Selected Solo Exhibitions and Installations

2013 A Hole in the Sky, Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum

Utica, New York

2013 Hybridity, 21C Museum

Brentonville, Arkansas

2012 Tree of 40 Fruit, Land of Tomorrow Gallery

Louisville, Kentucky

2011 New Edens, The 2011 Armory Show

Exhibited with Ronald Feldman Fine Art

2011 New Edens, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

2010 I am here today…, Hallwalls Gallery

Buffalo, New York

2008 Audition, Rochester Contemporary

Rochester, New York

2008 Eden, College of the Atlantic

Mt. Desert Island, Maine

2008 High Lonesome, Tacheles Kunsthaus

Berlin, Germany

2007 Killer Tomatoes, University of North Carolina Sculpture Garden

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2007 New Transmitters for the Same Old Stupidities, Whitney Artworks

Portland, Maine

2005 Currents2, Colby College Museum of Art

Waterville, Maine

2005 Becoming, The University of Maine Art Galleries

University of Maine, Orono Maine

2004 Hybrids, The Hampden Gallery

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts

2003 The Multiple Deaths of Willem Dafoe, The Project Room

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2003 In Between, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Rockport, Maine

2003 Filler, Mobius Gallery

Boston, Massachusetts

2001 New Currents in Contemporary Art, Ackland Art Museum

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2000 For Your Eyes Only, Lump Gallery

Raleigh, North Carolina


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Food

San Jose Museum of Art

2013 Pulse Art Fair

Exhibited with Creative Capital

2013 Rediscoveries 4: Comedy, Seriously

Colby College Museum of Art

2012 Pulse Art Fair, New York

Exhibited with Creative Capital

2011 Taking Shape, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

New York, New York

2011 En Garde, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

New York, New York

2010 Seven-Miami with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Miami, Florida

2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art

Portland, Maine

2009 Four in Maine, Farnsworth Museum of Art

Rockland, Maine

2008 The Everson Biennial, Everson Museum of Art

Syracuse, NY

2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art

Portland, Maine

2007 The Other Biennial, Whitney Artworks Congress St.

Portland, Maine

2006 Challenges in Contemporary Art, The Lowe Gallery at Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

2006 Dallas Video Art Festival, Dallas Museum of Fine Art

Dallas, Texas

2006 Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art, Institute for Contemporary

Art Portland, Maine

2006 LandEscapes

Mount Desert Island, Maine

2005 The Water Show, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Rockport, Maine

2004 The Home Show

University of New England, Portland, Maine

2004 DNA: Art & Science, The Double Helix

University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum

2004 University of North Carolina Graduate School Bicentennial Alumni Exhibition

John and June Alcott Gallery Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2003 Figureheads

Artempressa Gallery, Cordoba, Argentina

2003 Frag

Evos Art Institute, Lowell, Massachusetts

2002 University of Maine Art Department Faculty Exhibition

University of Maine Museum of Art, Orono, Maine

2002 Queer Visualities: Reframing Sexuality in the Post Warhol World

Staller Art Center, Stonybrook, New York

2002 The Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2002 Biennial

Center for Main Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

2002 Plugged In

Center for Main Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine



Lunder Collection at Colby College Museum of Art, Watervilee, Maine

West Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

21C Museum and Hotel, Bentonville, Arkansas

People for the American Way

City of San Jose

21C Museum and Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky

New York Restoration Project, New York, New York

Syracuse University

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine



2013 Artist in Residence-Massachusetts College of Art and Design

2011 Finalist NYFA Individual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture

2010 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors

2010 Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center Artist In Residence

supported by the National Endowment of the Arts and Nimoy Foundation

2009 Chautauqua Art Institute Residency

2009 Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields

2008 Artist in Residence-Tacheles Kunsthaus, Berlin Germany

2007 Maine Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship

2007 Juror’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement Portland Museum of Art 2007 Biennial

2006 AICA (Association of International Critics of Art),

Exhibition Award for Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art Exhibition

2006 Honorarium Dallas Video Art Festival, Dallas, Texas

2006 Commission: University of North Carolina Sculpture Garden

2006 Visting Artist l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts de Cergy-Pontoise

2006 University of Maine Research and Development Grant

2004 Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant

2002 University of Maine Office of the Vice President of Research Grant



2001 M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1996 Masters Level Coursework, State Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland

1995 B.A. Fine Art, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania

1995 B.A. Communication, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania



March 21st, 2014 “The Tree of 40 Fruit Is Exactly as Awesome as It Sounds”, Epicurious, Lauren Salkeld

March 19th, 2014 “Takeaways from TEDxManhattan’s Food Conference”,DailyCandy, Emily Fiffer

March 3rd, 2014 “The Single Most Beautiful Innovation at TEDxManhattan”, Food and Wine, Noah Kauffman

February 12th 2012 “New Art Stars”, Vogue India, Suhair Kahn

Exhibition Catalogue; “New Eden” Published by Gettysburg College

May/June 2011 “The Un Edenic State of Copyright”, Art Asia Pacific

March 4th, 2011 “Neon is the Sign of the Times”, The Wall Street Journal (online edition)

March 4th, 2011 “Armory Show”, Italian Vogue, Jordan Hruska

March 3rd, 2011 “Free-for-All Spirit Breezes Into a Vast Art Fair“, The New York Times

March 3rd, 2011 “Armory Show 2011: A Guide to the Must-See Art

March 3rd, 2011 “Dealers at Armory Look for Independent Identities“, Art in America

March 3rd, 2011 “Nine Best (and Five Worst) Booths of Armory Show”,

March 3rd, 2011 “Manhattan’s ADAA Art Show and Armory Show set to Dazzle international collectors”, The Art Economist, Brook S. Mason

March 3rd, 2011 “Going Contemporary at the Armory“, Hyperallergic,

March 3rd, 2011 “The fruits of Van Aken’s labour”, The Art Newspaper, Anny Shaw

January 19th, 2011 En Garde II: omg’ at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, The Village Voice,

December 8th, 2010 “Seven” review by Charlie Schultz, Art Slant

December 6th, 2010 “Seven Miami: The Highlight of Art Basel”, Miami New Times

December 1st, 2010 “Miami’s Seven Art Fair Goes Indie”,

Exhibition Catalogue “i am here today….” Published by Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

May 17th, 2010 “Hoax as Art, Center for Inquiry

April 23rd, 2010 “Artful Hoax”, Buffalo News

Exhibition Catalogue 2010 Armory Show

Text “Sound and Perception” by Matthew Nudds and Cassey O’Callahan, ISBN 978-0-19-928296-8

May 11th, 2009 “Maine event”, Boston Globe, Review by Sebastian Smee

April 14th, 2009 “Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial Atypical artistry” Sun Journal

Exhibition Catalogue “2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial”

Exhibition Catalogue “Four from Maine” Published by the Farnsworth Museum of Art

Exhibition Catalogue High Lonesome, Sam Van Aken published by the Tacheles Art Center,

December 2008 Eden, Art in New England, Feature Review by Carl Little

2008 Eden, Interview with Jade Dellinger, published by College of the Atlantic

November 5th 2008 Audition by Sam van Aken Rochester City News

October 3rd, 2008 The Wall, Interview with Brenda Trembley, WXXI, NPR radio affiliate Rochester, New York

January 19th 2008 The Portland Biennial from the Incredible Maine Series, Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Januray 12th 2008 Reichstag Cowboy, Berlin Kurier

January 11th 2008 Wildwest ver dom Reichstag, Berliner Zeitung Newspaper

January 11th 2008 Wildwest ver dom Reichstag,

January 10th 2008 High Lonesome-Reuters News Agency

Text “SOUNDS” by Cassey O’Callahan, ISBN 978-0-19-921592-8

May 10th 2007 “Free Beer: Sam Van Aken at Whitney Artworks”, Portland Phoenix

2007 March/April Issue “Sam Van Aken” Artscope Magazine, pg. 34, Exhibition Preview

Exhibition Catalogue “2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial”

April 15th 2007 “Van Aken Claims Juror’s Award”, Portland Press Herald

April 11th 2007 “Odd Year, Great Work: 2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Phoenix

April 8th 2007 “What Maine art is all about”, Portland Press Herald

Fall Issue 2006 Art Journal, “The Role of the University Art Gallery”, pg. 30

2006 Oct./Nov. Issue Art in New England Magazine-Regional Review, pg. 23

Fall Edition 2006 Maine Arts Commission Magazine, LandEscapes Review, pg. 17

July 21st-27th 2006 “Like Wow” From Baja to Bar Harbor : Transnational Contemporary Art, The Portland Phoenix

Exhibition Catalogue Currents2: Sam Van Aken published by the Colby College Museum of Art, ISBN 0-9728484-6-0

May/June Issue 2006 “Altered States” UMaine Today Magazine, Feature Article pg. 10

February 4th 2006 “Close Encounters with a Buick” feature article, Maine Morning Sentinel, front page

January 22nd 2006 “One Man’s Close Encounter” front page feature article, Portland Press Herald


Professional Experience

2006-Present Associate Professor of Art Syracuse University, New York

2013 TEDxManhattan

2013 Artist Lecture, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute

2013 Artist Lecture, 21C Museum and Hotel

2013 School Museum of Fine Art, Boston

2012 Artist Lecture, Chautauqua Institute

2010 Artist Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design

2010 Artist Lecture, University of Binghamton

2010 Artist Lecture, Dickinson College

2009 Artist Lecture, Portland Museum of Art

2009 Artist Lecture, Farnsworth Art Museum

2008 Artist Lecture, Maine College of Art

2008 Artist Talk, Rochester Contemporary

2008 Panel Presentation, ID-Self Portraiture in Contemporary Art,

Southeastern College Art Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

2008 Artist Lecture, Munson Williams, Proctor Art Institute at Pratt

2007 Portland Museum of Art, 2007 Biennial Artist Lecture Series

2006 Artist Lecture University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2006 Visiting Artist l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts de Cergy-Pontoise

2001-2006 Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maine

2004-2006 Maine Arts Commission Percent for Art Juror

2006 Artist Lecture, The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University

2006 Artist Lecture, Institute for Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

2006 Artist Lecture, at Brown University

2005 Artist Lecture, Colby College Museum of Art

2004 Juror Plugged in Fest II

2004 Artist Lecture, Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2003 Artist Lecture The Center for Contemporary Art Rockport, Maine

2003 Artist Talk at Mobius, Boston, Massachusetts

2003 Artist Lecture Brandeis University