Amy Youngs

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Currently based
Columbus, OH
Affiliated institution
The Ohio State University

Amy M. Youngs creates biological art, interactive sculptures, and digital media works that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice-based research involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. She has created installations that amplify the sounds and movements of living worms, indoor ecosystems that grow edible plants, a multi-channel interactive video sculpture for a science museum, and community-based, participatory video, social media and public web cam projects.

Youngs has exhibited her works nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in Norway, the Biennale of Electronic Arts in Australia, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Spain and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She has earned an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, contributed writing to interdisciplinary publications such as Leonardo and the recent book, Robots and Art, and her work has been profiled in books such as, Art in Action, Nature, Creativity & our Collective Future. She has lectured widely, at venues such as the Australian Centre For the Moving Image in Melbourne, Australia and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Born in Chico, California, she moved to San Francisco, where she received a BA in Art from San Francisco State University. On fellowship, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned an MFA in 1999. In 2001 she joined the faculty at the Ohio State University where she is currently working as an Associate Professor of Art, leading interdisciplinary grant projects and teaching courses in moving image, eco art, and art/science.


1999 Masters of Fine Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL

1991 Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA.


2007 – current Associate Professor of Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

2001–07 Assistant Professor of Art, Ohio State University, OH.


2021 Artist in Residence, Folly Tree Arboretum, East Hampton, NY.

2019 Researcher in Residence, New York Urban Field Station, Queens, NY.

2018 Artist in Residence, Harvestworks Digital Media Center, NY.

2018 Artist in Residence, University of Virginia Biological Research Station, VA.

2017 Researcher in Residence, IMRC, University of Maine, Orono, ME.

2016 Rasquache Residency, Sofia Quintero Art & Culture Center, Puebla, Mexico.

2011 National Performance Network, World Artist Program, Spaces, Cleveland, OH.

2009 Cultivamos Cultura, Artist in Residence, São Luís, Portugal.

2008 Green Leaf Artists Award, United Nations World Environment Day.

2005 Pilchuck Glass School, Artist in Residence, Stanwood, WA.

2002 Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship.
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