Amy Casey


Born 1976 in Erie, Pennsylvania

Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio



After any pendulum swing of chaos grinds to a slow halt, there will come a time when you will have to decide if you are going to wallow in the rubble or take what remains and create a new empire.

Building upon recent work, I have been in search of a solid ground. A bit less kinetic than past work, I have been trying to take what was left of the world in my paintings and create a stability of sorts, thinking about community ties and the security (or illusion of security) needed to nurture growth.  Cities are fascinating creatures that I am just beginning to scratch the surface of. The work and organization that goes into a city’s creation and evolution, the constant shifting and adaptations and the sometimes hidden history of these changes, and a city’s dependence on civilian cooperation are things I like to think about. Reflecting this interest, burgeoning cities have begun to fill in the voids in my paintings. As in life, with a sort of trial and error, some efforts work better in making the whole precarious heap hum. I am consistently fascinated by the resilience of life and our ability to keep going in the face of sometimes horrendous or ridiculous circumstances. My paintings celebrate this fascination and my love of the urban landscape.


E D U C A T I O N 

1994-1999 B.F.A, Painting major, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH

1998(summer) Yale Summer School of Art and Music


S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S 

2016    Hold On, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2012    Building Towards a Solid Ground, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011    Boom Town, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010    Amy Casey, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

           Amy Casey, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009    Uncertain Times, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008    New  Paintings, POV Evolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007    Things Fall Apart, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006    Strange Days, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

2004    Creeping Through, Dead Horse Gallery, Lakewood, OH

2002    Amy Casey, Dead Horse Gallery, Lakewood, OH


S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   A N D   2   P E R S O N   E X H I B I T I O N S 

2012   Erie Art Museum Spring Show, Erie, PA

          10th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

          Annual Group Invitational, William Rupnik Gallery, Cleveland, OH

          Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Curator: Rob Wilson

2011    Looking Forward,  Foley Gallery, New York, NY

           Bodies of Waters, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN

           April Sky, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY.  Curator: Maya Brym.

           Spacelift , Walleye Gallery, Cleveland OH.  Curator: Kristin Rogers

           In the Trees, Clifton's Brookdale, Los Angeles, CA.  Curator: Rob Wilson

2010    State of the City, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

           Community and Loneliness, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

           House WARNING, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus OH

           MMX  group show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

           Amy Casey and Jeremy Mora, POV Evolving, Los Angeles, CA 

2009    The American Scene, The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

           There Goes the Neighborhood, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

           Clusterf*#K, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

           The Big Three, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Movers and Shakers, POV Evolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA       

2008    Painting Pink Pajamas, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, IL

           Hello Comrade, POV Evolving, Los Angeles, CA

           Living in Your Imagination, SPACES, Cleveland, OH

           National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA           

2007    Amy Casey & Breehan James, Parish Hall, Cleveland, OH

           Biennial 24, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, IN


A W A R D S ,   H O N O R S 

2011    Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

2010    Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Summer Resident, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council

2009    Creative Workforce Fellowship

           The Cleveland Arts Prize, Emerging Artist Award

2008    Juror's Mention, National Works on Paper Exhibition

2007    Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

           Juror's Award, Biennial 24, SBRMA, jurors, Meg Sheehy & Myra Casis

2006    Artist in Residence, Zygote Press, Cleveland OH

2003    Full Fellowship Award - The Vermont Studio Center- one month artist residency

           Jurors Award, Erie Art Museum 80th Annual Spring Show, juror, James Yood

2002    Kroger Award of Excellence, Juror's Award, Art on View, juror, Petra Fallaux

2001    Juror's Award, Erie Art Museum 78th Annual Spring Show, juror, Fred Wilson

1998    Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship- Yale Summer School of Art and Music


S E L E C T E D   B I B L I O G R A P H Y /   R E P R O D U C T I O N S  

San Francisco Chronicle, Visual Arts, “Amy Casey” preview by Stephanie Wright Hession

Harpers Magazine, Jan 2012, Images accompanying article “Stop Payment!” by Christopher Ketcham

Making A Case, 306090 Books, Volume 14 “boom town” p48-55 feature

Chicago Tribune, July 28, 2011, "Apocalyptic ends, intriguing starts", review by Lori Waxman

Little Thing, February, 2011 "Amy Casey's World" feature

Free Hugs, December 2010-January 2011, cover, feature

Juxtapoz, January 2011, One page profile

The Forest of Sure Things, Megan Snyder Camp, Tupelo Press, 2010, cover

Elephant   "Post Real" summer 2010

art  ltd., March 2010, “Amy Casey at Michael Rosenthal”, review by Chérie Louise Turner

Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, Tony Hoagland, Graywolf Press 2010, cover

CAN, Sept 2009

New American Paintings no.83, The Open Studios press, 2009, cover

Middle Cyclone, Neko Case

The Plain Dealer 7.26.09 "Poetic, provocative works echo the plight of cities"  Review by Steven Litt

Cleveland Scene June 17-23, "Cities in Flight" Feature by Douglas Max Utter

Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing  vol.29.1, The University of Central Missouri, 2009, cover

Then We Saw the Flames , Daniel Hoyt, The University of Massachusetts Press, May 2009, cover

Map of the Folded World , John Gallaher, The University of Akron Press, April 2009, cover 

Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing Vol 28. 2 2008,The University of Central Missouri, cover

The Cleveland Free Times 7.2-7.8, cover

The Plain Dealer 5.10.08 "Imagination is Heavy on Reality"  Review by Steven Litt

The New York Times 4 .14. 08, reproduction on Op Ed page

Hi-Fructose Volume 7, 2008

MUSE issue 04.08, featured artist

The Plain Dealer  11.30.07,"Drawing on local landscape.." Review by Dan Tranberg

Flavor Pill Issue 164, 11. 6. 07

Time Out Chicago / Issue 140 : Nov 1,  07 Review by Alicia Eler

New American Paintings no. 71, The Open Studios Press

Cleveland Free Times June 6  07,"You Can't Go Home Again", Review by Douglas Max Utter

Angle Magazine Jan/Feb  07, Portfolio

Artefakt Oct/Nov 05, "The World As We Know It" Review by Douglas Max Utter

The Cleveland Free Times 3/2/05, "Creature Discomforts" Review by Lyz Bly

Art Papers 1.05 "Amy Casey at Dead Horse Gallery" Review by Douglas Max Utter

Scene,11.13.02 "And A Pig Shall Lead Them" Review by Amy Sparks