Born 1973 in New York. Lives and works in Glasgow


2000 MFA (Fine Arts), Glasgow School of Art
1995 BA with Honours, Brown University


The Library of Earth Anatomy. New commission. The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana). Solo Exhibition curated by Naoko Mabon. Fujiya Gallery Hanayamomo, Beppu, Japan and Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
Between Tides and Poles: New Acquisitions from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection. Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
4.543 billion. The Matter of Matter. Group Show curated by Latitudes. CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Felt Events (Glasgow). Performance with Raymond MacDonald, members of The Necks and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Tectonics Festival, Glasgow
The World Made New. Group Show curated by Oliver Sumner. Pi Artworks, London
Summa. Group Show curated by Colin Greenslade. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


Learning to Read Rocks. Part of Generation. An Tobar/Comar, Isle of Mull
The Hall of Rocks and Minerals. Permanent Installation, new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Autobiographical Trace Fossils. Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow
The Library. National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Geologic Intimacy. Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Space, Dundee
Steine. Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité, Berlin
Hand Held Lava. Schering Stiftung Project Space, Berlin
We Form Geology. Travelling Gallery, Scotland
Physical Geology (slow time). Artists Space, New York
Physical Geology (part one). Manchester Museum, Manchester
Towards Heilprin Land. doggerfisher, Edinburgh
Infinite Orogeny with Adam Putnam. Studio Visconti, Milan
Nomadic Landmass. doggerfisher, Edinburgh
Dromocroma. Autori Cambi, Rome
The Difficulty of Falling in Love During an Earthquake. Tramway, Glasgow
Geologic Intimacy. Switchspace, Glasgow


The Forces Behind the Forms. Group Show. Curated by Magdalena Holzhey. Galerie im Taxispalais, Austria;Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany and Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
Ripples on the Pond. Group Show. Curated by Katie Bruce. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Cristallisations. Group Show. Curated by Centre Pompidou Metz. Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis
Allegory of the Cave Painting. Group Show. Curated by Mihnea Mircan. Extra City, Antwerp
Piroerotomachia. 8. Biennale Fotografii. Curated by Krzysztof Gutfrański, Galeria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan
Objective / Subjective. Group Show. Curated by Peter Olson. NIU Art Museum, Dekalb
Etendue Muette. Group Show. Maison des Arts de Grand Quevilly, France
These Transitional Spaces. Group Show. Curated by Seth Kelly. Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
Experimental Station. Group show. Curated by Virginia Torrente & Andrés Mengs. CA2M, Madrid
We Make Versions. Group Show. Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Industrial Aesthetics:Recent Art from Scotland. Group Show. Hunter Gallery, New York
Just Photography. Group Show. Curated by Bruce Haines. Martos Gallery, New York
Volcano. Group show. Curated by James Hamilton. Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Experimental Geography. Group show. Curated by Nato Thompson. The James Gallery, Graduate Center CUNY, New York (touring exhibition from 2008 – 2011)
Artist Commission. New Barts Cancer Centre. Vital Arts. Barts Hospital, London.
This Matter. Group Show. The Royal Standard, Liverpool
Running Time:Artist Films in Scotland. Group Show. Dean Gallery, Edinburgh
An Entangled Bank. Group Show. Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
Portscapes. Public Art Commission. Curated by Latitudes. SKOR, Rotterdam
Timecode, Group show inaugurating 10th anniversary of DCA. Curated by Judith Winter and Graham Domke. Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
Polar Dispatches. Group show. Portland Museum of Art, ME.
The Audio Show. Group Show. Curated by Seth Kelly. Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Estratos, PAC Murcia 2008. Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. Murcia, Spain
Conspire. Curated by Natasa Petresin-Bachalez. House of World Cultures, Berlin
Art Forms From The Ocean. Group Show. National Glass Centre, Sunderland
New Scots. Group Show. Curated by Sandy Moffat. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change. Sharjah Biennial 8. Sharjah, U.A.E.
Enlightenment; Collecting for the Future. Group Show. Hunterian Art Museum, Glasgow
It Starts From Here. Group Show. De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
Drawing Links. Group show. The Drawing Room, London and touring
How I Finally Accepted Fate. Group Show. Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York
Where the Wild Things Are. Group show. Curated by Anne Marie Watson. Dundee
Contemporary Arts, Dundee
Annotations (bronnen), Public Holiday Projects. Group Show. Expodium, Utrecht
Our House is a House that Moves. Curated by Natasa Petresin. Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Art/Sci Research Residency. New performances commissioned. Camden Art Centre, London
Contemporary Collection. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Re-Launch. Market, Glasgow
Art and Mountains. Curated by Bruce Haines and Paul Claydon. Alpine Club, London
Into the Abyss. Two person show with Adam Putnam, The Kettilhouse, Akureyri, Iceland
Two person show with Sally Osborn. doggerfisher, Edinburgh
New Contemporaries 2000. Group show. Inverleith House and touring
A Day Like Any Other. Curated by Francis Mckee. Stavanger Kulturhus, Norway


Artist-in-Residence. The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Elephant Trust Grant for Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) curated by Naoko Mabon. Aberdeen
Royal Scottish Academy Artist Residency 2015. Cromarty
Platform05 Research Residency. Beppu Projects. Beppu, Japan
Creative Scotland International Research Grant
Atlas Arts Micro-Residency. The Bothy Project. Isle of Eigg
Glenfiddich 2013 Spirit of Scotland Award Finalist in Art
Inaugural Artist Fellow. National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh
Cove Park One-to-One Residency. Cove Park, Scotland
Nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship in Printmaking
Schering Stiftung. Major foundation support for Physical Geology Project. Berlin
Creative Scotland Visual Artist Project Support
New York Council for the Humanities Grant with Triple Canopy
Creative Scotland Visual Artist Development Bursary
British Council Darwin Now Award
Scottish Arts Council Visual Artist Award
Research Commission. Storey Gallery. Lancaster
Project Commission. Stills. Edinburgh
Esmee Fairbairn Residency. Cove Park. Scotland
Alchemy Fellowship. Manchester Museum. Manchester
Scottish Arts Council Artist Grant
Hope Scott Trust Artist Grant
Artist-in-Residence. Oceanwide Expeditions/Tiffin Projects. Greenland
Art/Science Research Residency. Camden Arts Centre. London
Artist-in-Residence. Skaftfell Cultural Center. Seydisfjorder, Iceland
Network North Residency. NIFCA. Lapland and the Barents Region
Cell Culture Science/Art Residency. Arteleku, San Sebastian
Darklights Commission Award. Tramway. Glasgow
Finalist. Archibald-Campbell and Harley WS Photography Award. Stills. Edinburgh
Artist in Residence. The Gilsociety. Akureyri, Iceland
Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Glasgow School of Art


Felt Events (Fossil Grove) with Raymond Macdonald. Glasgow International, Across the City
Felt Events. Performative Lecture. Leeds Museum/Pavilion, Leeds; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
Conversations about Landscape with Jason Groves. The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Felt Events. Commissioned performance on the Isle of Staffa. Part of Generation. Comar
Physical Geology (a Field Guide). Regarding Dynamic Processes. Hull School of Art
Learning to Read Rocks. Feeling the Anthropocene Symposium. University of Edinburgh
Autobiographical Trace Fossils. The Cultural Life of Caves Symposium. Pera Museum, Istanbul
Hand Held Lava. Commissioned performance with Andrew Patrizio & Karen Holmberg. Triple Canopy. Turner Contemporary, Cell Project Space, Schering Stiftung, Atlas Arts and CCA Glasgow
At What Moment Does Limestone Become Marble. Performance at frozen waterfall. Bard CCS,NY
Physical Geology. Terra Mobilis: Fire and Ice Colloquium. Brown University, Providence
Physical Geology (Part One). Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
A Brief History of Mobile Landmass. Future Land. Port of Rotterdam/SKOR
Towards Heilprin Land. Commissioned by Tiffin Projects. The Hunterian Museum; Cendeac Murcia
Geologic Intimacy. Species of Origin Roundtable. Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Ruins in Reverse (Nomadic Landmass). Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art; Manchester Museum; Camden Arts Centre and touring.
Emergent Landmass. Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts; Camden Arts Centre
Integrating Catastrophe. Southern Yangtze University, Wuxi; China Academy of Art. Hangzhou
Geologic Intimacy. Wednesday Open Series, Glasgow School of Art
The Pursuit of Flora and Other Environmental Anecdotes. International Society for Literature and Science, Aarhus; Arteleku, Donostia; Tramway, Glasgow
Nomadic Landmass. CCA/Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
Intimate Three Part Fractions. Performance with AJ McCaffrey. CCA, Glasgow


Forthcoming: Geologic Intimacy Yu no Hana. Artist Publication. Graphical House. Glasgow 2017
Forthcoming: Minerals of New York. Limited edition Artist Publication. Flint Magazine. Detroit 2017
Forthcoming: An Atlas Lexicon. Edited by Emma Nicholson and Gayle Meikle, Atlas Arts, Skye 2017
Forthcoming: Geology & Literature. Edited by Jason Groves. Literatur für Leser 16/1, Frankfurt 2017
Salon : No. 4. Edited by Gerhard Theewen. SALON VERLAG & EDITION. Cologne. April 2017
The Forces Behind the Forms. Kunstmuseen Krefeld and partner venues. Krefeld 2016
Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art. Edited by Edited by Phil Sawdon and Russell Marshall. I.B.Tauris. London 2015
Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. Edited by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin. Open Humanities Press. Ann Arbor 2015
Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Edited by Moira Jeffrey. National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life. Edinburgh 2014
Earth Works! Format P #7. Edited by Sebastian Cichocki and Krzysztof Gutfrański. Warsaw 2013
Making the Geologic Now. Edited by Elizabeth Ellsworth & Jamie Kruse. Punctum Books. NY 2012
New Landmass. Edited by Sara Barnes and Andrew Patrizio. With texts by Dame Gillian Beer, Horst Bredekamp, Thomas Schnalke and Hugh Tuffen. Schering Stiftung. Berlin 2012
Volcano. Edited by James Hamilton. Reaktion Books. London 2011
Experimental Station. Edited by Virginia Torrente and Andre Mengs. CA2M Madrid 2011
Physical Geology (A Field guide to Body Mineralogy and Other New Landmass). Edited by Sara Barnes and Andrew Patrizio. Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité. 2010
In Conversation, Spring Exhibitions. Artists Space. New York 2009
Portscapes. Edited by Latitudes. SKOR. Rotterdam 2009
Experimental Geography. Edited by Nato Thompson. ICI. New York 2008
Estratos. Edited by Nicolas Bourriaud. Pac Murcia. Spain 2008
Sharjah Biennial 8 Catalogue. U.A.E. 2007
Drawing Links. Text by Andrew Patrizio. Drawing Room. London 2006
Nomadic Landmass. Text by Mungo Campbell. File Note. Camden Arts Centre 2005
Ruins in Reverse. Edited by Adam Putnam. Whitney Museum at Altria. New York 2005
Ruins in Reverse (Nomadic Landmass). doggerfisher. Edinburgh 2005


Visiting Tutor. Sculpture and Environmental Art. Glasgow School of Art. Glasgow
Visiting Artist. Grays School of Art. RGU, Aberdeen
Visiting Artist. School of Design, University of Leeds
Visiting Artist. Manchester College of Art. Manchester
Visiting Artist. Edinburgh College of Art. Edinburgh
Guest Critic. Graduate Digital and Media Program. Rhode Island School of Design. Providence
Visiting Artist. Maine College of Art. Portland
Visiting Artist. NYU Steinhardt School of Culture. New York
Visiting Artist. Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art. Lancaster
Part-time Lecturer. Duncan of Jordanstone School of Fine Art. Dundee
Visiting Artist. Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Carlisle
Visiting Artist. Master of Fine Arts. Kingston University. London
Visiting Tutor. School of Design. Southern Yangtze University. Wuxi, China
Visiting Professor. Postgraduate Department. The China Academy of Art. Hangzhou, China
Visiting Artist. Master of Fine Arts; Painting; Foundation; Continuing Ed. Glasgow School of Art
Project Artist. Artlink, Edinburgh
Artist in Residence. Studio in a School. New York


Adventures in Deep time: Ilana Halperin. Sarah Urwin Jones. The Herald. March 30, 2017
Le temps des hommes et celui de la planète. Elisabeth Chardon. Le Temps. October 28, 2016
Die Kräfte hinter den Formen. Von Gudrun von Schoenebeck. General Anzeiger. May 18, 2016
Artist Ilana Halperin reflects on the scientific & the personal. Moira Jeffrey. The Scotsman. June 2013
In-depth feature on Steine and Hand Held Lava in the ZEIT. Christiane Meixner. April 19, 2012
Top Ten Films of 2009. Chrissie Iles. Artforum. December 2009
Artist of the Week. Jessica Lack. The Guardian. November 4, 2009
Spring Exhibitions. Artists Space. The New Yorker. May 18, 2009
Estratos/PAC Murcia. Max Andrews. Frieze. June 2008
Performing Landscapes; Traveling to Greenland with Ilana Halperin. Amoreen Armetta. Art on Paper. Vol. 11.
No. 3. January/February 2007
Ilana Halperin; Open Frequency. Sally O’Reilly. Axis. 2006


Edinburgh University Art Collection, Edinburgh
The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
The Manchester Museum, Manchester
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
University of Dundee, Dundee
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Barts Hospital, London
Private collections

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