Virginia Lee Montgomery


Virginia Lee Montgomery (b. 1986; Houston, TX, USA) is a filmmaker, sculptor, and facilitator. She received her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and her MFA from Yale University in Sculpture in 2016. Working across video, performance, sound, and sculpture, her artwork is a material research practice of philosophical metaphysics. Its content is surreal, latently autobiographical, and often with a feminist impulse. The work is paradoxically cryptic and literal, conceptual and hand-built, digital and physical. VLM deploys an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary of repeating gestures like drilling, dousing, puncturing, or reaching and recursive symbols like circles, holes, spirals, or spheres. Her movements interrogate the complex relationship between physical and psychic structures. VLM also works as a professional mind-map scribe, a Graphic Facilitator.


VLM is a 2019 member of CRIT GROUP at The Contemporary Austin and a 2019-2020 MRSEC Artist in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials. Recent exhibitions include: "Screens Series: Virginia Lee Montgomery," New Museum, NY (2019); "THE PONY HOTEL," Museum Folkwang, Germany (2019); "HONEY MOON," Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY (2019); "PONY COCOON," False Flag, NY (2019); "The 2018-2019 Socrates Annual," Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; The Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI (2019), "CRASH TEST: The Molecular Turn," La Panacée-MoCo, Montpellier, France (2018); "An unbound knot in the wind," CSS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, NY (2018); "OPEN MIND: Selva Aparicio and VLM," CRUSH Curatorial, NY (2018); "Material Deviance," SculptureCenter, NY (2017); and "The Particle Accelerator Memorial Project," Wright Laboratory, Physics Department, Yale University, CT (2015). Upcoming exhibitions include: "SKY LOOP", Lawndale Art Center, TX (2020); "CYFEST12 International - Personal Identity", Russia (2019), and solo exhibition at CRUSH Curatorial, NY (2019). She has been awarded residencies at Socrates Sculpture Park, University of Texas' Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials, The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, Yale University's Wright Laboratory, Coast Time, The Shandaken Project at Storm King, and The Vermont Studio Center. VLM was a 2018-2019 Fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park (2018 - 2019), recipient of Yale University's Susan H. Wedon Award (2016) and was a nominee in Sculpture for the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship (2016). Recent press includes Art in America, Hyperallergic, Artspace, Femme Art Review, and The Austin Chronicle.