biography

Carol Prusa is a mid-career contemporary artist known for her meticulous silverpoint technique and use of unexpected materials. In the 2015 catalogue essay for the British Museum exhibition Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, Bruce Weber calls Carol Prusa “one of the most innovative artists working in metalpoint today.” Born in Chicago, Prusa lives and works in South Florida and exhibits internationally. Her work is included in excellent public and private collections, including the Perez Art Museum (Miami), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, The Miami Art Museum, and the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection.

 In 2018, Prusa was exhibited in The Future of Craft at The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), and in 2019 she will have a major solo exhibition at the Boca Museum. In 2017, she was featured in the seven-city exhibition Glasstress, which opened at the Palazzo Franchetti during the Venice Biennale and included new works by Ai Weiwei, Sarah Sze, Ugo Rondinone, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Fred Wilson, among others. For the 2016 Miami Biennale, curator Adriana Herrera presented Prusa’s work alongside that of James Turrell. In 2015, Prusa was nominated by Judy Pfaff and selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for their prestigious Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts (NYC). In 2014, The Jewish Museum of Florida exhibited Prusa’s work in The Chosen, which also included works by Louise Nevelson, Nick Cave, and George Segal. Other notable group exhibitions include Luminous Line (2010) at Scripps College (with Morgan O’Hara and Lucy Pullen), Set to Manual (2009) at Girls’ Club (with Vija Celmins, Annette Messager, and Kiki Smith), and Starry Messenger (2009) at the Louisiana Museum of Art and Science (with Vija Celmins and Eva Lee).

 Carol Prusa received a SECAC Artistic Achievement Award in 2017. She was previously awarded a Brown University Howard Foundation Fellowship and has been nominated for a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.” Prusa has also curated notable exhibitions, including Pour (2013) at Lesley Heller (NYC), featuring works by David Reed, Carrie Moyer, and others. And she regularly lectures about her work at such venues as Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh), University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa), and Parsons School of Art and Design (NYC).

 In a 2014 feature in Elephant magazine, Margherita Dessanay writes that Carol Prusa uses art to investigate “the boundless wonders of the universe.” And Kara Walker-Tome, writing for The Art Economist Magazine (June 2011), states: “Carol Prusa creates a new vision of the powers of the universe in each artwork she makes. Inspired by cosmology and all of the natural sciences, Prusa creatively explores these practices, arriving at pictorially stunning re-interpretations of their theories.”