2003-2005 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Master of Fine Arts - Seattle, WA

1995-1999 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD), Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors - Providence, RI

1997-1998 PALAZETTO CENCI, RISD European Honors Program - Rome, Italy



2013"Kevin Bernstein: New Works," Solo Exhibition, The Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC), Charno Gallery, - Kansas City, MO - Mar

2012"Paintings," Solo Exhibition, Dickinson State University - Dickinson, ND - Mar

2010"Formation," Solo Exhibition, Kansas Wesleyan University - Salina, KS - Feb

2009"Accumulation," Kahmeyer Lecture Series Exhibition, Mingenback Gallery, Bethany College, Invitational Solo Exhibition - Lindsborg, KS - Sep to Oct

2008"Lt. Governor's Art Council Exhibition," Solo Exhibition - Olympia, WA - Sept to Nov

2007 "Recent Works," Bellevue College, Solo Exhibition - Bellevue, WA - Apr to May

"Nature in Forms," West-Eleven Art Gallery, Two-Person Exhibition - London, United Kingdom - Jul


2016Kittredge Gallery, "Faculty Past and Present", University of Puget Sound, - Tacoma, WA – Oct – Nov

"The Retrieval of the Beautiful, The Painting Center, Chelsea – New York, NY – Jun – JulThe Painting Center is pleased to present The Retrieval of the Beautiful an exhibition inspired by Galen Johnson’s book The Retrieval of the Beautiful (Northwestern University Press). The book is a dynamic discussion of existence and consciousness of human activity, including art. Johnson writes, “Here it is enough to see that beauty and the sublime blend into one another when the beautiful grows powerful, transcendent and majestic.” Something beautiful seduces you and draws you in. The exhibition features 84 artists working in variety of media who are exploring beauty and phenomenology in art.

Galen A. Johnson is a Jane C. Ebbs Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Islandan honors , director of the Rhode Island Center for the Humanities, and General Secretary of the International Merleau Ponty Circle. We are grateful to Galen Johnson and Northwestern University Press for the use of the title The Retrieval of the Beautiful, the title of their recent publication. Maurice Merleau Ponty trained as a psychologist, one of the youngest to lecture at the Sorbonne and was an editor at Les Temps Modernes with Jean Paul Sartre. Merleau’s philosophical writing emerges from a deeply engaged humanist personality and a passionately motivated form of observation. Merleau’s contribution to Phenomenology is, for us, partly located in his description and analysis of what we might categorize as, “formal” painterly issues - complementary color relations, parallax vision, afterimages, geometry of optics. His seminal essay, “Cezanne’s Doubt”, links these formalist elements to Cezanne’s psychology and the artist’s fierce insistence on perception as a lived, physical phenomenon.The essay was part of his articulation of the idea of the body-subject as an alternative to the Cartesian ‘Cogito’. The notion of “embodiment” is a central tenet of his ontology.

The development of art since the 1970’s has been, in many ways, Phenomenological. It has taken many of the connections between body and expression, temperament and politics and finally body-art-history and made it its own. Through the framework of Merleau’s aesthetics Galen Johnson pursues the connections found in desire and repetition, difference and rhythm as they evoke the sublime. Johnson’s finely textured discussion weaves classical philosophy as well as the moderns, including Deleuze and Lyotard, as they shuttle threads in The Retrieval of the Beautiful.

Artists Include: David Abecassis, Jeffrey Ackerman, Gloria Adams, Arista Alanis, Geoffrey Aldridge, Marilyn Allen, Paolo Arao, Frances B. Ashforth, Liz Atlas, Beverly Barber, Davey Barnwell, Amy Bay, Nancy Farr Benigni, Kevin Bernstein, Matthew Best, Christie Blizard, Mona Brody, Connie Brown, Nina Buxenbaum, Cynthia Carlson, Laura Chasman, Xuan Chen, Galen Cheney, Amy Cheng, Tom Climent, John Cline, Mary F. Coats, Sally Cochrane, Jaynie Crimmins, AM DeBrincat, Mary DeVincentis, Cara Enteles, Donna Festa, Alison Ford, Peter Foster, Edina Fulop, Lorraine Glessner, April Hammock, Cathrine Hancher, Fukuko Harris, Jesse Hickman, Valerie Huhn, Patricia Hutchinson, Linda Ippolito, Robert Kolomyski, Deanna Lee, Bill Leech, Xanda McCagg, Maureen Meyer, Kathleen Migliore-Newton, Jessica Mongeon, Douglas Newton, Stephen Niccolls, Paula Overbay, Linda Packard, Meg Brown Payson, Donna Payton, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Alex Pimienta, Jon Shannon Rogers, Alicia Rothman, Kimberly Rowe, Ajean Lee Ryan, Whitney Sage, Lynne Sausele, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Eleanor Schimmel, Naz Shahrokh, George Shaw, Phillip Shiels, Larry Snider, Marcy Sperry, John Sproul, Audrey Stone, Laurie Sverdlove, Susan Taverna, James Teschner, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Jeanne Tremel, Marianne Van Lent, Louisa Waber, Alice Whealin, Lucy Wilner and Mary Therese Wright.

2015"Small Works 4," Jeffrey Leder Gallery - New York City, NY – Oct to Nov

"RISD Alumni/Faculty Show, Studio 53 Gallery, Invitational - Boothbay Harbor, ME – Sep to OctAmong others we will be showing RISD faculty including Robert Hamilton, Richard Merkin, Dean Richardson, and Gerry Immonen. The alumni in the show range from the class of 1939 up to the class of 2009 (about)

2014"RISD IN ROME: EHP, Rhode Island School of Design, Woods-Gerry Gallery Invitational - Providence, RI – Sep to Oct

2013"2013 Juried Exhibition," The Center for Contemporary Art - Bedminster, NJ - Nov – Dec Yau's most recent books are Exhibits (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 2009),[5] and The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Art and Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2006). His collections of poetry include Paradiso Diaspora (Penguin, 2006), Ing Grish, with Paintings by Thomas Nozkowski (Saturnalia, 2005),Borrowed Love Poems (Penguin, 2002), Forbidden Entries (Black Sparrow, 1996), Berlin Diptychon with Photographs by Bill Barrette (Timken, 1995), Edificio Sayonara (Black Sparrow, 1992),Corpse and Mirror (Holt & Rinehardt, 1983), a National Poetry Series book selected by John Ashbery, and Broken Off by The Music (Burning Deck, 1981). Artists' books include projects with Squeak Carnwath, Richard Tuttle, Norbert Prangenberg, Hanns Schimannsky, Archie Rand, Norman Bluhm, Pat Steir, Suzanne McClelland, Robert Therrien, Leiko Ikemura, and Jürgen Partenheimer (a.o.), his books of art criticism include The United States of Jasper Johns (1996) and In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (1993). He has also edited Fetish (1998), a fiction anthology..
(John Yau, juror)

"Visual Inquiry: 2013 Kansas State University Art Faculty Exhibition" - Manhattan, KS - Nov – Feb 2014

"56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art," Strohl Art Center, Main Gallery Chautauqua Institution - Chautauqua, NY - Jun to Jul Janne Siren, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery A Finnish native, Siren was educated in the U.S. and has held leadership positions at several European galleries and museums. He has been director of the Helsinki Art Museum, which focuses on modern and contemporary art, since 2007, and has also served as the director of the Tampere Art Museum, which is located in southern Finland.
(Janne Siren, juror)

2012"TARFEST 10 Year Anniversary Art Exhibition," 2003-2012 , LAUNCH LA Gallery – Los Angeles, CA – Sep – Oct Curated by Holly Harrison, Curatorial Administrator, Contemporary Art, LACMA
An exhibition of 35 artists selected from the 225 participants of the past nine years of TARFEST Juried Art Exhibitions.
Previous Jurors include Nancy Myers, Edward Robinson, Rita Gonzalez, Howard Fox and Michele Urton of LACMA and local curators, writers and gallerists including Molly Barnes, Peter Frank, Holly Myers, Laurie Frank, Kathy Gallegos, Peter Mays, Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, Wesley Jessup, Leora Lutz, Shane Guffogg, Maryna Hrushetska. and James Panozzo.
Curated by Holly Harrison

"Tenth National Juried Exhibition, "Ceres Gallery – New York City, NY – May - Jun SAMANTHA RIPPNER, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC.(Samantha Rippner, juror)

"Twentieth Juried Art Exhibition, Modern and Contemporary Art," KCCLA Gallery - Los Angeles, CA - May (Douglas Fogle, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs/Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, UCLA Los Angeles; Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator of MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; and Max Presneill, Head Curator of Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles County)
(Douglas Fogle, Alma Ruiz, and Max Presneill, three-person panel)

"International Painting NYC," Jeffrey Leder Gallery – New York City, NY – Jan – Feb - New York City, NY – Jan – Feb

2011"Miami University Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award Exhibition,"
Hiestand Galleries Miami University - Oxford, OH – Dec – Feb 2012 IRENE HOFMANN, Phillips Director & Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico. Formerly the Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum, in Baltimore, Hofmann curated Bearing Witness, a multi-venue survey of the artist duo Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry. She also curated Cell Phone, the first museum survey of artworks created using cell phone technologies. She has also held positions as curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach and at the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.(Irene Hofmann, juror)

"Art Faculty Biennial," Beach Museum, Kansas State University, Group Exhibition - Manhattan, KS - Nov to Mar 2012

Two British and Two American Universities - Book Arts Exhibition, (traveling exhibition), Oregon College of Art and Craft
Kansas State University, The University of the West of England (Bristol), UWE Library Gallery
West Wales School of the Arts, Oriel Thomas Gallery - Manhattan, KS, Portland, Oregon, Carmarthen, Wales, Bristol, England - Sep to Nov

"TARFEST 2011," KCCLA Gallery - Los Angeles, CA - Sep NANCY MEYER, Curatorial Assistant of Contemporary Art, LACMA(Nancy Meyer, juror)

"Brand 40: Fortieth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper," Brand Library Galleries - Glendale, CA - Sep to Oct PETER FRANK is art critic for the Huffington Post and Adjunct Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum. He is past critic for Angeleno magazine and the L. A. Weekly and was Editor for THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly. Frank was born in New York, where he served as art critic for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News, and moved to Los Angeles in 1988. Frank contributes articles to numerous publications and has organized numerous theme and survey shows, most notably "19 Artists – Emergent Americans," the 1981 Exxon National Exhibition mounted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. McPherson & Co. Documentext published his Something Else Press: An Annotated Bibliography in 1983. A cycle of poems, The Travelogues, was issued by Sun & Moon Press in 1982. Abbeville Press released New, Used & Improved, an overview of the New York art scene co-written with Michael McKenzie, in 1987.(Peter Frank, juror)

"Enegry," International Exhibition, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) - Santa Ana, CA - Aug to Sep, 2011 HOWARD N. FOX is Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At LACMA, beginning in 1985, he organized numerous major exhibitions and authored their catalogues, including Avant-Garde in the Eighties (1987), A Primal Spirit: Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors (1990), Lari Pittman (1996), and Eleanor Antin (1999). He was a collaborating curator and contributing author for Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000 and for Tim Hawkinson, co-organized by LACMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

He wrote a principal essay for the catalogue accompanying the 2006 exhibition Los Angeles 1955-1985: Birth of an Art Capital, organized by the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and was co-curator of the recent LACMA exhibition Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement (2008). In 2010 he organized a 20-year survey exhibition of Los Angeles-based media artist Steve Roden for the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Often focusing on issues of content and meaning in contemporary art, Fox has published and lectured widely. He was previously a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., where he organized some of that museum's first large-scale exhibitions of contemporary art. From 2000 to 2004 he was a member of the History / Theory / Humanities Faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
(Howard N. Fox, juror)

"54th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art," Strohl Art Center Chautauqua Institution - Chautauqua, NY - Jun to Jul Jim Kempner of Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York City's Chelsea Art District
Bernstein received the Ellie Wilder Award from juror Jim KempnerMuseum
(Jim Kempner, juror)

"Sioux City Art Center's 62nd Juried Exhibition," Sioux City Art Center - Sioux City, IA - Jul to Sep Gilbert Vicario is the Curator at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, and is the former Assistant Curator of Latin American Art and Latino Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum(Gilbert Vicario, juror)

"Academy of Fine Arts, 2011 Juried Art Exhibition," Academy of Fine Arts - Lynchburg, VA - April (George Billis, juror)

"PaperWorks 2011," The Art Gallery (TAG), University of West Florida - Pensacola, FL - Jan to Feb (Mia Kaplan, juror)

2010"Flux," Three Person Invitational Exhibition, Naked City Art Gallery - Wichita, KS - Nov to Dec

"TARFEST 2010," KCCLA Gallery - Los Angeles, CA - Sep to Oct (Edward Robinson, juror)

"(SICA) Seventh Annual International," The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts (SICA) - Long Branch, NJ - Sep to Nov (Mary Birmingham, juror)

"Macro/Micro," The Gallery at Marygrove, Marygrove College - Detroit, MI - Feb to Mar

"Der Zeitgenosse: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Art," Eastern Washington State University - Cheney, WA - Feb to Apr

"Creative Adaptation in the Visual Arts, 2010 Kreft Juried Group Exhibition," Concordia University - Ann Arbor, MI - Feb to Mar (Rebecca Hart, juror)

2009"Renewal:Art Faculty Biennial," Beach Museum, Kansas State University, Group Exhibition - Manhattan, KS - Sep to Jan (Saralyn Reece Hardy, juror)

"The Halpert Biennial 2009," Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Juried Group Exhibition - Boone, NC - May to Aug 2009 (Jeffrey Grove, juror)

"HAC: 40th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition," Juried Group Exhibition - Hays, KS - Apr - Jun (Jan Schall, juror)

"Forces and Formations," Soil Gallery, Group Exhibition - Seattle, WA - April to May

2008"Ad Astra Per Aspera," Kansas State & Kansas City Art & Design Faculty Exhibit, Art & Design Gallery, Juried Group Exhibition - Lawrence, KS - Nov

Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University, Group Exhibition - Manhattan, KS - Nov

2007"Expressions West," Coos Museum of Art, juried painting exhibition - Coos Bay, OR Apr to Jun 2007 (Amy Pence-Brown, juror)

University of Puget Sound , Group Exhibition - Tacoma, WA - Feb

2006"Non-Non Referential Painting," Crawl Space Gallery, Group Exhibition - Seattle, WA - Feb

2005"MFA Thesis Exhibition, "Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington - Seattle, WA - May

2004Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Group Exhibition - Seattle, WA - Sep

2002-2001Nancy Lincoln Gallery, Group Exhibition - Chestnut Hill, MA - Sep & Sep

2000 Fuller Museum, Faculty Exhibition - Brockton, MA - Jul

1999"Savlanut," Hillel, Brown University, Group Exhibition - Providence, RI - Jun

Woods Gerry Gallery, Illustration Juried Departmental Exhibition - Providence, RI - May

RISD, Senior Group Exhibition - Providence, RI - May

Boston Printmakers, Arches First Annual Juried Student Print Exhibition - Boston, MA - Mar

1998-1997 Palazetto Cenci, Fall and Spring Exhibitions - Rome, Italy - December & May


2012USRG, Research Grant, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

2010North Cascades National Park Permanent Art Collection - Sedro Woolley, WA

School of Leadership, Kansas State University, Permanent Art Collection - Manhattan, KS

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Permanent Art Collection - Manhattan, KS

2009Chapman, Research Grant - Manhattan, KS

USRG, Research Grant, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

2005HUB Permanent Art Collection, University of Washington, Director's Purchase Award - Seattle, WA

Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Awards Nominee - Seattle, WA

2004University of Washington Graduate Recruitment Assistantship - Seattle, WA - 2004


2016Governor's Island Art Kibbutz / Residency - New York, NY - June to July

2014Brush Creek Foundation For the Arts / Residency - Saratoga, WY - April to May

2009Artists Trust / Centrum Residency, Recipient Russell Jaqua Award for Artistic Excellence - Port Townsend, WA - May to Jun

2007Artist-in-Residence North Cascades National Park - Newhalem, WA - Apr to May


2010KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Artist Lecture - Salina, KS - Feb

2009BETHANY COLLEGE, Kahmeyer Lecture Series, Artist Lecture - Lindsborg, KS - Nov

BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, Lecture Panelist - Manhattan, KS - Nov

WEST WALES SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, Artist Lecture - Carmarthen, Wales - Mar

2007NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK, Artist Lecture - Sedro-Woolley, WA - Jul

BELLEVUE COLLEGE, Artist Lecture - Bellevue, WA - Apr


2014Studio Visit Magazine 3x3 Publishing, New York, NY: Summer 2014.(Carl Belz)

Creative Quarterly Magazine, CQ40, Online Gallery3x3 Publishing, New York, NY. (About the Magazine)

Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual 2013 3x3 Publishing, New York, NY: Summer 2014.(About the Magazine)

Studio Visit Magazine, Winter Edition, Barbara O'Brien, juror, Open Press Studios, Boston, MA: Winter 2014. (Barbara O'Brien, juror)

2013Studio Visit Magazine, Winter Edition, Dina Deitsch, juror, Open Press Studios, Boston, MA: Winter 2013. (Dina Deitsch, juror)

2012Creative Quarterly Magazine, CQ29, 3x3 Publishing, New York, NY: Winter 2013. (About the Magazine)

2011Studio Visit Magazine, Fall Edition, Ian Berry, juror, Open Press Studios, Boston, MA: Fall 2011. (Ian Berry, juror)

Creative Quarterly Magazine, CQ24 Online Gallery, 3x3 Publishing, New York, NY: Fall 2011.

Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 14, Beth Venn, juror, Open Press Studios, Boston, MA: Spring 2011. (Beth Venn, juror)

Creative Quarterly Magazine, CQ22 Online Gallery, 3x3 Publishing, New York, NY: March 2011.

2010"Kevin Bernstein: Pattern and Process," feature article by Matthew Clagg, Naked City Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11, Green Tangerine Publishing, KS: 2010.

2007Kryger, August, "Visions from the Wild,"Courier-Times, Sedro-Woolley, WA: Vol. 115, Number 38 July 18, 2007, p. 1 & 4. (images)

Jaksich, Natasha, "Faculty Art on Display at UPS," Tacoma Weekly, Tacoma, WA: Mar 1, 2007, C4.

2005Engelson, Andrew, Seattle Weekly - "Henry Art Gallery Thesis Exhibition," exhibit announcement - selected as standout
by editor, Seattle, WA: Jun 8-14, 2005.


2008-PresentKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - Manhattan, KS
Associate Professor of Art Graduate Faculty in Drawing and Painting) - August 2008 - Present
Area Head Painting Spring Semester 2016 to Present
Acting Area Head Painting Spring Semester 2011


Adjunct Faculty - spring semester - 2008
Beginning Printmaking/Art 282
Experimental Printmaking/Art 382

2007-2006Adjunct Faculty - fall semester
2D Foundations/Art 101


Visiting Lecturer - summer term - 2005
Introduction to Drawing/Art 190

2004Instructor of Record - spring, summer, and fall terms - 2004
Introduction to Drawing/Art 190

2004Mentorship - winter term - 2004
Introduction to Drawing/Art 190

2003Mentorship - fall term - 2003
Introduction to Painting/Art 292


2003-2000BEAVER COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL - Chestnut Hill, MA
Art Department Faculty Member - 2000 to 2003

Department of Continuing Education Faculty Member - spring term - 2002

2000THE FULLER MUSEUM - Brockton, MA
Art Education Faculty - spring - 2000

Drawing and Painting Teacher - 2000


Visual Arts Teacher - 2000


Drawing and Printmaking Teacher - 1999 to 2000


Visual Arts Teacher - 1999 to 2000


1999-1998RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN - Division of Foundation Studies - Providence, RI
Teaching Assistant - 1998 to 1999


1999LANDFALL PRESS - Chicago, IL

Intern - winter - 1999