M O L L I E   M c K I N L E Y


Lives and works in Newburgh, New York

Born 1981, Barrington, IL




2017  “Salt Priestess,” Pioneer Works. Brooklyn, NY

2015  “Temporal Monolith,” Kunsthalle Beacon. Beacon, NY

2015  “Cabin Fever,” Matteawan Gallery. Beacon, NY

2014 “HIGH TIDE, HOLY WATER,” Performance in collaboration with Mary

           Mattingly’s “WetLand” Project, Figment Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2013  “Mollie McKinley and Lita Albuquerque: New Mysticism” Curated by Natalie Kovacs,

           SPRING/BREAK Art Show. New York, NY

2013  "Mollie McKinley: Thresholds and Totems," Matteawan Gallery. Beacon, NY



2019 “Artfare Inaugural Exhibition,” Artfare, New York City

“Untouchable,” Presented by Momenta Art, SPRING/BREAK Art Show

2018    “Time Travelers,” The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY

“LODGER,” Lodger, Newburgh, NY

“Sea Witch Space Witch,” The Modern Love Club, New York, NY 

2017    “She Has Risen!” Art in Odd Places in collaboration with The Golden Dome School, New York, NY

2016    “Ghosts,” Field Projects, New Rochelle, NY

   “In The Cloud,” Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NY, NY

            “The Golden Dome,” Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles, CA

            “Haunted Summer,” One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

2014    "The Last Brucennial," The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY

2013    "MoMA Pop Rally: Abstract Currents," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

            "MAD LIB[rary] IV” at the New York Art Book Fair. PS1 MoMA, Long Island City, NY

            "LUMEN Festival," Staten Island, NY

            "Finishing School," Dimensions Variable Gallery, Miami, FL

            "Pluto,” Present Company Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012    "Never Ever Everland." Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY

            "Mad LIB(RARY)," Independent Curators International, New York, NY

            “Therefore I Am,” The Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

            "The Brucennial 2012," Greenwich Village, New York, NY

            "Black Sundae: Performance by Mollie McKinley," The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York

            "DO IT AWAKE! (On Mysterious Mountain)," The Heliopolis Projekt, Brooklyn, New York, NY

            "The Wassaic Project Exhibition." Wassaic, New York, NY

2011    "SPANE: Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment." FADO Performance Art

            Centre, Toronto, Canada

            "New Filmmakers New York," Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

            "Filmideo!" Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

2010    "Hudson Valley Artists: Contemporary Art and Praxis." The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art,

            New Paltz, NY

            "Filmideo." Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

2008    “You Rule Me: A Show of Power.” Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL




Fellowship, Creative Glass Center of America / Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ, 2018

Visionary Scholarship, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, (nominated), 2018

Merit Scholarship, “Salt Monoliths,” UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY, 2017

Merit Scholarship, “Salt Monoliths,” UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

Fellowship/Artist in Residence, The Wassaic Project, 2012

Artist in Residence, The School of Making Thinking, DeLancey, New York 2012

Artist Panelist, NYFA Interdisciplinary Arts Awards, Brooklyn, NY, 2012

Artist in Residence, The School of Making Thinking, DeLancey, New York, 2011

Artist in Residence, The Harold Arts, Chesterhill, Ohio, 2011

On Our Radar (Semifinalist), Creative Capital Grant, 2011

Artist in Residence, The Harold Arts, Chesterhill, Ohio, 2008



McKinley, Mollie; in collaboration with Bentsman, Michelle; Finbloom, Aaron; and Traub, Sophie: “Play, Process, and the Unknown: Towards an Embodiment of Thought at The School of Making Thinking.” Performance Research, Issue 21:6, “On Radical Education.”



—Graver, David. “Dreamscapes of All Sizes at the ‘Sea Witch Space Witch’ Exhibition.” Cool Hunting, August 2, 2018

—Aaron, Peter. "Summer Arts Preview." Chronogram Magazine, June 2018

—Mahoney, Brian K. "Editor's Pick: Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018." Chronogram Magazine, June 2018

—Zises, Heather. "An Interview with Mollie McKinley," Fjords Review, February 2018

—Zises, Heather. "Featured Artist: Mollie McKinley." Pregame Magazine, December 2017

—Nussbaum, Jake. “Mollie McKinley: Salt Priestess,” Clocktower Radio, June 2017

—Roisin-Slater, Maya. “Mysticism Meets Ecology in Witchy Photos and Salt Block Sculptures,” VICE Magazine/The Creators Project, June 17, 2017

—Stankus, Janine. “IN THE CLOUD at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts,” Cool Hunting. June 15, 2015

—Mahoney, Brian, Editor. "Mollie McKinley, "The Magician," at One Mile Gallery, Kingston," Chronogram Magazine, July 2015

—Louison, Evan. “A Chain of Attractions: Artist Residency, Curators of the School of Making Thinking,” 1985 Artists, June 2015

—Louison, Evan. “Featuring Mollie McKinley, In this Month’s 1985 Magazine,” 1985 Artists Blog, June 2015

—Russell, Legacy and Clemmons, Zinzi, Editors. Apogee Journal, Issue #4, Fall 2014, selections from Temples and Resurgam series

—Galperina, Marina. “Inside BHQF’s Women Only Last Brucennial,” Animal NY. March 2014

—Galperina, Marina. “SPRING/BREAK Art Show: Creepy Woody Allen Room, Blood, and the Life Is Great Gameshow,” Animal NY. March 5 2014

—Editors Legacy Russell, Stina Poutinen, & Sarah Giavenello. "MAD LIB[rary] Vol. Four Limited Print Edition," The New York Art Book Fair. P.S. 1 MoMA, Sept. 2013

—Kaiser Vogel, Susan. “The Garden of Unearthly Delights: The Art of Mollie McKinley,” Vernissage TV Magazine, pp. 93-115. Issue 24, "Carte Blanche," May 2013

—Schmidt, Heinrich. “Natalie Kovacs Curates 'In Conversation' with Lita Albuquerque and Mollie McKinley at SPRING/BREAK Art Show.” Vernissage TV online feature, March

—Meier, Allison C. “Why Weren’t You In Wassaic This Weekend?” Hyperallergic. Aug 8, 2012

—Editors Legacy Russell, Stina Poutinen, & Sarah Giavenello. "MAD LIB[rary] Vol. One Limited Edition," Produced by Independent Curators International and the Feminist Press. July 2012

—Editor, Legacy Russell. “Artist in Residence, Mollie McKinley.” CONTACTPROJECT.NET, May 2012

—Johnson, Ken. “Brucennial 2012,” The New York Times, March 1, 2012



B.A., Photography, Bard College, 2005


Visiting Teaching Artist, Dia: Beacon. 2018-2019

Co-Director, The School of Making Thinking. 2013-2017