One Thousand Shacks, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2015 

Installation by Tracey Snelling

Communist Apartment #1, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2012 

Communist Apartment #1, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2012 

Desert Hideaway, multimedia installation, Negev Museum, Israel, 2014 

Desert Hideaway, multimedia installation, Negev Museum, Israel, 2014

Shoot It !, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2015 

SHOOT IT! Tracey Snelling

The City, mixed media, multimedia installation, framed 2013 

Blue Bayou, mixed media, multimedia installation, framed 2013 

Clusterfuck 4, multimedia installation, Forever, at Bubox, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2016 

Tokyo, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2012 

Mouth of honey, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2013

Bless you god, mixed media, multimedia installation, 2012 

Gallery view, Mouth of Honey, Heart of Daggers, soloshow, kuk, Cologne, 2014 

Gallery view, Mouth of Honey, Heart of Daggers, soloshow, kuk, Cologne, 2014 

Gallery view, Mouth of Honey, Heart of Daggers, soloshow, kuk, Cologne, 2014 

Wang’s House, mixed media, multimedia installation at kuk Cologne 2014 

Wang’s House, mixed media, multimedia installation at kuk Cologne 2014 

Wang’s House, mixed media, multimedia installation at kuk Cologne 2014 

Through the use of sculpture, photography, video, and installation,Tracey Snelling gives her impression of a place, its people and their experience. Often, the cinematic image stands in for real life as it plays out behind windows in the buildings, sometimes creating a sense of mystery, other times stressing the mundane. Snelling has shown work in museums such as Gemeentemuseum Helmond, the Netherlands; Shanghai Zendai MOMA, China; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; El Museo de Arte de Banco de la Republica, Bogota; and Stenersen Museet, Oslo. She has had solo exhibitions throughout the US as well as in China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and London, and has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai. Her large-scale installation Woman on the Run was originally commissioned by Selfridges, London during Frieze 2008, and has traveled to Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; 21c Museum, Louisville; Frist, Nashville; SECCA, Winston-Salem; and the Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach. Her first short film "Nothing" premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2012, and showed at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Circuito Off in Venice, and the AC Institute in New York. Snelling recently had solo exhibitions at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels, Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, and krupic kersting in Cologne. Her most recent installations were commissioned for an exhibit at the ‚Negev Museum’ in Israel and for the ‚Historisches Museum’ in  Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 2016 Tracey Snelling has been awarded with a prestigious Joan-Mitchell-Foudation Grant.

BIOGRAPHY  Tracey Snelling

Born in Oakland, 1970

Lives and works in Oakland, USA.


To 2002   B.F.A. at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA



SFAC Kiosk Poster Series, temporary public project, San Francisco, CA.

Gallery weekend DC, Soloshow at krupic kersting || kuk (September), Cologne, Germany

Clusterfuck 3, N​ew Image Art, Los Angeles, CA. 


Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Charlie James, Los Angeles, CA.

The Stranger­​­, screening,​​ Architecture Film Festival Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

The Stranger­​­, screening,​​ The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.

The Stranger­​­, screening,​​ The Battery, San Francisco, Ca.

The Stranger­​­, screening,​​ Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, Ca


Mouth of Honey, Heart of Daggers, Krupic Kersting, Cologne, Germany.


Nothing short film, AC Institute, New York, NY.

Everything is Everything, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium. 

Mystery Hour, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 

Nothing short film, Circuito Off, Teatrino Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy. 

Nothing short film, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.


Nothing short film, TinT Gallery, in conjunction with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (GR).

Nothing short film, Oakland Underground Film Festival, Oakland, CA. 

Nothing short film, Naperville Independent Film Festival, Naperville, IL. 

Woman on the Run, Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Another Day in Paradise, Nothing short film, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Nothing short film, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA. 

Woman on the Run, SECCA, Winston Salem, North Carolina.


Woman on the Run, Frist Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.

Raging Lotus, Exploratorium, San Francisco, California. 

A Sort of Homecoming, LH.Horton Gallery,San Joaquin Delta College,Stockton, CA.


Ten-Year Survey, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Woman on the Run, 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Shanghai Zendai MOMA, Zhujiajiao, China. 

Bordertown, New Frontier on Main, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah. 

Bordertown, Oakland Underground Film Festival, Oakland, CA.


Woman on the Run, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York.

Greta Garbo Slept Here, Tache-Levy, Brussels, Belgium. 

Dirty Pretty Things, Cokkie Snoei, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Where Mr. Wong Sent Me, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China.


Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida.

Another Town, Wedel, London. 

Woman on the Run, Selfridges, London.


Another Shocking Psychological Thriller, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas.

Monsters, Tache-Levy, Martin Margiela Building, Brussels, Belgium. 

Dulces, Wedel, London. 


Dark Detour, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California.


The Comfort, the Beauty, the Shame, Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands.

Convenient, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, California. 

South Side, Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco, California.


Last Picture Show, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, California.


Sculpture/Structure, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California.

Sculpture and Photographs, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, Texas. 

…A Room for the Night (Dwellings), Night Moves, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California.


Dwellings, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, California.



Typically Frankfurt!, 1​0 year installation, Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany


Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi­Fructose, V​irginia MOCA, Virginia Beach, VA.

2050: A Brief History of the Future,​Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

Forever, B​ubox Art Space, Kortrijk , Belgium

Feel big, Live Small, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tucson, AR. 


2050: A Brief History of the Future, ​Royal Museum of Fine Arts Brussels, Belgium

Dark Ages, A​eroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

Moving Objects,​ Krupic Kersting, Cologne, Germany

Imagining Home, B​altimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Conceived Without Sin, R​adiator Arts, Long Island City, New York

Front Yard/Backstreet, P​alo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA.

Objects of Beauty, P​an American Art Projects, Miami, Florida

Royal Museum of Fine Arts​,​Brussels, Belgium.

SWIM1, N​ew Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.            

Krachtwerken, G​emeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond, Netherlands

Triennale Brugge 2015, ​Brussels, Belgium.

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.

Hello my name is _____, I am from ______, A​SHIP IN THE WOODS, Del Mar, CA.

The Art in Literature and Literature in Art, ​Artium, Basque Centre­Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria ­Gasteiz, Spain.

The Auction, Terrance Higgins Trust, Christie’s, London

Feel Big, Live Small, A​pex Art, New York, NY. 


Welcome to the Jungle, Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida.

L’expo dans le chapeau, La Vitrine am, curated by Raphael Cuir, Paris, France. 

ArtPrize, GRCC Collins Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. 

A Contemporary Landscape Invitational, St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA. 

Summer Road Trip, Rena Bransten Projects, San Francisco, CA. 

Karla’s House, The Battery, San Francisco, CA. 

On Dry Land, Negev Museum, curated by Ravit Harari, Be-er Sheva, Israel. 

Brussels Cologne Contemporaries, Cologne, Germany. 

Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR.


drinnen binnen buiten draussen, Galerie Roy, Zülpich, Germany.

drinnen binnen buiten draussen, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Making Space: Art and Place, Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA.

Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemp. Art, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.

The Storytellers, El Museo de Arte de Banco de la Rupublica, Bogota, Colombia. 

Once More, Lokaal 01, Breda, the Netherlands. 

Parallax Views, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA. 

As Tears Go By* (who cries with me?), Cokki Snoei, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Theatrical Gestures, Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel. 

Raw China Art Expo, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Not Another End of the World Exhibition, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium.

Nervous Women, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, Belgium.

Otherworldly: Artist Dioramas and Small Spectacles, Lille 3000, Lille, France. 

Signature , Schriftuur, Bruges Cultural Centre, De Bond , Bruges, Belgium.

The Storytellers, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway. 

The End of Everything/A New Beginning, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Brought to Light: Masterworks of Photography from the Crocker Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. 

America Rules, West Collection, Oaks, Pennsylvania. 

Streetopia, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 

Chico and Chang, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA. 

The Bridge, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California. 

Fireflies,Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium. 

Urbanitas, Pan American Art, Miami, Florida.


Otherworldly: Artist Dioramas and Small Spectacles, Museum of Art and Design New York, New York.

Reconstructed World, Gatehouse Gallery, Di Rosa, Napa, California.

Chico and Chang, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, California. 

Staging Space, Y2Y Gallery, San Francisco, California. 

Anonyme Skulpturen, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria.


Anonyme Skulpturen, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Krefeld, Germany.

Accrochage,Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China. 

Cokkie Snoei, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Don't Call Me Pretty, Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida. 

The House in My Head, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark. 

Pop-Up Magazine, Herbst Theater, San Francisco, California.


Narratives, Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida.

That's All Folks!, curated by Michel Dewilde and Jerome Jacobs, Stadshallen , Bruges , Belgium. 

Achtung Baby, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond, the Netherlands.          

Low Blow,Stux Gallery, New York, New York.


Road Trip, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California.

The Art of Diorama, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California. 

Places in Between, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, California.


There’s No Place Like Here, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.

XXS-Size Does Matter, Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Paulo Post Futurum, Lokaal 01, Museum of Breda, Breda, the Netherlands. 

Emergent Behavior, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Brown Bag Contemporary, New York. 

Emergency Room, P.S.1 MOMA, Long Island City, New York. 

Regeneration, Kentler International Drawing Space; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York. 

Greetings from the American Dream, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California.


Searchers, White Box, New York, New York.

Fellowship Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California. 

New Code, Studio La Citta, Verona, Italy. 

Looking Through Walls, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California. 

Photosynkyria, Tint Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands, California.


Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, New York.

Regeneration, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Blueprints, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, California


Epic, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California.

Domicile, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington.


Landing, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California.

Introductions, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California. 

Cut, Copy, and Paste, The Art of Contemporary Collage, De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California.


New Acquisitions 2002, Microsoft Art Collection, Microsoft, Redmond, Washington


Fiers, Els, “Wang’s House,” Knack Focus magazine, October 9, 2013.

Steverlynck, Sam, “Les Lumieres de la Ville,” Agenda Magazine, September 19, 2013.

Charlesworth, J.J., “Brussels art Days 2013,” ArtReview, September 2013.

Malick, Courtney, “Everything is Everything,” Tracey Snelling: Everything is Everything catalog,

Aeroplastics Contemporary, 2013.

Roldán Rueda, Natalia, “Los Habladores, la literatura interpretada por el arte,” June 6, 2013.

Stark, Clinton, “Famous Horror Film Houses,” Stark Insider, 03.08.2013.

Leyva-Perez, Irina, “Tracey Snelling: An Urban Narrative,” Artpulse Magazine, no.4, volume 4, 2013.

Annas, Teresa, “Film noir drives 'Woman on the Run' walk-in art exhibit,” Virginian-Pilot, September 18, 2012.

Wendt, Selene, “The Storytellers” catalog, with texts including Gerardo Mosquera and Mario Vargas Llosa, published by the Stenersen Museum, Oslo, 2012.

Harman, Ken, “Studio Visit with Tracey Snelling,” Hi Fructose, August 8, 2012.

Auer, Theo Konrad, “DocumentO at Krowswork,” Stretcher.org, August 2012.

Tani, Ellen, “Chico and Chang,” Art Practical, Issue 3.18, May the Force be with You.

Green, Jordan, Multimedia Exhibit Explores Representations of Tough and Sexy Women," Yes! Weekly, March 21, 2012.

Cochran, Rebecca, "Picks: Tracey Snelling, Frist Center for Visual Art," Artforum.com, December 2011.

Jones, Kristin M., "A Small World After All," Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2011.

editior, "Tracey Snelling at Rena Bransten Gallery," Juxtapoz, January 17, 2011.

Sussman, Matt, "La Frontera," San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 18, 2011.

Op de Beeck, Hans, “Five Questions,” Tracey Snelling: Ten Years catalog, Rena Bransten Gallery, 2010.

Lord, Chip, “A conversation Between Chip Lord and Traccey Snelling,” Tracey Snelling: Ten Years catalog, Rena Bransten Gallery, 2010.

Incorvaia, Kirsten, "An Interview with Tracey Snelling," Hi Fructose Magazine, January 2011.

Nagele, Christina, “Tracey Snelling,” Anonyme Skulpturen catalog, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2010.

Mattingly, Jane, “Motel Mystery,” Leo Weekly, November 3, 2010.

Green, Tyler, “Not Your Typical Fall Arts Preview,” Artinfo.com, Sept. 7, 2010.

Incorvaia, Kirsten, “Peeking in the Windows of Tracey Snelling,” My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses, July 20, 2010.

Clarke, Erin, “Tracey Snelling,” Artworks Magazine, Spring 2010.

Dufresne, Marie, “Tracey Snelling,” The House in My Head catalog, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2010.

Armstrong, Stephen, “Revolutionary Gaming with Infinite Possibilities,” Sunday Times UK, Feb 28, 2010.

Wensink, Herien, “arm/rijk en mens/natuur domineren art rotterdam,” NRC Handelsblad, Feb 4, 2010.

Kendricks, Neil, “Art World Makes a Run at Sundance Film Festival,” San Diego Union Tribune, Feb 7, 2010.

Molina, Genaro, “Sundance TwentyTen,” Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2010.

Smallenburg, Sandra, "Miniatuurporno in vervallen Amerika," NRC Handelsblad, April 18, 2009.

van Lier, Thomas, "Kunstenaar en fotografe Tracey Snelling over Dirty Pretty Things," HP / De Tijd, April 24, 2009.

van Put, Roos, "Cokkie Snoei opent galerie in Amsterdam," Kunstbeeld Nr 4, 2009

Kóvskaya, Maya, “Hitting Dogs with Meat Buns—Tracey Snelling at Urs Meile,” Art Review, April 2009.

Cong Yun, "Tracey Snelling: Continuous Transformation of Time and Space," Photo World, April 2009.

Welton, Carissa , “Blending Inspiration,” China Daily, March 7, 2009.

Wong Tai Sin, “Tracey Snelling exhibition, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing”, video, Art&Artist.cn, March 2009.

Ryan, Christine, "14 Bay Area Artists We Love Right Now - And Where to See Them," 7 x 7, November 2008.

Goldfine, Gil, “A State of Soulful Introspection,” The Jerusalem Post, December 6, 2004

Sheffi, Smadar, Haaretz, November 30, 2007.

Yahav, Galia, Time Out Tel-Aviv, November 29, 2007.

Mobley, Chuck, “Behind Closed Doors: an Interview with Tracey Snelling by Chuck Mobley,” SPOT, Fall 2007.

Gehman, Geoff, “Handmade Objects Emerge into a Visual Playground,” The Morning Call, April 19, 2007.

Bürklin, Heidi, “Tracey Snelling bei Amelie v. Wedel in London,” Die Welt, April 14, 2007.

Finel Honigman, Ana, “Tracey Snelling Talks to Ana Finel Honigman,” Saatchi Gallery website, March 27, 2007.

Suarez de Jesus, Carlos, “All Politics is Loco,” Miami New Times, December 28, 2006.

Dykstra, Jean, “Indeterminate Yearning,” Art on Paper, March/April 2006.

Tramposch, Emma, “San Francisco,” Art Papers, November/December 2005.

Nelemans, Rebecca, “Beelden van schoonheid en schaamte,” BN de Stem, September 2005.

Whiteside, Amber, “Blueprints at Intersection for the Arts,” Artweek, September 2005

Moon, Amy, “Tracey Snelling’s Diorama Dramas,” SFGate Culture Blog, July 7, 2005.

Ketenjian, Tania, radio interview for “Sight Unseen,” KALX Berkeley, May 2005.

Helfand, Glen, “Critics’ Picks,” ArtForum.com, April 2005.

Mizota, Sharon, “Diorama Life,” SF Weekly, April 27, 2005.

Nakamura, Marie-Pierre, Art Actuel, March/April 2005.

Bibeau, Petra, “Long Story Short: Bay Area Exposes Roots,” NY Arts Magazine, March/April 2005.

Du Tan, S.A.,“New!!! Fresh!!! Hot!!!,” Coagula Art Journal, #73, March 2005.

Ayers, Rhonda, “Getting the Big Picture,” Rave!, January 21-27, 2005.

Buckner, Clark, “Epic,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 8, 2004.

Whiteside, Amber, “Tracey Snelling Mixes it Up,” Venice Magazine, October 2004.

Ollman, Leah, “Tracey Snelling: Last Picture Show,” Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2004.

“Art Star,”Fugue Magazine, Issue #2, 2004.

Gupta, Anjali, “Lilliputian Liaisons,” San Antonio Current,  August 28,  2003.

Elzy, Joshua, “Tracey Snelling at Sala Diaz,” VOA Magazine, Volume 11,  Issue 3,  2003.

Atwell, Wendy Weil, “Tracey Snelling:  Sculpture and Photographs,” Art Lies, Issue 40,  Fall 2003.



Marguiles Collection, Miami, Florida

Gemeentemuseum Helmond, the Netherlands

Himalayas Museum (formerly Shanghai Zendai MOMA), Shanghai, China

David Roberts Collection, London, UK

Selfridges, London, UK

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

West Collection, Oaks, Pennsylvania

21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, Washington

Angel Collection of Contemporary Art, Israel

Alain Servais Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Antonio Dalle Nogare Collection, Italy

Drake collection, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

Collection Lampe and Plompen, The Hague, the Netherlands 

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