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Martin Brief, M.F.A.

Studio Art

Courses Taught

Graphic Design I, Graphic Design II, Introduction to Web Design, Graphic Design Studio, Design


M.F.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Practice Areas

Graphic design

Publications and Media Placements

Selected Solo Exhibitions

A Brief History of Time, Danese/Corey, New York, NY (2016)

Amazon God, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (2015)

Martin Brief, Perkinson Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL (2014)

Success, Isolation Room/Gallery Kit, St. Louis, MO (2012)

Amazon God, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (2010)

Lost, Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA (2009)

Artforum Series, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO (2008)

Martin Brief, Winfisky Gallery, Salem State College, Salem, MA (2007)

A—acneform, (The Dictionary Series), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2006)

You Are Here, Main Art Gallery, Richmond, VA (2005)

Lost, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL (2004)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Occupational Therapy, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2015)

And the Word Is . . ., Gershman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA( 2015)

The Armory Show, Danese Gallery, New York, NY (2014)

Systematic Paradox, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT (2014)

45th Annual Collectors Show, Arkansas Art Center Museum, Little Rock, AR (2013)

And the Word Is, Towson University, Towson, MD (2013)

The Dallas Art Fair, Danese Gallery, Dallas, TX (2013)

The Armory Show, Danese Gallery, New York, NY (2013)

And The Word Is, 4 person, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (2012)

Blue, White and Red, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO (2012)

Works on Paper, Danese, New York, NY (2011)

Multiple Propositions, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN (2011)

New Talent 2010, 4 person exhibition, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA (2010)

Exposure 13, 3 person exhibition, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO (2010)

Creative Stimulus Projects, 4 person exhibition, Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO (2010)

Old Media/Old News, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO (2010)

Director's Choice: Obsession, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (2009)

Works on Paper, 511 Gallery, New York, NY (2008)

Spaces Between Spaces, Civilian Art Projects, Washington, D.C. (2008)

Less Is More, 511 Gallery, New York, NY (2007)

SCOPE Miami, (Civilian Art Projects, Washington, D.C.), Miami, FL (2007)

Simple, Dumb Objects, 3 Person Exhibition, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD (2007)

Simple, Dumb Objects, 3 Person Exhibition, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA (2007)

Coffee/Press, 2 person exhibition, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL (2006)

Space of Change, 4 person exhibition, D.C. Art Center, Washington, D.C. (2006)

Contained Art, Galerie Sei-un-do, Zurich, Switzerland (2006)

W. Oregon University Invitational—Martin Brief & Vincent Leandro, Monmouth, OR (2006)

Honors and Awards

  • 2014: MacDowell Colony Fellowship
  • 2013: Howard Fellowship (monetary award)
  • 2010: Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (individual artist grant)
  • 2010: White Columns, New York (work selected for artist registry)
  • 2008: Critical Mass Economic Stimulus Award, St. Louis, MO (individual artist grant)
  • 2008: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska (two month residency)
  • 2007: Viewing Program Artist Registry, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
  • 2006: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (two month residency)

Community Work and Service

Brief has worked as a graphic designer for a variety of employers including small advertising agencies, in-house for a nationwide retailer, a publishing company and as a freelancer serving a wide range of clients. In addition to his work as a graphic designer he is a practicing studio artist. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.