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Portrait by Sarah Huny Young

Sidney Mullis is a sculptor who is building an invented landscape to see where childhood selves go in adulthood and if it is possible to bring them back. Previously, she has made work about the intimacy of forgetting, puberty, and the performance of gender. 

 

From her training as a dancer, she is sensitive to how bodies move through space, and the narrow bandwidth in which they can do so safely and without scrutiny. Now, her dance partners are her materials and they share who leads. 


Her work has been exhibited in a number of locations including Berlin, Tokyo, England, and Croatia. Solo shows include the Leslie Lohman Museum (NYC), Wick Gallery (NYC), Bunker Projects (Pittsburgh, PA), Neon Heater Gallery (OH), ​Bucknell University (PA), Rowan University (NJ), University of Mary Washington (VA), and more. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project, Women’s Studio Workshop, MASS MoCA, Ox-Bow, Bunker Projects, among others. Her work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Young Space, Maake Magazine, De:Formal, and Sculpture Magazine. 

 

Mullis teaches sculpture, art writing intensives and advanced art seminars at Penn State University. Since 2016, she has been the program coordinator of Penn State's John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series hosting 8-10 visiting artists, curators, art educators, and critics per academic year. 

 

Mullis lives and works with her materials in Pittsburgh, PA. She is new to the area and would like to make friends virtually, until the pandemic ends.

 

b. 1992

Lives in Pittsburgh, PA

AWARDS

2020     Artist-in-residence, May - December 2020, Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

2019     Artist-in-residence with fellowship, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2019     Artist-in-residence, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

2018     Artist-in-residence, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2017     Artist-in-residence, Borland Project Space, State College, PA

2017     Artist-in-residence, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

2017     Best-In-Show for Sleepover, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2016     Artist-in-residence, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2016     Creative Achievement Award, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2016 - 2014  Graduate Fellowship Tuition Waiver, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 

2014     Graham Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 

2014     Melchers Gray Purchase Award, duPont Gallery, juried by Desiree Holman, Fredericksburg, VA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020     Sand murmurs/Tongue pockets/Thumb secrets, Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

2020     Of Ash and Ice, Wick Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018     Preservation of Forgetting, Neon Heater Gallery, Findlay, OH

2018     Legs Together, Rowan University Art Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2018     Who is Puberty and how does she hit?, Downtown Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

2017     Who is Puberty and how does she hit?, Downtown Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

2017     Preservation of Forgetting, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX

2017     A Hot Smidge, duPont Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

2016     inti.mate in.timate, John Sloan Gallery, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA 

2016     What Mom Don't Know, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA 

2016     inti.mate, Wooster St. Window Gallery, Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY 

2015     inti.mate, Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2021     The Point of Oversight, Tavan PIKa, European Capital of Culture, Rijeka, Croatia

2020     Zip City, Left Field, curated by Emily Burns, Los Osos, CA

2020     Now, more than ever, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2020     Keep for Old Memoirs, Young Space, curated by Kate Mothes (Young Space) and Celine Mo (VICTORI + MO Gallery)

2020     Staying Relevant, Keystone College, La Plume, PA

2020     Congruence, I Like Your Work, curated by Bridgette Mayer

2020     me irl, Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, curated by Melissa Huang, Decatur, GA

2019     Moving Pictures, Pavilion Theatre, State College, PA 

2019     At Once, Gallery SKC, STIFF Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia

2019     Meet & Greet, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2019     Terra not so Firma, FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019     Gender, Prism Contemporary, Blackburn, England

2019     Our Bodies Ourselves, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2019     Transcendence, IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, D.C.

2019     That's What She Said (traveling), Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2018     Spaghetti Paradise, J.O. Station, Brooklyn, NY

2018     That's What She Said (traveling), AFA Gallery, 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Scranton, PA

2018     Contemporary Renaissance Women, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA 

2018     Artwalk, Neon Heater Gallery, presented by The Arts Partnership, Findlay, OH

2018     No Place Like Home, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA 

2017     Fresh Legs, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin, Germany

2017     Open Studio, MASS MoCA artist-in-residence, The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

2017     The Gift Edit, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX 

2017     Three River Arts Festival, Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2017     Open Studio, Borland Project Space artist-in-residence, State College, PA

2017     Skinny Dipping, Woskob Family Gallery, State College, PA 

2017     About the Body, Humpday Gallery, State College, PA 

2017     Nasty Women Art Exhibition, The Knockdown Center, Queens, NY

2017     Nasty Women Art Exhibition, Grand Arthaus, Phoenix, AZ

2016     Please Do Not Touch, Carpetland Studios, State College, PA

2016     Group Show, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX

2016     XXChange, Area 405, Baltimore, MD 

2016     I'm Feelin' Myself, Downtown Player’s Club, curated by Miranda Kyle, Atlanta, GA

2016     Small Works, Trestle Gallery, juried by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Brooklyn, NY

2016     Luxe, Slayer Gallery (online exhibition)

2016     Girls Just Wanna...,Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX

2016     The Female Complex, Medici Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2016     Borders, Walter E. Terhune Gallery, juried by Sarah Rose Sharp, Owens Center for Fine and Performing Art, Toledo, OH 

2016     Odd Couples, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2016     One In Herself, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2016     Being Her Now, Salisbury University Art Galleries, Salisbury, MD

2015     Back to the Future, pehrspace, juried by Sarah Zucker and Brian Griffith, Los Angeles, CA

2015     Badass, Black Sun Studio, State College, PA 

2015     Repeat, Hump Day Gallery, State College, PA 

2015     What Are You Doing Now? Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2015     Certain Critical Operations, Found in Fred, Fredericksburg, VA

2015     A SoVA Collective, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA 

2015     Arts Crawl, Grey Gallery, State College, PA

2015     30th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition, HUB Gallery, State College, PA

2015     Set in Motion: Green, Fountain Gallery, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN

2015     All My Work Sucks Show, KRAP Collective, Philadelphia, PA

2015     Why Are You Here? Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

 

2014     Fringe with Benefits, Rinaldo's Barber Shop, State College, PA

2014     Anti-Thesis, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2014     Melchers Gray Purchase Award Showcase, duPont Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

2014     Remixed 2, PONSHOP, Fredericksburg, VA

2014     Fast Foward, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Fredericksburg, VA

2014     Annual Student Art Exhibition, duPont Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

2014     Skip the Small Talk, duPont Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

2014     Scholarship Donor Showcase, Jepson Executive Alumni Center, Fredericksburg, VA

2013      Ballast, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany

2013      Remixed: Vinyl Art Show, PONSHOP, Fredericksburg, VA

PERFORMANCES

 

2016     Scrub - a - Phub, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, OH

2014     BodyCare, Rinaldo's Barber Shop, State College, PA

2014     Painting the Town Pussy, Tokyo, Japan

2013     Straight, Andy Boyd Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA

COLLECTIONS

Powerhouse Arts, Brooklyn, NY

University of Mary Washington Permanent Collection, Fredericksburg, VA

Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Bonnie Collura

Will Hutnick

ARTIST TALKS

 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Alfred University, Alfred, NY 

MSS, St. Paul, MN

Art & Life taught by Chris Staley, Penn State University, State College, PA

Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Freshman Seminar taught by Jason Robinson, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Keystone College, La Plume, PA

Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

Art Department, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Bucknell University, Downtown Gallery, Lewisburg, PA 

Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 

Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatauk, MI

Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

Maake Magazine, Interview with Sidney Mullis, maakemagazine.com, September 2020.

Artnet News, Editors' Picks: Keep for Old Memoirs, news.artnet.com, May 2020.

DE:FORMAL, Interview with Sidney Mullis, deformal.com, February 2020.

Friend of the Artist, Volume 11, friendoftheartist.com, January 2020.

Wassaic Project, Interview with Sidney Mullis by Joe Brommel, wassaicproject.org, January 2020.

Women's Studio Workshop, Sid-the-Kid: Sidney Mullis in the Studio, wsworkshop.org, June 2019.

Art Uncovered with Sidney Mullis, produced by Kimberly Ruth, btrtoday.com, November 2018.

That's What She Said Exhibition Catalogue, August 2018.

Hyperallergic, Interview with Sidney Mullis, hyperallergic.com/sidney-mullis-who-is-puberty/, June 2018.

Sarah Rose Sharp, Be the Beacon with Sidney Mullis, sarahrosesharp.com, February 2018.

Art Daily, Solo Exhibition at Rowan University Art Gallery, January 2018.

Penn State News, Sidney Mullis on Trust, Humor, and Gender, news.psu.edu/story/, December 2017. 

Sculpture Magazine, pg 21, ed., November 2017.

The Bucknellian, bucknellian.net, November 2017.

Hiss Mag, Issue #1 Juicy, October 2017.

Young Space, Interview with Sidney Mullis, young-space.com/blog, October 2017.

Slayer Gallery, Interview with Sidney Mullis, May 2016.

inti.mate, Helm de Laat, GLIMP! (Netherland queer art e-bulletin), pg 12, March 2016. 

Sarah Rose Sharp, Sidney Mullis @ Wooster St. Window Gallery, sarahrosesharp.com, February 2016.

EDUCATION

 

2016     Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, MFA Sculpture, Summa Cum Laude

2014     University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, BA in Studio Art with Honors, Summa Cum Laude

2013     Berlin Weissensee School of Art and University of Cincinnati, Studio-based Inquiry, Berlin, Germany

EMPLOYMENT

2018 to present     Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State University, State College, PA

2016 to present     Program Coordinator, Anderson Lecture Series (visiting artist program), Penn State University, State College, PA

2018 - 2019            Interim Communications Coordinator, School of Visual Arts, Penn State, State College, PA

2018                       Instructor, 3D Design, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2018                       Visiting Artist-In-Residence, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2016 - 2017            Studio Assistant, Bonnie Collura, State College, PA

2016 - 2017            Studio Assistant, Stacy Levy, Spring Mills, PA

2016 - 2017            Contributing Writer to Maake Magazine, State College, PA

2016                       Instructor, Beginning Sculpture, Penn State University, State College, PA

2015                       Instructor, Ideas as Objects, Penn State University, State College, PA