Craig Pleasants

Born 1953, High Point, North Carolina

Studied at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BFA, 1976); L'Institut d'arts visuels, Orléans, France (1979); Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina (M.Ed., 1983); New York University, New York (ABD, 1985)

Currently lives and works at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Fine Arts Gallery, Institute of the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Dwelling, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia
Dwelling, Alternative Museum, New York

Key Gallery, Richmond, Virgina (also 1992)

Berland/Hall Gallery, New York
Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia
Home, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore
Home, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia

The Upstairs, Tryon, North Carolina (also 1984, 1979)

White Columns, New York

The Nuclear Family: An Installation, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina
Drawings and Constructions, 7th Street Gallery, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina

Selected Group Exhibitions

Un/Common Ground: Viginia Artists 1996, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

Grounded, Art/Omi, Omi New York
Les visiteurs, Musée d'art contemporain, Marseilles, France

Contacts/Proofs, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey
Options Biennial, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia
Artists Space Benefit, Artists Space, New York
White Columns Benefit, White Columns, New York (also 1988)

Toys Are U.S., Key Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Prizes in the Visual Arts, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia
Fragments, Parts, Wholes: The Body and the Culture, White Columns, New York

Selections from the Artists Files, Artists Space, New York

Small Scale, Frank Bernarducci Gallery, New York
Update 1988, White Columns, New York

Mind/Matter, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York

Drawings, Knight Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
Small Works, BACA, Brooklyn, New York

XEROX, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Grants and Awards

Project Grant, Virginia Commission for the Arts

Virginia Prize in Sculpture, Virginia Commission for the Arts

Project Grant, South Carolina Arts Commission
Project Grant, Art Matters, Inc.

Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Selected References

Arning, Bill. Craig Pleasants. Exhibition brochure. Tryon, N.C.: The Upstairs, 1989.

Bullard, CeCe. "Beds a Metaphor for Plight of Homeless." Richmond Times-Dispatch, 13 April 1991.

Byron, Judy. Home. Arlington, Va.: Arlington Arts Center, 1992.

McCoy, Mary. "Where the Heart Is." The Washington Post, 29 February 1992, D2.

Perchuk, Andrew. Dwelling: A Meditation on Homelessness and Marginal Housing. Exhibition brochure. New York: Alternative Museum, 1994.

Pleasants, Craig. The Three Little Pigs. Richmond, Va.: Gates of Heck, Inc.: 1994.

---, and Steven S. High. Footnotes: for an argument in favor of marginal housing. Richmond: Anderson Gallery, Virginia Comonwealth University, 1995.

Roberts-Pullen, Paulette. "Whose Old House?" Style Weekly, 20 April 1993.

Russell, Don, and Angela Adams. Options 1993. Washington, D.C.: Washington Project for the Arts, 1993.
updated 3/1/96 by Katharine Gates