Sean J Patrick Carney

Melanie Daniel


Visiting Professor
Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Distinguished Artist-In-Residence

Office: 1805 Calder Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-3486

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


Sean J Patrick Carney is an artist and writer in Berkeley, California. A frequent contributor to Art in America, he recently received an Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in partnership with Creative Capital. Since 2009, he has operated Social Malpractice Publishing, an independent distribution imprint that has produced over fifty original editions for artists, writers, and comedians. His podcast on contemporary art and comedy, Humor and the Abject, received a Net Art Grant from Rhizome and a creators residency at Kickstarter. Previously, he was a member of anonymous New York art collective The Bruce High Quality Foundation, and served as co-director and faculty at BHQFU, the collective's tuition-free, experimental art school. As part of the paranormal research team GWC, Investigators, he has participated in High Desert Test Sites and received funding from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Precipice Fund, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Carney has exhibited and performed his work nationally and internationally at venues including MOCA Los Angeles; MoMA PS1, New York; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; NADA Miami Beach; the Banff Centre, Alberta; and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. He has taught courses at New York University, the Virginia Commonwealth University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the University of Texas at Austin, the Museum of Modern Art, and Dia:Beacon. Currently, Carney is the Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. 


MFA, Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR 

BFA, Printmaking, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 



  • ART 396 - Time Studio


Sean Patrick Carney - Abjackass

Abjackass, 2012, performance and installation, Industry Lab, Boston, MA

Sean Patrick Carney - True Detective Season Three

True Detective Season Three, 2016, performance and installation, Essex Flowers, New York, NY 

Sean Patrick Carney - The Walton Project

The Walton Project (with GWC, Investigators), 2013, field research, High Desert Test Sites, and Joshua Tree, CA 

Sean Patrick Carney - Chopped, Except That It's Art Chopped

Chopped, Except That It's Art Chopped, 2015, performance, The Standard, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL 

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