Associate Professor of Art, Painting
Affiliated Faculty, BU Center for Antiracist Research
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design; MFA, Yale University
Lucy Kim is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and biological media. Using material mistranslations as a premise, she explores the many naturalizing mechanisms that structure day-to-day visual experiences, from the seamless transition of a physical subject into an image, to the production of visual salience. She works with a wide range of materials: oil paint, silicone rubbers, resins, and more recently, E. coli that has been genetically modified to produce melanin.
Kim received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2007. Recent exhibitions of her work were held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA; Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, New York, NY; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA; Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore, Saratoga Springs, NY; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Galerie Pact, Paris, France; Lundgren Gallery, Mallorca, Spain; Lisa Cooley, New York, NY; Fused/Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Lyles and King, New York, NY among others. She is a recipient of the ICA Boston’s James and Audrey Foster Prize, Artadia Award, MacDowell Fellowship, Mass Cultural Council Grant, Hermitage Fellowship, and Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. Since 2018, Kim has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Institute.
Reviews and features on Kim’s work have been published in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Bomb Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, ARTNews, and Artforum, among others. Her work is in the collection of the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Kadist Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the New York Public Library.