Pamela Council






Born in 1986 in the Hamptons, NY. Lives in New York City.

Pamela Council is a New York based interdisciplinary artist creating fountains for Black joy. Guided by material, cultural, and metaphysical quests, Council’s practice embodies a darkly humorous and inventive Afro-Americana camp aesthetic, BLAXIDERMY. Through this lens, Council uses sculpture, architecture, writing, and performance to make dedications and monuments that provide relief for grief and shed light on under-valued narratives.

Council has created commissions, exhibitions, performances or presentations for: New Museum for Contemporary Art, United States Library of Congress, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Studio Museum in Harlem, and MoCADA. Council has been Artist-in-Residence at MacDowell, Red Bull Arts, Bemis, Rush Arts, MANA, Signal Culture, Mass MoCA, and Wassaic Project. A recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Grant, Council holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University and is currently artist in residence at ISCP.


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07.08.2021 - 08.20.2021
Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One)
08.11.2016 - 08.25.2016
December 02, 2020 Press

“I Call It Blaxidermy”: Pamela Council on Their Art and Aesthetic’ in Hyperallergic

“As a Black woman artist, I get asked about the political meaning of my work, but I don’t often get asked why it looks the way it does.”

July 30, 2019 Press

Pamela Anderson in Artnet’s Review of Detroit Art Week

July 30th, 2019 By Terence Trouillot The second edition of Detroit Art Week (DAW)—organized by its co-founders Aleiya Lindsey and Amani Olu—was a jam-packed, exhausting, and thrilling affair. The event, which took place July 17–21, included 36 exhibition openings, 13 performances, 7 panel discussions, works by 150 artists from Detroit and all over the world, and was host to many, many parties and studio visits. But, apart from the scale and expanded programming, this particular iteration truly hit home (or at least…Read More

December 09, 2015 Events

Pamela Council included in Artnet’s ’20 Emerging Female Artists to Keep on Your Radar’

This year was a strong one for women in the arts. Lauren Palmer, December 9, 2015 This year was a strong one for female artists, and next year it appears that it might be even better. In 2016, all of the solo shows at SculptureCenter in Queens, New York, will be by women. We’re also looking forward to Catherine Opie’s “Portraits and Landscapes” at Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York in January, and “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women,…Read More


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