Joe Riley is an artist and sailor. He has sailed atop abandoned railroads in the U.S., paraded a mobile radio network in Ukraine, and helped organize the longest student-led occupation in United States history while studying at Cooper Union. In 2013 he was faculty at Bruce High Quality Foundation University and a resident at Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kyiv) in 2014. He is a technician and adjunct instructor for the Cooper Union School of Art, teaches boatbuilding in NYC schools with Brooklyn Boatworks, a collaborator with the collective Futurefarmers, and a participant in the 2016-17 Whitney Independent Study Program. He is currently working alongside frequent collaborator Audrey Snyder and eight other practitioners as part of NYC Park’s Field R/D program at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. // download CV




Whitney Independent Study Program — Studio Program Participant


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


Selected Projects and Exhibitions


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


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



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


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