3 Acres on the Lake



Palmer's interdisciplinary practice includes sculptural and public art projects, writing, and collaboration with the artists' collective Haha, with whom she has worked for twelve years. She has exhibited both individual and collaborative work in the US and in Europe, recently completing a text-based public art commission in Linz, Austria, investigating the linked histories of countries along the Danube through fictional excerpts. She has written about art for fifteen years, publishing in frieze, Artforum, and other journals, and publishing essays in catalogs. She has taught sculpture, contemporary theory, and art writing at UC Santa Barbara, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Illinois, Chicago, and the University of Chicago, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently Assistant Professor in Sculpture.



Temporary Services, Chicago, IL, "3 Acres on the Lake", exhibition and project introduction
Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, "Air/Air" (with Haha)
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France, "L'Oeuvre Collective" (with Haha)


Senior Citizens Center, Linz, Austria, "River of Memory," public art commission Curated by Stella Rollig, and supported by the City of Linz
TBA Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Stuff"
Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, "Flora and Fauna"


Dispensing with Formalities (organized by Brett Bloom), Leland and Kenmore, Chicago, IL, "Free Water," public art project
Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (with Haha), "Animal, Anima, Animus"

1997 Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA, "Pittsburgh Soil Map," temporary public art project, supported by the Three Rivers Arts Festival

South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN, "Shaping Time," solo exhibition
Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco, CA, (with Haha), "Hop," residency and solo exhibition
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA, (with Haha), "The Home Show"
Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Push/Pause"

1995 University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, "Residue"
1994 FLOOD, 1769 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL, (with Haha and FLOOD), community art project
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, (with Haha), "Public Interventions," group show
1993 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, (with Haha), "Aperto," group show
"Culture in Action," Sculpture Chicago, (with Haha and FLOOD), "FLOOD," public art project
1992 Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, "Hothouse: The Orchid Room," solo exhibition
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, (with Haha). "Occupied Territory"
"Progetto Cuspide Sardegna," AS.P.I.S. Cultural Center, Cagliari-Pirri, Italy collaborative public art project
Magasin, Grenoble, France, (with Haha), "Entre le chien et le loup"
Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany, (with Haha), "Collection Wilhelm Shurmann"
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI, "Bluffworks"
Betty Rhymer Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Power Play"
"Membership Viafarini," Viafarini, Milan, Italy, group exhibition, in collaboration with Federica Thiene
1991 Chicago Department of Fine Arts, Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, "Installations"
Castello di Rivara, Torino, Italy, (with Haha), "Itinerary"
Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, "The Body Show"
1990 "Vanitas: The Collector's Cabinet," Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
"The Mussel Secretes the Shell that Shapes it," N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL


2001 The Art Council (San Francisco), Artist's Fellowship
2000 Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowship
1994 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (with Haha)
1990 Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowship
1989 Art Matters Artist's Fellowship
Arts Midwest Artist's Fellowship

1999 Stuff, catalog for exhibition, TBA Gallery, Chicago
1998 Kunst/:Ort, Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt Linz, catalog of public art in Linz
1995 Culture in Action, catalog, Bay Press, Seattle (Haha)
1994 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 1993 Awards, catalog, 1994, NY (Haha)
1992 Art at the Armory: Occupied Territory, catalog, pub. MCA, Chicago (Haha) Dirty Data, catalog, pub. Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst (Haha)
1991 The Body, catalog, pub. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago Paesaggi, catalog, pub. Franz Paludetto Gallery, Turin, Italy (Haha)
1990 Ripley's Believe it or Not (U. S. and Brazil), syndicated column

  Catalogue essays
2000 "Seems," site-specific art exhibition at the Block Museum, Evanston, IL
1999 "Freeze and Thaw," in Commerce, catalog on Joe Scanlan's work, LACE, L.A., CA
"I want to be an Astronaut," on Nina Levitt's work, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada
1998 "Jin Lee and Wendy Jacob," for exhibition at McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
1996 "Jane Lackey," for exhibition at Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
1994 "Dan Peterman," for exhibition at Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
"Margo Mensing," for exhibition at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
1991 "Rock, Paper, Scissors", on work by Jeanne Dunning, in Bodies of Work, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1990 "Elizabeth Newman"; for exhibition at Compass Rose Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989 "Otto Kunzli"; for exhibition at Suzan Rezac Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Reviews and articles
1999 frieze reviews: January/February, March/April
C international contemporary art: February/April
1998 frieze, "Grow Your Own," May
frieze reviews: September/October
1997 frieze, "Crisis and Utopia Revisited," November
frieze, "Separated at Birth," May
frieze reviews: Jan/Feb, June/July/Aug., Sept./Oct
Dialogue, "Interview with Michael Hall," May
Dialogue, "Kids in Trees: Models for Art Education," January/February
1996 Dialogue, January, "Artists Getting Into Gear"
frieze, March/April, May/June, July/August, November/December reviews
Fiber Arts, March, review
1995 Artforum, June, Summer, reviews
High Performance, summer, "Black Liberation Radio"
C magazine, summer, review
Dialogue, Sept/Oct, Nov/ Dec, reviews
1994 Artforum, December, review
High Performance, spring, "Dirt/Flood/Leaks"
frieze, summer, profile
New Art Examiner, February, June, reviews
1993 New Art Examiner, February, "Blurring the Boundaries"
Flash Art, summer, review
1991 Artforum, March, May, Summer, reviews
High Performance, March, "And the Wall Came Tumbling Down"
1989 Artforum, January, February, June, September, October, reviews
1988 Artforum, April, September, October, November, reviews
Art News, April, review
New Art Examiner, summer, "Boom Goes Bust"; February, July, December, reviews
1987 New Art Examiner, January, "Kounellis and his American Audience"; May, October, November, December, reviews
1986 New Art Examiner, January, March, April, May, June, September, October, reviews
  Project Documentation
2001 "Fluss der Erinnerung (River of Memory)," catalog of public art project (in process)
1998 WhiteWalls, fall, "Relative Softness of an Obstacle," project for "Impossible Projects"
1995 WhiteWalls, fall, "We're Nice Guys But We Mean Business," documentation of a collaborative project at the Little City Foundation
1993 AN ORCHID/S, artist's book published with a grant from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts
WhiteWalls, winter, "Apocrypha"