Interpret Re-Make.” Beat Magazine 4 August 2010: 31. Print. 

2009    
New American Painting, no. 81, juror George Kinghorn, April 2009: 128-131. Print. 

2008    
“2008 Student Showcase.” Fiberarts Magazine November/December 2008: 45. Print.

LECTURES

2018    
Visiting Artist, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Visiting Artist, University of Cincinnati School of Art, Cincinnati, OH

2017    
Visiting Artist, University of Boulder, Colorado, Boulder, CO 
First Friday Lecture Series, Kent State University, Kent, OH 

2015    
Visiting Artist Lecture, Alfred University, Alfred, NY 

2012    
Visiting Artist Lecture, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE 
January Art Talk, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE 

2011    
Visiting Artist Critique, UNCC Fibers Department, Charlotte, NC 
Artist Talk: Artistic Freedom, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 
Weaving Demo, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 

2010    
Visiting Artist Talk, Senior Seminar, MassArt and Design, Boston, MA 
Artist Talk, Freshman Foundation

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Erin M. Riley
Recycle Bin, 2021
wool, cotton
58 x 65 ins.
147.3 x 165.1 cm

Erin M. Riley
Recycle Bin, 2021
wool, cotton
58 x 65 ins.
147.3 x 165.1 cm

Erin M. Riley
Anxiety, 2020
wool, cotton
72 1/2 x 100 ins.
184.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Anxiety, 2020
wool, cotton
72 1/2 x 100 ins.
184.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Webcam 2, 2020
wool, cotton
72 x 100 ins.
182.9 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Webcam 2, 2020
wool, cotton
72 x 100 ins.
182.9 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Believe Me, 2020
wool, cotton
100 x 94 ins.
254 x 238.8 cm

Erin M. Riley
Believe Me, 2020
wool, cotton
100 x 94 ins.
254 x 238.8 cm

Erin M. Riley
Jesus Calling, 2020
wool, cotton
66 x 100 ins.
170.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Jesus Calling, 2020
wool, cotton
66 x 100 ins.
170.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
An Accident, 2020
wool, cotton
82 x 100 ins.
208.3 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
An Accident, 2020
wool, cotton
82 x 100 ins.
208.3 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Recycle Bin, 2021
wool, cotton
58 x 65 ins.
147.3 x 165.1 cm

Erin M. Riley
Recycle Bin, 2021
wool, cotton
58 x 65 ins.
147.3 x 165.1 cm

Erin M. Riley
Anxiety, 2020
wool, cotton
72 1/2 x 100 ins.
184.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Anxiety, 2020
wool, cotton
72 1/2 x 100 ins.
184.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Webcam 2, 2020
wool, cotton
72 x 100 ins.
182.9 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Webcam 2, 2020
wool, cotton
72 x 100 ins.
182.9 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Believe Me, 2020
wool, cotton
100 x 94 ins.
254 x 238.8 cm

Erin M. Riley
Believe Me, 2020
wool, cotton
100 x 94 ins.
254 x 238.8 cm

Erin M. Riley
Jesus Calling, 2020
wool, cotton
66 x 100 ins.
170.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
Jesus Calling, 2020
wool, cotton
66 x 100 ins.
170.2 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
An Accident, 2020
wool, cotton
82 x 100 ins.
208.3 x 254 cm

Erin M. Riley
An Accident, 2020
wool, cotton
82 x 100 ins.
208.3 x 254 cm