Karley Sullivan

Karley Sullivan is an artist-photographer based in Los Angeles. Dense organic lines run throughout her work, threading together frames of lived experience, relationship, and thought experimentation. 

Sullivan has exhibited at ArtCenter College of Design, the California Institute of Arts, Whitespace Gallery of Atlanta, Yogiga Artspace of Seoul, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits. She holds a BFA in Drawing from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in Photo/Media from Calarts.  

Karley is a professional photographer and arts journalist whose words and images have been published in ArtsATL, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times, and Bomb Magazine. She is for hire.


2016 MFA, California Institute of Arts, Valencia CA

2006 BFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2005 Study Abroad: Printmaking/Installation with Professor Cho Duck Hyun, Ewha University, Seoul, South Korea

Solo Exhibits

2017 Satellite Hand, Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon, Monterrey MX

2016 Strange Loop, L-Shape Gallery, California Institute of Arts, Valencia CA

2015 Blind Field, L-Shape Gallery, California Institute of Arts, Valencia CA

2014 Moon/Scratch, Whitespec Project Space: Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta GA

2009 Apophenia, Sanders-Pace Architecture, Knoxville TN

2008 Nurse Shark, Yogiga Artspace, Seoul SK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Moons, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA

2017  Animal Farm, Dalton Warehouse, Los Angeles CA

2016  Exit Intra-view, Human Resources, Los Angeles CA

2015  Gravity, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles CA

Photo LA, The Reef, Los Angeles CA

2014  Animacies, California Institute of Arts, Valencia CA

Post-Nickelodeon Sexuality, California Institute of Arts, Valencia CA

Pardon My Condition, Art Center, Pasadena CA

2013  Short Shorts, Whitespace, Atlanta GA

Impermanence, Eyedrum, Atlanta GA

Mythical Genitalia, 1010 Gallery, Knoxville TN

Art Papers Auction, Mason Murer, Atlanta GA

2012  The Billboard Art Project, Atlanta GA

From Neurology to Cosmology and Back, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta GA

2011 11.11.11 Spectacular! Spectacular!, The Arts Exchange, Atlanta GA

Resistance, Mint Gallery, Atlanta GA

2008  Cute Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children, Green Gallery, Minneapolis MN & Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits, curated by Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster

2005  A Visit, Edae Exhibitions, Seoul, South Korea, curated by Cho Duck Hyun

Bam, UT Student Exhibition, Ewing Gallery, Knoxville TN, curated by Robert Stackhouse


2018 Art Center College of Design Artist Support Grant

2016 Calarts Interdisciplinary Award (Lead Artist)

2016 Student Union Grant, Interdisciplinary Level (Lead Artist)

2014 Bartman Photography Grant

2014-2016 David and Marianna Fisher Award

2006 Charles Pfizer Award

2005 Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

2004 Omegacron Pi Award


Los Angeles Review of Book, The Los Angeles Issue, No. 12. December 2016.

Lensculture, Editor’s Pick, Karley Sullivan. May 24, 2014,

Phases Magazine, "Still There". May 15, 2014,

Evan Levy. ”In Whitespace’s From Neurology to Cosmology, Images Converse Amid an Ocean of Ideas.” ArtsATL. July 9, 2012

Selected Authored Publications

Karley Sullivan.  “One Picture, One Paragraph.”  St. Lucy.  January 27, 2014.

Karley Sullivan.  “Dani Planer Talks with Karley Sullivan About Picturing Empathy”  Burnaway.  October 25, 2013.

Karley Sullivan. “In Conversation, Talking Cultural Records with Vesna Pavlovic”. Burnaway. September 11, 2013.

Karley Sullivan. “Emmet Gowin and Richard Benson at Jackson Fine Art” Burnaway. July 4, 2013,

Karley Sullivan. ”SEEK ATL, Connecting Community Through Studio Visits” Burnaway. April 5th, 2013.

Karley Sullivan.  “Dodge and Burn: Capturing Immobility” Burnaway. June 7th, 2012.