Joe McKay

Curriculum Vitae

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One 2 One, The Bret Llewellyn Art Gallery at Alfred State College, Alfred, NY


Away From Keyboard, (collaboration with Kristin Lucas), Postmasters Gallery, New York
Play: In three Acts, Beal Center for art and Technology, UC Irvine, CA


January 15 - Eybeam Winter Showcase, Eyebeam, New York.
February 6 - Solo Show, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto ON


October 3 – signals_now_ Rochester Contemporary Art Center Exhibition, Rochester NY
October 3 - Sound in Space, MoMA studio, New York
April 9 – Joe McKay and Kristin Lucas, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College
March 27 - Out of this World, William Wright Artist Projects, Paddington, Australia
January - LUI solo show, Long Island University, New York


September - Thanks for Sharing, The Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School CT
September - Tablet Tumbler - Collaboration with Kristin lucas, Mediations Biennale


December – Playstation, Postmasters Gallery, New York
December – Tricked, CultureFix, New York
August - Opening Reception, CultureFix, New York
June - Woodstock Digital Media Festival, Co-director, Woodstock Vermont
June - Spiral Bound: notebooks by artists from New York and San Diego, National University, San Diego


November - Joe McKay, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto, Solo show
October - BigTime, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley CA
September "The Future Is Not What Is Used To Be" at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Feb - Matt and Jude Bowl, More than Super, Queens New York
June - “MADE IN INTERNET”, ARTBOOM festival, Krakow, Poland


Feb 28 - "the future is not what it used to be" Postmasters Gallery, New York
Feb 3 - "Aesthetics of Gaming", PACE University
Spring - "Realtime", online Rhizome commission.


Nov 7 – Dec 20 "Schematic: New Media Art from Canada"
Sept 6 – Nov 2 "RESET/PLAY", Arthouse, Texas,
April – June "TRY AGAIN" La Casa Encendida, Madrid
March 30 – June 1 "Off the Grid" Neuberger Museum of Art
February "Deadpan III" The Lab (performance)


Sept 7 – Oct 7 "Loss of Signal" VertexList, Brooklyn, NY. (Solo Show)
April 18 "8-bit screening, and Big Ups demonstration", PFA, Berkeley CA
April 30 "The return of Balance" (with Greg Niemeyer), The Falaki Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
May 18 "Fermata", Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley CA


September "The Golden Hour", Gigantic Art Space, New York
August "NextNew 2006 : Art and Technology" ICA, San Jose, CA


July "Six Outdoor Projects at LIU", Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
June "Code Residue", VertexList, Brooklyn
May "Iam5" Parkers Box International Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY
April "robo-performance", Artist television access, San Francisco
March screening of "The Color Game" at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley


Nov "Game Overature II" Color Game (interactive computer installation), Curator: Free 103.9, Brooklyn, New York,
July "The Infinite Fill Show" Foxy Production, New York, NY
July "Presence of Light" Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, NY
Mar "Color Game" WeeWerks, Toronto, Ont.
Jan "Loading", Vertex List, New York, (Solo Show)


Nov "ZKM", Robots No Follow (video), Karlsruhe, Germany.
June "Outpost", Smack Mellon Gallery, New York
June "Radiator Festival" Robots No Follow (video), Nottingham, England
Feb "transmediale.o3", Robots No Follow (video) Berlin, Germany.
Feb "Animations", Everything's Coming Up Roses (video), Kunstwerk Berlin, Germany.


Oct "Prosthesis", collaboration with Matt Freedman, im n iL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.


Oct "Animations", Everything's Coming Up Roses (video), P.S.1 Contemporary Art, LIC, NY.
Oct "The Electric Donut", Joe McKay and Kristin Lucas, Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago, IL. (solo show)
July "The Electric Donut", Joe McKay and Kristin Lucas, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Media Z Lounge, NY, NY. (solo show)
May "Whitney Independent Study Program, Year End Show", (kinetic sculptures, performance)
Jan "Stand Clear" (sound installation), Elevator, Art in General, NY.


Nov Simulcast Convention 2000: New York, computer and video performance, Collaboration with Kristin Lucas, Sally McKay, Tim Hirzel, and DJ Mr. E, Postmasters Gallery, NY, NY.
Sept "Proposals from Halifax", One week in October, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
June "Church of What's Happenin' Now", Simulcast Convention 2000: Columbus, collaboration with Kristin Lucas and Sally McKay, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH.
May "May Show", Project Space, Sculpture Center, New York (solo show)
May "Joe McKay / Sandy Plotnikov", YYZ, Toronto, Ontario


2016–17 Juanita and Joseph Leff Senior Faculty Research Award, SUNY Purchase
2014 Faculty Support Award, SUNY Purchase
2006 Eisner Award, UC Berkeley


2007 - UC Berkeley, Practice of Art MFA
2000 – 2001 Whitney Independent Study Program
1989-1993 BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Major in Studio, Minor in Art History


I am an Associate Professor, at Purchase College.
email: joseph.mckay at Previously, I was an adjunct teacher at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Diablo Valley Community College.

Courses I currently teach include:
"programming for Visual Artists"
"Senior Seminar"
"Digital Media Studio"
"Hacking the Everyday"
"Into to Physical Computing"

Festival Art Director

In 2011 and 2012 Joe McKay was the Artistic Director of the Woodstock Digital Media Festival in Woodstock Vermont.


March 2016, "Kristin Lucas and Joe McKay" Art in America, Wendy Vogel
Dec 2015, "The Best 25 Shows of 2015",
October 2013, "MoMA Studio: Sound in Space",, Jackie Verbitski
Fall 2013, "Light Wave" Artists & Algorists,
December 2013, "Mapping Visitors in MoMA Studio: Sound in Space", MoMA, Jackie Armstrong
July 2012 Burlingtom Free Press, "Digital media explored through nature, art", Lynn Monty
2011 June 22nd ArtFagCity Panel Discussion Recap: Issues of Digital Media Art at the Woodstock Digital Media Festival, Paddy Johnson
2011 may 11th The Art of the App, L magazine, Paddy Johnson
2010 Nov 5th, Globe and Mail, Watched by Big Brother Google, Joe McKay watches right back, R.M. Vaughan.
2006 Feb NYFA Interactive "introducing…" ( Chris Ashley
2004 New York Times, "Sampling Brooklyn, Keeper of Eclectic Flames", Holland Cotter, Jan 23rd
2003 New Yorker, “Goings on About Town”, July 7th 2003, p.15
2002 New Art Examiner, "The Electric Donut", January - February 2002, p.67