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Curriculum Vitae for Christopher Silva

 

 Education:

MFA, New Media, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013

BFA, Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, 2009

 

Grants and Awards:

Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship, 2012-2013

University of California Teaching Assistant Award, 2011-2013

Graduate Student Association Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominee, 2013

Faculty Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominee, 2013

University of California Block Grant, 2012-2013

University of California Regents Central Fellowship, 2011-2012

University of California Graduate Studies Fellowship, 2011-2013

San Francisco Art Institute Undergraduate Fellowship, 2009-2010

San Francisco Art Institute Continuing Student Scholarship, 2007-2009

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2012

“FREE WIFI: INQUIRE WITHIN”, MOCO, Oakland, CA

“Chris Silva: New Work”, Gallery @ Society: Culture House, Santa Rosa, CA

2011

“Pyramids and Other Angles”, Gallery 479, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

“QWERTY”, Little Bird, San Francisco, CA

2009

“Google Found My Problem”, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“This is Supposed to Be About Me”, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013

“MAS ATTACK”, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

“GLAMFA: Greater L.A. MFA Exhibition”, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

“And We Carry On”, Curated by Nick Cope, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA

“Playgrounds”, DnA Gallery, Carpentaria, CA

“From Dusk ‘til Drawn”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA

“ZERO DOWN”, Curated by 5790 Projects, 1019 Studios, Los Angeles, CA

“Inside Out”, UCSB AD&A Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

“THINGS THAT TURN YOUR BRAIN TO MUSH”, Curated by Warren Schultheis and Karla Blancas, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

“Gallery S:nob” Curated by Jared Powell, S:ociety Culture House, Santa Rosa, CA

2012

“AGITPROP: Political Art in California”, Curated by Simon Taylor, Left Coast Books, Goleta, CA

“BOOM: 2012 Southern California MFA Invitational”, den contemporary at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

“BYOB (Bring your own beamer) LA”, Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

“Courbet is Better Than You”, Gallery 479, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

“I am Curious”, Left Coast Books, Goleta, CA

“IT’S A SMALL, SMALL WORLD”, Curated by Hennessy Youngman (Jayson Musson), Family Business, New York, NY

“The New MFAs”, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

“Groupwork”, Gallery 479, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

2011

“SAY SOMETHING!”, Robert Berman E6 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Xerox as a Verb”, Tomm El-Saieh Presents, Miami, FL

2010

“Crystal Layer Sun”, Jellyfish Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Spring Show”, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2009

“When we are old we will call our show “Manifestation of Time”, but for now we will call it “Teenage Dirtbike””, Curated by Keith Boadwee, Blankspace Gallery, Oakland, CA

“Contemporary Indigenous Identity”, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“San Francisco Chronicles”, The Peanut Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Locality”, SUB-Mission, San Francisco, CA

“Spring Show”, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

“Love in the Age of Craigslist”, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Collections:

Thomas Dunker Collection, San Francisco, CA

Dasha Shishkin Collection, New York, NY

Erik Torkells Collection, New York, NY

 

Press and Publications:

Santa Barbara Independent, “Thrift Shop Art”,  http://www.independent.com/news/2013/sep/25/artseen-thrift-shop-art/, Charles Donelan, September 2013

Artslant Review, “Cool Media”, http://www.artslant.com/sf/articles/show/36351, Kara Q. Smith, August 2013

Arts Beat L.A., “ZERO DOWN”, http://www.artsbeatla.com/2013/05/zero-down/, Pauline Adamek, May 2013

Fabrik Magazine, “Zero Down: A One-Night Only Group Exhibition by 5790projects”, http://fabrik.la/zero-down-a-one-night-only-group-exhibition-by-5790projects/, Megan Koester, May 2013

Santa Barbara News Press, “Taking Sides, In and Out, Reality or Bust – This year’s UCSB MFA Thesis Exhibition, ‘Inside Out,’ lives up to the reputation of years past “, http://www.newspress.com/Top/Article/article.jsp?Section=SCENE&ID=566714454406987845&Archive=false, Josef Woodard, May 2013

Santa Barbara News Press, “Tubular Visions and Questions – Contemporary Arts Forum GROUP EXHIBIT uses video art in intriguing ways“, http://www.newspress.com/Top/Article/article.jsp?Section=SCENE&ID=566699061244198988&Archive=true, Josef Woodard, May 2013

SB Arts Blog, “AGITPROP: Political Art in California”, http://www.sbartsblog.com/2012/10/27/agitprop-political-art-in-california/, Nathan Vonk, October 2012

East Bay Express, “MOCO’s Meta Space”, http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/mocos-metaspace/Content?oid=3317929, Alex Bigman, August 2012

Art F City, “A Happy Ending? Chris Silva’s Censorship at MoCA resolved”, http://www.artfagcity.com/2012/07/24/a-happy-ending-chris-silvas-censorship-at-moca-resolved/, Corinna Kirsch, July 2012

Autoblog, “Artist claims work censored at Transmission LA because of Mercedes-Benz”, http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/24/artist-claims-work-censored-at-transmission-la-because-of-merced/, Zach Bowman, May 2012

Artinfo, “Mercedes Responds to Censorship of Artist’s Car-Themed Work at L.A. MOCA Event”, http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2012/05/29/mercedes-responds-to-censorship-of-artists-car-themed-work-at-l-a-moca-event/, Benjamin Sutton, May 2012

Design & Trend, “Mercedes-Benz Issues Apology to Chris Silva, Censored Artist”, http://www.designntrend.com/articles/1679/20120530/mercedes-benz-issues-apology-chris-silva-censored.htm, Jessica Kramer, May 2012

Artinfo, “Artist Accuses L.A. MOCA of Censoring His Car-Themed Art to Appease Corporate Sponsor Mercedes-Benz”, http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/804335/moca-benz, Benjamin Sutton, May, 2012

Huffington Post, “Do Corporate Sponsors at MOCA Have Censorship Authority?”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mat-gleason/corporate-sponsors-at-moca_b_1508486.html, Mat Gleason, May 2012

Casa Magazine, March Issue, “The new MFAs of UCSB + UC Davis”, March 2012

Daily Nexus, “Art MFAs Share their Work in On-Campus Show”, http://www.dailynexus.com/2012-03-08/art-mfas-share-work-oncampus-show/, March 2012

Daily Nexus, “Groupwork”, http://www.dailynexus.com/2012-02-02/groupwork-living-breathing-monster/ February 2012

580 SPLIT, Issue 13 – “lines of (dis)connection”, 2011

Artbusiness.com, “941 GEARY – MICHAEL ROSENTHAL – ROBERT BERMAN/E6

 – CHANDLER – PRETTY PRETTY COLLECTIVE

 ARTISTS ALLEY – DRIP STUDIOS

 01.15.11”, http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/011511.html, 2011

Artbusiness.com, “FIFTY24SF – D-STRUCTURE – NEEDLES & PENS – FABRIC8 – ARTIST-XCHANGE – JELLYFISH, 08.06.10”, http://artbusiness.com/1open/080610.html, 2010

“Photoworks 2009”, Lulu Press, Christopher Silva, 2009

 

Instruction and Speaking Experience:

Guest Speaker, The Colloquium – UCSB Artist Speaker Series, University of California Santa Barbara, May, 2013

Guest Art Instructor, Santa Barbara Community Academy, May, 2013

Guest Artist Speaker, Exhibitions and Curation, April 2013 University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 22, Graham Budgett, Spring 2013, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Reading Assistant, ART 1C, Lisa Jevbratt, Spring 2013, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 22, Graham Budgett, Winter 2013, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 7D, Lisa Jevbratt, Winter 2013 University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Guest Artist Speaker, Visual Arts and Design Academy, Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 1A, Yumi Kinoshita, Fall 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 19, Patrick Melroy, Fall 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 1A, Jennifer Vanderpool, Summer 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 7D, Andres Burbano, Summer 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, ART 1A, Yumi Kinoshita, Summer 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Reading Assistant, ART 1C, Richard Ross, Spring 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Assistant, Andres Burbano, ART 7D, Winter 2012, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Guest Speaker, The Colloquium – UCSB Artist Speaker Series, University of California Santa Barbara, November, 2011

Reading Assistant, ART 1C, Dick Hebdige, Fall 2011, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Guest Lecturer, Digital Photography and Media, December, 2009, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

 

Gallery Curation and Direction:

“ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE”, The Thrift Store, Goleta, CA

“Digital Nurture: New Work by James Cathey”, The Thrift Store, Goleta, CA

“The New Oceanscapes”, Co-Curator with Ashley Hollister, 2012, AFS Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Jane Deering Gallery (Director of Online Operations, 2011-2012), Santa Barbara, CA

Gallery 479 (Coordinator, 2011-Present), University of California Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA

Still Lights Gallery (Director, 2007-2009), San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA



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