Katie Grinnan

Adjunct Professor


MFA UCLA, 1999
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1992
BFA Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy, 1991

Artist Biography

KG_1Katie Grinnan’s most recent work reflects the search for structure and form within complex systems such as the brain and the universe that resist resolution and are largely speculative. It is the alchemical, yet paradoxical relationship between actual experience and our interpretations that has become the underlying focus of her work.

She was born in Richmond, Virginia and received MFA from UCLA in 1999. She currently teaches at Claremont Graduate University and Art Center College of Design. She has had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in New York, the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado, and at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. Grinnan has been included in many group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Real World: The Dissolving Space of Experience at Modern Art Oxford in Oxford, England, and most recently The Artist Museum at MOCA in Los Angeles. Her work is included in collections at MOCA, the Hammer Museum, and LACMA in Los Angeles, and she has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Brennan and Griffin gallery in New York.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Accordion Thoughts and Everyday Superposition,
Brennan and Griffin, New York, NY

2008 Polaris, MAK Center, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Cheerleaders and Bandwagons, ACME., Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

2012 Venice Beach Biennial, Venice Beach, curated by Ali Subotnick in conjunction with the Made in LA Hammer Biennial

2010 The Artist Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2009 Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2008 LA Confidential, Parc Saint Léger, Centre D’ Art Contemporain, Pougues les Eaux, France.

Recent Projects/Collaborations

2012 The Astrology Orchestra at Mount Wilson Observatory, Venice Beach Biennial, and forthcoming with the LA Nomadic Division at the Integratron in Joshua Tree.

2012 Stage set/sculpture for Crescent City Opera featuring artists, Alice Könitz, Brianna Gorton, Katie Grinnan, Jeff Kopp, Mason Cooley and Olga Koumoundouros