Sam Vernon graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009 with the award for Excellence in Drawing. Spanning a range of media, Vernon employs drawing, photography and printmaking to pay homage to the past and revise the traditional ghost story, addressing questions of postcoloniality, racialization, sexuality and historical memory.
Vernon is a 2010-11 A.I.R. Emerging Artist Fellow and recipient of the A.I.R. Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship. Her first solo exhibition, Think On It—Then Lay It Down For Good was on view at A.I.R. Gallery March 29 – April 24, 2011. In 2010, Vernon was selected by the City of New York’s Department of Transportation to execute a large-scale mural with artists Heidy Garay and Mikell Fine Iles. Intersection is currently installed under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO.
Vernon curated POST, the Recent Graduate Exhibition Booth at the Affordable Art Fair, which was on view May 4 – 8, 2011. She has most recently exhibited with The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Wassaic Project, Skylight Gallery, Lesley Heller Workspace, Spattered Columns, Radiator Gallery, the Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Emery Community Arts Center at the University of Maine, Farmington.