Jeffrey Meris works across sculpture, installation, performance, and drawing to consider ecology, embodiment and various lived experiences while healing deeply personal and historical wounds. He earned an AA in Arts and Crafts from the University of The Bahamas in 2012, a BFA in Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art in 2015, and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2019. Meris is a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2019 alum. Meris has exhibited at Matthew Brown in Los Angeles, James Cohan Gallery in Tribeca, White Columns in New York; Halle 14 in Leipzig, Germany; The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Mestre Projects, and the D'Aguilar Art Foundation, all in Nassau, Bahamas, among other venues. Meris was a 2020 NXTHVN Studio Fellow and is currently a fellow at Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Catch A Stick of Fire II, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, 2021
Catch A Stick of Fire, James Cohan, NYC, 2021
Fairy god-Mother, 2021 (left). Shirts vs Skins II, 2021 (right)
Still Standing, White Columns Inc, 2020
I Used to Be (xv), 2021 (left). High Heel, 2021 (right)
Now You See Me; Now You Don't, Situations, NYC, 2020, Installation View

 

EDUCATION

2019
MFA Visual Arts, Columbia University, NY, NY

2015
BFA Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2012
AA Art, The College of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2017
Asue: 20/20, N.A.G.B: Project Space, Nassau, Bahamas
This is Mine, That is Yours, D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas * *

2016
They Coming, Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ 

 

(Two person show marked by **)

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Free Body, Mestre Projects, Albany, Bahamas
Sanctuary, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, Queens Un/Common Proximity, James Cohan Gallery, NY, NY 
Still Standing, White Columns, NY, NY
Seascape Poetics, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

2020
Unmastered, Mestre Projects, Nassau, Bahamas
Now You See Me; Now You Don’t, Situations, NY, NY
Statues Also Die, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Inner Out, Moonmist, Houston, Texas
Voices, Studio525, NY, NY
overmydeadbody, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco
Let My Country Die For Me, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, NY, NY 

2019
AESTHETICALLY FUNCTIONAL ONLY, 1675 Broadway, NY, NY
9999, Fireplace Projects, East Hampton, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NY
A Space to Fill, Leroy Neiman Gallery, NY, NY

2018
feel that other day running underneath this one, Times Square Space, NY, NY 
MFA First Year Exhibition, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, NY, NY 
Scenes from the Collection, Jewish Museum, New York, N.Y

2017 
Diasporagasm, Southbay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA 
Ubersee Kuba Und Die Bahamas, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany 

2016
NE8: National Biennial Exhibition, N.A.G.B, Nassau, Bahamas
Made Here, Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ

2015 
Nassau Calling: Art in the Bahamas [re-] Visited, Hilger BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Haitian-ary, D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas 

2014 
NE7: Antillean Ecology, N.A.G.B, Nassau, Bahamas
Or Too Bleak, Stella Elkins Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2012 
NE6: Thy kingdom Come, N.A.G.B, Nassau, Bahamas

2011 
Process/Product, Popopstudios, Nassau, Bahamas 

 

RESIDENCIES, GRANTS & AWARDS

2021
Sharpe Walentas Studio Fellow
Socrates Sculpture Park Van Lier Fellow Triangle Arts A.I.R
Connecticut Arts Fellowship

2020
Queer Art Fellow
Daniel Arsham & Samuel Ross Artist Grant Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant Temple University 30 under 30
NXTHVN Studio Fellow

2019
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Charitable Arts Foundation Grant

2018
Columbia University D.R.A Shops Fellow
Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Scholarship Winner In-Flux Artist Residency, Jamestown, Ghana
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Pilot Resident

2017
Lyford Cay Foundation Harry C Moore Art Scholar 2017- 2018
Columbia University School of the Arts, Dean’s Travel Grant Halle 14 Artist in Residence, Leipzig, Germany

2016
Guttenberg Space and Time Artist In Residence 2015 J Arthur Khuen Kyrk Award
Sculpture Project Award

2014
Charitable Arts Foundation Grant

2013
Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition Winner Charitable Arts Foundation Grant

2012
Lyford Cay Foundation Harry C Moore Art Scholar 2012- 2013 2010 Popopstudios Junior Residency Prize

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
The Central Bank of The Bahamas Permanent Collection
Bernard Lumpkin & Carmine Boccuzzi Family Collection
The D’Aguilar Art Foundation
Dawn Davies Collection

 

ARTIST TALKS & MEDIA PRESENTATIONS

2021
9 Poets moderated by Jeffrey Meris, White Columns, NY, NY
Artist Talk in Conversation with Titus Kaphar moderated by Matthew Higgs, White Columns, NY, NY
Artist talk in Conversation with Matthew Higgs, White Columns, NY, NY

2020 
Pecha Kucha 20/20 Night, MakeHaven, New Haven, CT
Intro to Figure Drawing, Rutgers University, New Burnswick, NJ
Sculpture as Praxis, Columbia University Teachers College, NY, NY
Driftwood Cafe Podcast, Nassau, Bahamas
overmydeadbody Artist Talk, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
Network of Extraordinary Artist, Hunter East Harlem, NY, NY 

2019 
Art Waves, WKRC Radio, Morrow, Cecelia, NY, NY

2017 
Ubersee Kuba Und Die Bahamas, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
NAGB Blank Canvas 96.9 Guardian Radio, Radio Appearance on NE:8, Nassau, Bahamas
University of the Bahamas: ART 108 Bahamian Art History lectured by Michael Edwards, Artist Talk, Nassau, Bahamas
University of the Bahamas: ENG 108 Bahamian Oral Traditions lectured by Dr. Craig Smith, Artist Talk, Nassau, Bahamas

2016 
University of the Bahamas, Visual Arts Department, Visiting Critic, Nassau Bahamas
NAGB Blank Canvas 96.9 Guardian Radio, Caribbean Linked and Residencies, Nassau Bahamas
Guttenberg Arts, Artist in Residence, Artist Talk, Guttenberg, NJ 

2015 
Central Bank of The Bahamas, Artist Video, Nassau, Bahamas
C.O.B, The College of The Bahamas, Visiting Artist Talk (Junior Class), Nassau, Bahamas
Inside the Inner City with Valentino Scrooge Brown, 96.9 Guardian Radio, Nassau,Bahamas
Rise Bahamas 96.9 Guardian Radio, Guest Appearance, Nassau, Bahamas

2014 
N.A.G.B, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nu Voices, NE7: Antillean Ecology, Visual Arts Panel, Nassau, Bahamas
NAGB Blank Canvas 96.9 Guardian Radio, P.A.M.M with assistant curator Maria Elena Oritz, Nassau, Bahamas
NAGB Blank Canvas 96.9 Guardian Radio, Junkanoo and Bahamian Art with John Cox, Nassau, Bahamas
TEDx Nassau, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas How Two Tea-cups Can Change One Nation, Public Presentation on Dis We Tea Party, N.A.G.B, Nassau, Bahamas

2012
Island Films, Jackson Burnside III: Native Son, Contributor interviewed by Karen Arthur, Nassau, Bahamas
ZNS Radio Network, Junkanoo Talks, Da Road to Bay with One Family, Nassau, Bahamas

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020 
Wallpaper Magazine, Samuel Ross and Daniel Arsham team up to support Black creatives, 22nd June, Smith-Macalister, Tilly
Mixed Media: NAGB Blog, Considering Art in A Time of Crisis, 26th May, Willis, Natalie
Other People’s Pixel’s Blog, Featured Artist, 22nd April, Yeanpanis, Stacia
Up and Away: Bahamasair InFlight Magazine, April 3rd, Our Art Culture Looks Bright, Minnis, Jodi
NXTHVN 2020 Fellowship Press Release
Smith & Benjamin’s Bahamas Arts + Culture eMagazine, March 13th, Bahamian artist curates and Showcases Art in San Francisco, Benjamin-Smith, Dionne
Smith & Benjamin’s Bahamas Arts + Culture eMagazine, Feb 7th, Bahamian artist moving from Strenght to Strenght, Benjamin-Smith, Dionne
Luggage Store Gallery and Isolated Labs Studio, February 14th, overmydeadbody Press Release, Lazer, Laurie
Network of Extraordinary Artist Press Release, Jan 5th, Let My Country Die for Me, Sherman, Arden

2019 
Hyperallergic, May 21st 2019, Columbia University MFA Students Gamble on Uncertainty in Thesis Exhibition, Small, Zachary

2017 
University of the Bahamas: ENGW300 Advanced Composition Reference Material- Asue: 20/20, Dr. P. Bailey, Nassau, Bahamas
Academia.edu, 2017, Diasporagasm: Multimedia Artists of the African Diaspora, Barbour, Chelle

2016
Drawing on the Utopic, July 11th, They Coming-Jeffrey Meris, Thomas, Austin
Smith & Benjamin’s Bahamas Arts + Culture eMagazine, March 31st, Bahamian artist awarded prestigious Guttenberg Arts Residency, Benjamin-Smith, Dionne
Temple News, March 28th, Jeffrey Meris, BFA Sculpture 2015 has been awarded at GUTTENBERG ARTS summer 2016 Space and Time Artist Residency, Sepielli, Matthew
ARTMOOC, March 7th, High Tea and Identity, Galanis, Tamika

2015 
Artnet, Nassau Calling: Art in the Bahamas [re-] Visited (Exhibition mention)
Nassau Guardian, April 22nd, Jeffrey Meris does himself and his family proud, Moss, Shauvaughn
Emily Carr University WIKI, April 3rd, Talk: Gio Swaby (2015), Swaby, Giovanna
Smith & Benjamin’s Bahamas Arts + Culture eMagazine, March 27th, First TEDx Nassau Talks, Benjamin-Smith, Dionne
Bahamas Pundit, March 27th, The Ever Expanding Bahamian Story, Simon

2014 
Nassau Guardian, October 4th, NAGB’s new permanent exhibition tells an honest narrative

2013 
Popop News, October 30th, Meris Wins First Prize In 2013 Central Bank Art Competition, Wells, Lisa
Uprising Art Contemporary Caribbean Art, October 19th, Prizes of the Central Bank of The Nassau Guardian, October 12th, 20 Questions with Jeffrey Meris, Wells, Erica
Tribune Newspaper, October 9th, Art Competition Recognizes Two Top Participants, Alesha Cadet

2013
Popop News, August 10th, Harry Moore Scholar Set To Change The Way We See Junkanoo, Wells, Lisa
The Lyford Cay Foundation What’s New, January 21st, Harry Moore Scholar Brings Art into Focus

2012
Guardian Trinidad and Tobago, December 26th, Junkanoo is the spirit of the Bahamas
Mixed Media Blog, April 12th, Feature from the Exhibition: The Middle Passage, AK

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