Rebecca Bird

Born in 1973 - United States


Rebecca Bird was born in Washington State and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Bird holds a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union (2000), attended Yale Summer School (1999), and was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan (2000-1) in painting.

Rebecca Bird's highly detailed works are rooted in primary experience, in vision and perception filtered through the experience of inhabiting a specific body, place and time. Primarily known for her painting, she also works in film, animation, performance, and theater.

Rebecca Bird has exhibited her paintings throughout the US and abroad. In 2015 she will have solo exhibitions at William Holman Gallery, New York and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, and also exhibit at the Bronx Museum, the Bronx Art Space, and Geoffrey Young Gallery. She has exhibited her watercolor animation at the Everhart Museum and performed at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, the Armory Show and the Fumetto Festival, Luzern. Her painting is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Bird is the recipient of the 2014 Chenven Foundation Grant, 2014 and 2013 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grants, and 2013 grants from Max's Kansas City Foundation and Change, Inc. She was a Keyholder Resident at The Lower East Side Printshop in 2012-3 and attended the Vermont Studio Center with an artist's grant in 2013. In 2012 she completed the commissioned project Danny Boy for Triple Canopy. Her work has appeared in New American Paintings, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, The Huffington Post, Triple Canopy, and ArtForum.com.

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2015 Rebecca Bird: Symmetry, William Holman Gallery, New York, NY, opens September 9
2015 Rebecca Bird: Niagara Falls, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Rebecca Bird: Interiors, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Rebecca Bird: Everything that ever existed still exists, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Rebecca Bird: Extracting the Exquisite, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Bronx, NY
2003 Rebecca Bird: Other Taxonomies, Wave Hill House Gallery, Bronx, NY
2001 Rebecca Bird: Matter and Fecundity, Cooper Union Humanities Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Rebecca Bird: 13, Collusion Gallery, Seattle, WA
1995 Rebecca Bird: Peculiar Objects, Co-motion Studios, Seattle, WA


2014 Rebecca Bird & Tom Judd: Homeland, William Holman Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Rebecca Bird & Matthew Thurber: Anti-Matter Alma Mater, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Rebecca Bird & Matthew Thurber: Anti-Matter Alma Mater, Fumetto, Luzerne, CH
2005 Rebecca Bird & Ellen Takata: Winter Indoors, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Rebecca Bird & Thad Simmerly, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2015 Summer Exhibition, William Holman Gallery, New York, NY
2015 The Third Bronx Biennial, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, curated by Hatuey Ramos-Fermin
2015 Synthetic Zero, The Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY, curated by Mitsu Hadeishi
2015 Cardiovascular, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, curated by Sue Knoll
2015 Winter Drawing Show, William Holman Gallery, New York, NY,
2014 D-Day 1944, The Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, curated by Nezka Pheiffer
2013 Draw Gym, 247365, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Brian Bellott
2013 Reunion, Annex, Cherry Valley, NY, curated by Molly Welch
2013 Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, L. E. S. Printshop, NY, curated by Jayson Keeling:
2013 New Artists, William Holman Gallery, NY
2013 Part of the Story, Lower East Side Printshop, NY , curated by Julian Kreimer
2013 ORGANIX, Palazzo Querini Stampalia, Venice, curated by Diego Cortez
2012 You and Me, C-space Gallery, Beijing, PRC, curated by Zhou Yi
2012 Pig Party, New York City Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Gina Beavers:
2012 The Cat Show, Tomato House, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Matthew Thurber & Rebecca Bird
2011 Ex Libris, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Synthetic Zero, The Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY, curated by Mitsu Hadeishi
2009 Reaccessioned, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
2009 Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite, Sync Space, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Synthetic Zero, The Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY, curated by Mitsu Hadeishi
2008 Back to the Drawing Board: 17 Women Artists, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NY
2008 Road Works, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY
2008 Blank2008, Beijing, PRC, curated by Zhou Yi
2008 Selected Works, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Micronauts, Andeas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece
2007 Drawn to the Edge, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY
2006 Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY
2006 New Views, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia
2005 In a Series, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY
2004 Sadie Hawkins Dance, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Pretty Bird (not a love story), Bellwether, Brooklyn, NY
2004 The Watercolor Show, Guild and Greyshkull, NY
2004 Works on Paper, Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Today, Swiss Institute, NY
2001 Silent Pictures, Oxidol Gallery, Kanazawa, Japan


2014 Mining the Moon, artistic director, theatrical play, the Brick Theater, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Ambergris, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Ambergris: We Share a Happy Secret Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Landy Coloring Station, The Armory Show, The Swiss Institute, New York, NY


2012 - 2015 Tomato House, an art project space in Brooklyn, NY
2010 - 2011 "Interesting" Gallery, apartment gallery in Brooklyn, NY


2015 AIM Program, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2014 Chenven Award, Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, New York, NY
2014 Community Arts Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Emergency Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/ Change, Inc., New York, NY
2013 Emergency Grant, Max's Kansas City Foundation, New York, NY
2013 Community Arts Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Artist's Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2012 Keyholder Residency, The Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
2012 Triple Canopy Special Commission, Triple Canopy, Brooklyn, NY


Denise Simon and Paula da Cunha, New York, NY
Maria and Josh Aronson New York, NY
Maria Zuckerman New York, NY
Neirit Resnick New York, NY
Carter Brady, Lamington, NJ
Jordan Kovler, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Lower East Side Printshop Permanent Collection, New York, NY
Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, New York, NY
Capital Group Companies Collection, New York, NY
Jamaica Hospital Medial Center, Jamaica, NY

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