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. Semmes gained early recognition for her fabric installations of large-scale feminine garments, and her ongoing Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP) creates an intermediary space in which queries involving female sexuality can take form. Semmes has been honored with many solo exhibitions, including Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the ICA Philadelphia; the MCA Chicago; and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Her work has recently be on display at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2022); JOAN, Los Angeles (2022); Canada Gallery, NYC (2022); and Alexander McQueen, London, UK (2022). Semmes’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, among others.