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"From water's broken mirror

we pulled it,

alive and shining,"

-Linda Hogan

Ariel Springfield is a visual artist and educator with a commitment to community based projects and making magic with what’s at hand. They have been collaborating with their respective communities, as well as producing and installing their own art work for the last 16 years. Ariel received a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in 2006. They have produced artwork for Project NIA, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, The Radical Alphabet and Sins Invalid; as well as participated in the National Queer Arts Festival as an exhibiting artist and grant recipient. Ariel is currently the Extended Day Teacher at the Durham Early School, a satellite of Carolina Friends School. They also have experience as an environmental educator, and phytoplankton monitor in both Maine and California. They are an enthusiastic supporter of the intersectionality of the Arts and Sciences, especially when it disrupts systems of oppression. Ariel is a white, gender-queer, admirer of creativity and the beauty of the awkward. Their personal artwork focuses on queer bodies, physical narratives, and art as language for the inexplicable.



2006    College of the Atlantic

  Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology 

  Focus: Visual Arts and Biology


2016     Creating Queer Communities, Queer Cultural Center

             Sisters Grant, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence


2016     Night Light - Breaking the Code, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition

             Muck and Sparkle, Studio 24, San Francisco, CA. Organizer and Curator

2015     Glitter Bomb, NQAF, SomARTS, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition

2014     Small Works for Big Change, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, New York, NY. Group Exhibition

2013     SeaChange, Monterey First Night, Monterey, CA. Group Exhibition

  Doing your Dirty Work, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition         

  Zeitgeist, Queer Cultural Center & SOMArts, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition

  Black and Blue: Art about Policing, Violence and Resistance, Chicago, IL. Group Exhibition         

  Masterminds, SF Weekly & SOMArts, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition

2012     Trans/Post, William Way Community Center Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Group Exhibition

  Map of Potential Commons, Delta Conference, Sacramento, CA. Group Exhibition

  Best Revenge, NQAF, Ally Cat Books, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition

  Goldfish, Counter Pulse, San Francisco, CA. Costume and Set Design

  The Goldfish: a film, San Francisco, CA. Assistant Art Director 

2011      7x7, The Kitchen Sink, Chicago, IL. Group Exhibition

  Dirtstar 2011: Take Root, Luggage Annex Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition         

  Five Objects and a Story, Million Fishes, San Francisco, CA. Group Exhibition

  The Goldfish & Hydrolab, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA. Performance and interactive installation

2010     Art Against Incarceration, Project NIA, Chicago, IL. Group Exhibition 

  Painting in Blue, Charmers Cafe, Chicago, IL. Solo Exhibition

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRINT                                                                                                           

2014     Yvonne Wanrow, No Selves to Defend, Project NIA Power, Poster Design. 

2013     Sylvia Rivera, 2014 Calendar, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

  Teach-in about Assata Shakur, Poster Design for On-line Distribution, Project NIA

2012     The Personal, Political and Mysterious Work of Ariel Springfield, COA Magazine 

   U, Radical Alphabet Poster, L is for Liberation

2009    Nail Book, College of the Atlantic Website 2006 Nail Book, Edge of Eden, COA Publication

  Keratin, “Haeckel Project: the Artistry of Nature, the Natural Science of Art”, COA Magazine 

2005    Lungs, Edge of Eden, COA Publication

  Illustration, “The Grandest Narrative: A Dialogue in Four Voices”, COA Magazine