Discipline: Visual Art – drawing

Molly Springfield

Discipline: Visual Art – drawing
Region: Washington, DC
MacDowell fellowships: Spring 2016

Molly Springfield makes drawings and installations based on texts. Her work often focuses on the history of information and representation, addressing oppositions between reproduction and originality, seeing and reading, and technology and labor.

Reviews of Springfield's work have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chicago Tribune. Her work has also been included in books including The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object (Chronicle Books, 2014), Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy (Artbook/DAP 2014) and It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists & Writers (Siglio Press 2011).

Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne, Germany), Flashpoint (Washington, DC), and Steven Wolf Fine Arts (San Francisco). Recent museum exhibitions include the Baltimore Museum of Art; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University; The Contemporary Museum; The Drawing Center, New York; The Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Portland Museum of Art; and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.

Springfield's work is included in both private and public collections, including the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection and the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, was a participant at Skowhegan in 2006, and was at MacDowell in 2016.



Molly Springfield worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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