MFA   The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston,MA
BFA    Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
          The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


2017     Ria Brodell: Butch Heroes, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
2016     The Handsome & The Holy, Gary Marotta Gallery, Provincetown, MA
             Ria Brodell, Mayor’s Gallery, Boston City Hall
2013     Autoptic Illusion: Selected works by Aimee Belanger and Ria Brodell, Thomas Young                                            Gallery, Boston, MA
2012     Beyond Horizons, Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery, Middlesex School, Concord, MA
2010     Ria Brodell: Self Portraits, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009    The Handsome & The Holy, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
             Out of the Forest, Carol Schlosberg Gallery/ Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
2008    An Unexpected Visit, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
             The Distant Lands, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  
2006    Ria Brodell, Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA
2005    New Work: Ria Brodell and Abby Manock, Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA
2004    Just Keep Drawing, The Artists Foundation, Boston, MA


2017    The Minnesota Museum of American Art, We the People, St. Paul, MN (forthcoming) 
            Yours, Mine & Ours, The Roger Ailes Memorial Show, New York, NY (forthcoming) 
            The Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, Made Masculine, Durham, NH (forthcoming)
2016-17    Henry Art Gallery, MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas Present: Trans Hirstory in 99                                                           Objects, Seattle, WA
             Jameson & Thompson, Local Heroes, Jamaica Plain, MA
             Palo Alto Art Center, A Bird in the Hand, Palo Alto, CA
2015     The McIninch Art Gallery, Identity Shared, Manchester, NH
2014     Boston Artadia Awardees, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
             Modern Man, Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA
2014     Art Show Today, Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY
             Boston Contemporary Art Museum For Contemporary Art, Artists, And Their                                                           Contemporaries, Mobius
2012     Published by the Artist, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
2011     Gender Matters/ Matters of Gender, Freedman Gallery at Albright College Center for the                                       Arts, Reading, PA
2010     All in the Family, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
             Clothes Make the Man?, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
             In Between, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
2009    Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2008    Aqua Art Miami, with Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Miami, FL
             ARTcetera, Benefit for AIDS Action Committee, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
              Campaign Buttons: Artists Speak Out!, Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
              Fresh: Gallery Selections 2008, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  
2007     Red Dot Miami, with Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Miami, FL
              Humaneyes, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA       
              DeCordova Annual Exhibition, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2006     30 Under 30, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI       
              Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA       
              Under the Fort, Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA  
2005     Overlap, Tufts University Art Gallery/ Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA                     
              Laugh Lines, Lillian Immig Gallery, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
              Affirming the Hand, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA  
              Pursuits: Selections from the Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection, Harrison Street Gallery,                                      Seattle, WA      
              Trickle Down: an Infinite Exhibition, The Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT 2004    
              Untitled Multimedia: Queer Art in Context, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.,                                    Canada
2002     Sublevel Three: The Sick Show, Black Lab Gallery, Seattle, WA        
              Print and Bound Works, Atelier 31, Kirkland, WA      
              Super Figurative Approximations, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
              BFA Exhibition, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
2001      Three Hour Show, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA


2017     Blanche E. Colman Award
2014     Artadia Award
             Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Drawing
2013     School of the Museum of Fine Arts 2014 Traveling Fellowship
2012     Artist’s Resource Trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
2011      Blanche E. Colman Award
2010     Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, James and Audrey Foster Prize Nominee
2008    St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist Award
2004    Deborah Dluhy Travel Grant, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
2003    SMFA Masters Scholarship Grant
2001     Art Department Merit Award, Cornish College of the Arts
2000    Sergei P. Tschernisch Scholarship
1999     Nellie Cornish Scholarship
1995     School of the Art Institute of Chicago Scholarship
             Wilhelmin Coolbaugh Scholarship


Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, NYC


Panel Discussion with Ria Brodell, Caleb Cole & Hunter O'Hanian, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
Panelist, Identity Shared: The Influence of Image, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Visiting Artist Lecture, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Pre-College Program, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist, Beyond Horizons, Middlesex School, Concord, MA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Butch Heroes, Boston College, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Conversations Around Drawing, SMFA, Boston, MA
Artist Talk, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Visiting Artist Lecture, The Drawing Experience: From Old Masters to Contemporary Artists to You, The                Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Artist Talk, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Visiting Artist, Death of Painting, SMFA, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist, See It, Curate It, SMFA, Boston, MA
Artist Talk, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, Medford, MA



  • Boston Spirit Magazine, Gender Nonconforming Pioneers, by Scott Kearnan, July/Aug Issue 2017
  • The Boston Globe, Critic's Picks, Ria Brodell- Butch Heroes, March 24, 2017
  • WBUR, The ARTery, Boston Artist Ria Brodell Finds 'Butch Heroes' Buried in the History Books, by Greg Cook, March 21, 2017
  • Leslie-Lohman Museum, The Archive, "Galleries of Interest," Issue No. 59, Winter 2016


  • The Guardian, The transgender body in art: finding visibility ‘in difficult times like these,’ by Sabine Heinlein, November 18, 2016
  • The Provincetown Banner, Ria Brodell Puts a Different Face on Gender, by Ann Wood, September 22, 2016              
  • The Strange Fire Collective, Q&A: Ria Brodell, by Jess T. Dugan, July 21, 2016
  • The San Francisco Examiner, The Little Frog Catcher, by Paul Drexler, April 24, 2016
  • Palo Alto Pulse, Palo Alto Art Center’s New Exhibit Takes Visitors Inside a Dazzling Visual Aviary, by Victoria Thorp, February 10, 2016


  • The Enterprise, ‘Modern Man’ A Thought-Provoking Art Exhibition at Highfield Hall, by Marilyn J. Rowland, April 30, 2015


  • ARTNews, Artadia Names 2014 Boston Artist Grantees, by Andrew Russeth, November 25, 2014
  • Artforum, Artadia Boston Awardees for 2014 Announced, November 25, 2014
  • Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, What’s in the Archives? LGBT History Month Event, Lecture by Melanie Strong, London, UK, February 13, 2014
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, We Now Pronounce You: Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century, Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Berkshire, Kansas City, MO, February 6, 2014


  • Jesus in Love Blog,  Artist paints history’s butch heroes: Ria Brodell interview, by Kittredge Cherry, March 2, 2013
  • Autostraddle, Artist Spotlight: Ria Brodell’s Butch Heroes, by Cara Giaimo, February 26, 2013


  • New American Paintings Blog, Ria Brodell’s Butch Heroes, by Ellen C. Caldwell, August 16, 2012
  • New American Paintings, Volume No. 98, juried by Dina Deitsch
  • Ink on Paper: The Mary Alice Cooley Collection at Cornish College of the Arts, ed. Kathleen Rabel, 2012
  • ArtSake, Studio Views: Ria Brodell, March 12, 2012


  • The Heights, Gender Issues Pervade Art, by Ariana Igneri, November 13, 2011


  • The Boston Globe, Art with Buzz, by June Wulff, November 2, 2010
  • The Boston Globe, Clothes Make the Man, by Cate McQuaid, April 28, 2010
  • Deep Glamour, Q & A: Artist Ria Brodell on Heroes and Self- Portraits, by Virginia Postrel, February 18, 2010
  • Beautiful Decay, Ria Brodell, by Sasha M. Lee, January 14, 2010


  • The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Ria Brodell, by Greg Cook, July 8, 2009
  • The Boston Globe, Playing with Toys and Gender, by Cate McQuaid, June 24, 2009


  • ARTcetera, Benefit for AIDS Action Committee Catalog, November 2008                    
  • ArtSlant, A Few New Breeds, by Andie Ritchie, October 27, 2008
  • Daily Serving, Splash: Summer Gallery Selections, July 12, 2008
  • New American Paintings, Volume No. 74, February 2008, juried by William Stover


  • Boston Magazine, Caped Creators, by Matthew Reed Baker, October 2007
  • Lincoln Journal, Brodell Opening Eyes at Decordova, August 7, 2007
  • Art New England, The 2007 DeCordova Annual, by Anne Krinsky, August 1, 2007 
  • The Boston Globe, Exploring More than Landscapes: Animal Instincts, by Cate McQuaid, July 26, 2007  
  • The Weekly Dig, Humaneyes, by Julia Reischel, July 11, 2007  
  • The Weekly Dig, Summer Arts Preview, May 23, 2007  
  • Berkshire Fine Arts, The 2007 DeCordova Annual, by Charles Giuliano, May 2, 2007  
  • The Daily News Tribune, Art Matters, by Chris Bergeron, May 20, 2007
  • The Boston Globe, Punch, Potato scientists, and 'Sodmonsters' at DeCordova, by Ken Johnson, May 18, 2007  
  • The Boston Phoenix, Local Color: The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition, by Greg Cook, May 08, 2007
  • The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition Catalog, DeCordova Museum, 2007
  • The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Hopper, Crewdson ... Darger, March 9, 2007
  • Art New England, Ria Brodell and Joe Keinberger, by Greg Cook, February/ March 2007


  • The Providence Pheonix, Fresh Views: 30 Under 30 at Hera Gallery, by Bill Rodriguez, August 17, 2006
  • South County Independent, Young Artists Reveal Edgy Dimensions, by Doug Norris, July 27, 2006
  • Attitude- WBUR's Arts Blog, Boston Young Contemporaries, by Jane Coulter, July 13, 2006
  • The Boston Globe, A Glimpse of Tomorrow Today, by Cate McQuaid, June 29, 2006
  • Exploring the Drawing World of Ria Brodell, (video), by Georgie Friedman
  • Big, RED and Shiny, Under the Fort @ Rhys Gallery, by Steve Aishman, Issue 44


  • Open Studios Press Publications, Overlap, December 2005
  • The Boston Phoenix, Nasty Paper Cuts, by Randi Hopkins, November 25, 2005                     
  • Big, RED and Shiny, Brenton, Manock, Brodell, Coady, & Willmont @ Rhys Gallery, by Rachel Gepner, Issue 24
  • Seven Days: Vermont's Web Weekly, True Lies?, by Mark Awodey, January 19, 2005     
  • artMatters, Excursions in Art, winter 2005
  • Big, RED, and Shiny, Just Keep Drawing @ The Artists Foundation, by Jessica Poser, Issue 15