Kelsey Tynik

Artist Profile

Kelsey Tynik

Kelsey Tynik is an interdisciplinary sculptor who has exhibited in New York, Connecticut, Arkansas, Texas, and California. She most recently exhibited at Collar Works (NY), Hesse Flatow (NY), Ely Center of Contemporary Art (CT), and JEFF (TX). She has been an artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA, Arts, Letters, Numbers, ChaNorth, and  Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Artforum, create! Magazine, The Coastal Post, and I Like Your Work.



2023 MFA Candidate, University of Connecticut
2012 BFA, Illustration and Art History, University of Connecticut
2012 Palazzo Rucellai, Study Abroad, Florence, Italy


2022   Flat Files, Collar Works, Troy, NY
2022   Here in Spirit, curated by Leah Guadagnoli, Hillsdale, NY
2022   Soft Play, Collar Works, Troy, NY
2022   UNDERCURRENTS, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
2022   Like Spilling, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, CT
2022   More than words can say, JEFF, Marfa, TX
2021   Affective Histories, Hesse Flatow, NY
2021   art objects collection, Paradice Palase, NY
2021   Out of Office, Collar Works, Troy, NY
2021   ShimEco, Ursa Contemporary Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2021   Breaking the Frame, Birdhouse Gallery, Hudson, NY
2021   Embody, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
2021   See You Next Thursday, Brooklyn, CT
2020   CRUST, Sugar Gallery, Fayetteville, AT
2020   All Mine, You Have to Be, with Rhea In, Tutu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2020   Satellite of Love, The Royal, Brooklyn, NY / Virtual
2020   Ether Vol. 1, In/Passing, Manhattan, NY / Virtual
2020   It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine/not fine, 601artspace, Virtual
2019   Pegs Pongs Applesauce, LoBo Gallery, New Yr, NY
2019   the way a child travels, around and around, back home again, Arts Letters and Numbers, NY
2019   Monkey Wrench, with Hannah Foster, 601Artspace, New York, NY
2019   The Coastal Post, Highlighted artist
2019   Psychic Jacuzzi, Highlighted artist
2019   Secret Garden, Curated by Emily Marie Miller and Jake Coan, Brooklyn, New York
2018   April People’s Choice, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2018   Minds Ahead, Chelsea Fine Arts, New York, New York
2018   Reading Room, Far Rockaways, Brooklyn, New York
2018   Ephemera, Doppelgänger Projects, Ridgewood, New York
2017   Minds Ahead, New York, New York
2016   Collective Anniversary, Brooklyn Collective, Brooklyn, New York
2014   Masterpiece and Their Minis, Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2013   Scholarship Show, University of Connecticut Contemporary Gallery, Storrs, Connecticut


2023   Vermont Studio Center, Winter resident
2022   ChaNorth, June resident
2021   Mass MoCA, July resident
2019   Anderson Ranch, Summer Session, Presidential Scholarship 2019 - Arts, Letters and Numbers, Fall residency


2022   create! magazine,World-Buiding & Play: An interview with Kelsey Tynik
2022   create! magazine, Five Year Anniversary,
2021   Artforum, Affective History write up at Hesse Flatow
2021   I Like Your Work, Studio visit highlight
2020   The Coastal Post, Aesthetics at Play: A Look into the Work and Studio of Kelsey Tynik
2019   Deanna Evans Curated Studio Visits, Highlighted artist 2019 - Psychic Jacuzzi, Highlighted Artist


2018   Opening Ceremony, Artist window, New York, New York 2016- Koio Collective, Pop-up shop facade painting, New York, New York


2018   Crit Club, New York, New York re
2017   Canal Street Market, Visiting Artist, New York, New York
2016-Current   Artist at Brooklyn Collective, Brooklyn, New York
2013-2014   Artist at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Artist Statement:

As children, we are encouraged to play, explore and fail. As adults that encouragement declines. Instead, we are instructed to keep busy, interact less, and cast off our fantasy worlds. My work investigates glee and sentimentality realized through material, technique, and play. My work allows the adolescent in us to thrive. It provides fantasy without shame or guilt, and allows us to engage with the present. The exchange between the viewer and the work removes the adult preoccupation with the daily grind and provides a space for make-believe. My work offers a chance for repressed play to overflow and, in turn, gives the opportunity for unification of humanity through experience.