Education

MFA        2015      Studio Art        The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

                  Areas of Specialization: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture

BFA        2013      Studio Art        The University of Texas at Tyler

                  Areas of Specialization: Painting, Drawing

 

Professional Experience

March 2017 - Present     Gallery Attendant, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC

2016-2017 .                     Gallery Attendant, Museum Educator, and Art Handler, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC

2014-2015                       Teaching Fellow (Drawing 1), Department of Art and Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2013-2015                       Woodshop Assistant, UNC Art Lab, Department of Art and Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2013                                Teaching Assistant (Drawing 1), Department of Art and Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2013                                Graduate Assistant, Department of Art and Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2011-2013 .                      Student Assistant/Gallery Assistant, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

 

Awards/Fellowships

2017             Artist-in-residence, Spectre Arts, Durham, North Carolina

2015            Artist-in-Residence, Gullkistan: Center for Creativity, Laugarvatn, Iceland

                     Nominated for International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award”

2014             Nominated unanimously by the UNC Studio Art Faculty for “The 2015 Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture”

                     Teaching Fellowship (2014-2015), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

                     Artistic Merit, Women’s Works 2014, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL

                     3rd Place: Two-Dimensional, 2012 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

                                             

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017              Architectonic, Womble Carlyle Sandrige & Rice, LLP, Raleigh, NC (Commission)

2015             Ice and Rock, Click! Triangle Photography Festival, The Fruit, Durham, NC

                     Above and Below,  Alcott Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

                     Above and Below, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC  

2013             11 Women: Senior Exhibition: Sydney Steen & Rachel Goodwin,  Fine Arts Complex Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

 

Group Exhibitions

2017               (Upcoming) Mixtape, Carrack Modern Art, Raleigh, NC

                       DIGISCAPES!, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

                       The Lived Body, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

                       RadeoFlyer: Artists Re-Imagine the Flyer, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016              CAMstellation, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC

                      Radeoflyer, public installation throughout the streets of Los Angeles, CA + Manhattan, NY

                      Ma(t)er-realism, Alcott Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

                       Meld, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC 

                      Fresh Preview, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

                      SCOPE: The Southern Landscape, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

2015              The Land of No Things, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

                      RECAP, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

                      Gluggaveður, Gullkistan: Center for Creativity, Laugarvatn, Iceland

                      Foundry: A Survey of Contemporary Sculpture, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

                      Contemporary South, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

                      Artists Spotlight: Exchange Gallery (3 person exhibition), Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

2014              The New Academy: WAH Bridges Student Artists, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

                      SAAG National Juried Show, Blue Ridge, GA

                      SCOPE: The Southern Landscape, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

                      That Makes Me Nervous, Chapel Hill Underground, Chapel Hill, NC

                      Women’s Works 2014, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL

2013              2013 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

                      102nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

                      M.A.P.: Movement & Position, Whitdel Arts Gallery, Detroit, MI

2012              the mark exhibition, Fine Arts Complex Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

                     2012 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

2011              2011 Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

 

Artist Talks

2017              Lecture/Presentation with Subverbal Collective, Department of Art and Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2016 .            Lecture/Presentation with Subverbal Collective, Department of Art and Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2015             Lecture/Presentation at Gullkistan: Center for Creativity, Laugarvatn, Iceland

2015             Lecture/Presentation for Art After Hours sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC          

 

Professional Organizations

2014              Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC

 

Publications

2015             The Imagined Real by Sydney Steen. Artist book with forewords by Elin O’Hara Slavick and Chris Vitiello. 

 

Press

2015            “UNC MFA graduate crowdfunds to spend month in Iceland.” By Christine Bang. The Daily Tarheel. August 2015.

                    "In Ackland MFA Show, Visual Art about Ideas." by Blue Greenberg. The Herald Sun. May 2015.                      

                    “Review: The Land of No Things at the Ackland.” by Dave Delcambre. ArtsNow. May 2015.

                    “Above and Below: The Infinite Contained,” by Sydney Lynn Steen. Event Horizon Magazine, Issue 4: Reflection