2004       Master of Fine Arts with Honors, Sculpture, 

                   Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI

1995        Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
Solo Exhibitions

2024       40 winks, Basket Books & Art, Houston, TX

2023       The Earth as Air, Un Lieu Une Oeuvre, Ménerbes, France

2022       Hydras, BioScience Research Center, Rice University, Houston, TX

                  (commissioned by Moody Center; collaboration with Professor, Electrical and                               Computer Engineering, Dr. Jacob T. Robinson; curated by Ylinka Barotto)

2019       Airspace, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2016       Silent h, Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM

2015       Exact Nature, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2014       Sites and Settlements, Behal Fejer Institute, Prague, Czech Republic

2013       Ley Lines, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2011       Splits, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

                 On Tenterhooks, Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, MO

                 Construct, Art Palace, Houston, TX

2007     The solid matter of a celestial body, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College,                               Memphis, TN (catalogue)

                 Hollow Mountain, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (catalogue)

2005     Open Maps, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO   

Selected Group Exhibitions
2025       What Drawing Can Be, Menil Drawing Institute, Houston, TX

2021        Festival of the Beautiful, Galveston Artist Residency Galveston, TX

2020       Animal Crossing, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

2018        40 Years of Discovery: The Gifts of Clint Willour, Museum of Fine Arts Houston                             Houston, TX

2017        Works on Paper, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2015        Drawings, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY 

                   (curated by Joshua Lubin-Levy and Nova Benway)

2014        In/Situ, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL (curated by Renaud Proch)

                   Artadia Anniversary Exhibition, Longhouse Projects, New York, NY 

                   (curated by Gianni Jetzer)

                   RISD Sculpture Triennial

                   (curated by Dean Snyder), RISD Museum, Providence, RI

2013         On Line, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX

2012         Not-Not-Not Image Objects, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, NY

2011         Vista, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

                   Heat Island, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Natalie Campbell)

                   Soft Power, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY 

                   (curated by Elizabeth Hirsch and Amanda Friedman)

                   Summer Work, Gensler Architecture, Houston, TX

                   PODA Public Art Project, American Association of Museums, NY

2010        Jillian Conrad and Jeff Foerster, Houston Art Alliance, Houston, TX

                  Core Residency Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts                                               Houston, Houston, TX

2009       Core Residency Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts                                             Houston, Houston, TX

                   Colliding Islands, Cast Gallery, Hobart, Australia (curated by Louise Rollins)

                   Interface Nature, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY 

                   (curated by Andrea Horisaki-Christens)

                   Diamond Life (curated by Kurt Mueller), Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2007       Here and Elsewhere, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

                  Art Daze Group Show, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Grants and Awards

2024      holy-hole, Fulbright Scholar Award, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

2022      Echoglyph Research Grant, Department of Research,

                  University of Houston, Houston, TX

2020      Materialist Publication Grant, in support of a book about my work (forthcoming)

                  Department of Research, University of Houston, Houston, TX

                  Innovation Grant for Art & Magic Seminar, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for t                             the Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2018       Let Creativity Happen Grant, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX

2017       Sites and Settlements, Faculty Development Leave (sabbatical),

                  University of Houston, Houston, TX

2012       Artadia Award, The Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY

2011        Kittredge Foundation Grant, Boston, MA

                  Individual Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX

                  Project Grant, American Association of Museums, New York, NY

                  Provost’s Travel Grant, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2010       Eliza Grant, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2007       Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, in support of Santa Fe Art Institute residency,                             New York, NY

2006      Artist Teacher Program, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

2005      Community Learning Grant, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

                  Humanities Development Committee Grant, Colorado College,

                   Colorado Springs, CO

2003       DataTel Scholarship, DataTel Corporation, Fairfield, NJ

                  Vermont Studio Center Scholarship, Johnson, VT

2002       S.L.Y. Herman Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

                  Graduate Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1995      Watson Fellowship, Thomas J. Watson Foundation, Providence, RI

                  Year-long study of intentional communities in the UK, Germany, Denmark,

                  India, and Israel. 

Artist Residencies
2022        Dora Maar House (France), Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2015         Process Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
2011          Headlands Center for the Arts Residency, Sausalito, CA
2008        Core Program Artist in Residence, Museum of Fine Arts Houston,                          -2010       Houston, TX
2008        Triangle International Artist Residency, New York, NY
2007.        Lower Eastside Printshop Keyholder Residency, New York, NY
2007         Santa Fe Art Institute Artist in Residence, Santa Fe, NM
2006         Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, New York, NY
2006         Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM), Bronx Art Museum, Bronx, NY
                     Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT
2005         Art Omi International Artists’ Residency, Omi, NY
                     Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts, Red Wing, MI

Invited Lectures, Panels and Conversations

2023       Cabinets of Curiosity, Surrealisms 2023: Houston, Houston, TX

                   Seeing in the Dark: on cave art and contemporary art, 

                   Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX

2022       On Collaboration, Artadia Workshop with John Yau, online

                   Salon, Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France

2020       Art & Magic, Pandemic Salon with Danielle Tegeder, online

                   Airspace, Gallery Talk with Roberto Tejada, Houston, TX

2018        School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

                   ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY

                   Rice University, Visual and Dramatic Arts Department

2017         Menil Collection, Houston, TX

                   City University of New York, New York, NY

2016         Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2011         Rice Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX

2010        Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

                   The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

                   Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2009       Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

                   Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI

2007        Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2006        Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

2005        Red Wing Arts Association, Red Wing, MN

Academic Appointments
2015-         Sculpture Department Coordinator and Associate Professor with tenure,                                         University of Houston, Houston, TX
2009–15    Assistant Professor, Sculpture, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2004–06   Visiting Assistant Professor, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO               


Selected Bibliography 
Stéphanie Esposito,“La terre comme l’air, une œuvre de Jillian Conrad,” La Provence, June 20, 2023.
Julia Li, “Jillian Conrad’s ‘Hydras’ debuts at the BRC,” Rice Thresher, February 2, 2022.
John Yau, “A Studio Visit with Jillian Conrad”, Hyperallergic, June 9, 2022
Lisa Kim and Rebecca Roberts, eds., Artists to Artists: A Decade of the Space Program (Volume 2, 2002–2016) (Columbia, PA: Mullen Books, 2016), p138-139.
Christopher French, “On Drawing: Line”, catalogue essay, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX, June 2013 Molly Glentzer, “Jillian Conrad Lays Tracks with Ley Lines”, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, June 19, 2013
Jennifer King, “Splits”, Artforum, March, 2012. 284
Marie Heilich, “On Tenterhooks”, exhibition catalogue, Hunt Gallery, St. Louis MO
Rachel Hooper, “Jillian Conrad at Art Palace”, …might be good, #162, February 19, 2011          
Melissa Venator, “Jillian Conrad”, Art Lies, #68, (Spring, 2011): 89
Amanda Friedman and Elizabeth Hirsch, “Soft Power”, exhibition catalogue, NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY, 2011
Martha Schwendener, “Creative and Commercial: The Starving Artist Has to Eat”, New York Times,
New York, NY, May 3, 2007
Tom Sleigh, “Sequins and Cardboard”, exhibition catalogue, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2007
Hamlett Dobbins,“The solid matter of a celestial body”, exhibition catalogue, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis,TN 2007