2007 Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, MFA, Painting
2005 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, BFA, Painting

Alisha Kerlin is an artist who uses painting, sculpture, digital photography, writing and installation. Solitaire games, fallen trees, vultures, dismissive cats, tic tac toe, measuring tapes, dangling treats, lizards, birds, potatoes, traffic cones, and the carrot and stick idiom are examples of subject matter used within her artworks.

Since 2005 her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including one person shows in New York, Brooklyn, Long Island City, San Francisco, Boston, and Knoxville. Her work has been included in numerous group shows including “Greater New York” at PS1 MoMA, 2010. Interviews and reviews about Kerlin’s work can be found in publications such as Spike, Art Forum, New York Arts Magazine, and

Kerlin received her BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MFA from the Milton Avery School of Art, Bard College, New York. She recently moved to Las Vegas from NYC after teaching as the Artist in Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Spring 2012.


Road Runners That Won’t Run Far — Government Center. Rotunda Gallery, Las Vegas, NV. SUMMER 2014
Large scale concrete roadrunner forms installed within the Clark County Government Center. An artist lecture on futurism and the coyote’s unattainable treat.

Yard Sale and Prickly - MCQ, Las Vegas, NV
Opening Reception: April 19, 2014 11AM-2PM

Jacks, Jennys, and Geldings- CASA, Las Vegas, NV
Opening: February 25, 2014
For Casa’s inaugural opening, Alisha Kerlin presents a pin the tail on the donkey themed installation titled after three types of asses; “Jacks, Jennys, and Geldings.” She blinds the viewer and asks them to become the curator of deliberately inaccurate placement.

Marking Territory — P3 Studio, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas. DECEMBER 2013
An artist studio-turned zoo habitat with visitor participation.

Lost Cat — Flying Object, Hadley, MA
An exhibition of oil paintings featuring the repeated view of a white cat seen from behind. Paintings and house cats: Elusive, domesticated objects. A catalog accompanied the exhibition.

Thunder and Lightning, Formal Apology — San Francisco, CA
An exhibition of featuring traffic cones, lightning rods, a dictionary as a checklist, and twenty-two paintings of dangling carrots. This exhibition explores the possible relationships between the storm and the unattainable treat.

In the distance she could see the clear blue sea — LaMontagne, Boston, MA
An exhibition of paintings with accompanying titles, each consisting of a solitary subject hovering over an atmospheric ground; a carrot dangling from a stick, a measuring tape, circling vultures, and a watery game of tic-tac toe.

Perceptible by Comparison — Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
The show title is inspired by a portrait of a pet shop lizard back-grounded by a grouping of the world’s largest dinosaurs, proposing that one’s perception is influenced by their comparative position. An exhibition of paintings with accompanying titles, the content of each is outwardly oriented; a carrot dangling from a stick, a measuring tape, circling vultures, and a watery game of tic-tac toe, solitaire games, and fallen trees.

Cat and Mouse — Real Fine Arts, Brooklyn, NY.
An installation of paintings depicting unsuccessful games of Solitaire played by the artist in the studio. A turquoise crosshair is painted on the gallery floor, bringing attention to the viewers position in relation to the game.

Black Sand Beach featuring No Lamps at Home — Repetti Gallery, LIC, NY.
An installation of digital prints, video, and sculptural floor-plans filled with sand. Lamps from the artist’s home illuminated the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Apartment Six — Three Flights Up Gallery, Knoxville, TN.
An exhibition of large scale paintings depicting spaces in and around the artist’s residence.

coming soon!

"14 to Watch in 2014, Alisha Kerlin: Art World Independent" Las Vegas Weekly
"Musings on Existence" Las Vegas CityLife
"Cosmopolitan Las Vegas: A Nocturnal Habitat for Artist Alisha Kerlin"
"In Conversation: Emily Auchincloss Interviews Alisha Kerlin" NY Arts Magazine
McQuaid, Kate. Boston Globe. "Under the Full Moon"
Newton, Matthew. “The Lexicon of Alisha Kerlin”
Harrison, Rachel. Spike Art Quarterly, Autumn 2010, “Artist’s Favorites” p. 25-26.
Kleinman, Adam. Artforum, September 2010, “Greater New York, MoMA PS1” p. 323.
Fiduccia, Joanna. “Critics’ Picks: Alisha Kerlin”
Robinson, Walter. Artnet. “MoMA the Kid”
Johnson, Paddy. L Magazine. “Greater New York at PS”
Esplund, Lance. Wall Street Journal. “Kids Take over the School”