Sophia Cleary is an artist based in New York City. She has worked with the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, Ann Liv Young, Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Neal Medlyn, and Alexandra Bachzetsis. She has presented her work at the Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, and e-flux. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-in-progress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse's performance annual Emergency INDEX. Her most recent project is feminist punk band Penis, a collaboration with Samara Davis.


Curriculum Vitae

b. 1988 Seattle, WA


2015 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME

2011 MA NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

2010 BA Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT

2009 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL



Emerging Artist at The Performing Garage, invited as Visiting Artist by The Wooster Group, New York, NY, 2015

Female Figure II at e-flux, curated by Chloé Rossetti, New York, NY, 2014
/// Previous performances at AUX Performance Space curated by Jamillah James, Philadelphia, PA, 2014; Signal Gallery curated by Hayden Dunham, Brooklyn, NY, 2014; Danspace Project curated Caleb Hammons, New York, NY, 2014; AUNTS at the Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, 2014

urn is the image at Human Resources Gallery, curated by Eric Kim Los Angeles, CA, 2014
/// Previous performance at the Movement Research Fall Festival curated by Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron, Danspace Project, New York, NY, 2013

I want to be inside you Pt. II, at the Center for Experimental Lectures curated by Gordon Hall, Shandaken, NY, 2013

God Bless Group aka .gif dance at the Gowanus Ballroom as a part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
/// Previous performance presented by AUNTS at St. Nick’s Alliance, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

you can make me look really good at Independent Art Fair presented by the Kitchen through Emergency INDEX, New York, NY, 2013

E.S.P. T.V. Christmas Special by the Kate Bush Dance Troupe at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, New York, NY, 2012
/// Previous performances at SculptureCenter, Queens, NY, 2012; Tandem, Brooklyn, NY 2011; 179 Canal Street, New York, NY 2011; The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2009

Getting Along by Sophia Cleary, Samara Davis, Joseph Teeling and Jen Rosenblit with contributions by Tara Willis and Adjua Greaves for the Movement Research Fall Festival at Danspace Project, New York, NY, 2012

something like The Tirade at Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ, 2013; AUNTS, American Realness Festival at Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, 2013

The Tirade curated by Jeffrey Jones at Dixon Place, New York, NY, 2012
/// Previous performances at Cho Chiqq, Brooklyn, NY, 2012; Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY, 2012

brother sister lover at Workshop on the Bowery curated by Samara Davis and Alex Fleming, New York, NY, 2012

what the shit at The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

I want to be inside you at Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY, 2011


Group Exhibitions

“All the Instruments Agree,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA curated by Aram Moshayedi.

“No Total Weekend,” Artists Space, New York, NY curated by No Total.

“Official Office,” Recess, New York, NY curated by Tin Nguyen.

“Inaugural,” 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“By Association” 109 Gallery, Brooklyn NY



2015 Emergency Grant for Emerging Artist
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
New York, NY

2014 The Cloud Prize, juried by Anthony Elms
Cloud Coffee
Philadelphia, PA

2012 and 2013 New York City Nominee
Rema Hort Mann Foundation
New York, NY



2015 Visiting Artist
The Performing Garage Presents
New York, NY

2013 Artist in Residence
The Shandaken Project
Shandaken, NY



“9 Truly Avant-Garde Musicians You Should Add To Your Playlist Right Now” by Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post, September 2015.

“Pass It On” by Jennifer Krasinski, Artforum, June 2015.

“Sophia Cleary” by Kerry Hassler, VNDL Mag, March 2014.

“Sophia Cleary’s REHEARSAL” by Samara Davis, Movement Research Performance Journal, Spring 2013.


Work Experience

Member of Programming Committee, Human Resources Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2015-present.

Collective Member of Women and Performance, a feminist journal published by NYU press. New York, NY. 2014-present.

Founder and Coordinator of REHEARSAL, a performance works-in-progress series. Previously in residence at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Knockdown Center, and Cage. New York, NY. 2011-present.

Co-Editor of Emergency INDEX, published through Ugly Duckling Presse. Brooklyn, NY. 2011-present.