About

About:

Mary Billyou is a lens-based artist whose work examines the archive, structures of looking, and landscape. Her films have been screened internationally at venues including:  Ambulante, Antimatter, CROSSROADS Film Festival, Film Mutations, Images Festival, The New Museum, Spectacle, Sundance, and White Box Gallery. Billyou’s work has been noted in publications including Artforum, Artnet, Octopus Journal, and The New York Times. She is the recipient of awards from The New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation and The Black Maria Film Festival. Her films are held at The Getty Institute, Video Data Bank, and The Film Coop. In addition to cinema screenings, Billyou’s work has been installed at Art in General, Rotunda Gallery, and A.I.R. Gallery. Billyou received her MFA in Film, Video, and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended The Whitney Independent Study Program in 2004. 

Complementing her studio work, Billyou has assisted in documenting durational performances for the artists Pope.L, Robin Rhode, Martha Rosler, and Anne Wilson. She has programmed screenings, including We Are What We Archive at Interference Archive and Women’s Punk Art Making Party at Spectacle in Brooklyn. She also periodically writes about independent cinema and its contexts for The Brooklyn Rail, Screen Slate, and Afterimage: The Journal for Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. 

 

C.V.

MARY BILLYOU – CV

mbillyou@gmail.com
www.marybillyou.com
https://vimeo.com/mbillyou

Born 1969, Hartford, CT
Lives and works in Ridgewood, NY

EDUCATION

2004 The Whitney Independent Study Program, NY, NY.

2003 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. M.F.A. Film, Video & New Media Graduate Colloquium Speaker

1991 The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. B.A. Art History Graduated with Distinction Nominated for NEH Award in Film Studies

1990 MATRIX Art Gallery Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. Internship

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Microcinema: Films of Mary Billyou, RhizomeDC.

2017 Why Sing When Nobody Hears? Films by Mary Billyou, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

2024 Wide Open Experimental Film Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
Woodbine Art Auction, Ridgewood, NY

2023 Film Party, Celluloid Now, Chicago Film Society, Chicago, IL
Supermoon Art Show, Bushwick Open Studios, NY

2021 Antimatter, Vancouver, Canada

2019 Injerto 2019: Rituals, Ambulante Itinerant Film Festival, Mexico

SELECTED AWARDS:

2012 Finishing Funds, New York State Council for the Arts

2011 Presentation Funds, New York State Council for the Arts 

2009 Filmmaking Grant, The Jerome Foundation

2006 Finishing Funds, Experimental Television Center 

SELECTED PRESS:

2010 Kley, Elisabeth, “Gotham Art and Theater,” Artnet.

2009 Anderson, Melissa, “Pie with Dignity,” Artforum.com.

2007 Cotter, Holland, “Spectral Evidence,” Art in Review, The New York Times, February 23, 2007.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

2009 Hysteria: Past Yet Present, exhibition catalogue, Paul Robeson Gallery.

2009 Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright, Lucas Hildebrand, Duke University Press.

2008 “Breach Birth: The Hygiene of Screen Skins,” A. Lee Laskin, Octopus Journal, Vol. 4: Surface, University of California Irvine, Fall 2008.

SELECTED INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS:

Getty Research Institute / Getty Trust, Los Angeles, CA.

Video Data Bank, Chicago, IL. 

Filmmaker’s Cooperative, New York, NY.