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Io Palmer

County: Whitman County




Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2021
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Io Palmer was born on Hydra – a motor-less Greek island off the coast of the Peleponesse. The first seven years of her life were spent amongst the donkeys, the fishes, the clear blue Mediterranean Sea and the jazz music her parents listened to.

Through depictions of industrial and domestic objects, Io Palmer’s artworks explore the complex issues of class, capitalism and societal excess. A mixed media artist, Palmer uses an array of materials and processes such as hand cut and painted paper, formed clay and stitched video.

Palmer has been featured in several exhibitions of note including the Dakar-International Arts Biennial, Dakar, Senegal; Working History, Reed College, Portland, OR; Hair Follies, Concordia University, Montreal and Rush Gallery, New York City, NY. Solo exhibitions include York College, CUNY, Jamaica, NY; Deluge Contemporary, Victoria, BC and the Boise Art Museum. Io currently has a large wall installation hanging at the Portland International Airport.

Artist residencies include the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India: the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM and the Ucross Foundation, Clermont WY. Palmer was awarded a Fulbright Nehru Research Grant to India, 2019.

Io holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She is an Associate Professor at Washington State University, Pullman.

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