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Curriculum Vitae


Justin Sterling (b. 1992) born and raised in Houston, Texas - New York City-based visual artist that began his practice as a painter and sculptor and later received his Masters in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Parsons. His chosen medium is the built environment, through recycling and civil disobedience he appropriates the city to create a poetic storytelling relationship with the urban and domestic, which in turn becomes a catalyst for social, political, and environmental discourse and activism. 



2018   Alum of Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, Chelsea, New York

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

2015   Graduate 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:

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  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:

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:

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

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

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



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)

Rochester City Newspaper - ‘NARTCAN’ addresses the pain and oblivion of addiction by Rebecca Rafferty (group show)


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


"Self Portrait"

Oil on glass


20 x 24in (unframed)