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A Native American adoptee born in Tucson, Arizona, Brad Kahlhamer has lived and worked in New York City since the early 80s. Prior to his visual arts career he spent ten years as a road musician based in rural Wisconsin. Drawing on elements from abstract expressionism, street art, underground cartoons and Native American iconography, his painting and sculpture is primarily concerned with what he calls “the third place”-- a confrontation between his life as an adoptee, and the life he might’ve otherwise lived. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Fond in Oshkosh.

Kahlhamer’s work has been shown throughout the U.S and abroad, including exhibitions in New York, Minneapolis, Denver, Omaha, Kansas City, Luxembourg and Stockholm.

His most recent solo exhibitions include Nation of One, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul (2019), and Bowery Nation + Hawk + Eagle, Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis (2019).

Kahlhamer is a 2020 receipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant. In 2015 he received the Rauschenberg Foundation Residency. He’s also the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award (2006) and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in painting (2001).

His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the Denver Art Museum; the Walker Art Center; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.