Helen Altman

Biography

1958
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Currently lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas

Education

1989 M.F.A., University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
1986 M.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1981

B.F.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Grants And Awards

2009
Texas Commission on the Arts Grant, Austin, Texas
1999
Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
1993 National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance
1991 Engelhard Award, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Solo Exhibitions

2013 clear view, Dallas, Texas
2011

Half Life, Moody Gallery, Houston Texas
Tree Line
, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
Firewalls, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2009 Greetings from Home, DCKT Contemporary, New York
Helen Altman: Spotted Deer, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
2008 Flora/Fauna and Other Natural Concerns, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas
2007 Floater, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
2006 Dozens, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2005 Scorched, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2004 Group Show, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Dark Horse, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
Home Again, Dunn and Brown Contemporary
Patch of Blue, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Smoke Signal, DCKT, New York, New York
2003 Helen Altman, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
2002 Lassie Go Home, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
Helen Altman: Fire and Ice, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
2001 Helen Altman; My Best Eggs, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Helen Altman: Trailhead, Women and Their Work, Austin, Texas
Helen Altman: Mixed Herd, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
Helen Altman: Moose and Squirrel, J.M. Moudy Exhibition Hall, Texas Christian University
1999

Ever Green, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Running Rabbit, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1998 Nature Depicted, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
1997 Just Ahead, Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas;
traveled to Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
1995 Ark, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Out of the Woods, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
1992 Helen Altman, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Burning Down the House, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Watching Pots, Ida Green Gallery, Austin College, Sherman, Texas


Group Exhibitions

2014 Drawn In /Drawn Out, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
2011 New Variations, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Second Nature: Contemporary Landscapes from the MFAH Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Beasts and Bunnies, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2010 Girls Just Want to Have Funds, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York
Dead or Alive: Nature Revisited, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Vanités, Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France
35 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
2009 10th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Attempt to Raise Hell, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
2008-09 The Texas Chair Project By Damian Priour, Austin Museum of Art, Texas
2008 Material Culture, The Art Galleries at TCU, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
Something New, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2007 Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Cherry Picked: 2007 Survey of Texas Art and Artists, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
2006

Photo-based, Traywick Contemportary, Berkeley California
Furniture as Metaphor: Contemporary Sculpture and the Poetics of Domesticity, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas
New: Work, Projects, Series, Finds, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Objects of Desire, sixspace, Culver City, California

2005 Pairings, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas
Welcome 2 the Jungle, DCKT Contemporary, New York, New York
Land, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Artists Among Us, The Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas
Double Vision: Exhibiting Contemporary Texas Artists for 25 Years,
The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
2004 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Flock & Fable: Animals and Identity in Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program: Switzerland and Liechtenstein, United States Embassy,
Bern, Switzerland
Texas Vision: The Barrett Collection, The Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX
2003
Flip, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2002 Home Sweet Home, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas
Next, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
2001 Our Crowd Collects, Margolis Gallery, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, Texas
The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
Burn: Artists Play with Fire, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida;
The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbus, South Carolina
Creature (dis) Comforts, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas
2000 Texas: 150 Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas
Texas Dialogues: Scenic Overlook, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas
Natural Deceits, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Burn It! Next Text, Arlington Musuem of Art, Arlington, Texas
Artistic Centers in Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth, The Texas Fine Arts Association,
The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas
Who Needs TV? Art League, Houston, Houston, Texas
small, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Making a Mark: experimental drawing and printmaking, University Art Gallery,
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Crossing State Lines, Museum of Fine Arts
Out of the Ordinary New Art from Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
Uniquely Texas Icons, New Braunfels Museum of Art, Texas
1999 The Aquarium Show, Galveston Arts Center, Houston, Texas
Helen Altman, Matthew Sontheimer, Liz Ward, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Threshold, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin;
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach
Texas Draws, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
1998 ARTS BOTANICA, Ida Green Gallery, Austin College, Sherman, Texas
Visions, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Serial Imagery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Works on Paper, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Surface Tensions, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas
Schemata: Drawings by Sculptors, The Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
1996 Transformers: A Moving Experience, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand;
Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Burning Issues, Galveston Art Center, Texas
First Texas Annual, Contemporary Art Center of Ft. Worth, Texas
1995 The Home Show, University of San Antonio Art Gallery, Texas
Das Pop, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; traveled to Museum of Agenda and Transgression, Dallas, TX; Betty Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas
1994 Drawings, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Helen Altman, Kay Rosen, and Madhvi Subrahmanian, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
New Works Fellowships: Northern Telecom, Arlington Museum of Art, Texas
The Light Fantastic, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
Uncommon Objects, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1993 Small Wonders, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Texas: Between Two Worlds, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX;
traveled to Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX;
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
Light, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Sculptors and Paper, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Texas Art Celebration 1993, Cullen Center, Houston, Texas
1992 Ship Shapes, Galveston Arts Center, Texas
Housewares on Level 6, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
New Texas Art, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA and Boise Art Museum, Idaho
Art & Nature, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Urban/Suburban: Texas Artists: Responses to Life in Suburbia, Arlington Museum of Art, Texas
Re-creation, Recreation, re:Creation, Laguna Gloria Art Museum
Beyond Glory: Re-Presenting Terrorism, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
1991 The Perfect World, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas
5, An Anniversary Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Metamorphosis of a Butterfly, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
1990 Domestic Disorder, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas
The Reality Factor: Helen Altman & Jeff Roddy, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
New American Talent: The Sixth Edition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1989 Water, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Art in the Metroplex, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
1986 National, 86 Small Works Exhibition, Cobbleskill, New York
Monomania, Ferguson Center Gallery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Two Views, Ferguson Center Gallery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Museum Collections

Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Public Collections

American Airlines, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, Irving, Texas
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Press

2013 Mora, Patricia, "Gallery Gourmet: Exhibitions at PDNB, Talley Dunn and RE Gallery," Dallas Morning News, June 15.
2011 Lima, Benjamin. “Helen Altman: Half-Life”, Pastelegram, October 7.
2010 Fabricius, Karl. “Skulls Created from Kitchen Spices,” Reuse, December 6.
Stanley, Caroline. “Design Porn: A Collection of Tasteful Skulls,” Flavorwire, October 20.
Sietsema, Robert. “Just In Time for Halloween, Artist Helen Altman Makes Skulls From Spices”, The Village Voice, October 12.
Guinn, Jennifer. “Museum of Arts and Design: Dead or Alive at The Museum of Arts & Design”, Sloan Magazine, Fall 2010.
Budick, Ariella. “Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, New York”, Financial Times, September, 27
“Art Project of the Day”, The Daily WH.AT, September 23.
Archer, Nate. “Helen Altman: Spice Skulls”, designboom, September 23.
Macleod, Chris. “From Eerie to Exhilarating – Dead or Alive,” Times Square Chronicles, August, 2.
Strickland, Carol. “Creating Art from Birds, Bugs, and Bones,” Christian Science Monitor, June 21.
Angier, Natalie. “Of Compost, Molecules and Insects, Art is Born,” The New York Times, May 3.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Fun with Feathers and Bones,” The New York Times, April 29
2009 Taffet, David. “Artfully Abilene,” Dallas Voice, June 4.
Ayers, Robert. “Buy These Before Somebody Else Gets There First!,” A Sky Filled With Shooting Stars, February 26.
2008 Carroll, Sean. “Top Ten Losses of 2008,” Glasstire, December.
Klaasmeyer, Kelly. “Ike’s Biggest Art Casualty Tries to Dry Out,” Houston Press, October 7.
Fielder, Garland. “Critics’ Picks: Galveston,” Art Forum, September 7.
2006 Terranova, Charissa N., “Whose Eggs Anyway?,” Glasstire, September.
2005 Reinish, Jonathan. “’Welcome 2 the Jungle at DCKT Contemporary,”NY Arts Magazine, July/August.
2004 Ostrower, Jessica. “Helen Altman at DCKT,” Art in America, September, p. 133.
Bourbon, Matthew. “Reviews – Helen Altman: Home Again,” ART LIES, #42, Spring.
2002 Anspon, Catherine, “Preview: Helen Altman,” expoMAG: Houston’s Digital Magazine for the Visual Arts, Fall.
Anspon, Catherine, “Navigating the Fall Art Zone,” ART LIES, October, p. 44.
McCall, Presley, “Helen Altman at Glassell,” Houston Intown, October, p. 15.
Johnson, Patricia, “Exhibits Offer Expressive Explorations,” Houston Chronicle, September 27, Sec. D, pp. 1, 5.
Anspon, Catherine, “Art Notes”, Paper City Magazine, September, p. 8.
Anspon, Catherine, “Helen Altman - Fire & Ice,” Inside Houston Magazine, September, p. 18.
Hanor, Stephanie. Cerca Series. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA.
Odem, Michael. "Helen Altman: My Best Eggs," ARTFORUM, January, p.145.
2001 Davenport, Bill. "Trailhead," Women and Their Work, January 13-February 17.
Watson, Neil. Burn: Artists Play with Fire. Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL.
Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. "Helen Altman: Trailhead," Austin American-Statesman, January 27, sec. D, 6.
Johnson, Patricia C., "Nature Studies: Contrasts Displayed in Bold Quilts, Delicate Paintings," Houston Chronicle, 16 June, sec. D, 9.
2000 Goad, Kimberly.  "Emerging Artists," Arts and Antiques, February, p. 28, 30.
Tyson, Janet. "Helen Altman, Matthew Sontheimer, and Liz Ward," Art News, February.
Kutner, Janet.  "Art Outlet," Dallas Morning News, July 8, p.1C, p.7C.
Long, Andrew.  "Artistic Centers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Fine Art Association," ARTLIES, Summer, p. 50.
Greene, Alison de Lima, Texas: 150 Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, Harry N. Abrams, New York, NY.
Auping, Michael.  Natural Deceits. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX.
Small.  Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX.
Bless, Nancy, “Texas Dialogues: Scenic Overlook”.  Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX.
1999 Rees, Christina. “Post time,” Dallas Observer, November 11-17, p. 77.
“Partners announce opening of art gallery near Knox-Henderson.”  Park Cities People, November 11, p. 12.
Mitchell, Charles Dee. “Gallery Enters with Elegance,” The Dallas Morning News, October 30, The Arts, p. 33A.
Kohn, Scott F. “A Quiet Start,” The Dallas Morning News, October 29, p. 55 Guide.
Threshold.  Sheboygan, WI: John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Texas Draws.  Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum.
Akhtar, Suzanne. "Bird Watching," Fort Worth Star Telegram, January 31.
1997 Colpitt, Frances. Just Ahead: Installations by Helen Altman.  Beaumont: Museum of Southeast Texas.
1996 Tyson, Janet. "Very Contemporary," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 15.
1995 Colpitt, Frances.  "Helen Altman at Barry Whistler," Art in America, June, pp. 110-111.
Johnson, Patricia Covo. (1995). Contemporary Art in Texas. Craftsman House, G+B
International.
Isola, Marina. “Log Ride”. The Met. March 23-30.
Hickey, Dave.  Das Pop.  Las Vegas: University of Nevada; Museum of Agenda and
Transgression, Dallas; Moody Gallery, Houston.
1994 Kutner, Janet. "Established Artists Steal the Show," The Dallas Morning News , May 29.
1993 Brown, David J. & Robert Merrill. (1993) Violent Persuasions: The Politics and Imagery of Terrorism. Seattle, Bay Press.
Johnson, Patricia. "Between Two Worlds," Houston Chronicle, November 23.
Tennant, Donna. "Texas Art Celebration 93: Assistance League Celebrates 25 Years of Art Shows," Museum and Arts Magazine, March, 14-17.
1992 New Texas Art.  Spokane: Cheney Cowles Museum.
Kutner, Janet. "Mind over Matter," Dallas Morning News, September 26.
Tyson, Janet. "Warm Feeling Emanates from Unusual Exhibition," Fort Worth Star Telegram, September 27.
Tyson, Janet.  "Reflections in a Suburban Setting," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 14
Emenhiser, Karen. "Honey, I Shrunk the Ids," Dallas Observer, June 25.
1991 The Perfect World.  San Antonio: San Antonio Museum of Art.
Ray, Martha W. Grant Renews Artists Resources. Denton Record Chronicle, March 15.
Goddard, Dan R. Express News, October 6.
1990 Kutner, Janet. "The Reality Factor," The Dallas Morning News, May 31.
Tyson, Janet. "An Eclectic Brew of Cultural Myths," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 24.
Chadwick, Susan. "Diverse Works Cleans Up with Domestic Disorder," The Houston Post, September 24.
Ludlam, Jane. "Appliance Angst," Houston Press, October 4.