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Kirstin Lamb

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Birth year


Brown University, 2001, BA
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), 2005, MFA

Representing galleries
in Lincoln, Nebraska, Darger HQ


Artist Statement

The studio is full of props. I collect skulls, taxidermy, ribbons, fabric, vintage photographs and paper ephemera. I organize these objects and stage compositions.

I create abstract pictures and portraits, large and small, to add to the still life objects staged in space. My recent work features both acrylic prop-paintings and miniature gouache paintings informed by the arrangements of these props.

The miniature gouache paintings depict pictures of pictures or salon images. These pictures are derived from a fascination with Vanitas still life, cabinets of curiosity, and paintings of paintings ranging from Matisse's Red Studio to David Teniers' depictions of the collection of Archduke Leopold of Austria. I am interested in how paintings retain their relevance by taking on ideas of death of painting or a kind of comedic curation-as-painting.

The prop paintings are primarily abstract, though some are awkward genre pictures, ham-fisted portraits and sometimes landscapes. Many of the props are contorted love letters to different forms of picture making from Pattern and Decoration painting to Russian Constructivism to Abstract Expressionism. I confront the doubt so prevalent in painting by channeling the narrative content of my work through a distended process of accumulating not only imagery but multiple surfaces and frames within the one composition.

The portrait imagery in my recent work is derived from penny arcade cards, obscure pinups, and headshots of old Hollywood starlets and singers. I work directly from antique paper ephemera, which favors the meandering, homespun and gawky, kitschy patterns complementing the glazed-over glares and toothy grins. The portraits act as similar prim and pert statues in the staging of a static and darling memento mori.



Providence, RI / 617-270-8357 /


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) / Providence, RI / 2005
Master of Fine Arts, Painting
Brown University Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning / Providence, RI / 2005
Collegiate Teaching Certificate
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) / Boston, MA / 2002
Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Brown University / Providence, RI / 2001
Bachelor of Arts, English and Visual Art


Darger HQ / Lincoln, NE
"Lincoln Country Club" / Group Show / May 5 - September 14th
Lentos Museum / Linz, Austria
“Love and Loss: Fashion and Transience” / March 13 – June 7th
Chazan Gallery / Providence, RI
Four Person Show with Kate Blacklock, Suzanne D’Avanzo, and Wendy Seller
Darger HQ / / Lincoln, NE
Two Person Show with Julia Ibbini / December
Room 83 Spring / Watertown, MA
“Site Chunks: Bob Bailey, Liza Bingham, and Kirstin Lamb” / September
Brown University / List Art Center / Providence, RI
“Adjunct Group Show” / Fall 2014    
Darger HQ / / Lincoln, NE
“Inaugural Exhibition” 
Root Division / San Francisco, CA
“Kitsch-In” / Curators: Amy Cancelmo, Richard Rinehart, and Julie Sutherland / April
The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery / Pawtucket, RI
“RISCA Fellowship Exhibition”
Love Art Fair / Toronto, Canada
May 7-11 / with Darger HQ
Brown University / List Art Center / Providence, RI
“Adjunct Faculty Group Show”  / with Becky Brown and Taylor McKenzie-Veal / Spring 2014
 Fresh StART / / Los Angeles, CA
Curated One Night Show and Benefit / Curator: Katherine Whitlock
The Art Gallery of Calgary / / Calgary, ON; Canada
“Where the Heart Is” / September 6th  – October 26th / Curator: Kayleigh Hall 
Buy Some Damn Art /
Curator: Kate Singleton / curated solo online show
Ann Street Gallery / Newburgh, NY
“Yumilicious” / Curator: Virginia Walsh
Silas Marder Gallery / Bridgehampton, NY
“The Big Show 7”
Jamestown Art Center / Jamestown, RI
“Statewide: Works from RISD Rhode Island Alumni” / Juror: Judith Tolnick Champa
The Watermill Center / Watermill, NY
“Voluptuous Panic: The 18th Annual Watermill Center Benefit” / Silent Auction/ July 30th, 2011
Contribution with Voltz-Clarke LLC
Kniznick Gallery / Women’s Studies Research Center / Brandeis University / Waltham, MA
“Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More” / Juror: Judy Haberle / Curator: Michele L’Heureux
Ann Street Gallery / Newburgh, NY
“Memento Mori: Contemporary Vanitas” / Curator: Virginia Walsh
Copper Colored Mountain Arts Center / Ann Arbor, MI
“Opening Celebration” / Curator: Christina Burch
The Watermill Center / Watermill, NY
“Paradiso: The 17th Annual Watermill Center Benefit” / Silent Auction / July 24th, 2010
Contribution with Voltz-Clarke LLC
Kingston Gallery / Boston, MA
“It Changes Everything” / Curator: Sue Post
Salvatore Ferragamo Gallery / Ferragamo Store / New York, NY
“Abbondanza” / Curator: Blair Voltz-Clarke
Bromfield Gallery / Boston, MA
“Heat” / Juror: Carol Anne Mehan
Julians / Providence, RI
“The Hive Show” / Curators: Hive Archive Collective
David Winton Bell Gallery / Brown University / Providence, RI
“Triennial Faculty Exhibition”
Sol Koffler Gallery / Rhode Island School of Design / Providence, RI
“Surface” / Curator: James Hall
Trinity Church / Boston, MA
“Trinity Inspires” / Fundraising Auction for Trinity Church
Supreme Trading / New York, NY
“Providential” / RISD Painting MFA Show in Brooklyn
Rhode Island School of Design Museum / Providence, RI
“MFA Exhibition”
Sol Koffler Gallery / Rhode Island School of Design / Providence, RI
“Would You Stay, Would You Lie By Me?” / Curator: Lauren Pearson
Catalyst Arts / Pawtucket, RI
“Waterworks” / Performance and Installation / Curator: Dike Blair
Sol Koffler Gallery / Rhode Island School of Design / Providence, RI
“Painting Department Group Show”
Sarah Doyle Women’s Center / Brown University / Providence, RI
“Intersections: The Celebration of Women Mentors and their Students”
Judi Rotenberg Gallery Annex and New England School of Art and Design / Boston, MA
“Storytelling” / Curators: Abigail Ross and James Manning
Boston Center for the Arts / Boston, MA
“17th Annual Juried Drawing Show” / Juror: Bill Arning
Atrium Gallery / School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Boston, MA
“Post Baccalaureate Student Show”
List Art Center / Brown University / Providence, RI
“Senior Thesis” / Solo Show
David Winton Bell Gallery / Brown University     / Providence, RI
“Juried Student Show” 


Interview with Genevieve Randall, Friday Arts Live, NET Radio, 
Nebraska's PBR and NPR stations, December 5th, 2014
The Providence Phoenix / March 5, 2014 
Greg Cook / “Local Luminaries: The 2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition”
The Jealous Curator / / June 6th, 2013 
Danielle Krysa / “I’m Still Jealous of Kirstin Lamb” 
Q & A, Buy Some Damn Art / Kate Singleton / March 2013
The Jealous Curator / / August 29th, 2011
Danielle Krysa / “I’m Jealous of Kirstin Lamb” 
New American Paintings / Edition #86 / The Open Studios Press/ Boston, MA / p. 88-91
Monica Ramirez-Montagut / The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art / Juror
W Magazine / November 2007 / p. 260
Elisa Lipsky-Karasz / “Art and Commerce”
Berkshire Fine Arts / August 21st, 2007
Shawn Hill / “Last Blast of Summer Heat: A Provocative and Sexy Show at Bromfield Galllery”
Providence Daily Journal / May 26th, 2005 / Section L, p. 12
Bill van Siclen / “Grad Student Show Ranges from Wonderful to Wacky” / Online Portfolio and Interview / Spring 2005
David Pyle / “Liquitex 50th Anniversary Artists Interview: Kirstin Lamb” 
Boston’s Weekly Dig / / Summer 2003
Brett M. Rhyne / “What’s the Story?: Storytelling 1 and 2 at the New England School of Art and 
Design and Judi Rotenberg Gallery Annex”
Boston Herald / January 4th, 2002
Joanne Silver / “Drawing Attention: BCA Exhibit Celebrates Age-Old and Modern Traditions of 


Brown University / Visual Art Department / Providence, RI 
Adjunct Lecturer / Studio Foundation / Fall and Spring
Brown University / Pre-College Program / Continuing Education / Providence, RI
Adjunct Instructor / Drawing Intensive / Summer
Brown University / Summer Studies / Visual Art Department / Providence, RI
Adjunct Lecturer / Studio Foundation
Rhode Island School of Design / Painting Department / Providence, RI
Visiting Lecturer / Sophomore Painting
Brown University / Summer Studies / Visual Art Department / Providence, RI
Adjunct Lecturer / Painting I
Brown University / Visual Art Department / Providence, RI
Adjunct Lecturer / Painting I / Drawing II
Providence College / Art and Art History Department / Providence, RI
Visiting Lecturer / Drawing I / Drawing II


Vermont Studio Center / January
Atlantic Center for the Arts / New Smyrna Beach, FL
Will Cotton / Master Artist


2014    RISCA Artist Fellowship Merit Award in Painting
2004    Liquitex 50th Anniversary Artist Award / Paint Purchase Award / ColArt Americas
2003    Graduate Fellowship / Rhode Island School of Design
2001    William Weston Award / Brown University


Recent Exhibits

Kirstin Lamb participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2015 The Pattern Room / Kirstin Lamb
Bunker Projects
May, 2015 Lincoln Country Club Show
Darger HQ
Mar, 2015 Love and Loss: Fashion and Mortality
LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
Apr, 2014 Kitsch-In Exhibition
Root Division
Jan, 2011 Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More
Kniznick Gallery, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
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