Siobhan McBride


b. 1980 Seoul, S. Korea

  • 2005

    MFA, Painting, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2002

    BA, English and Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2001

    Courses in Painting and Drawing, International School of Art in Umbria, Montecastello

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2017

    Four Hour Fortune Cookie, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME

  • 2013

    Alexander Rutsch Award Solo Exhibition, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
    Never While You’re Sleeping, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2012

    Strong Winds May Exist, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM
    Long Letter, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

Select Group Exhibitions
  • 2014

    Interior Spaces, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2013

    Nearby, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    Romper Room, Wayfarers Brooklyn, curated by Renee Delosh and Craig Hein, Brooklyn, NY
    Show #6: How to Write a Novel, Field Projects curated by Keri Oldham, New York, NY
    Names of Places I’ve Never Been, Isaac’s Gallery, Roswell, NM
    First Truth, Camel Art Space, curated by Sara Jones and Sara Hubbs, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2011

    Les Voyages des Onironautes, Projective City, Paris
    If Lightning Fell on Low Places, Projective City, Paris
    The Vermont School, Caseworks, Memphis, TN

  • 2010

    This World, Other World, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT
    Here Come the Plants /A Flora-Utopian Transformation, Chicago Calling, Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2009

    On the Fringe of Nature, Mount Airy Contemporary Artist Space, Philadelphia, PA
    You Are Standing Into Danger, Space 414, Brooklyn, NY
    Outside In, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

  • 2008

    Back to the Drawing Board, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY
    Instructions 12, AIC Gallery, Iowa City, IA
    Dream Tigers, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY
    Surreal Naivete, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, NY
    Four Seasons, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY
    Young Talent Annual, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

  • 2007

    Apocalypse Wow, Pro Arts Jersey City, NJ

  • 2006

    American Idyll, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Awards & Residencies
  • 2013

    Alexander Rutsch Award, Pelham, NY

  • 2012-11

     Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Roswell, NM

  • 2011

    Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY
    Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 2010

    Workspace Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
    Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
    Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT
    Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 2007

    Vermont Studio Center, Artist Grant, Johnson, VT

  • 2005

    Angelo Savelli Award, University of Pennsylvania MFA award, Philadelphia, PA


I have come to think of my paintings as views of a place where magic reveals itself differently than it does in this world. The scenes are tense with anticipation or blushing in the aftermath of an unseen event. Paintings combine disparate yet familiar fragments into spaces that are still, anxious, and temperamental. They are descriptions of awkward experiences, passages from books and film fragments, things caught in the corner of my eye, and an attempt to conjure slippery memories. They are, simultaneously, diagrams for understanding events from the past, and puzzles to decode experiences not yet had. I hope the work is strange and suspenseful like the excitement of exploring a new place, and the thrill of knowing you are drifting back into a frightening dream.