Gema Álava

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Solo Exhibitions

2014
Gema Álava: Tell Me & Silences, AC Institute, New York, NY, USA

2013   
Gema Álava: Tell Me the Truth (2008-2013), curated by Ignacio del Valle, Twin Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2012
Gema Álava: Find Us, Utopic Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Presence: Net, in collaboration with composer Josué Moreno, Estampa, Madrid

2011   
The Oracle: Tell Me a Secret, in collaboration with composer Josué Moreno, Estampa, Madrid, Spain

2010   
Gema Álava: Trust Me, Amster Yard Gallery, Instituto Cervantes, New York, NY, USA
Gema Álava: Tell the Truth, John Jay College Gallery, The City University of New York, New York, NY, USA
Tell Me a Story I, II, III, The Malcom X & Dr. Betty Shabath Memorial and Educational Center, New York, NY, USA

2009   
Gema Álava: Find Me, CUE ART Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Gema Álava: Tensions, Mumford Fine Art, London, England
Gema Álava, SUNY Rockland Community College, New York, NY, USA

2008   
Gema Álava: Tell Me the Truth, Wyman Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Gema Álava: Tell Me a Story, Lucy Gooding Gallery, The Bolles School, Florida, USA

2006   
Gema Álava: Hay Ropa Tendida (Clothing), King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University, New York, NY, USA

2002   
Gema Álava: Land of No One, Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2000   
Gema Álava: The Siren’s Silence, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA

1999   
Gema Álava: List of Things to Forget, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA

1998   
Gema Álava: Fragments, Mill & Short Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017   
Folding Cosmos, Mies Van der Rohe Pabillion, curated by Miwako Kusashima, Barcelona, Spain
DIS, The Industry City Gallery, curated by Art Beyond Sight and the Dedalus Foundation, New York City, USA
Kill Switch, Maus Contemporary, AL, USA

2016   
Marbella Art Fair, Twin Gallery, Málaga, Spain

2015   
Leonardo, CSIC Headquarters, Madrid, Spain

2014   
Entorno, Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
Pinta Art Fair, Twin Gallery, London, England

2013   
Fabrications, curated by Christina Stahr, International Textile Show, NJ, USA
El Hilo de Ariadna: Lectores Navegantes, curated by Francisco Jarauta, La Casa de Lector, Matadero, Madrid, Spain
Presence Net, Twin Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Gabinete de Curiosidades, Galeria Pilar Cubilo, Madrid, Spain

2012   
Art In Odd Places: Model, AiOP Festival, curated by Edwin Ramoran, New York, USAArt Festival O+, Kingston, NY, USA

2011   
Fiber Art in the 21st Century curated by Sandra Siders, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010   
Trust Me: New Life, MANIFESTA 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia, Spain
Heart Happening, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL, USA
MURAM, Museo Regional de Arte Moderno, Cartagena, Spain
Paperworks, Mumford Fine Arts, London, England
Summer Show, Tasch Galleries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

2009   
Nueve Lunas, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, USA
Hope Blossoms, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL, USA
Affordable Art Fair, London, England
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY, USA
Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY, USA
From Wall to Wall, curated by Carmen Ramos. C-wow Gallery, NJ, USA
Mumford Fine Art, PaperWorks, London, USA

2008   
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, A Dialogue by Gema Alava as part of the proposal selected by Cai Guo-Quiang for "Everything is Museum", New York, NY, USA
Framing Aids curated by Ada Cintron, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, USA
N.Y. Motion 1.0, curated by Elvis Fuentes and Paco Cao, El MUSEO del Barrio and The Cervantes Institute, New York, NY, USA
Staff Show, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY, USA
FORM: Art & Design Fair, London, USA
Art Now Art Fair, Miami, FL, USA

2007   
The Feminine Mystique, curated by Rocio Aranda, Jersey City Museum, USA
Grand Opening, Sacco Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
Desideratum, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ, USA
99 cent, curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado,  Victory Hall- Contemporary Arts Center, New Jersey City, NJ, USA

2006   
Drawing Stage, curated by Carmen Ramos, City Without Walls- Cwow, Newark, USA

2005   
Children’s Museum of the Arts, curated by Kimberly Marrero, New York, NY, USA

2004   
Peekskill Project, curated by Lance Fung, Peekskill, NY, USA
A Slow Read, Curated by Katarina Wong, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2003   
Proyectos Especiales, curated by Hitomi Iwasaki, The Queens Museum of Art, NY, USA Emerge 2002, Aljira-A Center for Contemporary Art, NJ, USA

2002   
AIM 2002, curated by Edwin Ramoran, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
Exit Art Gallery, Reactions, NY, USA

2001   
Dress-up, The Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, Canada
ARCO 01, Feria Internacional de Arte, Madrid, Spain
Spiralprosjektet, Stavanger, Norway

1999   
McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
Nature and Technology, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA
Spiralprosjektet, Rana Museum, NORWAY

1998   
Carnaval, Sala de Exposiciones, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

1996   
Premio Nacional de Dibujo Gregorio Prieto, Museo Gregorio Prieto, Spain
XIV Premio Penagos de Dibujo, Sala de Exposiciones Mapfre, Madrid, Spain

1995   
Projects, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England

1995
Galería el Gayo Arte, Madrid, Spain
XV Premio Penagos, Sala de Exposiciones Mapfre, Madrid, Spain

1994   
Premio Pintura, Sala de Exposiciones, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

Performances and Projects

2017   
Confía en Mí (TRUST ME), Museo Fundación Guayasamín, Quito, Ecuador
Inspirando Audiencias, Museo Fundación Guayasamín, Quito, Ecuador
Inspirando Audiencias, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador (PUCE), Quito
Walking Among Hexagons, The Gallery at Industry City, New York City, USA
Inspiring Audiences, The Dedalus Foundation, New York City, USA
Inspiring Audiences, Pratt Institute, New York City, USA

2016   
Dame un Museo para Perderme y una Obra para Encontrarme, Museo de la Ciudad de Quito, Ecuador
Inspirando Audiencias ,Festival de Arte y Educación Al Sur del Sur, Quito, Ecuador Inspiring Audiences,
Neurology Grand Rounds 2016, SUNY, NYC, EEUU
Inspiring Audiences, Downstate Medical Center, Neurology Department, NYC, EEUU
Inspiring Audiences: Relational Art, with the participation of artists Alison Knowles and Jessica Higgins, Pratt Institute, NY, USA

2015   
Walking Among Hexagons, CSIC Headquarters, Madrid, Spain
Tell me a Secret, PS 174, Queens, New York City, USA

2014  
Tell Me a Lie, Picture Research Project. Collaboration with    Professor Robert Walker for   his book "The Shame of Poverty." Oxford University Press. England
Trust Me: E/S, curated by Ilya Noe, Month of Performance Art 4th Edition, Berlin, Germany
Tell Me a Secret, Festival de Arte y Educación Al Sur del Sur, Quito, Ecuador.
Tell Me, AC Institute, New York, NY, USA
Tell Me the Truth 2008-2013, Cervantes Institute, New York, NY, USA

2013   
Nets, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, USA

2012   
Reading, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Circle of Hope, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, USA
Cycle, in collaboration with Jessica Higgins, Emily Harbey Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Find My Future, AIOP Art Fair, New York, NY, USA

2011   
Reading, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Here and There, in collaboration with sound artist Robert Lange, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010   
Trust Me: New Life, MANIFESTA 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia, Spain

2009   
Find Me, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Build a book with Gema Álava, The Morgan Library&Museum, New York, NY, USA

Education

2000 
San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA. MFA, Masters in Fine Arts, New Genre

1999   
The Academy of Art University, CA, USA. MFA, Masters in Fine Arts, Painting & Printmaking (with honors)

1997   
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. MA in Education

1996   
Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Spain. Graduate Certificate, Aesthetics, History & Theory of Contemporary Art

1996
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. BFA, Bachelors in Fine Arts, Painting

1995   
Chelsea College of Art & Design. The London Institute, England. BFA Semester

Published Books

2013   
Gema Álava: Tell Me the Truth 2008-2013, Published by Gema Alava Studio.           Introduction by Gema Álava. Essays by Alfonso Armada, Julián Casanova, Luis H.       Francia, Michael Gallagher, Shamina de Gonzaga, Anna Grau, John Hemingway,   Stéphanie Jeanjean, Herman Moreno, Peri Uran, Ignacio del Valle and Midori     Yamamura. (Bilingual edition English/Spanish)

2012   
Gema Álava: School for Tightrope Walkers, Published by Gema Alava Studio. Essay by     Jonathan Goodman. (Bilingual edition English/Spanish)

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2017   
Selected to be part of the First Pilot Program of the ADI Institute of Art and Disability. Fellowship from Art Beyond Sight Art and The Dedalus Foundation New York

Selected to be part of the First Pilot Mentorship Program: Social Practice. Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA

2016   
Selected to attend the Creative Aging Training at University Settlement, NY, USA
Selected by Art Beyond Sight, Project Access for All, to participate in the Festival of Fun and Fraternity representing community engagement by the Major’s Office for People with Disabilities.

2014   
The General Consulate of Spain in New York, Visual artist Fellowship

2013   
New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for ARTEpreneur

2012   
Nominated by the Smithsonian Institution for an Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)
Selected for AiOP Art Festival, New York, NY, USA

2011   
Awarded a Peter S. Reed Foundation, New York, USA. -- Nominated by the Peter S. Reed Foundation
Nominated for USA American Artists Projects

2010  
Selected for WOOLOO’s New Life Residency
The General Consulate of Spain in New York, Visual Artist Fellowship

2009   
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant. Six week Workshop Series
Guest Visiting Artist, SUNY Rockland Community College, New York

2008   
The General Consulate of Spain in New York, Visual Artist Fellowship
Guest Visiting Artist 2008 Art Department The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida

2007   
Fundación General de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, Madrid, Spain

2006   
Educational Consultant for the creation of the program From Door to Door, 2005. Door to Door received a 2006 American Architectural Foundation Award for Excellence in K–12 Architectural Education.
The General Consulate of Spain in New York, Visual Artist Fellowship

2003   
The General Consulate of Spain in New York, Visual Artist Fellowship

2001   
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, AIM, Artist in The Marketplace Grant, New York
Aljira-A Center for Contemporary Art, Emerge 2002 Program, New Jersey
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, NY, USA

2000   
San Francisco Art Institute, Finalist MFA 2000 Graduation Award, CA, USA
Nominated for a Headlands Artist Residency, San Francisco, CA, USA

1999   
San Francisco Art Institute, International Student Fellowship for Graduate Studies

1997   
Fundación “la Caixa”, Fellowship for Graduate Studies in the USA, Spain
Fundacion General de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Full Fellowship, Madrid, Spain

1996   
Ministry of Education and Sciences of Spain, UCM Contemporary Art History Fellow, Spain 

1995   
Fundación General de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Beca Colaboración Fellowship, Spain
ERASMUS Fellowship between European Universities, Spain
Second Prize. International Penagos Drawing Competition, Fundación MAPFRE, Spain

1994   
Universidad Complutense, Beca-Colaboración Fellowship, Madrid, Spain
Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Tecnicos de Madrid First Alternate and Honorable Mention, National Painting
Competition, Spain.

Bibliography

2017   
Kahn, Lisa, Trust Me: el papel de la confianza en un mundo quebrado, XTArt
Edgar Davila Soto, Gema Álava: El despertar sensorial a través del relato, Fotografía   Arquitectónica, Quito

2016   
Gema Álava: el arte como construcción social y educativa, Iberarte

2015   
Rapko, John, Why Do Curators Talk Like That, SFAQ and NYAQ Magazines
Ramas, Alma, Gema Álava presenta su instalación efímera: Hexágonos, XTRArt

2014   
Madsen, Tina, Trust Me:E/S, Month of Performance Art Berlin
Truax, Raegan, TRUST ME: A reflection, California

2013   
Pantadiosi, Julio, Miradas al fresco con Gema Alava, EL MUNDO
Armada, Alfonso, Gema Álava sigue tensando con sutileza el alambre sobre el que camina en la oscuridad, ABC
Hernandez, Virginia, Cada cual con su clavo, METROPOLI
E. Vasconcellos, Gema Alava presenta Dime la Verdad, EL MUNDO 
Hofher Ariel, To Eradicate Poverty 'Utilize thread of Conversation' says UN Artist, MEDIA GLOBAL NEWS Mario Suarez González, Obras de Arte Escondidas en Madrid, EL PAÍS
Victoria Arribas Roldan, Gema Alava: conferencia en la School of Visual Arts, Nueva York, y Presence Net en Twin Gallery, Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo
Agustin Alonso, Gema Alava: Las Razones Equivocadas, RTVE.es, El Gentrificador

2012   
Allison Meier, Exploring Art in Odd Places, Hyperalergic
Alma Ramas, El último proyecto de la artista Gema Álava tendrá lugar en una feria de arte contemporáneo de la ciudad de Nueva York durante el mes de mayo, Xtrart
Amelia, Artistas Españolas en Nueva York, Dominical, Periódico de Catalunya
Pierce, David, New York Fiber in the 21st Century, Surface Design Journal
Anna Grau, Nunca pierdas un sombrero en vano: FIND US, Cuarto Poder
Arrivas, Victoria, Entrevista a Gema Alava, Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo
Costa, José Manuel, VIA LIMITE - El Objeto Sonoro, RTVE - RADIO CLASICA
TELL ME o cómo perder el miedo dentro de un museo, FronteraD  

2011   
Lopez, Carol "Conectado: Gema Alava" On Madrid, EL PAÍS
Grau, Anna “Gema Alava: Me fascina la gente que cree que no entiende de arte” ABC
Trust Me, CENTERPOINT NOW, Publication of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations

2010   
Trust Me,  Published by Riksutställningar, Swedish Travelling Exhibitions,
Gema Álava en Manifesta 8,  EUROPA PRESS  
Lotus House Put Heart into Performance Art at the Margulies Warehouse, MIAMI TIMES 
Coal, New Life, Paris, France
Levin, Jordan, Artsy, MIAMI HERALD
Dawn Chawn, Wooloo, ARTFORUM 
Exibart, Il Retorno de Iberia, Italy  
De lo evidente y lo invidente, La Verdad, Murcia, Spain 
La Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo Manifesta 8,  EUROPA PRESS 
Jonathan Goodman, “Gema Alava: Brave New World” Fronterad Magazine 

2009  
Laporte, Eduardo, “Encuentrame” Diario Las Provincias, Valencia, Spain 
“Proyecto Nueve Lunas ilumina la ONU” El Diario La Prensa, NY 
Laporte, Eduardo, “Arte Efimero” El Correo de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain    

2008   
Sirefman, Susanna, "Fung Sway" SURFACE MAGAZINE, Art & Design, No.72 
Mooney, Ted, "Gema Alava: Tell Me the Truth," Artists Organized Art 
"Gema Alava: Tell Me the Truth" IBERARTE, Spain    

2007   
Armada, Alfonso, “Nueva York, El Deso y la Quimera” Editorial Espasa, Spain 
Haber, John, “Desperate Artists” Haber Arts, New York
Merino, Juan Fernando, "En Busca del Hilo Conductor" EL DIARIO/La Prensa, NY    

2006   
Bischoff, Dan, "Make Room for Drawings" The STAR-LEDGER, New Jersey
Armada, Alfonso, "Un MoMA Enaltecido" Diario ABC    

2003   
Bischoff, Dan, "Aljira's New Gallery Emerges" The Sunday Star-Ledger, NJ 
Piquer, Isabel, "El Museo Neoyorquino de Queens" EL PAIS 
Sider, Sandra, "Gema Alava Crisostomo: Funambulista" FIBERARTS Magazine    

2002   
Armada, Alfonso, "Gema Alava: Caligrafia de la Fragilidad" Diario ABC 
Cotter, Holland, "Artist in the Marketplace" THE NEW YORK TIMES

Television Coverage

2013  
TELECINCO, Tell Me the Truth, Gema Álava, Spain

2011   
TV4 Television, Estampa, Spain  

2010   
NY1 Television, Contraportada, Trust Me: Transmitiendo arte a partir de palabras, NY    TVE, Televisión Española, Con Visado de Calle, Spain  

2009   
NTN, Nueve Lunas en Naciones Unidas, USA 
UVU, Art Happening at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse,  Miami, Florida   

2008   
NCI Noticias, HITM, Hispanic Information Telecomunications Network, Gema Alava: Conquistando la Gran Manzana, USA
HITM, Dialogo de Costa a Costa, The Importance of Art in Education, NY   

2008   
HITM  Por Arte de Mujer: Gema Alava Crisostomo, NY   

2006 - 2008  
HITM, Contact Arte, (6 Programs) NY

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Past exhibitions

Gema Álava: Observational Awareness
September 8 – October 22, 2017

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