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Justin Sterling (b. 1992 Houston, Texas) - Is a New York City-based visual artist and trumpet player. His chosen medium is the built environment, through recycling and civil disobedience he appropriates the city to create a poetic storytelling relationship within the urban and domestic, which in turn can become a catalyst for social, political, and environmental discourse. 



2018   Alum of Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, New York

2017   Masters of Fine Arts Major, The New School: Parsons School of Design, New York

2015   Bachelor of Arts Major, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas

2014   Independent Study and Art History Research, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Urbino, Italy

2010   Graduate Lamar High School, Texas Arrowhead Scholar, Houston, Texas


Exhibition History:

2022 San Diego Museum of Art, Solo Exhibition, Chapel of the Rocks, San Diego, CA

2022  RedBud Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Windows of Opportunity, Houston, TX

2022  Building Radical Soil, LatinX Project NYU, Group Exhibition, New York, NY

2021  Someday Gallery, Entrainment, Group Exhibition, Chinatown, New York

2021  HMAAC, Windows of Opportunity, Solo Exhibition, Houston, TX

2021  Canada Gallery, The Thick Stream, TriBeCa, New York 

2021  Museo Municipal de Tossa de Mar, L’Arbre i la Roca, Group Exhibition, Tossa de Mar, Spain

2020  MoMA PS1, Marking Time: Art In The Age of Mass Incarceration, Queens, New York

2020  Cathouse Proper, Orange Chapel: Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York

2019  Parallel Performance Space, Solo Performance, Brooklyn, New York

2019  Parsons School for Design, In The Historical Present: Trumpet Performance, New York, NY

2019  The Old Stone House, No More Water: Duo Exhibition w/ Tahir Carl Karmali, Brooklyn, NY

2019  The Olympia Project, Broken Windows: Solo Exhibition, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

2019  CampoBase LPS, Curatorial Fundraiser, Group Exhibition, Turin, Italy

2019  1980 Performance Space, Black Power Naps, Trumpet Performance, East Village, New York

2018  Panopoly Performance Lab, Duo Performance w/ Ayana Evans, Williamsburg, New York

2018  Highline Park, Elia Alba’s Supper Club: Intimacy, Chelsea, New York  

2018  Foley Gallery, American Australian Association, Group Exhibition, Lower East Side, New York

2018  François Schneider Foundation, Contemporary Talents 7th Edition, Finalist, Wattwiller, France

2018  Pfizer Building, Bric-a-Brac: Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York 

2018  Pfizer Building, Re: Art Show, Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York

2018  Project 308 Gallery, How To Be A Respectable Junkie, Group Exhibition, Buffalo, New York

2018  SUNY Geneseo, Addiction: Art and Photography, Group Exhibition, Geneseo, New York 

2018  Freight Gallery, Images of Power: Solo Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas

2017  Eric Firestone Gallery, ArtCritical Benefit: Group Exhibition, NoHo, New York

2017  Axom Gallery, Addiction: Art and Photography: Group Exhibition, Rochester, New York

2017  BRIC, OPEN (C)ALL TRUTH: Group Exhibition, Downtown Brooklyn, New York 

2017  University of Rochester, Addiction: Art and Photography, Group Exhibition, Rochester, New York

2017  Our Neon Foe Gallery, A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch, Solo Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

2017  Westbeth Gallery, Second Nature: Group Exhibition, West Village, New York

2017  15 Orchard Gallery, Wait What? Yes. Collective, Group Exhibition, Lower East Side, New York

2016  Gold Wing Gallery, The Choices We Make, Group Exhibition, Washington Heights, New York

2016  25E 13th Gallery, Two By Two, Group Exhibition, Greenwich Village, New York

2016  Castle FitzJohns Gallery, Group Exhibition, Lower East Side, New York

2015  UT: San Antonio Gallery, Berlin Wall Exhibition, Group Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas

2014  LaBelle Gallerie, Group Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana

2014  Underground Artist Collective, Group Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas

2013  University of Texas at San Antonio Spring 13’ Student Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas


Grants and Opportunities:

2021   CERF+ emergency assistance grant for craft-based practices

2017   Joan Sutherland Fund Grant, Research History, Colonialism (Indigenous), Sydney, Australia

2017   Parsons Travel Grant, Research History, Colonialism (Aristocracy), London, England

2015   University of Texas San Antonio, Research History, Berlin Study Abroad, Berlin and Istanbul

2014   Urbino University Study Abroad Program sponsored by UTSA, 24 cities in Italy

(including Paris, Amsterdam, and Ghent)


Past Residencies:

2022   ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program, (3-months), Brooklyn, New York

2021  Alex Brown Foundation, (1-month), Des Moines, Iowa

2021  Artist in Residence Catalonia AIRCAT, (1-month), Tossa de Mar, Spain

2019  CampoBase: Symposium w/ Ginevra Ludovici (10-days) Turin, Rome, and Venice, Italy

2017  Carriageworks with Tony Albert (2-months), Sydney, Australia

2014  University of Urbino, COLFA Artist-in-residence, (3-months) Urbino, Italy



Hyperallergic - Sustainability as a Form of Resistance in Art (group show)

ArtForum -Justin Sterling: Orange Chapel by Jeffrey Kastner (solo show)

PBS - NYC ARTS Choice: MoMA PS1, “Marking Time” Feature (group show)

ArtCritical - Justin Sterling: Orange Chapel by David Cohen (solo show)

Made in Mind Magazine - Interview with Ginevra Ludovici, print (front cover in Milan)

Hyperallergic - The Layered Metaphors of Broken Windows by Seph Rodney (solo show)

LivingLifeFearless (LLF) - Justin Sterling: “Broken Windows” | The Olympia Project (solo performance)

Bklyner - No More Water: Artists Explore Injustice, Displacement, And Climate Change (duo show)


Publications: - The Threshold of Perception: Ad Reinhardt’s Blue Paintings - Between the Ancestors and the Living: Nari Ward at New Museum

Chapel of the Rocks
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