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Molly Colleen O'Connell

Molly Colleen O'Connell b.1986
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

MFA : School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017
BFA : Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008

Exhibitions, Performances, & Screenings

Sex, Death, and Visceral Honesty: Artworks and Publications by Independent Women’s Comic Book Artists from the 1960's Underground Movement to Today, Central Connecticut State University
Troll Meeting performance, Sinkhole, Chicago, IL
Troll Meeting performance, ROFLtree, Baltimore MD
Troll Meeting performance, Evening Hours, NY
Troll Meeting performance, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
Troll Meeting performance, Phosphor Project Space, Pittsburgh, PA
Pocket Object (traveling exhibition), JuiceBox gallery, Kansas City, MO & Tusk, Chicago IL
Clown Fatigue RBF Remix screening, Bail or No? at G-CADD, St.Louis, MO
Mother of the Clown (2 person show), Roots + Culture, Chicago, IL
why do spider drink from my mouth while i'm sleeping? (solo show), Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
Troll Test Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2017: Clown Fatigue XXmas Performance, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL
The Guest Performance, Archer Ballroom, Chicago, IL
Calling You Out III Screening & Performance, Demo Project Space, Springfield, IL
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL
Five head, & Self Defense Class Screening, Print & Multiples Fair, Baltimore, MD
Mall Bugs Screening, Rhizome DC, Washington DC
Mall Bugs Screening, Palace Film Festival, Chicago IL

2016: Mall Bugs Screening, Fields Arts & Music Festival, Darlington MD
Dr.Cherish Love performance, the Hideout, Chicago IL
Dr.Cherish Love Performance, AALA Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2015 : T.V. Pitch Performance, Pinky Swear, Chicago IL
Clown Fatigue Performance, Dominion of Chuckles, Chicago IL
The Jezebel Spirit, Evening Hours, New York NY
Florida Woman performance at Wham City Comedy, Baltimore MD
Mary, Mary Ann, Margie & Molly (solo show), Franklin Street, Baltimore MD
Florida Woman performance, Floristree, Baltimore MD

2014 : Clown Fatigue Performance, the Crown, Baltimore MD
Florida Woman Performance, the 14 Karat Cabaret, Baltimore MD Station North Community
Baltimore Contemporary Cross Section, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan CT
The End, Sophia Jacob Gallery, Baltimore MD
Non Sequitur: Abstraction in Contemporary Sequential Art, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville FL
Don’t Tell Mom performance, The End, Baltimore MD
Potty Mouth performance, The Crown, Baltimore MD

2013 : Print Collect at Emerge Art Fair, Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington D.C.
Print Collect curated by Jennifer Coster, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD
Check Marks curated by Austin English, Open Space, Baltimore MD
The Tortured Page curated by Noel Freibert, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD

2012 : Fakes curated by Matthew Thurber, Tomato House, Brooklyn NY
Don’t Tell Mom Performance at Comics Carousel, Brooklyn NY

2011 : Pulled, Casewerks, Baltimore MD
Paper Chasers, Nudashank, Baltimore MD

2010 : Warmers, piñon-pinon/TOKLAS sed, Tsuruga Japan
Table of Contents, Nudashank Gallery, Baltimore MD

2009 : This is the End of the World... MOHS exhibit, Copenhagen Denmark
Spirit Assembly curated by Sto Len, Waiting Room Gallery, Tokyo Japan
Panelists! Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY
Dream Sequence. Synchronicity Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Adolescent Rage, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Beasts! 2 Print Show. Giant Robot Gallery, San Francisco CA

2008 : Crocidile Tears, Giant Robot, New York NY
Penned, Artscape Festival, Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore MD
Penned, Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh NC
Suggestion Bow, Giant Robot 2, Los Angeles CA

Published Works

2018 : Troll Book, published by MCO

2016 : Gag Gal Grl, published by MCO
The Guest, published in Chris Ware Comics, Emotional Directness, & Self-Doubt box set, sponsored by the Bill & Stephanie Sick Professorship

2015 : Early Edition Vol 3, curated by Bill Kartalopolous & Kayla E., published by Nat Brut
Baltimore Coloring Book Project, published by Atomic Books
Clown Fatigue shirt, commissioned by Imperfect Articles t shirt project

2014 : Baltimore in Dallas. curated by Jimmy Joe Roche, published by Erin Cluley Gallery
Pinnochio story in Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, published by Seven Stories Press
Season 2 artist of Community Supported Art (CSA), organized by Station North Arts District

2013 : Print Collect publication, curated by Jennifer Coster, sponsored by Launch Artists in Baltimore Grant, Canson Paper, and Red River Paper
Point Break poster, commissioned by Gunky’s Basement film series, sponsored by Maryland Film Festival

2012 : Difficult Loves, published by Domino Books
Dolly comic in Weird Magazine, published by Cut-Cross
Deep Trouble comic in Sock Magazine, published by Crepuscular Archives
Jazzn’ on the Classics: Chapter 1: Vajazzlin’, published by MCO
E.T. expose in Future Daze catalog for Open Space Gallery
Ladies Who Lunch comic in Anthology, published by CAKE

2011 : Vajazzlin’ comic featured in Fett (Norwegian Feminist Magazine)

2010 : Table of contents for Windy Corner Magazine, published by Sparkplug Comics
Closed Caption Comics anthology. Issues 3 – 9, published by CCC
Beasts! 2 Anthology, published by Fantagraphics Books

Artistic Awards

2018 : VSC Merit Grant, Vermont Studio Center

2017 : James Nelson Raymond Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2004 : Arts for Life! Award

Curatorial Work

2014 : poety unlimited #2, Rock512Devil gallery, Baltimore, MD
Freak Flash 3 Screening, curated reel of experimental videos, Floristree, Baltimore, MD
Windows405 6 month project, street level window, 405 W Franklin St, Baltimore MD

2013 : 2 Freak 2 Flash at PMF Screening, Floristree, Baltimore MD

2012 : Freak Flash at PMF Screening, Floristree, Baltimore MD
Püss Füst 3, D:Center at North Ave Market, Baltimore, MD

2010 : Publication & Multiples Fair, Open Space Gallery; Baltimore, MD

2009 : Püss Füst II, Open Space Gallery; Baltimore, MD

2008 : Magazine Stand, Artscape, Baltimore, MD
Püss Füst, the Copy Cat, Baltimore MD
Dream Lecture Series, Maryland Institute College of Art, organized Visiting Artists to speak including Ian Svenonius, Luke Fischbeck & Brendan Fowler, Baltimore MD

Lectures & Talks

2017 : Graduate Nooner Lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2015 : Visiting Artist Lecture, Toufic El Rassi's Comics Class, SAIC, IL
Just Do It! Pecha Kucha at Publication & Multiples Fair, Baltimore MD

2014 : Station North CSA Lecture, Chicken Box, Baltimore MD

2012 : Visiting Artist Noontime Lecture at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
Sophia Jacob Artist Lecture Series at Floristree, Baltimore, MD

2009 : Visiting Artist Lecture at York College, York, PA
Visiting Artist Lecture at Towson University, Baltimore MD

Interviews, Reviews & Articles

2018 : Interviewed by Luther Konadu for PublicParking
Molly Colleen O’Connell and Mel Cook clown around with the femme abject by KT Hawbaker for Chicago Tribune
Interviewed for Mindkiller, Artists & Creatives podcast hosted by Anya Davidson
An Artist's Troll Den Embodies the Messy Spectacle of the Internet by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic
Casting Colorful Spells On A Troll Cult by Pia Singh for Newcity

2014 : Don’t Tell Mom Reviewed by Sean T. Collins for The Comics Journal

2012 : Difficult Loves Reviewed by Sean T. Collins for The Comics Journal
Interviewed for Inkstuds, Canadian Comics Podcast hosted by Robin McConnell

2008 : Open Secret: Closed Caption Comics… Written by Michael Northrup for Baltimore Citypaper Comics Issue

Teaching Experience

School of the Art Institute of Chicago:
Adult Continuing Education DIY Printmaking
Adult Continuing Education Relief Print Intensive
Adult Continuing Education Contemporary Watercolor
Adult Continuing Education Exploring Narrative in Painting
Early College Program Alternative Comics & Graphic Novels
Early College Program Studio Drawing
Contemporary Practices TA
Funny Comics Writing Fellow
Comics Writing Fellow

Marwen :
Comics & Zines course

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education :
Co-Lab Partnership with Galileo Elementary second grade

Park District of Oak Park :
Cartooning classes
Lil Explorers art classes
Family Night events

Maryland Institute College of Art :
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Screenprinting TA
Letterpress TA
Intro to Video Art TA
Artists' Books TA

Related Experience

2018 : ACRE Resident Artist, Steuben WI
Vermont Studio Center Resident Artist, Johnson VT

2016 : Visiting Artist at Rope Gallery, Baltimore MD

2014 : Panelist for Closed Caption Comics, Small Press Expo, Bethesda MD

2012 : Director & Set Designer for Witch Hat Your Dog Ate Rat Poison music video, commissioned by Friends Records

2008 - 2012 : Director & co-curator of Püss Füst, an arts & performance festival celebrating 100+ participating female identified artists from Baltimore and around the globe

2012 : Featured guest, Chicago Alternative Comics Festival, Chicago, IL

2011 : Artist Assistant for Mona Nordaas at Evangerista Kulturhus, Evanger, Norway
Costume Designer & Production Assistant for The Infinite Whistle, Gotland, Sweden

2010: Panelist for Next Generation of Prints at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore Museum of Art

2009 : Co-founder of Open Space Gallery in Baltimore

2008: Panelist for The Page as Canvas at Small Press Expo, Bethesda MD