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Faculty - Sean McCarthy


Sean McCarthy received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited internationally at venues such as Fredericks & Freiser Gallery and Marlborough Contemporary in New York, One in the Other in London, and VOLTAshow in Basel, Switzerland. Professor McCarthy was one of twelve artists featured at the Desert Island Comic Zine Party at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which produced a limited-edition screenprinted publication for the event. His handmade artist's books and zines have also appeared at curated events such as the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and a global survey of zine culture called "Publish and Be Damned" at Cubitt Artists Gallery in London.

Professor McCarthy has given lectures and critiques as a visiting artist at Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Fordham University, and the University of South Florida. He teaches an honors seminar on the grotesque in art and culture for the Lehman Scholars Program, and has also taught studio art at Pratt Institute and the New York Institute of Technology. He has curated exhibitions at Essex Flowers, the Lehman College Art Gallery, NYIT Manhattan and No Globe Exhibition Space in Brooklyn. He is a member of the editorial board of Glossator: Theory and Practice of the Commentary, an academic journal published by the Open Humanities Press.

Professor McCarthy has taught a wide range of courses in design, drawing, painting and printmaking in the Lehman College Art Department since 2006.

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Publications and Exhibits

McCarthy, S. (Group Exhibit). (2012). In Search of. Memphis, TN: Clough-Hanson Gallery, and Lawrence, University of Kansas: Art and Design Gallery.

McCarthy, S. (Group Exhibit). (2012). The Comics. Bronx, New York: Lehman College Art Gallery.

McCarthy, S. (Reproduction). (2012). Everything is Dolphins: An RPG by Ray Weiss, art directed by Tim Hutchings. Hutchingsonian Presents.

McCarthy, S. (Guest Curator). (2012, Spring). Here & There. Brooklyn, NY: No AGlobe Exhibition Space.

McCarthy, S. "Maladapted." Fredericks & Freiser, New York (2011)

McCarthy, S. "Desert Island Comic Zine Party." Whitney Museum of American Art (2011)

McCarthy, S. (2009, June 15). Zak Smith in conversation with Sean McCarthy. The Rumpus.

McCarthy, S., & Ehrenberg, J. (Curator). (2009). Insomnia. Pace University. New York: Peter Fingesten Gallery.

McCarthy, S. (Exhibition) (2008, Jan. 25 – Mar. 1). I think of Demons. New York, NY: Fredericks & Freiser Gallery.
Smith, Z., Cheng, S., Di Genova, N., McCarthy, S., Mejias, J., et al. (Group Exhibition) (2008, Oct. 10 – Nov. 29). They fought a running engagement. New York, NY: Fredericks & Freiser Gallery.

Adams, D., Bender, N., Berg, R., Hancock, T. D., Irwin, J., Kazanas, L., Kremer, L., McCarthy S., et al. (Group Exhibition). (2008, Nov. 15 – Dec. 21). Freaks. Brooklyn, NY: Privateer Gallery.