Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA at Dartmouth College. Olivier has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal, the Gwangju and Busan Biennials in Korea, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum, the Wanas Foundation of Sweden, The Whitney Museum of Art at Altria, MoMA PS1, Uferhallen, the SculptureCenter, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and The Mattress Factory. Olivier has been the recipient of many awards and grants including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the William H. Johnson Prize, an Art Matters grant and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. Olivier has completed residencies at the Core Program, Studio Museum in Harlem and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Art in America and Frieze, among others. Olivier is currently an Assistant Professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.
Inbound: Houston is a temporary public art installation on interstate billboards surrounding Houston, TX. In October and November 2009, Olivier converted 13 billboard advertisements on Houston’s freeways to photographic representations of the landscape that exists directly behind the billboard structures. In addition, Olivier collaborated with two composers who created musical scores to accompany the billboards and made the soundtrack available on Houston’s NPR station. She premiered two videos made to accompany a live performance of these compositions on November 17, 2009 at Moores Opera House at the University of Houston.