Brian Prugh received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 2014 where he also studied art history. He has exhibited work nationally and has written art criticism for The Seen, The Miami Rail, and Little Village



  • 2014 MFA with Commendation, Painting (minor area: Art History), University of Iowa
  • 2004 MA, Philosophy, University of Chicago
  • 2001, BA Magna cum laude, Philosophy and Mathematics, Knox College


  • Forthcoming: Together With, RMCAD, Denver, CO and The Bubbler, Madison, WI
  • Weave Wars, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, 2016
  • Renaissances, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN, 2016 (solo)
  • gradations, 3Mass Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, 2015 (solo)
  • References, Tambaran Gallery (with InSitu Works), New York, NY, 2014
  • Party Lines, New York Studio Gallery, New York, NY, 2014
  • Framed, Holland Tunnel Gallery (Stairmasters Annex), Brooklyn, NY, 2014
  • Sideshow Nation II: At the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
  • Regarding the Just, Trap Door Theatre (Gallery Space), Chicago, IL, 2014
  • The Ocean Is What I Meant By, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Levitt Gallery, Iowa City, IA, 2014 (solo)
  • Exuberant Politics, CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2014
  • Deliberate, Anheuser Busch Law School, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2012
  • Works in Progress, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA, 2012
  • After Julian, Art Gallery West, Iowa City, IA, 2012 (solo)


  • "Complicated Beauty // Contemporary Cuban Art." The Seen. February 1, 2017. (+Web)
  • "Mohau Modisakeng // Laumeier Sculpture Park." The Seen. January 1, 2017. (+Web)
  • "Raumlaborberlin // Pulitzer Arts Foundation." The Seen. November 1, 2017. (+Web)
  • "Dara Birnbaum // St. Louis Art Museum." The Seen. November 1, 2017. (+Web)
  • "Art+Space, 'The Future Past.'" LEAP! [Blog], June 3, 2016. (+Web)
  • "Hannah Barnes, 'Kali Yuga: Drawings for an Aging Universe.'" LEAP! [Blog], April 6, 2016. (+Web)
  • "Thinking Outside the Academy." The Miami Rail (Winter 2014). (+Web)
  • "Yann Gerstberger's Surfboard at Michael Jon Gallery." Miami Rail (Fall 2014): 55-56. (+Web)


  • Mothes, Kate. “Brian Prugh.” Young Space (blog), September 29, 2016. (+Web)
  • Grossman, Dan. “Review: Weave Wars at the Indianapolis Art Center.” Nuvo, September 27, 2016. (+Web)
  • Stotzfus, Brie. "Brian Prugh's Renaissances." Harrison Center for the Arts Blog, June 30, 2016. (+Web)
  • Freiman, Lisa D. “MFA Annual Juror’s Comments.” New American Paintings, no. 111 (April-May 2014): 16-17, images 112-115.
  • Steinkraus, Emma. "Symbols Near Collapse: Text and Meaning in Brian Prugh's Recent Work." In The Ocean Is What I Meant By. Iowa City, IA, 2014. Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, shown at the Levitt Gallery, Iowa City, IA. (+PDF)
  • Rutherford, Michael. “Brian Prugh.” Painter’s Bread (blog). July 21, 2013. (+Web)
  • "Brian Prugh." An Artist A Day, May 1, 2014. (+Web


  • 2014 Nominated for Daedelus Foundation MFA Fellowship
  • 2013-2014 Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship, University of Iowa
  • 2001-2004 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
  • 1998 Ford Foundation Fellowship, Knox College
  • 1997-2001 Abraham Lincoln Scholarship, Knox College