Brian James Spies
brianspiesartist@yahoo.com
http://brianspiesartist.com
@brianspies.artist

Born: 1979, Williamsport, PA
Education
2012 Master of Fine Arts The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2010 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Maryland Institute College of Art
2002 Bachelor of Arts (Studio Art) Photo Concentration Lycoming College

Additional Coursework
2009 Abstraction Workshop with Moe Brooker Peter’s Valley Craft Center
2008 Independent Study with Xiaoze Xie Bucknell University

Selected Exhibition Record
2020   The Spooky Show 2020, Lightbox Photographic Gallery (Astoria, OR)
Juror: Chelsea Vincent Granger
States of Desire: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Philly Fringe (Philadelphia)
Jurors: Casa de Duende
Quarantine Show, Wanderlife Gallery (Philadelphia)
The Photographic Nude 2020, Lightbox Photographic Gallery (Astoria, OR)
Juror: Douglas Beasley
2019 Natural Forms, Wanderlife Gallery (Philadelphia)
Curator: Beth Dombkowski
Hinterlands, Arts Council Gallery (Danville, PA)*
Extending Tradition 2, LightBox Photographic Gallery (Astoria, OR)
Juror: Stu Levy
PLACE, WanderLife Gallery (Philadelphia)
Juror: Beth Dombkowski
Pajama Factory Show, The Station Gallery (Lock Haven, PA)
Curator: Steve Bower
Beautiful Pictures, Factory Works Gallery The Pajama Factory (Williamsport)*
2018 Annual Juried Show, Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center (Wellsboro, PA)
Juror: Anna Wales Rogers
Adams County Annual Juried Show, Schmucker Art Gallery (Gettysburg College)
Juror: Richard Rinehart
Pajama Factory Artist In Residence, The Pajama Factory (Williamsport)
Graphite Gang III, Factory Works Gallery (Williamsport)
Curator: David Becker
#ICONS, Harvest Gallery (Williamsport)*
Curator: Suzy Herlehy
2017 Ritual Reading Room 2017, Heavy Bubble HQ (Philadelphia)
Curators: Margaret Anderson, Stella Gassaway
Strong, Tender & True, Brob Din Gnag at The Love Barn (Phoenixville) 
Curator: Ana Vizcarra Rankin
L.A. Residency, Converge Gallery (Williamsport) Curator: Johnny Romeo
Zeitgeist , Converge Gallery (Williamsport) Jurors: Penny Lutz, Richard Rinehart, Dan Olivetti, Bryce Brown
Ill Communication, Factory Works Gallery The Pajama Factory (Williamsport)* 
Photography as Social Conscience: Impassioned Portrayals of Race in the United States,
Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove)
Curator: Ceaphas Stubbs
Soundings, The Power Plant Gallery, Duke University (Durham)
Curator: Caitlin Margaret Kelly
2016 The Snowflake Salon 2016, Heavy Bubble HQ (Philadelphia)
Curators: Margaret Anderson, Stella Gassaway
Politics Now: the art of sausage making, Union Street Gallery (Chicago Heights)
Curator: John Gutierrez
Timelines, Studio 15 The Pajama Factory (Williamsport)
Grass Is Greener, Artspace 1241 (Philadelphia)
Brian James Spies: Solitaire, Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia)
2015 ‘Murica: A Patriotic Art Show, PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia) Curator: Eric Bresler 
The Photographic Process, The Stairwell Gallery (Bloomsburg)
2014 Escape the Night, Pterodactyl (Philadelphia)
Curators: Brian James Spies, Marek Danielewski
Eraserhood Forever, PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia)
Curators: Jay Bilinsky, Michael Carroll
America: Together / Apart | The New Pennsylvania System Factory Works Gallery Pajama Factory (Williamsport, PA)*
Adults, The Haven (Washington DC)
Curator: Mensa Ahdae Kondo
Night Walk with Me, Salon 1522 (Philadelphia)
Curator: Marek Danielewski
2013 Ritual, 110 Church Gallery (Philadelphia)
Curators: Margaret Anderson, Stella Gassaway
All Along The Watchtower, Pterodactyl (Philadelphia)
Curators: Jon F. Allen, Mary Coyle, David E Williams Brian James Spies
ArtPrize 2013, DeVos Place Convention Center (Grand Rapids, MI) 
GLEANERS // INFORMERS, Napoleon (Philadelphia)
Curator: Liza Coviello
Philli Found NYC, Yes Gallery (Brooklyn)
Curator: Lesley Doukhowetzky
2012 It’s Your Funeral, Pterodactyl (Philadelphia)
Curators: K. Malcolm Richards, Jon F. Allen
Thesis Exhibit (Annual Student Exhibition) The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia)
Can’t Find My Way Home, The Hex Factory (Philadelphia)*
Curators: K. Malcolm Richards, Jon F. Allen
2011 Contamination Policy, Pterodactyl (Philadelphia)
Curators: K. Malcolm Richards, Jon F. Allen
Out In Out, MBN Studios (Philadelphia)
Curators: Michael Moore, Paul Hamanaka
2010 Commencement Show, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore)
Momentum, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore)
2009 Camper Contemporary, Art Basel Miami 2009
Curator: Calder Brannock
2005 The First Annual Art Parade, Deitch Projects (New York)
TRASH’ed: The Art of Recycling, Coachella Arts & Music Festival (Indio, CA)
2003 Eat Me!, The Coffee & Tea Room (Williamsport)*
* Solo Show

Curatorial Work
2020 Factory In Bloom, The Exchange (Bloomsburg)
2019 GIANTsized, Factory Works Gallery (Williamsport)
2017 Artshow ’17, Factory Works Gallery (Williamsport)
2016 Here We Are Now, Jed Williams Gallery (Philadelphia)
2014 Escape the Night, Pterodactyl (Philadelphia)
2013 All Along the Watchtower, Pterodactyl (Philadelphia)

Bibliography
From World To World: Ana Vizcarra Rankin, D/Railed Magazine:
https://www.facebook.com/drailedmag/posts/329527590799788
You Can’t Say That In America, D/Railed Magazine:
http://www.drailedmag.com/2016/08/23/you-cant-say-that-in-america/
Whose Flag Is It, Anyways?, D/Railed Magazine:
http://www.drailedmag.com/2016/08/07/whose-america-is-it-anyway/

Lectures
2020 The Art of Play, TEDx Williamsport, Pajama Factory
2016 Members Preview Talk, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2014 Artist Talk, Factory Works Gallery Studio 10, Pajama Factory
2012 Art @ Lunch, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
PafA: After Dark, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Honors
2018 Fleisher Wind Challenge, Philadelphia (Shortlist)
2017 Honorable Mention, Zeitgeist Converge Gallery
2016 Review Panel: Philadelphia The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2012 MFA Faculty Award, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2010 Student Leader Award, The Maryland Institute College of Art^
2002 Graduated Cum Laude, Lycoming College
^ Nominated

Public Collections
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Printmaking Department Student Collection
The Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Selected Press
Suzi Nash, “Brian Spies: He’s a little bit country”, Philadelphia Gay News, September 16th, 2020.
https://epgn.com/2020/09/16/brian-spies-hes-a-little-bit-country/
Muriel Resnik, “Meet the artist: Brian Spies”, Singulart Magazine, December 13th, 2017. https://blog.singulart.com/en/2017/12/13/meet-the-artist-brian-spies/
Chip Schwartz, “All things evil at Pterodactyl.” theartblog.org, October 21st, 2013. http://www.theartblog.org/2013/10/all-things-evil-at-pterodactyl/
Chip Schwartz, “Napoleon gleans informative, environmental observations from three artists.” Knight Arts, August 27th, 2013.
http://www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/napoleon-gleaners-informers
Edith Newhall, “Broken Beauty.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 11th, 2013.
Ben Meyer, “Can’t Find My Way Home: Brian Spies on fracking at the Hex Factory” theartblog.org, April 30th, 2012.
http://www.theartblog.org/2012/04/cant-find-my-way-home-brian-spies-on-fracking- at-the-hex-factory/
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