Amy Pleasant received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA
from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1999).
She has held solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary (NYC/Millerton, NY), Laney Contemporary
(Savannah, GA), Institute 193 (Lexington, KY), Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson/NYC), whitespace
gallery (Atlanta, GA), Augusta University (Columbus, GA), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary
Art (IN), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Atlanta Contemporary (GA), Auburn University’s
School of Liberal Arts (AL), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Candyland (Stockholm,
Sweden), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL) among others.
Group shows include Brackett Creek Exhibitions (Bozeman, MT), Hesse Flatow (NYC),
SEPTEMBER (Hudson, NY), Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami, FL), Tif Sigfrids (Athens, GA),
Hemphill Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.), Adams and Ollman (Portland, OR), Montgomery
Museum of Fine Arts (AL), Cuevas Tilleard Projects (NYC), The Dodd Galleries (Athens,
GA), Zuckerman Museum of Art (GA), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), Weatherspoon Museum
of Art (NC), Hunter Museum of American Art (Chattanooga, TN), Columbus Museum of Art
(GA), National Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.), The Mobile Museum of Art (AL),
and the U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic.
Her work has been reviewed in publications such as World Sculpture News, Sculpture,
The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Artforum, Art Papers, Bad at Sports and BURNAWAY.
Awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2018), South
Arts Prize for the State of Alabama (2018), Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and
Sculptors Award (2015), Mary Hambidge Distinguished Artist Award (2015), Cultural
Alliance of Birmingham Individual Artist Fellowship (2008), and Alabama State Council
on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2019/2003).
Her first monograph, The Messenger’s Mouth Was Heavy, was released in 2019, co-published
by Institute 193 and Frank.
Pleasant also co-founded the curatorial initiative The Fuel And Lumber Company with
artist Pete Schulte in 2013.
Her work has been reviewed in many publications including Art in America, Art Papers, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail and Sculpture.