Born in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Joshua Tree, CA.
2007 M.A., Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2007 M.F.A., Textiles, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2003 B.A., English (with Honors), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
2003 B.A., Studio Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Voice=Survival. The 8th Floor. New York City, NY. (forthcoming)
Found: Queerness as Archaeology. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. New York City, NY. (forthcoming)
AIDS At Home. Museum of the City of New York. New York City, NY. (forthcoming)
One day this kid will get larger. (with Niknaz, Christopher Jones, and Theodore Kerr). DePaul Art Museum. Chicago, IL. (Publication)
Occupancies. Boston University Art Gallery. Boston, MA. (Publication)
Everyday, La Mama Gallery. New York City, NY. (Publication)
This Is A Portrait If I Say So: Reimagining Representation, 1912 to Today.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME. (Catalog)
Cut-Ups: Queer Collage Practices. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. New York City, NY. (Catalog)
Cock, Paper, Scissors. The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA. (Catalog)
Lines That Tie: Carole Beadle and Lia Cook. Museum of Craft and Design. San Francisco, CA.
Queer Threads. Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.
The Heart of the Matter. The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation. Chicago, IL.
Agitprop! Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.
Alien She. Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA and Pacific Northwest College of Art: Feldman Gallery and Project Space. Portland, OR.
Disobedient Objects. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. (Catalog)
Queer Threads. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
A Common Thread. San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. San Jose, CA.
I Serve Art. Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY-Purchase. Purchase, NY.
Disobedient Objects. Victoria and Albert Museum. London, England, UK. (Catalog)
Hey Stranger. Plug Projects. Kansas City, MO.
Alien She. Vox Populi. Philadelphia, PA. and Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Queer Threads. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. New York, NY.
Alien She. The Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA.
Queer Objectivities. The Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Not Over: 25 Years of Visual AIDS. La Mama Galleria. New York, NY.
Art/Activism. Clifford Chance LLP, New York, NY.
After My Own Heart. Oakville Galleries, Toronto. Canada.
40/40: A Double Vision. A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. (Publication)
40 Under 40: Craft Futures. The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Museum of Art. (Catalog)
Illegitimate and Herstorical. A.I.R. Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
The Mysterious Content of Softness. Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, Rollins College, FL.
The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History. Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation. New York. New York.
The Queer Houses of Brooklyn in the Three Towns of Breukelen, Boswyck and Midwout in the 41st Year of the Stonewall Era. Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA. (Solo)
Fountainhead Fellows Exhibition. Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA. (Two Person Show)
New York Fiber in the 21st Century. Lehman College Art Gallery. Bronx, NY.
The Mysterious Content of Softness. Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington
Dropping Stitches: Knitting Trends in Contemporary Art. Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky.
Building It Up To Tear It Down. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. (Publication)
Threads. National Queer Arts Festival, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA.
Capital Jewelers. Naomi Arin Contemporary Art (Formerly Dust Gallery), Las Vegas NV.
Mystery Ball. Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Southern Exposure Soft Sculpture Security Curtain. (Commission for Southern Exposure Gallery on permanent view.)
Making Room for Wonder. SOMArts, San Francisco, CA.
Searchlight Artist Award Exhibition at the American Craft Council Show. Baltimore, MD.
C-Change. San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco California.
Allison Smith’s Notion Nanny Fair. MATRIX, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.
MFA Thesis Exhibition. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Legacy, Artworks Downtown. San Rafael, CA.
Inflamed: A Litany for Burning Condoms. MIX: New York Queer Experimental Film Festival. New York City, NY>
Inflamed: A Litany for Burning Condoms. Femmes' Video Art Festival, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. (Curated by Michol Hebron)
2016 Special edition of Play Smart for Visual AIDS in conjunction with the exhibition Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum.
2014 Angry Women REvisited. (Conceived and directed by J Dellecave) HERE Arts Center. NY, NY.
2012 Micro-Mini Maxi Mystery Theatre. (Conceived and directed by J Dellecave) Dixon Place, NY, NY.
Awards, Honors, Fellowships, Residencies, and Grants
2015 White House Champions of Change LGBT Artist Award.
2015 Ox-Bow Residency and Ox-Bow NEA Art Works Grant, Saugatuck, MI.
2014 ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI.
2012 The Bag Factory Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa
2010-2011 Fountainhead Fellowship in Craft and Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
2010 MacDowell Colony Fellowship
2009 Museum of Arts and Design Artist Studios Residency Program, New York, NY.
2009 Smack Mellon Hot Pick Artist, New York, NY.
2008 Searchlight Artist Award, American Craft Council
2007 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Finalist
2007 Dennis Leon Faculty Award, California College of the Arts
2007 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Nominee, International Sculpture Center
2007 California College of the Arts Graduate Commencement Speaker (selected by peers)
2007 Craft Research Fund Graduate Grant Award, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design
2006 Shaping the Future of Craft National Leadership Conference Scholarship
2005 Murphy Cadogan Fellowship, San Francisco Foundation
2005 Teaching Assistantship Award, California College of the Arts
2004-5 Toni Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship, California College of the Arts
2003 Ora Mary Pelham Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets
2002 Ian Crawford Memorial Award For Fine Art, University of Vermont
Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
The Oakland Museum of California
Artist-Teacher, Vermont College of Fine Arts Graduate Program. Montpelier, VT.
Core Studio 6: Creativity and Entrepreneurship, BFA Fine Arts Program, Parsons School of Design. New York City, NY.
Core Studio 2: Form and Function, BFA Fine Arts Program, Parsons School of Design. New York City, NY.
X Studio: Trans/Queer Aesthetics, BFA Fine Arts Program, Parsons School of Design. New York City, NY. (fall)
Graduate Studio Practice Advisor, MFA Program, California College of the Arts
Assistant Professor/Fountainhead Fellowship, Graduate Seminar: Critical Contemporary Approaches to Craft, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Assistant Professor/Fountainhead Fellowship, Knitting Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Assistant Professor/Fountainhead Fellowship, Introduction to Textiles, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Graduate Thesis and Independent Study Advisor, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Graduate Studio Practice Instructor, MFA Program, California College of the Arts
Visiting Faculty, Knit One, Textiles Department, California College of the Arts
Teaching Assistant, Fiber Sculpture, California College of the Arts Introduction to Textiles, California College of the Arts
Teaching Assistant, Advanced Sculpture, University of Vermont
Other Selected Work Experience
Organizer, Not Over: You, Me, Us and AIDS in collaboration with Visual AIDS. New York, NY.
Artist-in-Residence/Art Teacher (Ages 13-18), Leake and Watts Services, The Bronx, NY.
Research Assistant to Lydia Matthews, Dean of Academic Programs, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.
Visiting Artist Lectures
University of California-Santa Barbara
Parsons School of Design
Grand Valley State University (Michigan)
Arizona State University
Concordia University (Montreal)
James Madison University
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Oregon
Conference Panels and Speaking
"AIDS and Cultural Activism." College Art Association Conference, NY, NY.
"Queer Art At The Edge." Museum of the City of New York.
"Never-ending Scroll: Kate Huh and LJ Roberts in Conversation." Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
"AIDS©: Who Owns the 'History' of AIDS." Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. New York City, NY.
“LJ Roberts and Sur Rodney (Sur) in Conversation.” Printed Matter’s New York Artist Book Fair, MoMA PS1. Queens, NY.
"Women, Art and AIDS: Here Then, Here Now." (in conjunction with the exhibition Agitprop!) The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY.
"Speaking Your Truth." White House Champions of Change LGBT Artist Awards. The White House, Washington. DC.
"Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition Opening Panel." California State University at Long Beach. Long Beach, CA.
"Do We Need Exhibitions Just for Women: Examining the Specialization of Exhibitions by Gender." Museum of Arts and Design. New York City, NY.
"Queer Threads Unraveled." College Art Association Conference. New York, NY.
"Alien She Roundtable." Visual and Critical Studies Forum. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
"Queer Craft and AIDS." Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in conjunction with Visual AIDS. New York, NY.
“Claiming Space: Community to Museum.” REVOLVE: Art and Social Change Symposium. The Leeway Foundation, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA.
Concept and Craft: Handmade in the 21st Century. Aljira Center for the Arts, Newark, NJ.
Artist Panel: The Mysterious Content of Softness, Cornell Museum of Fine Art, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.
Emerging Artists Panel, Surface Design Association Conference.
Co-chair, Push and/or Pull: Trans and Gender-Variant Artists Discuss the Roll of Feminism in Their Work, College Art Association Conference, Chicago Il.
Closing Panel, American Craft Council Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Queering Craft Panel, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
In the Loop Conference, Winchester College of Art, Winchester, England.
New Wave Knitters, NeoCraft Conference, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada
Visual Criticism Symposium, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Ryan, Hugh. "We Asked Five Artists to Design All-Gender Restroom Signs." VICE Magazine.
Chaich, John and Todd Oldham. Queer Threads. New York City/Los Angeles:AMMO Books, 2017.
Cooney, Lynne. Occupancies. Boston: Boston University Art Galleries, 2017.
Finkelstein, Avram and High Ryan. "Ten Queer Reimaginings of New York's 'Gay Liberation Monument." Vice Magazine. Dec, 2016.
Emory, Sami. "Intimate Collages Celebrate Queerness and Feminism in Print." The Creators Project. Nov 2, 2016.
Kany, Daniel. "Art Review: Bowdoin Show is Witty, Ironic, and Excellent." Portland Press Herald. Oct. 2016.
Dafoe. Taylor. "This is a Portrait if I Say So at Bowdoin College Museum of Art." (review) Blouin Art Info 23 Aug, 2016.
This Is A Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today. Ed. Anne Goodyear Collins, Kathleen Campagnolo and Jonathan F. Walz. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.
Cock, Paper Scissors. Ed. David Evans Franz, Lucas Hildebrand and Kayleigh Perkov. Los Angeles: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, 2016.
Steckbauer, Melissa. CADRE Turin, Italy: Riccardo, Constantini Gallery, 2016.
Daniel, Diane. “Landing Places.” American Craft. April/May, 2016.
Puleo, Risa. "'Agitprop!' At The Brooklyn Museum: Waves of Dissent, Legacies of Change." Art In America Jan. 16th, 2016.
Ober, Cara. "Loud, Proud, Warm and Fuzzy." BmoreART Jan. 14th, 2016.
Crandall, Maxe and Selby Lynn Schwartz. “Moving Transgender Histories: Sean Dorsey’s Trans Archival Practice.” Transgender Studies Quarterly. Volume 4 Number 2. Nov. 2015.
Scollon, Erik. “Exhibition Review: Alien She.” Journal of Modern Craft. (Special Issue: Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today.) Vol. 8 Issue 2. 2015. Pgs. 245-249.
Galarte, Francisco J. "Fashion-ing Pedagogies." Transgender Studies Quarterly. Vol. 3 Number 2. August 2015.
Galarte, Francisco J. "Style Memories and Aesthetics as Resistance: Interview with Artist LJ Roberts." Transgender Studies Quarterly. Vol. 3 Number 2. August 2015.
Kramer, Emily and Alexi Shishkin. “Exhibiton Review: Alien She at Museum of Contemporary Craft and PNCA.” Noise and Color PDX. Winter, 2015.
Gonzalez, Xatherin. "A Museum Exhibition Examines Riot Grrrl's Impact on Art." Bitch Media. Sept. 21, 2015.
Goldner, Liz. "Alien She." art ltd. magazine. May, 2015.
Allen, Gwen. "Alien She." College Art Association Reviews. April, 23rd, 2015.
Gelt, Jessica. “Riot Grrrls Stake a New Space in ‘Alien She.’ The Los Angeles Times. March 27th, 2015.
Barton, Dave. “Alien She Brings Riot Grrl Energy to OCMA.” OC Weekly. March 5th, 2015.
Baumgardner, Jennifer. "Here's How Miranda July Dressed in the '90s." Vulture: New York Magazine's Arts and Culture Blog. December 12, 2014.
Vaccaro Jeanne. “Review of Queer Threads.” The Journal of Modern Craft. Volume 7, Number 3, November, 2014.
“Riot Grrl Gets the Gallery Treatment in Alien She.” East Bay Express. November 5, 2014.
Frock, Christian L. “Alien She at YBCA: Riot Grrl Comes of Age.” The San Francisco Chronicle. November 3, 2014.
Tedford, Matthew Harrison. “Alien She Exhibit Explores the Connection Between Punk Rock and Fine Art.” KQED. October 30, 2014.
Cerino, Cara. “Alien She: Riot Grrl, Triumphant.” A Beast in a Jungle. October 26, 2014.
Flood, Catherine and Gavin Grindon. Disobedient Objects. London: Victoria and Albert Museum Press, 2014.
Pollack, Barbara. "Document, Protest, Memorial: AIDS in the Art World.” ART News. May-June, 2014 (print verison only).
Demaree, Joshua Michael. "Alien She//Vox Populi." The Seen: Chicago's International Online Journal of Contemporary and Modern Art. March 2014.
Cotter, Holland. Review of "Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community." The New York Times In Print. February 21, 2014. C27.
Cembalest, Robyn. "Avant Garde Quilt Explosion." ARTnews. January 30, 2014.
Colucci, Emily. "Crochet, Embroidery and Macramé, Oh My!: Finding The Queer In Craft At ‘Queer Threads’" Filthy Dreams. January 28, 2014.
Brooks, Katherine, “Using Craft Art To Explore Contemporary LGBTQ Culture.” The Huffington Post. January 7, 2014.
Fried, Michelle. "Alien She Explores Riot-Grrl's Influence on Art and Culture." (review) Pittsburgh City Paper. November 27, 2013.
Brooks, Katherine. "First Riot Grrl Exhibition Explores the Lasting Impact of the Punk Feminist Movement."
Cotter, Holland. "Not Over: 25 Years of Visual AIDS. (Review)" The New York Times. June 21, 2013. C27.
Colucci, Emily. "What is Lost and What Remains at NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS." Filthy Dreams. June 15, 2013.
Klein, Jennie. "Redefining Craft: A Conversation with L.J. Roberts." ARTPULSE Magazine. Number 15. Volume 4. Spring 2013.
Brayham, Angela. “Review of Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture in Contemporary Art.” Visual Studies. Volume 2. Issue 28. Spring 2013.
Orendorff, Danny. “Travelogue: Craft and (Queer) Kinship.” Bad At Sports. March 13, 2013.
Anania, Katie. “Critic’s Pick: Craft Futures: 40 Under 40.” Artforum. February, 2013.
Gregg, Rolan. “L.J. Roberts: Shifting Textiles, Queer Craft, and Resilience.” http://rolangregg.com/lj-roberts-shifting-textiles-queer-craft-and-resilience/
Moses, Monica. “Future Tense: 40 Under 40.” American Craft. October/November, 2012.
Bryan-Wilson, Julia. “Body Craft: Preaching, Performance and Process.” 40 Under 40: Craft Futures. New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2012.
Bell, Nicholas. 40 Under 40: Craft Futures. New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2012.
Valdez, Aldrin. “At the Dinner Table...” Art 21 Blog. February 8, 2012.
Wadkins, Kate. “Queer Art Grows In Brooklyn.” (Review of Illegitimate and Herstorical.) Hyperallergic. January 8, 2012.
Schiller, Rebecca. “Queer Knits: Lacey Jane Roberts.” Hand/Eye Magazine. October 2011.
Blair, Antonia. “Review of Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture and Contemporary Art.” Ed Maria Elena Buszek. Bust Magazine. Summer 2011.
Knott, Stephen. “Review of Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture and Contemporary Art.” Ed Maria Elena Buszek. Crafts: The Magazine for Contemporary Craft (United Kingdom) July/August 2011.
Miller, Brian. “The Fussy Eye: Sharp and Soft.” (Review of The Mysterious Content of Softness). Seattle Weekly. April 13, 2011.
Auther, Elissa. “Sloppy Craft” FiberArts Magazine. November-December 2010.
Lam, Mung Lar. “Lacey Jane Roberts: Dismantling the Master’s House.” FiberArts Magazine. November-December 2010.
Smith, Rochelle. “Anti-Slick to Post-Slick: DIY Books and Youth Culture Then and Now.” The Journal of American Culture. Vol. 33, Issue 3. September 2010, p. 207-216.
Thompson, Margo Hobbs. “DIY Identity Kit: The Great American Lesbian Art Show” Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol. 14, Issue 2&3, April 2010, p. 260-282.
McDade, Marci Rae. “Reinvention in San Francisco.” FiberArts. Summer 2010.
Auther, Elissa, String, Felt and Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art. Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press, 2010.
Tully, Jessica. “Building It Up To Tear It Down.” Catalogue Essay, Southern Exposure Gallery, 2009.
Bryan-Wilson, Julia. “Queerly Made: Harmony Hammond’s Floorpieces.” The Journal of Modern Craft. Volume 2--Issue 1. Berg Publishers, 2009, p. 59-80.
Adamson, Glenn. “Pink Yarn and Other Signs of the Times.” Motion Blur: American Craft. Gustavsberg Konsthall Sweden, 2009.
“Interview with Lacey Jane Roberts.” Sprayblog. http://www.sprayblog.net/spraygraphic-interview-with-artist-lacey-jane- roberts/
Gschwandtner, Sabrina. “Artist Spotlight: Lacey Jane Roberts: Dismantling Systems of Power.” Interweave Knits. Winter 2008.
Kelly, Danielle. “Capital Ideas.” Las Vegas Weekly. November 5, 2008.
Roos, Zephyr Yokoyama. “Lacey Jane Roberts.” Plastic Antimony. Issue 2, Spring 2008.
Kurtz, Katie. “Fenced in, Kept Out.” Craft Magazine. Spring 2008.
Matthews, Lydia. “Opening Essay.” Shaping the Future of Craft. Ed. Hampton, Monica and Lily Kane. New York: American Craft Council, 2007.
Huston, Johnny Ray. “Flaming Creators.” San Francisco Bay Guardian. June 2007.
Solomon, Lisa. “Give Me A C: Putting the Craft Back in Art.” Kitchen Sink Magazine. V. 14. 2007.
Gschwandtner, Sabrina ed. KnitKnit 6. New York, New York. December 2005.
“Gallery Talk: Cadogan/Murphy Fellowship Awards,” SPARK, KQED Public Television, October 2005.
Bing, Alison, “Rev. of Cadogan and Murphy Fellowships.” SFGATE.com. September 2005.
Roberts, LJ. "Introduction." DUETS: Elaine Reichek and Dean Daderko in Conversation on Nicholas Mouffarege. Visual AIDS: New York City, 2016.
Roberts, LJ. “Style Memories and Aesthetics as Resistance.” Transgender Studies Quarterly: Pedagogy Issue. Volume 2. Issue 3. 2016.
Pepe, Sheila and LJ Roberts. "Honor Our Wrinkles:" Fiber, Women, Dykes and Queers." Art Practical. Feb 2015.
Roberts, L.J. “Making Mirrors: Craft Tactics in the Age of On-going AIDS.” Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Ed. Betsy Greer. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Spring 2014.
Roberts, L.J. “The Edgy Performative Ceramics of Eric Scollon.” Studio Potter. Summer/Fall 2012. Vol. 40 No. 2.
Roberts, L.J. “Camp in the Camps: Tina Takemoto is Looking for Jiro.” Hyphen Magazine. Spring 2012.
Roberts, L.J. “Online Exclusive: Looking for Jiro: A Conversation with Tina Takemoto.” Hyphen Magazine, Online. http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/magazine/issue-25-generation/online-exclusive-looking-jiro
Roberts, Lacey Jane. “Put Your Thing Down Flip It and Reverse It: Re-imaging Craft Identities Using Tactics of Queer Theory.” Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture and Contemporary Art. Ed. Maria Elena Buszek, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2011.
Roberts, Lacey Jane. “Craft, Queerness, and Guerilla Tactics.” In The Loop: Knitting Now. Ed. Jessica Hemmings. United Kingdom: Black Dog Publishing, 2010.
Roberts, Lacey Jane. “Put Your Thing Down, Flip It, and Reverse It: Re-imagining Craft Identities Using Tactics of Queer Theory.” Sightlines. San Francisco: CCA Press, 2006.
Co-chair, Queer Caucus for Art, College Art Association.
After-school program volunteer at The Harvey Milk School, New York, NY.
Graduate Student Committee on Diversity, California College of the Arts .
Co-founder and organizer, Translating Identity Conference, a free symposium on gender and sexuality at the University of Vermont.
Visibility Coordinator, GLBT Student Alliance, University of Vermont.
College Art Association
Queer Caucus for Art