Beverly Semmes: Artist Talk

Three cone shaped white sculpture pieces in the middle of a room with light blue tulle drapery hanging on the walls.

Bow (2017), installation view. photo / Susan Inglett Gallery

Beverly Semmes is a sculptor whose work incorporates painting, drawing, film, photography, and performance. These complementary elements adhere in surprising ways, probing the paradoxes and complexities of the female body and its representation.

Semmes has had dozens of solo exhibitions at institutions such as MoMA PS1 and SculptureCenter in New York City, ICA Philadelphia, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Her work was included in the infamous Bad Girls exhibition at the New Museum in 1994 and in Cornelia Butler's seminal Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution in 2007. Works from her Feminist Responsibility Project will be exhibited in the 2018 Carnegie International.

Semmes has taught ART 3003, New York Studio, at AAP NYC. She maintains long-term teaching affiliations with the New York University Steinhardt Art Department and the Pratt Institute departments of fine art and design. She received her M.F.A. in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1987. Semmes also studied at the New York Studio School, the Boston Museum School, and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where she now serves on the Governors Board. Semmes is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York City and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. She was born in Washington, DC.