Amie Cunat


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Amie Kana Cunat (b. 1986, McHenry, IL) is a Japanese American artist influenced by the legacy of Pop Abstraction and surrealist biomorphism. Her inquiries within painting are prompted by discourse that addresses comedy, the spiritual and horror within visual culture to create form for something that cannot be named. She has been looking at Karl Blossfeldt photos of botanical imagery, monster movies (The Thing, Alien, The Blob, Them!..), Shaker gift drawings, historical catalogs of Japanese fireworks, and Art Deco/Nouveau embellishments. These influences come together to form abstractions that are comprised of repetitive variations on organic, decorative, and geometric elements that are chromatically charged and optically insistent.


Cunat earned an MFA from Cornell University, Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a dual BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Fordham University. She has exhibited at Dinner Gallery (NY), Peep Projects (PA), DIMIN (NY), Eric Firestone Gallery (NY), Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Knockdown Center (NY), Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill (NY), ArtYard (NJ), and DC Moore Gallery (NY) among others. She is the recipient of a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work and a 2019 Regional Economic Development Council Grant by NYSCA in collaboration with Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, Metal Magazine, ARTnews, Artsy, Artnet News, Title Magazine, Vogue Italia, ArtMaze Mag, and Two Coats of Paint. She teaches at Fordham University and The Cooper Union. Cunat lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is a 2023 resident at Yaddo.





MFA, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Post-Baccalaureate, Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

BA Visual Arts and Art History, Fordham University, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions















Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Plot, Vein, Crescent, Eye

Dinner Gallery, New York, NY, Petal Signals

Peep Projects, Philadelphia, PA, Checkerbloom

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY, Granary

Victori + Mo, Brooklyn, NY, Meetinghouse

Knockdown Center, Queens, NY, The Clock is Taking a Nap.

This Friday or Next Friday, Brooklyn, NY, Curtains

Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, Hideout

Outside, North Adams, MA, Moon Nets, Alphabet Letters

Foley Gallery - Window Installation, New York, NY, Clue, Cue

Court Tree Collective, Brooklyn, NY, Parenthetical Bounce

The Cooper Union, New York, NY, Octopi Kōen

AIRY Gallery, Kofu, Japan, Marks

Milstein Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Cadmium Panoply

Select Group Exhibitions












































Hungry Reaper Farm, Morris, CT, Bad Lighting, Organized by Jillian Verzino (forthcoming)

DIMIN, New York, NY, Surface Level

Hexum Gallery, Montpelier, VT, Wild Things

Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, NY, Psychedelic Landscape, Curated by Julie Reiter and Jennifer Samet

Peep Projects, Philadelphia, PA, Not Always What They Seem, Curated by Libby Rosa

TOA Presents, Minneapolis, MN, Horror Vacui, Curated by Amir Fallah and Mark Schoening

Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI, Art History Selects

Studio Archive Project, Digital exhibition, Use Your Words, Curated by JJ Manford

Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA, Mineral  Dive: Colleen RJC Bratton, Amie Cunat, Drew Miller

The Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY, Such fleas, ere they approach the eye, Curated by Chris Lucius

Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY, Fur Cup, Curated by Elisa Soliven

DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY, The Unusual Suspects: A View of Abstraction, Curated by Richard Kalina

The Ekru Project, Brooklyn, NY, Beautiful Makers, Curated by Kevin Umana

Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY, Everyday Perfection, Curated by Kathy Greenwood

Crush Curatorial, New York, NY, Surreality

Geary Contemporary, New York, NY, Softer but Louder, Curated by Poppy DeltaDawn

Arts + Leisure, New York, NY Field Days: Zach Seeger and Amie Cunat

ArtYard, Frenchtown, NJ, The Unlikely Whole, Curated by Lucinda Warchol

Freight + Volume, New York, NY, Summer of Love

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ, Keepers of the Chroma: An Exhibition Regarding Color

Selena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Tangled Bliss and Beautiful Soup, Curated by Olivia Swider

Lipani Gallery, Fordham University, New York, NY, Flew the Coop: Amie Cunat and Vincent Stracquadanio

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY, C+C: Kat Chamberlin and Amie Cunat, Curated by Nicholas Cueva

Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, Call and Response, Curated by Gabriel de Guzman

Mountain, Brooklyn, NY, Along a River of Sapphire Pools

Sine Gallery at tête, Berlin, Germany, Sine Gallery: Berlin, Curated by Patricia Brace and Katie Hector

MW Projects, New York, NY, Chaos/Control, Curated by Melinda Wang

No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH, Western Decoy, Curated by James McDevitt-Stredney

Sine Gallery, Newark, NJ, Surreal Surrender, Curated by Patricia Brace and Katie Hector

215 Orleans, Beaumont, TX, Compilation 1: Introduction, Curated by Teresa Baker

Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ, Made Here

Mountain, Brooklyn, NY, Blood and Sand, Curated by Michael Fleming

Ventana 244, Brooklyn, NY, Oysters With Lemon, Curated by Andrew Huston and Michael Zahn

Court Tree Collective, Brooklyn, NY, Year End Review

White Box Gallery, New York, NY, Suggestions Toward Future Conversations

Experimental Gallery, Ithaca, NY, Midnight Party

Tjaden and Experimental Galleries, Ithaca, NY, YEAH

Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Meditations in an Emergency, Curated by Christopher Lew

Project space at Winkelman Gallery, New York, NY, Signs on the Road

Olive Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY, Is This Making Sense?

The Center Gallery, Fordham University, New York, NY, Local Color: Four Fordham Alumnae, Curated by James Vanderberg

Zrobili Gallery, Chicago, IL, New Works by Samantha Bittman and Amie Cunat

Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, SAIC MFA Thesis Exhibition

The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY, Group Exhibition, Organized by Martha Clippinger

Awards & Residencies

















Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

IFPDA Blackburn Scholarship, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work, Kings, NY

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Artist Residency, New Lebanon, NY

The New York State Council on the Arts & Regional Economic Development Council Grant with Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Nomination

Studios at MASS MoCA + Assets for Artists, Artist Residency, North Adams, MA

Facebook AIR Program, New York, NY

Guttenberg Arts, Space & Time Artist Residency and Fellowship, Guttenberg, NJ

Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space Fellowship, Bronx, NY

Groundwork II Residency, Vernon Township, NJ

Artist-Teacher Residency, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

AIRY- Artist in Residence Yamanashi, Kofu, Japan

The Charles Baskerville Painting Award, Cornell University

Parsons Paris Artist Residency, Paris, France

Select Press

Gallaro, Elisa. Cornell AAP Alumni Archive, "A Bold, Bouyant View of Color", September 2023

Laster, Paul. Galerie, "9 Emerging Artists to Discover at NADA Miami 2021", November 30, 2021

Stanner, Trevor. Metal Magazine, "Biotic Barbed Impressions", October 7, 2021

Ghassemitari, Shawn. Hypebeast, "Amie Cunat’s Floral Motifs Carry Dark Undertones in Her New Body of Work", August 24, 2021

Levenson, Joey. It's Nice That, "Artist Amie Cunat on “pulling a viewer in like a homing beacon” in her new solo exhibition", August 21, 2021

Alfred, Brian. Sound & Vision, Episode 278, August 12, 2021

Arao, Paolo. The Coastal Post, "Amie Cunat Visited by Paolo Arao", April 21, 2021

Stong, Todd. Title Magazine, "Corpus Cute and Creeping: Amie Cunat at Peep Projects", February 11, 2021

Cascone, Sarah. Artnet News, "My Practice Looks Very Different Today’: 15 Artist-Mothers on Balancing Work and Family After a Year Like No Other", January  4, 2021

ArtMaze Mag, Curated Selection by Scott Ogden, Shrine Gallery, Winter Issue 16, 2020

Barcio, Phillip. Ideel Art, "Richard Kalina Curates an Abstract Art Show at DC Moore Gallery", July 3, 2019

Urban, Jason. Art in Print Journal,  New Editions Issue, "New Editions A-Z: Amie Cunat", March - April, 2019, pp.8-9

Casadio, Di Mariuccua. Vogue Italia, "Una questione di sfumature", December 14, 2018, pp. 84

Corkery, Elizabeth. Print Club Ltd. Journal,"Touring the Shaker Museum with Artist Amie Cunat, October 11, 2018

Boone-McCreesh, Amy. Inertia Studio Visits, "Exhibition visit with Amie Cunat at Victori + Mo gallery in Brooklyn, New York", May 25, 2018

Selvin, Claire. ARTnews, "Amie Cunat Imbues Shaker Craftsmanship with Political Import at Victori+Mo", May 21, 2018

Steinhauer, Jillian. The New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week", May 10, 2018

Cohen, Alina. Artsy, "How the Shakers Influenced Generations of Artists and Designers", May 3, 2018

Sculpture56, "Sculpture 56: The Interviews, Amie Cunat", May 3, 2018

Shen, Danni. Two Coats of Paint,“Interview: Amie Cunat at Wave Hill”, August 2016

Lectures & Panels

Artist Lecture, University of Oklahoma, School of Art, Norman, OK, February 2022

Artist Talk, Fordham Art History Society, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2020

Abstract Painting: Wrong Questions, Right Answers?, Panel Discussion with Paolo Arao, Amie Cunat, Carrie Moyer, and Odili Donald Odita, Moderated by Richard Kalina, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY, June 2019

Artist Talk and Workshop, New Lebanon Library, New Lebanon, NY, June 2019

Artist Lecture and Workshop, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, February 2019

Artist Conversation with Anne Wu about her installation Detour, New York Public Library, New York, NY, December 2016

Amie Cunat: W for Wave, Visiting Artist Lecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 2015

Faculty & Critic Positions

Assistant Clinical Professor, Visual Arts Department, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2022-Present

Visiting Artist, Foundation: Color, The Cooper Union, New York, NY, 2023

Guest Critic, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY, October 2022

Visiting Artist, Painting, School of Art, The Cooper Union, New York, NY, 2021-2022

Visiting Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Department, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2019-2022

Visiting Artist, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, 2022

Guest Lecturer and Critic, NYC Crit Club, March 2022

Guest Visitors Program, Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, NY, 2019

Adjunct Professor, Painting & Drawing, Visual Arts Department, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2013-2019

Curatorial Projects
















Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University New York, NY, Fanfare

Public Address, Brooklyn, NY, Welcome Back

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY, Quiet March to a Warring Song

Public Address, Brooklyn, NY, Park

Public Address, Brooklyn, NY, Hand in Glove

Public Address, Brooklyn, NY, Nightcall

Outside, North Adams, MA, Angle, Pitch

Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University, New York, NY, Co-curator, What This Journey Breeds (Visual Arts  and The Refugee and Immigrant Fund)

NYC Creative Salon at Fordham University, New York, NY, Responsibility

Public Address, Brooklyn, NY, Balustrade

Lipani Gallery, Fordham University, New York, NY, Pretty Eyes Electric Bills

Tjaden Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, AND…

Experimental Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Listen and Repeat: New Work by Martha Clippinger and Daniel  Schmid

1366 Space, Chicago, IL, Co-curator Midnite Snacks: Chicago