Born in Washington, D.C.
Yale School of Art, MFA, 1987
New York Studio School, 1983-84
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1982
Boston Museum School, Tufts University, BA, BFA, 1982
Lives and Works in New York, NY


BEVERLY SEMMES (b. 1958) shines a light on the paradoxes surrounding the representation of the female body in media and culture. The artist gained early recognition for her coded, large-scale fabric installations based on feminine garments. Her Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP) furthers the ongoing debate engendered by the shifting politics of female sexuality. Semmes has been honored with many solo exhibitions, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the ICA Philadelphia; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, Japan; and the MCA Chicago. Her work was most recently included in Witch Hunt at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the 57th Carnegie International. Semmes’ work can be found in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; the Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, among others.