about

Born and raised in New York City, Sonia Louise Davis works across installation, writing and performance. Residencies and fellowships include the Laundromat Project, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and ACRE. She is a grantee of the Puffin Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Emergency Grant). In September 2016 her large-scale collaborative performance “shake the stars with your song” premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This past spring her writing was published in “Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.” An honors graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, African American Studies, 2010) and an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2015-2016), Sonia lives and works in Harlem.


EDUCATION
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
Independent Study Program Studio Participant, 2015-2016

Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in African American Studies,
concentration in Music and Visual Arts, 2010

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 a score to keep time / a score to lose time / but never yourself, in it, Sadie Halie Projects, Minneapolis MN
2015 SETPIECE, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island NY
…to collect dreams again, The Table, Phoenix AZ
2014 Sonia Louise Davis: selections, Rush Arts’ Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2012 tracing(s) belonging(s), En Foco at Aguilar Library/NYPL, New York NY

PERFORMANCES
2017 return to your breath (did it ever leave you?), Sadie Halie Projects, Minneapolis MN
Can We Touch the Sun From Here? duet with iris yirei hu, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York NY
2016 shake the stars with your song, in collaboration with Tamara Renée, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
|a't(y)ood| Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 In, Of and Crossing Essex, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York NY (forthcoming)
2017 stutter, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles CA
Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, Project Row Houses, Houston TX
2016 Whitney Independent Study Program Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York NY
2015 Signified Space(s), Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn NY
2014 If You Build It, presented by No Longer Empty, Broadway Housing Communities, New York NY
If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? Vivid Solutions Gallery, Washington DC
Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York NY
2013 NLE Curatorial Lab: Through the Parlor, presented by No Longer Empty, 24 Rutgers Street, New York NY
The Photographic Self, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL
Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum of the Arts/Wave Hill/1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York NY
2012 HOME, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx NY
Global Positioning System (So You Say You Want a Revolution) Westside Gallery, New York NY
CPT: Time, History and Memory, Gallatin Galleries, New York NY
2011 GET IT ON THE RECORD, Flatbush Library/BPL, Brooklyn NY

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS
2017 Emergency Grant Recipient, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York NY
ACRE Artist in Residence, Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions, Steuben WI
Associate Artist, #166: Jennifer Monson & Zeena Parkins, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2015 WOODSTOCK A-I-R Artist in Residence, Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), Woodstock NY
Snug Harbor Artist in Residence (SHARP) Participant, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Garden, Staten Island NY
2014 New York Emerging Artist Grant Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York NY
Emergency Grant Recipient, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York NY
LOOKbetween 2014 Participant, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville VA
Photography Expanded Lab: Collaborative Images Participant, Magnum Foundation, New York NY
Process Space Resident, Paths to Pier 42 Commissioned Artist, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York NY
2013 Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program Participant, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY
Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant Recipient, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York NY
2012 Residency Unlimited Artist in Residence, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx NY
Grant Recipient, Puffin Foundation Ltd, Teaneck NJ
Wonder Women Resident, _gaia studio, Jersey City NJ
2011 Create Change Professional Development Fellowship, Merit Scholarship, The Laundromat Project, New York NY
2010 Summer Residency: Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York NY
African American Studies Department Vanguard Prize, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
2009 Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Memorial Prize, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
 

ARTIST TALKS
2017 Feminism's Practical Past, Roundtable Discussion with Mary Kelly, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York NY
Photography Expanded Symposium, Magnum Foundation, New York NY
2015 Art and Social Practice: A Conversation, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York NY
Featured Artist Speaker, Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York NY
2014 Social in Practice Panel Discussion, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York NY
Sonia Louise Davis, Qiana Mestrich and Renee Cox, Rush Arts’ Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2013 NLE Lab Artist Talk: Sonia Louise Davis, Heather Hart and Betty Yu, 24 Rutgers Street, New York NY
SPOOK Magazine Issue 3 Panel, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn NY
The Finding Aid: Black Women at the Intersection of Art & Archiving, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York NY
2012 Residency Unlimited Artist Talk, with Kalia Brooks, Shlomit Dror and Kameelah Rasheed, Brooklyn NY
En Foco Touring Gallery Artist Talk, Aguilar Library/NYPL, New York NY
A Cut Above, Visiting Artist Talk, Harlem Children’s Zone, National Black Theater, New York NY
Be The Art, Alumni Artist Talk, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
 

PUBLICATIONS
a score to keep time / a score to lose time / but never yourself, in it, self-published artist text with curator statement, 2017
Scatting, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, volume 27 issue 1, 2017
shake the stars with your song, newsprint poster with commissioned artist text, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2016
a lost symbolism begins to collect dreams again, handmade artist book, 21 plates, ed. 10, 2015