dexter222Dexter Buell is a New York-based artist, actor and teacher, with an MFA (1989) in sculpture from the Yale School of Art. Over the course of his 25-year career he has worked in three-dimensional form, time-based performance, photography and video and film. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and most recently, a SURDNA Foundation Fellowship to study and write in Berlin.

Buell grew up in Portland, Oregon in the 1970’s. With family ties on both coasts, he made numerous cross-country drives as an adolescent and later on his own. The landscape of the American West came to figure prominently in his work and he returns repeatedly to a preoccupation with nature and landscape, and the experience of the human will and desire within it. His early performance work challenged natural laws in an attempt to locate the limits of the physical self, pushing the boundaries of exhaustion through repetition and endurance: breathing, jumping, running in place, activities that verify the experience of the individual within larger schemata of nature.

His cinematic work emerged in the 1990’s as documents of these efforts. Actions were recorded on film and video and presented as artifacts of past events. These attendant production skills, along with the bread and butter of surviving as a contractor and mold-maker in New York City, provided the necessary qualifications for a second career as a teaching artist in the New York City Schools. Certified in 2004, he is now the chair of the Film and Media Studio and Technical Director at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, where he teaches film production, studio art and technical theater.


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Advanced Certificate in Art & Design Education, June 2004

Yale University School of Art, New Haven CT
MFA in Sculpture, June 1989

The University of Washington, Seattle WA
BA in Art 1984

HB Studio, New York NY
New Victory Theater workshop

Exhibition History:

On Screen:   vimeo channel
Hudson Tribes, Independent Feature. Speaking role. Directed by John Lopez
Sonnet #93 “So Shall I Live.”
Writer, director for The Sonnet Project, NYC
Obliged, Performance, Melaque, Mexico
Free Fall, Collaboration with Phantom Limb Company
The Lake, Performance with Meighan Gale, Brooklyn, NY
 Jewels in My Mouth, Performance, Brooklyn, NY
Big Now, Multi-channel Audio-Visual Installation

Solo Exhibitions

2012                          Big Now, 490 Atlantic Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1999                            Dexter Buell selected by Chuck Close, Artists Space, NYC
1998                          Art Resources Transfer inc., New York, NY
1992                          Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Group Exhibitions

Teacher Walla, The Prospect Range, Brooklyn. NY
Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYU
Steinhardt School of Culture, New York,NY

Artsthma, Arts Against Asthma, Bronx River Art Center.NY
20/02, Celebrating 20 years, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY
, University Art Museum @ SUNY Albany, Albany, NY

Gym Culture 2000, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Linea Negra
, Star 67, Brooklyn, NY
Chronologies, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Zero G: When Gravity Becomes Form, Whitney Museum of American Art @ Champion, Stamford, CT
Three Suitcases, Art & Idea, Mexico City, Mexico
Conversation with Meighan Gale, A.R.T. inc., New York, NY
Performing Video, Ex-Teresa Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

Back to Back-Selected NYFA Fellows, De Chiara/Stewart Gallery, NYC
Group Exhibition, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Performing Video, Ohio Theater, New York, NY
Scope II, Artists Space, New York, NY
Hardware Show #4, Crest True Value Hardware, Brooklyn, NY

Killing Time
, White Columns, New York, NY
Hardware Show #3
, Crest True Value Hardware, Brooklyn, NY
Hardware Show #2, Crest True Value Hardware, Brooklyn, NY
DYAD, Perogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY

 Awards, Grants and Fellowships:

Tony Bennett Challenge Grant, Exploring the Arts Foundation, New York, NY. Supported student collaboration with the Phantom Limb Co.

SURDNA Foundation Teaching Artist Fellowship, Berlin, Germany

Art Partnership Initiative Teaching Certification Fellowship, Studio in a School and Pratt Institute, New York, NY

2000 + 2001
MacDowell Colony Resident, Peterborough NH.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Video Art,

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellow, New York, NY

Ucross Foundation Residency. Ucross, WY

South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow in Visual Arts,