Karley Sullivan is a Los Angeles based visual artist who explores mediation through the study of gesture and symbols. Her lens-based practice comes coupled with an organic drawing sensitivity. Her photography has been published in the New York Times, Bomb Magazine, Lensculture and Phases Magazine and has been exhibited both nationally and abroad. Sullivan holds a BFA in Drawing from the University of Tennessee, and recently received her MFA in Photo/Media from the California Institute of Arts, Valencia, CA.




2015      MFA Expected, California Institute of Arts, Valencia CA
2013      MFA candidate, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
2006     BFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Summa Cum Laude
2005     Ewha University, Seoul, South Korea


2015      Blind Field, L­Shape Gallery, California Institute of Arts, Valencia, CA
2014      Mooning.Scratch, Whitespec Project Space, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2009     Apophenia: Recent Paintings by Karley Sullivan, Sanders­Pace, Knoxville, TN
2008     Nurse Shark (With Jennifer Franklin), Yogiga Artspace, Seoul, SK
2006     There is No Way Out, 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN


2014      Animacies, Calarts, Valencia, CA
              Post­Nickelodeon Sexuality, Calarts, Valencia, CA
              Pardon My Condition, Art Center, Pasadena CA
2013      ShortShorts, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
              Impermanence, Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA
              Mythical Genitalia, 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN
              Art Papers Auction, Mason Murer, Atlanta, GA
2012      The Billboard Art Project, Atlanta, GA
              From Neurology to Cosmology and Back, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011      11.11.11 Spectacular! Spectacular!, The Arts Exchange, Atlanta, GA
              Resistance, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2008    Cute Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children, Green Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
              Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits
2005     AVisit, Edae Exhibitions, Seoul, South Korea.
              Bam, UT Student Exhibition, Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN.


Lensculture, Editor’s Pick, Karley Sullivan. May 24, 2014 
Phases Magazine, Still There.May 15, 2014
HyperallergicLabs, Doubledown, Karley Sullivan. November 11, 2012.
Evan Levy. ”In Whitespace’s From Neurology to Cosmology, Images Converse Amid an Ocean of Ideas.” ArtsATL. July 9, 2012. 
Jamie England, Marcus Williams II. Form: Artistic Independence 2011. Atlanta GA. Williams England 2011
Karley Sullivan. “One Picture, One Paragraph.” St. Lucy. January 27, 2014.
Karley Sullivan. “Dani Planer Talks with Karley Sullivan About Picturing Empathy.” Burnaway. October 25, 2013.
Karley Sullivan. “In Conversation, Talking Cultural Records with Vesna Pavlovic” Burnaway. September 11, 2013. 
Karley Sullivan. “Emmet Gowin and Richard Benson at Jackson Fine Art” Burnaway. July 4, 2013
Karley Sullivan. ”SEEK ATL, Connecting Community Through Studio Visits” Burnaway. April 5th, 2013. 
Karley Sullivan. ”Reflections of the Sublime in Technology and Nature” Burnaway. December 24, 2012. 
Karley Sullivan. “Dodge and Burn: Capturing Immobility”. Burnaway. June 7th, 2012.
Andrew Alexander. “Performance, Lauri Stallings.”Bomb Magazine. May 14, 2013
Andrew Alexander. “gloATL’s Float Creates an Urban Fantasy out of Muck and Grime” Burnaway. Nov. 30, 2011.
Claudia La Rocco. “Festivals As Cultural Cuisinarts.” New York Times. September 23, 2011.


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