Isabel Farnsworth

Isabel Farnsworth received her MFA in Sculpture from Stanford University in 1995, and her BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1989. She attended Skowhegan School of Art in 1988 and attended residencies at The Glassell Core Program in Houston, The Rijksacademie Von Beelden Kuntz in Amsterdam, and the Cite International des Arts in Paris.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Kent State University. She lives in Kent, Ohio with her two children, Elliot and Leah.


One and Two Person Exhibitions

2018 Buoyancy: Isabel Farnsworth, Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH

2017 Reveries, Isabel Farnsworth and Shannon Hines, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

2016 Palpable, Sensory, Tactile: Sculpture by Isabel Farnsworth and Shannon Hines, Main Hall Gallery, KSU Stark Campus, North Canton, OH

2014 Isabel Farnsworth + Hui-Chu Ying, Heights Arts, Cleveland, OH

2013 Contours, Dennis Gallery, Austin College, Sherman TX,

2004 Forms, Figures, Pedestals, and Bases, Gallery 138, Kent, OH

2001 Roundabout, Olin Art Gallery, Gambier, OH

2000 Bodies of Time, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000 Shifting Gears, Fireland Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), Oberlin, OH

1999 I wish I Knew, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

1998 Objects and Instruments, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995 Parts to Wholes, Michel David Weill Gallery, Cité des Arts, Paris, France

1995 Sinking Machine, Site-Specific Sculpture, Terman Engineering Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Intrinsic Momentum, Rebecca Cross, Hildur Asgeirsdottir Johnson, Isabel Farnsworth, Gallery W, American Greetings Creative Studios, Westlake, OH

2018 Full Fathom Five, Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, OH

2017 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, School of Art, KSU, Kent, OH

2016 Not a Moment Passes, Sculpture by Isabel Farnsworth, 2D work by Clare Murray Adams and John Adams, Beachwood Community Center Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015 Go Figure, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

2015 @Infinitum (Create+Lead+Learn), Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH

2014 Isabel Farnsworth + Hui-Chu Ying, Heights Arts, Cleveland, OH

2014 OH+5, Dairy Barn, Athen, OH

2014 Hephaestos Challenged, 7 women sculptors, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

2011 Pleasures of Matter, Main Hall Gallery, Kent State University at Stark

2011 Fluid Forms & Fleshy Coats, Legation, a gallery, Cleveland, OH

2008 19, Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland

2007 Faculty Exhibition, Downtown Gallery, Kent State University, Kent

2006 Imprint: Art & Artists From a New Town, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA

2004 Faculty Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Kent, OH

2003 Artists Choose Artists Here Here Gallery and Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2001 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH (2 person exhibition)

2001 Installations and Images, Brew House, Pittsburgh, PA (2 person exhibition)

2000 Trail of Narratives, Here Here Gallery, Cleveland, OH

1999 Artworks, Aquarena Center, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

1998 Material World, Spaces, Cleveland, OH

1998 The Art Exchange Show, The Alternative Alternative Art Fair , NY, NY

1997 Fahrenheit 451, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 Seep, Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, TX

1996 Five Contemporary Sculptors

1996 Confronting Cancer through Art, Andrew Ross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1996 Award Show, Kismet Gallery, San Jose, CA

1996 Fellowship Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

1995 M.F.A. Exhibition, Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University, CA

1995 Family Size, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


2002 Sharpening Device: stones of knowledge, Berea Library, Berea OH

1999 Permanent Outdoor Sculpture, Aquarena Center, San Marcos, TX

1995 Sculpture, Outdoor Fountain Commission, private residence, Woodside, CA


2003, 2008, 2013

Summer Research and Creative Activity Appointment, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1999 Individual Artist's Grant, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH

1998 Summer Research and Creative Activity Appointment, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1995 Paris Studio Stipend, Stanford University, Stanford, CA


1996 Artist-in-Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

1995 Artist-in-Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

1989-1991 Core Fellow, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1990 Artist-in-Residence, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam


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