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Stacie Birky Greene


Biography

 

Originally from Colorado, Stacie Birky Greene received degrees in Art and Art History from the University of Kentucky. She also studied in Florence, Italy, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Although painting was the focus of her training, she has explored her art in a wide variety of media, including drawing, performance, photography, installation and video.

The central focus of Birky Greene’s work has been to explore nature through a combination of materials and techniques. Her approach has often been guided by a fascination with form and shape, particularly as nodes for connecting unlikely allies, such as coral and cacti. By taking organic materials (or at least their representation) out of context, she compels the viewer to revel in patterns of structural unity. Her recent work has also considered the impact of human consumption and climate change on the natural world. Appalled by mass deforestation and habitat destruction, she has turned her attention to bird species that have gone extinct since the time of her own birth. The tangible results of this study will be revealed over the course of the next few years, in a variety of projects. One feature of these works that is important to consider is her choice of materials: namely, junk mail, which she either uses “as is” or manipulates, with the addition of other detritus, into homemade paper. It is a project that implicates us all in its struggle: here are beautiful objects made, nevertheless, from unwanted materials. Moreover, the materials themselves are the products of overconsumption of resources – fossil fuels burned in production and transportation, and deforestation to provide wood pulp for paper. The problem of avian ecology and the pressures these birds face is multidimensional, but the viewer is placed in the unlikely position of assessing and admiring the victim even as its emblem is formed from components that have been implicated in its destruction.

Birky Greene lives in San Diego, and she exhibits her artwork locally and internationally. She has taught art to children and adults since 1998.



C.V.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2022
Solo: Slient Skies, Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, CA, September
Group: Portals, Phes Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, September-Novemeber

2020:
Curated: "Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems," California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA, January-March, Danielle Deery; Curator
Group: "Read Through Viewing", San Diego Central Library, San Diego CA.

2019:
Curated: "That's What She Said...Artist Speak Out," Martha Pace Swift Gallery,
October 2019-January 2020, Stacie Birky Greene and Wes Chester, curators
Curated: "Indoor/Outdoor", Athenaeum Art Center and the San Diego Art Institute,
Sarah Trujillo-Porter and Daniela Kelly, curators, June-July
Solo: "...and then the skies were silent," Martha Pace Swift Gallery, June-September
Invitational Group: "Inside/Outside," Art Produce, April-May

2018:
Solo: "Fractured Memories," Encinitas Library, Encinitas, CA Dec.-Jan. 2019
Invitational Group: "Women: Art & Poetry", Lyceum Theater, San Diego, Dec.-Jan.
2019; Susan Osborn; Curator
Invitational Group: “Feminism Now,” Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm, Sweden, May
Curated: ”Mind the Gap,” Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA,
March-April Prudence Horne; Curator
Invitational Group: “Invisible Borders,” City College, San Diego, CA March-April
Invitational Group: “Feminism Now,” Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA, Feb.-March

2017:
Solo "Fractured Memories," Poway Center for the Performing Arts, April
Curated: Five Facets Presents: “Flora, Fauna and Form”, Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, July-August; Susan Osborn; Curator
Curated:" Endangered: Exploring California's Changing Ecosystems", September
Danielle Deery; Curator

2016:
"SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA/BAJA BIENNIAL," San Diego Art Institute, Dec-Jan.
Juried by Anthony Graham, Assistant Curator at the MCA San Diego

2017
Invitational Group: "Night Stand: Bedside Re-imagined by FIG," Women’s Museum of California, Nov.
Invitational Group: "Feminism Now," Gallery D, San Diego, CA May-June

2015:
Solo: "Archive", Point Loma Library, San Diego, CA September-October

2014:
Invitational Group: "Beyond Landscape", Encinitas Community Center Gallery, Encinitas, CA, December-January
Invitational Group: "Fence/Barda", Art Produce, San Diego, CA September-October
invitational Group: "100X100 Artists for Healing", Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, CA

2013:
“15 Minutes” of Fame: San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, Ca
Invitational Group: "Gift", Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
Solo: "Origins", Next Door Gallery, San Diego, CA

2011:
Invitational Group: C Contemporary Studio, El Cajon
Two Artist: Artifact Studio, San Diego
Invitational Group:"Women and Their Landscapes", Garage Gallery, San Diego

2010:
Invitational Group: "Vacancy II", San Diego
Invitational Group: "Mail Art Show", Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido

2008-2009:
Solo: "Black & White", Woods, San Diego
Installation Solo: "Junk Mail Takes Flight", Art Produce Gallery, San Diego
Invitational Group: "Abstracted at Artifact", Artifact Studio, San Diego
Solo: "Insects & Flowers", 3060 Gallery, San Diego
Juried Group: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego

2007:
Solo: "Roots, Vines & Veins", Joseph Gazzuolo Fine Arts Gallery, Brooklyn Park, MN
Solo: "Née", 3060 Gallery, San Diego
Juried Group (June and July): Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego

2006:
Invitational: GATES Project, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Invitational: GATES Project, A.R.C Gallery, Chicago, IL
Group: WoodFX Gallery, San Diego
Solo: 3060 Gallery, San Diego
Installation Solo I: 365, The Garage Gallery, San Diego
Group: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego
Solo: Studio Z, St. Paul, MN

2005:
International Exhibition: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego
Group: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego

2004:
Solo: "On Nature", Café Solatto, Eastlake, CA
Group: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego
Invitational: Avenida Culture of Peace Galleria, Vienna, Austria

2003:
Solo: On Nature, IAE Gallery, San Diego

2002:
Three Artist: Bug, Gallery Now, Lemon Grove

2001:
Two Artist: Blue, San Diego Center for the Moving Arts


PUBLIC ART AND COMMISSIONS

2017
"Upon Return: Honoring Veterans from Past and Current Wars", Installation with community participation, Plaza Bonita, Bonita, CA

2014-2015
“Knowledge Tree”, Mosaic Mural, San Miguel Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA
“Seuss”, Monterey Heights Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA

2011
“Mascot”, mural, Vista La Mesa Academy, La Mesa, CA
“Pathway to Success”, mural Vista La Mesa Academy, La Mesa, CA

2010
“Healthy Choices”, mural, San Miguel Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA
“Life Choices”, mural, San Miguel Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA
“Cultural Diversity”, mural, Monterey Heights Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA
“Cultural History”, mural, Monarch High School, San Diego, CA
“Border Life”, mural, Monarch High School, San Diego, CA

2009
“Multi Cultural Textiles”, mural, Mount Vernon Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA

2008 “Change Makers”, mural, Golden Ave Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA
“Creating Positve Change”, mural, Monterey Heights Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA

2007
“Science”, mural, Mount Vernon Elementary, Lemon Grove, CA

2006
“Letting Go,” Mixed Media work for the GATES Project, by the IGiveUp foundation

2004
Banner for the Gaslamp Quarter's Artist Showcase
“Resonant sculptures” for Pas de Deux a Travers le Jardin de Sculpture music by Adam Greene. Commissioned by János Négyesy, Performed in 2001, 2004.

2002
Assisted Muralist Cady Macasa on Art Miles Mural of Peace for 9/11

2000
“Colors of Community”, mural, Grant Elementary School, San Diego, CA

PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA COVERAGE
SDVoyager, "Meet Stacie Birky Greene," Jan. 2020
Peripheral ARTeries Art Review. February 2015
UTSanDiego.com “Stacie Birky Greene: Balboa Park as Terra Incognita” Jan. 30, 2012.
Artworld Digest Artwork “Letting Go” 2007.
San Diego Jewish Journal Artist profile, Oct. 2003.
Interview for UCSD TV, “Violins and Images,” June 2001.
The Publication, Artwork, Jan. 2001.
Promotional Photographs for Skin and Bones, published in PASIC’97 Program, 1999.
Promotional Photographs for Vanessa Tomlinson, for “Brian Ferneyhough: Solo Works,” Etcetera Record Company, 1998.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Young Audiences of San Diego 2006-Present;
     Community Programs Artist of the Year 2017
     Teaching Artist of the Year 2009
     Member (Artist Representative), Board of Directors, 2011-2014
Artist in Residence, Thirteen Murals working with K-5th in San Diego County school students.

Art Specialist, Camp Jaycee 2002-2014 Planning, development and execution of 40 classes per session, focusing on portraiture, landscapes, printmaking, watercolors, pastels, clay sculpture, and theatrical set design. These classes serve over 400 children, K-8th grade.

Artist in Residence, Institute for Arts Education 2001-2004
Teaching Artist

Artist in Residence, Art Tours, Inc. 1997-2000
Teaching Artist


EDUCATION
B.A. in Art Studio and B.A. in Art History, University of Kentucky, 1995
Semester Abroad in Florence, Italy, Art History and Drawing, 1995
Summer Course in Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1990
Full Scholarship