Amy Casey
Artist's Statement, Bio, and Resume



For about the last eight years, I've been experiencing a sporadically recurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust around me. I wake up in a panic and with a heavy sense of inevitability. Although I'm not trying to recreate this dream in my work, I think that like my dream, my paintings reflect my view of the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in. Inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascos and the never-ending stream of bad news coming in from the media, the world inside my paintings has been turned (sometimes literally) upside down. The ground has crumbled underneath them and the sky is falling. In the wake of this, my created world bands together to come up with coping plans. I am fascinated by the resilience of life. Every disaster is followed by a rebirth, where we try to cobble together a plan b. out of what remains. My paintings celebrate this fascination and my love of the urban landscape and its creatures.


Amy Casey began studying art at the School of the Performing and Visual Arts in high school in Erie, PA, and went on to focus on painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. While there she received a fellowship to the Yale Summer School of Art and Music in Norfolk, CT. She earned a BFA in painting in 1999. Since leaving the bosom of academia, she's shown her work regionally and nationally. She enjoyed a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, was artist in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland in 2006, and in 2007 was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Currently she lives and paints in Cleveland and is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago.

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1994-1999 BFA, Painting major, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH
1998 (summer) Yale Summer School of Art and Music

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Amy Casey, Michael Rosenthal, San Francisco, CA
Uncertain Times, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 New Paintings, POV Evolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Things Fall Apart, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Strange Days, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH
2004 Creeping Through, Dead Horse Gallery, Lakewood, OH
2002 Amy Casey, Dead Horse Gallery, Lakewood, OH

Selected Group and 2-Person Exhibitions

2009 The American Scene, The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
There Goes the Neighborhood, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Clusterf*#K, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Big Three, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Movers and Shakers, POV Evolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Halpert Biennial, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC
2008 Painting Pink Pajamas, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, IL
Hello Comrade, POV Evolving, Los Angeles, CA
Living in Your Imagination, SPACES, Cleveland, OH
National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
Anniversary Show, Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO
Infrastructure, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Alex Lukas, Chris Pew, Amy Casey, White Walls San Francisco, CA
2007 Amy Casey & Breehan James, Parish Hall, Cleveland, OH
Biennial 24, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, IN
2006 Amathin, Amy Casey, Liz Maugans, E Gordon Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2005 Amy Casey and Vesna Jovanovic, Roygbiv Gallery, Columbus, OH
Amy Casey and Lavely Miller, Miller + Weitzel Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2004 8-Hour Drawings, VII, Bowman and Penelec Galleries, Meadville, PA
2003 Selections III, SPACES gallery, Cleveland, OH
80th Annual Spring Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
2001 Twenty-something, Appleton Art Center, Appleton, WI
Galex 35, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL

Awards, Honors

2009 Creative Workforce Fellowship
The Cleveland Arts Prize, Emerging Artist Award
2008 Juror's Mention, National Works on Paper Exhibition
2007 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award
Juror's Award, Biennial 24, SBRMA, jurors, Meg Sheehy & Myra Casis
2006 Artist in Residence, Zygote Press, Cleveland OH
2003 Full Fellowship Award - The Vermont Studio Center- one month artist residency
Jurors Award, Erie Art Museum 80th Annual Spring Show, juror, James Yood
2002 Kroger Award of Excellence, Juror's Award, Art on View, juror, Petra Fallaux
2001 Juror's Award, Erie Art Museum 78th Annual Spring Show, juror, Fred Wilson
2000 Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation Award for New Work, Drawn Together
1998 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship- Yale Summer School of Art and Music
John Paul Wrobbel Painting Prize
Myrtle Waintrup Givelber Prize
1997 Selma A. Walzer Painting Scholarship

Selected Bibliography

2009 The Plain Dealer July 26, "Poetic, Provocative Works Echo the Plight of Cities." Review by
      Steven Litt
Cleveland Scene June 17-23, "Cities in Flight." Feature by Douglas Max Utter
Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Vol. 29.1, University of Central Missouri, cover
Then We Saw the Flames, Daniel Hoyt, University of Massachusetts Press, May 2009, cover
Map of the Folded World, John Gallaher, University of Akron Press, April 2009, cover
2008 Whiskey Island Magazine, Issue 54-55, Spring 2008, Cleveland State University
Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Vol 28.2,University of Central Missouri, cover
The Cleveland Free Times, 7.2-7.8, cover
The Plain Dealer, May 10, "Imagination is Heavy on Reality." Review by Steven Litt
The New York Times, Apr. 14, reproduction on Op Ed page
Hi-Fructose, Vol. 7
MUSE, April, featured artist
2007 The Plain Dealer, Nov. 30,"Drawing on local landscape." Review by Dan Tranberg
Flavor Pill, Issue 164, Nov. 6
Time Out Chicago, Issue 140 : Nov 1. Review by Alicia Eler
New American Paintings, No. 71, The Open Studios Press
Cleveland Free Times, June 6,"You Can't Go Home Again." Review by Douglas Max Utter
South Bend Tribune, Mar. 25,"Outward Orientation." Review by Evan Gillespie
Angle Magazine, Jan./Feb., Portfolio
2005 Artefakt, Oct./Nov., "The World As We Know It." Review by Douglas Max Utter
The Cleveland Free Times, Mar. 2, "Creature Discomforts." Review by Lyz Bly
Art Papers, Jan., "Amy Casey at Dead Horse Gallery." Review by Douglas Max Utter
2002 Scene, Nov. 13, "And A Pig Shall Lead Them." Review by Amy Sparks


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