• Bruce Burris' work titled 'A Logger’s Lament' which features abstracted text, limbs, eyes using acrylic paint, glitter and beads on wood panel.

    Bruce Burris

    A Logger's Lament, 2022

    Beads, acrylic, hot glue on wood and canvas

    31 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 2 inches

  • Bruce Burris

    February 2021, 2023

    Acrylic on paper

    14 x 25 x 1 1/4 inches

  • Bruce Burris' work titled 'Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines: Our Body Our Choice' uses acrylic paint, beads and glitter on wood board to present text that reads "Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines, Our Body [I Call My Own Shots] Our Choice."

    Bruce Burris

    Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines: Our Body Our Choice, 2022

    Beads, acrylic, hot glue, aluminum foil on wood and canvas

    25 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches

  • Bruce Burris' work titled 'Today Free Dental Clinic' which features text displaying the title. The work features acrylic and glitter on wood panel with tones of yellow, blue, orange and brown.

    Bruce Burris

    Today Free Dental Clinic, 2022

    Acrylic on canvas

    37 1/2 x 25 x 1 inches

  • An installation image of Bruce Burris' exhibition, Lindsay is a Commie.

    Bruce Burris: Lindsay is a Commie

    Installation View

    Photo by Cary Whittier

  • A painting by Bruce Burris titled Labor Day, dated 2020.

    Bruce Burris

    Labor Day, 2020

    Acrylic, tempera, watercolor, marker, graphite, and spray paint on paper

    22 x 15 inches

  • A painting by Bruce Burris titled Friendliest Manner, dated 2020.

    Bruce Burris

    Friendliest Manner, 2020

    Acrylic, tempera, watercolor, marker, graphite, and spray paint on paper

    22 x 15 inches

  • A painting by Bruce Burris titled Perverse Climate Morality, dated 2020.

    Bruce Burris

    Perverse Climate Morality, 2020

    Acrylic, tempera, watercolor, marker, graphite, and spray paint on paper

    22 x 15 inches

  • A painting by Bruce Burris titled Girls and Guns, dated 2020.

    Bruce Burris

    Girls and Guns, 1997

    Acrylic, tempera, watercolor, marker, graphite, and spray paint on paper

    22 x 15 inches

  • A painting by Bruce Burris titled We Strive to Make Our Services..., dated 2020.

    Bruce Burris

    We Strive to Make Our Services..., 2020

    Acrylic, tempera, watercolor, marker, graphite, and spray paint on paper

    22 x 15 inches

  • An installation view of the exhibition, Bruce Burris: Friends of Foes, at MARCH x Summertime, Brooklyn, New York, in 2021.

    Bruce Burris

    Friends of Foes

    Installation View

Lindsay is a Commie

Bruce Burris

June 8 -July 28, 2023

Pre-Renovation Potluck

Inaugural Exhibition

May 22 -June 30, 2021

Friends of Foes

Bruce Burris

January 19 -February 28, 2021

Selected Solo Exhibitions

A Shrine For A Shrine
Schneider Museum of Art
2021

Friends of Foes
MARCH x Summertime
2021

We Will Shed Some Blood to Save Our Mountain!
A. L. S. O. (SHRINE & Sargent’s Daughters) x Institute 193
2019

SUPERREGIONAL
Fairbanks Gallery of Art, Oregon State University
2018

We Will Someday, Someday We Will
Institute 193
2010

Welcome to the Lonely Mountain Community Center
Thunder-Sky, Inc.
2010

White Boys
Braunstein/Quay Gallery
2005

Bruce Burris
Anton Gallery
1990

Bruce Burris
Janet Fleisher Gallery
1984

Selected Group Exhibitions

Pre-Renovation Potluck
MARCH
2021

Hallie Ford Fellows In The Visual Arts: Classes Of 2017, 2018 & 2019
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
2021

Making A Better Painting
Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College
2020

Portland Biennial
Curated by Michelle Grabner
2016

@c3:Initiative
Portland Biennial
2016

Welcome to the Lonely Mountain Community Center
Thunder-Sky Inc.
2010

Leedy Voulkos Gallery
1994

SECCA, SAF/NEA Fellowship Exhibition
Winston-Salem
1994

Bruce Burris (b.1955) is an artist and the current program director of Living Studios, a program of Cornerstone Associates. Burris has previously served as the director of CEI, OUTPOST1000 and In Visible, a program that assists individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, many of whom are artists themselves. Burris’s practice stems from observations of class and philosophical divides. Drawing on memories and concepts of protest, he melds text, images, and objects into zealous bulletins and psychedelic tableaux. Occasionally absurd yet indisputably valid, these messages provoke reflection and demand reaction.

Bruce Burris was born in 1955 in Wilmington, DE. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and Nasson College in Sanford, Maine. His solo exhibitions include Friends of Foes at MARCH x Summertime (Brooklyn, NY) in 2021, We Will Shed Some Blood to Save Our Mountain! At A.L.S.O. (New York, NY) in 2019, SUPERREGIONAL at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) in 2018, We Will Someday, Someday We Will at Institute 193 (Lexington, KY) and Welcome to the Lonely Mountain Community Center at Thunder-Sky Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) in 2010.

Burris has exhibited throughout the United States, including the 2016  Portland Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner and presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Burris has been awarded fellowships or awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Hallie Ford Foundation, the Kentucky State Arts Council, the Delaware State Arts Council, the NEA-SAF, Puffin Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

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Artforum
May, 2021
Bruce Burris: Summertime
By Lauren O’Neill-Butler

Disparate Minds
January 9, 2017
Patrick Hackleman with Bruce Burris
By Patrick Hackleman

Ace
May 6, 2013
Bye Bye Bruce: Artist and Advocate Bruce Burris Leaves Lexington for Oregon

Lexington Herald-Leader
March 17, 2013
Artist and Arts Activist Bruce Burris is Leaving Lexington but His Presence Will Remain
By Rich Copley

North of Center
January 29, 2010
Someday is Today: Burris Exhibit Engages Politics, Social Justice
By Amber Scott

Whitehot Magazine
January 12, 2010
In Conversation with Bruce Burris
By Phillip March Jones

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