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[New Orleans, LA ::: b.1971 - Cincinnati, OH]


Born in 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio, CARLTON SCOTT STURGILL received his Masters of Arts (Fine Art) from London’s Chelsea College of Art in Design in 2005, and his BA from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. Although he now lives outside of the Queen City, his work continues to be shaped by his Midwestern roots. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in North America and Europe, including the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, Florida, Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin, Ireland and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York City. Sturgill currently lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Carlton Scott Sturgill received his Masters of Arts (Fine Art) from London’s Chelsea College of Art in Design in 2005, and his BA from the University of Cincinnati in 2002.


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Inspired by the bedroom communities of Mid-America, my work examines the conflict between our behavior in our most intimate moments and our desire to appear as ambassadors of a white-picket-fence America. Using materials sourced from the suburban landscape, such as paint chip samples from Home Depot and clothing from the all-American company Ralph Lauren, along with imagery and text appropriated from the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist, my work explores the dichotomy between public persona and private behavior. My paintings, sculptures, and mosaics use the vernacular of the American heartland to scratch the surface of suburban pretense, exploring the compulsion to veil ourselves behind the façade of a commoditized version of the American Dream. 



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2005            MA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK

2002            BFA (Honors), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA



2018             Something Old, Something New, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2017             Glass Houses, Engine Room Art + Projects, New Orleans, LA

2016             Garden of Delights, Vanderbilt Republic, Brooklyn, NY

2015             If We’d Never Seen the Sea, Undercurrent Projects, New York, NY (with Rebecca

2011             Casual Encounters, Masters & Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2010             Private Space/Public Face, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (with Raghava KK)

2009            Re:Ralph, Eye Level BQE Gallery, New York, NY

2008            Afterlifestyles, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2006            A Private View, Toni Heath Gallery, London, UK

2004            Backyard Games, York Street Gallery, Newport, KY

2003            HEADLINE: 1971-2003, SSNOVA Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH



2017            Branded Rose Yellow, The Drifter Hotel, New Orleans, LA

2015            Branded Rose Bushwick, in conjunction with Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY

2014            Bridge of Flowers, in conjunction with Arts Gowanus and the NYC Dept. of
                    Transportation, Brooklyn, NY



2018           Art on Paper Art Fair, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. New York, NY

                   Tech Effect, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

                   Art Market San Francisco, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017           PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Miami, FL
                   Ephemera Obscura, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
                   Garden of Earthly Delights, Claire Elizabeth Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016           εὖτόπος (Eutopia), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
                   Gowanus, Fake Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                   Wild, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2015            Hot & Sticky, Smith&Jones, Brooklyn, NY
                   ArtWorks Gowanus, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY                       
                   THE(un)SCENE Art Show, Armory Arts Week, New York, NY
                   S(P)LICE, Undercurrent Projects, New York, NY (co-curated with Roberta Kent)

2014            Year End Review, Court Tree Collective, Brooklyn, NY
                    Art From the Heart, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY
                    Benefit Exhibition for BalletX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
                    Subtle Approach, Brooklyn Art Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013            Starting Small, Porter Contemporary, New York, NY
                    Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012            NURTUREart Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY