Joe Riley (b. Richmond, VA in 1990) is an artist, researcher, fabricator, and educator. He has participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2016-17), Art & Law Program (2018), and was a student organizer with Free Cooper Union. He has a BFA from Cooper Union (2013) and teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art and Steven's Institute of Technology. Alongside Audrey Snyder he is a current participant in the Fresh Kills Field R/D program, a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship (2018-19), and participant in the Interdisciplinary Art & Theory Program (2018-19). He collaborates with the collective Futurefarmers and is a Master of Yachts 200-ton Mate. // download CV




Whitney Independent Study Program — Studio Program Participant


Cooper Union School of Art — BFA, Service to the School Award


Selected Projects and Exhibitions


The Socrates Annual, Socrates Sculpture Park — Queens NY

Convening the Commons , Presentation with Queens International 2018 — Queens Museum NY

Waste Time: Breakdown, Decay, and Regeneration, Presentation & panel, Rubin Foundation 8th Floor Space — New York NY

Open Engagement, Presentation and installation with Freshkills Field R/D — Queens Museum NY

NADA New York, Freshkills Park Showcase & Panel Presentation — New York NY

Freshkills Field R/D, curated by Dylan Gauthier and Mariel Villeré, Fresh Kill — Staten Island NY


Whitney ISP Studio Exhibition — Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York

Sharjah Biennial (SB13) Seed Mast, with Futurefarmers

Fresh Kill Field R/D — curated by Dylan Gauthier and Mariel Villeré in partnership with NYC Parks at Fresh Kill, Staten Island

Resistance After Nature — Haverford College Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, with Futurefarmers


Futurefarmers: Seed Journey — collaboration with Futurefarmers

Rail Sail — Kansas City, MO — collaboration with Audrey Snyder and Ricki Dwyer

ALT/FUTURE: A Video Screening aboard SWALE, curated by BiomeArts

 SCAM Magazine Release — curated by Erica Lyle, Wayfarer Gallery, Brooklyn


Flatbread Society: Soil Procession — Oslo, Norway — collaboration with Futurefarmers

Left Coast: California Political Art — Collaboration on Seed Mast with Futurefarmers, CUNY James Gallery, New York 

Ukraine Report — with Clemens Poole and Olena Chervonik, 266w25st, New York                                                         


Our Education! Is College Worth the Cost? — Screening and exhibition of works from Free Cooper Union protest movement, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn 

ZAHOPLENNYA  — Izolyatsia, Kyiv

99 Cent Plus Art Shop — 99 Cent Plus Gallery, Brooklyn                                    


Free Ride  — Thesis Exhibition, Cooper Union, New York

Voyage of the Hippo 2 — with Clemens Poole and Shane Kennedy, Standard Toykraft, Brooklyn 

The Politics of Destruction — Performance with Free Cooper Union at e-flux, New York

Public Assembly — exhibition with Free Cooper Union and Lawrence Lek — London



Step Down! — Free Cooper Union Salon, Cooper Union, New York                                                                        

Tap Dat Capital — IDEAS City Festival, La Mama Galleria, New York 

Parallel Cases: A Presentation — with Audrey Snyder, Cooper Union, New York 

Reading the Rails — Art Folk Gallery, Birmingham

Brucennial — Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York


Awards and recognition


Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee


Benjamin Menschel Fellowship — Cooper Union


Irma Giustino Weiss Cultural Fellowship, Cooper Union


Residencies and fellowships


Interdisciplinary Art & Theory Program at Jack Shainman Gallery — New York NY

Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship — Queens NY

Art & Law Program — New York NY


Freshkillls Field R/D, NYC Parks, Freshkills Park Alliance — Staten Island, NY


Artist in Residence — Front/Space — Kansas City

Resident Faculty — Black Mountain School — Black Mountain

Guest Artist  — University of Wisconsin Interdisciplinary Program — Madison


Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives —Kyiv


Social Studio Fellow — Bruce High Quality Foundation University




Adjunct Professor, Steven’s Institute Visual Arts & Technology Program


Sloop Club Instructor, Kite’s Nest School, Hudson NY

2014 - present

Adjunct instructor at Cooper Union's School of Art and Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture — Intro to Techniques  


Lead instructor for Brooklyn Boatworks


They Can't Kill Us All (Conversations on Education) — with Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel at Bruce High Quality Foundation University


Press and Publications


“the enigma of...”, artist’s essay in Unbag Magazine Vol. 2


Interview: Futurefarmers Seed Journey — Amy Franceschini, Audrey Snyder, and Joe Riley in conversation with Dylan Gauthier for Contemporary Art Stavanger


ZAHOPLENNYA Catalog — Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives


Parallel Cases: a story — Joe Riley and Audrey Snyder in Boneshaker Magazine, July 2013


Parallel Cases by Joe Riley and Audrey Snyder, letterpress printed artist book, edition of 50

Parallel Cases — Article and interview by Caroline Frayser in Treadlie Magazine, December 2012




Parallel Cases — Article and interview by Caroline Frayser in Treadlie Magazine, December 2012



3D design and fabrication, metalworking, machining, woodworking, carpentry, casting (plaster, polymers, metal), digital fabrication, letterpress printing, relief printing, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere), 3D modeling (SolidWorks, Sketchup, Rhino) video and audio editing, HTML and web literacy, word processing software, crowdfunding platforms, research, writing and editing

Emergency First Responder, CPR Certification, Master of Yachts 200-ton Offshore Limited Mate (IYT)