Curriculum Vitae

Desirée Alvarez
www.desireealvarez.com

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
New School for Social Research, NY, NY, philosophy
Atelier Mac’Avoy, Paris, France
Academie Port-Royal, Paris, France
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art and English, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Syracuse University, fine art and art history program in Florence, Italy

AWARDS

2015
May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, Bauhan Publishing, book award (book forthcoming April 2016)
2013-14
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Grant
2011
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Award
Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Poetry Award
2006
Urban Artist Initiative/ NYC Special Project Grant for New Work
2005
Cork 2005 European Cultural Capital Award, Ireland
2003
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Award
2001
The Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, Denver Quarterly
1998
American Academy of Arts and Letters, Willard L. Metcalf Award
1997
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Award

LARGE PAINTING INSTALLATIONS AND SOLO

2015
NYFA Back to Life, St. Ann’s Church, Brooklyn, NY
2014
Central Booking Gallery, Paintings
Bennington College, Uncanny Spaces
2013
Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY, solo exhibition
Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, NY, NY, Text Out Of Context
Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, Booked
2012
NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) Galleries, New Orleans, LA, The Print
Booked
Phoolan Devi Opera Project, sets and costumes, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, world
tour
2011
Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Union, NY, Of Weeds and Wildness: Nature in Black &
White
2011-2010
Central Booking Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Book of Birds
2010
International Print Center New York, NY, NY, New Prints, curated by Philip Pearlstein
Minor Memorial Gallery, Roxbury, CT
2009
Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY, NY, Other Other II High Visibility
2008
International Print Center New York, NY, NY, Artist Commentary
2007
Taller Boricua, NY, NY
2006
California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, Vanishing Point
Sirius Arts Center, Cobh, Ireland, CORK 2005
Center for Book Arts, NY, NY, Paris/New York
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, Dialogue
2005
Le Temple, Lacaze, France
Abrons Art Center, NY, NY, Dialogue
Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT, Innovations in Contemporary Printmaking
Cité des Arts, Paris, France, Dialogue
Going Under, film directed by Eric Werthman, starring Roger Rees
2004
International Print Center, NY, NY, Impresionante! Innovative Prints by Contemporary Puerto Rican
Artists
Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, The Alumni Show
2003
SUNY Rockland, Rotunda Gallery, Rockland, NY, Sor Juana Drawings & Prints Queens
Theater in the Park, Queens, NY, Sideshow
Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
2001 St. Peter’s Church, NY, NY
1998 Art Resource Transfer Inc., NY, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
CARA Gallery, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Art Auction, New York, NY
National Arts Club Grammercy Park, Etching exhibiton curated by Roberta Waddell, New
York, NY
2013
Central Booking Gallery, thREAD, NY, NY
The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Readymade Flea, Brooklyn, NY
Visual Arts Gallery, University of Texas/Austin, Austin, TX, New Prints 2012
2012
New York International Print Center New York, Winter Benefit exhibition
New York International Print Center New York, Autumn Prints exhibition
Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY, Love & Heartbreak
2011
Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY, Oceans, Rivers and the Fish that Swim
Condemned to be Free, Satellite Space, Central Booking Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
New York College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY, Women Artists
2009
International Print Center New York, NY, NY, New Prints Winter
Anchor Graphics, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, New Prints
Grace Gallery, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Faculty Exhibit
Grace Gallery, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Hispanic
Women Artists
Ajara Art Museum, Batumi, Georgia, Weather Report, an international drawing collaborative
2008
International Print Center New York, NY, NY, New Prints 2007/08
Gallery 4H, Philadelphia, PA
Grace Gallery, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Faculty Exhibit
2007
Grace Gallery, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Faculty Exhibit
2006
International Print Center New York, NY, NY, New Prints Fall
Lower East Side Printshop, NY, NY, Fall Prints, curated by Carrie Moyer
Lower East Side Printshop, NY, NY, Summer Prints
2005
Kosova Art Gallery, Pristina, Kosova, Hope Box, Weather Report
Roman Petrovic Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia
Centar Za Kulturu, Mostar, Herzegovina, Weather Report
SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, Hope Box
2004
International Print Center New York, NY, NY, New Prints 2004/Spring, curated by Barry
Walker
Art for Living, NY, NY
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, Hopebox Drawings
Spark!, Johannesburg, South Africa, Hopebox
Mind’s I Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, Hopebox
NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa, Hopebox
2003
Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art, Weather Report
2002
Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Reactions
Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, NY, NY, Memory & Metaphor
Exit Art, NY, NY, Reactions
2001
Queensland College of Art Gallery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia,
Hope Box
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, The Thirty-Seventh Juried Exhibition
2000
Williamsburgh Art & Historical Center, NY, NY, Yaddo Artists
Mai Gallery, Hanoi and Blue Art Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Weather Report
1999
American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY, Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members
and Recipients of Honors and Awards
El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY, The Selected Files: NY Artists of Latin American Heritage
American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY, Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture
1998
Galerie Station 3, Vienna, Austria, Druckgrafik aus New York
Dorfman Projects, NY, NY, The Tip of the Iceberg: A Response To NY Museums
Dave Muller’s Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA, Cover
1996
University of Columbia, Bogota, Columbia, Fusion Gravado
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, Survey
1995
Dalarnas Museum, Sweden, Grafiker Falubiennalen 95
The Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA, Fabrication
Art Center, Pasadena, CA, Four Printmakers, Multimediation

FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

2012
Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship
2007-2005
Lower East Side Printshop Fellowship
2000
Painting Space 122, P.S. 122, Artist in Residence, 1999-2000
1998
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
Manhattan Graphics Center Fellowship
Lower East Side Printshop Special Edition Fellowship

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

2017
Red Hen Press, The Traveler’s Vade Mecum Anthology, poems, forthcoming,
Pasadena, CA
2016
Bauhan Publishing, Devil’s Paintbrush, book of poems, Peterborough, NH
2013
The Villager, “A (Downtown) Room of One’s Own,” December
The Villager, “Word up! Artists reopen gallery in ‘novel’ fashion,” October
Central Booking Magazine, “Desirée Alvarez: Words and Images,” interview and artist project
Central Booking Magazine, “Text Out of Context”
2012
The Iowa Review, University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA, poems
Black Renaissance Noire, New York University, NY, NY, poems
Betty Cunningham Gallery, Pearlstein catalog essay
Central Booking Magazine, November, Exhibition Catalog: Booked
Central Booking Magazine, September, Interview & Artist Project
2011
Zocalo Public Square, essay on aesthetics (for event with Brad Cloepfil and
Gus Van Sant at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA)
Times Union, Albany, NY, “Of Weeds and Wildness at Union College Explore
Dualities in Art and Nature,” Steve Barnes, February 10, 2011
All Over Albany, “Of Weeds and Wildness at Nott Memorial,” Bennett V. Campbell,
February 10, 2011
The Free Gorge, “A Review: Of Weeds and Wildness”
Concordiensis, Union College, “Nature in the dead of winter?” Rachel Steiner, January 27, 2011
ArtBeat: What To See – Nippertown!, January 12, 2011
Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska Press, poems
2010
The Litchfield County Times, CT, “Nature and Art Together in Exhibit in
Roxbury”
The Housatonic Times, CT, “Peaceable Kingdom”
Voices, CT
2009
Poetry, poem
Haberart.com, review
2008
Boston Review, poem
Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize Journal, poems
2006
Tweed Museum, University of Minnesota, Philip Pearlstein catalog essay
7 Very Different Plays, cover art, Broadway Play Publishing
Acrylic-Resist Etching, Collagraphy, Engraving, Drypoint, Mezzotint, Carol Robertson and Robert
Adam
2005
Arts and Metiers Printmaking Today, October
Haberart.com, “Making Books”
Grand Street News, November
Michael Kimmelman, The Accidental Masterpiece
Denver Quarterly, Poems, Winter Issue
2002
Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, “Real Flesh, Not Perfect or Prurient,”
2001
Denver Quarterly, University of Denver Press, “The Model as Painter and Painted,” essay
2000
The New York Times, “The Lonely Life of a Free Spirit,” Sunday, April 30
1999
Art in America, “Awards,” July
1995
Michael Duncan, “Fabrication: Formal, found and funky,” catalogue essay

TEACHING

2015 – Present
The Juilliard School, New York, NY, Liberal Arts Dept.
2002 – Present
Adjunct faculty, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
2011
Visiting artist lecturer, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Visiting artist, Shepaug School, Washington, CT
2006
Visiting artist, Waterford Institute of Technology, MFA program, Waterford, Ireland
Artist lecture, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Cork Printmakers, woodblock and etching workshop, Cork, Ireland
Visiting artist, California College, California, PA
2005
Visiting artist, SUNY Rockland, Rockland, NY
2004
Visiting artist, SUNY Rockland, Rockland, NY
2003
Visiting artist, Hunter College MFA program, CUNY, NY, NY
Visiting artist, SUNY Rockland, Rockland, NY
1994-2003
Sanctuary for Families, NY, NY, Art Coordinator, art projects for victims of domestic abuse

CURATORIAL/ BOARD AFFILIATIONS/ PANELS/ FILM

2013
Curator, International Print Center New York, Autumn Prints Exhibition
2012
Panelist, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards
2011
Film, Naked Vision, Underbelly Films, a documentary on Philip Pearlstein
2010
Panel, Betty Cunningham Gallery, PEARLSTEIN/HELD: Five Decades, roundtable discussion with Chuck Close, Robert Storr, Dorothea Rockburne, Joe Santore, Chris Martin, Bill Bailey, Phong Bui and Bill Conlon
2009
Co-Curator, The Wall: The Art of Peter Sis, Walter Reade Theater Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
2009
Juror Panelist, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
2007
Juror Panelist, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
2005
Curator, International Print Center New York, New Prints 2005, with
Judy Hecker, Assistant Curator, MOMA and Michael Steinberg
Juror Panelist, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2003-2009
Executive Board, Board of Directors, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY

POETRY AWARDS AND READINGS

2015
May Sarton Poetry Prize, Bauhan Publishing, New Hampshire
Finalist, Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry, Lynx House Press
2014
Finalist, Alice James Books Kinereth Gensler Award
Reading, Central Booking Gallery
2013
Poets House residency fellowship
LMCC Workspace residency fellowship
Finalist, Boston Review Annual Award
2012
Poets House, Emerging Poets Residency Program
The Juilliard School, The Three Muses Poetry Series
2011
Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Poetry Award
Pushcart Prize Nomination
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry
Trinity Church, Bach at One Series
Finalist, National Poetry Series
Finalist, The Iowa Poetry Prize
2008
Artists Space
Finalist, Boston Review Annual Award

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