Strange Attractors: The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art, Vol. 1 Life on Earth
Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
November 11, 2017 - January 13, 2018

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
September 16 - December 22, 2017

Biquini Wax EPS, Mexico City, Mexico
August 5 - September 5, 2017

Where Do We Stand?, Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions
Drawing Center, New York, NY
August 3 - September 17, 2017

Let Me Be an Object that Screams
Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
September 8 - October 21, 2017

Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL
April 22 - May 22, 2017

Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan
The Drawing Center, New York, NY
July 15 - September 2, 2016

FOND FAREWELLS (solo show)
ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
June 2016

About Face
Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AK
October 24 - December 2, 2016

Flat Fix
CODE Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
August 25 - 28, 2016

Nassau Calling. Art in the Bahamas [re]-Visited
HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
September 26, 2015 - November 21, 2015

New Dominion
Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY
June, 2015 - July, 2015

Arnold Joseph Kemp — HEADLESS (solo show)
April 19 - May 23, 2015
Soloway, Brooklyn, NY

European Ghosts — the representation of art from Africa in the twentieth century. (group show)
Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium
April 7, 2015 - March 1, 2016


"Art 50 2017: Chicago’s Visual Vanguard"
by Elliot J. Reichert, Kerry Cardoza, Nicole Mauser and Lee Ann Norman
Newcity Art, in print and on blog


Arnold Kemp named Graduate Dean, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) announced the appointment of Arnold J. Kemp as the School’s dean of graduate studies. Concurrent with this appointment, Kemp joins the faculty of the Department of Painting and Drawing as a professor. Kemp comes to SAIC from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Painting and Printmaking.

Kemp has been making and exhibiting critically engaging art for 25 years. He holds undergraduate degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, and a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University. Since 2009, he has served as a mentor for graduate students in a full-time academic administration role at Pacific Northwest College of Art and VCU. Prior to that, he was the chair of the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He also worked as one of the founding curators of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Kemp has been a visiting artist and lecturer, both domestically and abroad, at many leading schools and museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Portland Art Museum; San Francisco Art Institute; California College of the Arts; Parsons School of Design; University of Illinois, Chicago; Yale School of Art, among others. His artworks are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Studio Museum in Harlem (New York), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (California), Tacoma Art Museum (Washington) and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis. Kemp is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Art Matters Inc., Printed Matter, Inc. and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

“I used to keep a little newspaper clipping above my desk with a quote from Toni Morrison who upon receiving the Nobel Prize said, ‘I am outrageously happy!’ and I feel that way today,” said Kemp. “As an artist and educator, I am extremely honored to join SAIC. I anticipate that leading, growing, and learning with SAIC’s graduate students and my new colleagues will result in great things.”
Kemp’s appointment SAIC’s dean of graduate studies is effective August 1, 2016.

- Art & Education Announcement, July 14, 2016