Born in Vermont, 1981

Lives and works in New York






MFA Columbia University School of the Arts, New York



BA Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York






Art-Pedagogy Fun-Time Alternative-Economies Discourse-Adventure, Scaramouche in conjunction with The New Museum of Contemporary Art's IDEAS CITY, New York



Manicures for the Insurrectional Surge, Scaramouche, New York
Anti-Establishment, Hessel Museum, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson
Liam Gillick. From 1990A to 1990B, Hessel Museum, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson
Collaborative-Performative, Exit Art, New York
Arlen Austin's H.E.N.S. – Hanns Eisler Nail Salon performance artwork with Jason Boughton co-produced with Moving Theater, New York, ongoing.
Arlen Austin's H.E.N.S. - Hanns Eisler Nail Salon one of eight newly commissioned live performance works for Collective/Performative, Exit Art, New York



(Re) Zoning Manicured, A collaboration between Ludlow 38 and Unique Stylists for the exhibition The Making of the New Chinese Working Class, New York
Evental Manicuresa performance of the Nail Workers’ Chorus. 6-8 Months Project Space, New York



Evental Manicures, a performance of the Nail Workers’ Chorus, 6-8 Months Project Space, New York

Womantowoman, 6-8 Months Project Space, New York

Song of the United Front with the Nail Workers Chorus

Don’t Fetishize our Postfordism, Scaramouche, New York

The Hanns Eisler Nail Salon Presentation, Creative Time Open Door Session, Queens Musuem, Queens, NY

New York Alumni Exhibition, Neiman Gallery Columbia University, New York

The Hanns Eisler Nail Salon, Installation in conjunction with Moving Theatre for Chasama’s former headquarters at 201 East 42nd street, New York

The Holistic Healing Center, with Einat Amir, Scaramouche booth, VOLTA, New York



Barefoot in the Head, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Performa 09, New York

The Audio Show. Frederich Petzel Gallery. New York

The Practice of Joy Before Death; it just would not be a party without you, Scaramouche c/o Fruit and Flower Deli, New York

White Box Benefit Auction, White Box Gallery, New York

The Coming Insurrection, Terri and Donna, Miami, FL

New Printmakers, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, New Jersey

Can’t Rape the Willing, curated by Sarvia Jasso, Second Floor, Brooklyn, NY

Nota Bene, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Materialist Praxis in Contemporary Abstract Photography, An alternative art institution and poultry house, Rhinebeck, NY



Arlen Austin. Furnishings for an Unavowable Community, Daniele Ugolini Contemporary, Florence, Italy

Impossible Word, Arlen Austin, Marcel Dzama, Shiri Mordachai, Raymond Pettibon, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy

Arlen Austin and Craig Doty. An Essential Poverty of the Face. Alagon Gallery, Chicago, IL

Freeze Frame, Rush Arts, Miami, FL; Talman + Monroe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

The Influence of Fish Tails on the breaking waves, Point B Special Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Kunst Museum of Modern Art ,Vaasa, Finland

Columbia MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center, New York

unNatural, estudiotres, Chicago, IL

Brooklyn is Burning, Glasslands Gallery, New York

The New Academy, Robert Lehman Art Center, Andover, MA



Cloaca Maxima, Neiman Center Gallery, Columbia University, New York

Columbia University First Year Show, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York

New Techniques in Printmaking, Danforth Gallery, University of Maine, Augusta, ME

Maine Print Project, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME

Objects of Desire, Neiman Center Columbia University, New York






Artists Talk: “The Amourous Contestations of the Precarious Workers Will Be the Weapon of Victory,” Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Artist-in-Residence, Center for Curatorial Studies, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Workshop: “Class War, Class Action,” Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY
Manicure Your Neighborhood, A workshop on Zoning and Displacement, H.E.N.S. Headquarters, Brooklyn, NY 
H.E.N.S. Spring Training, A workshop on Employer Sanctions Law and Immigration Policy, H.E.N.S. Headquarters, Brooklyn, NY
Precarious Worker Mixer, A workshop on Employment Law and the rise of internships, H.E.N.S. Headquarters, Brooklyn, NY



Finalist in 2011 Public Art Fund In the Public Realm commission.



Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency, Die Storung Collective

(Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, Die Storung Collective)



Gatsby Charitable Foundation grant

D’Arcy Hayman Scholarship award

Agnes Martin Fellowship

Columbia University Arts Council Project Grant

Artist in Residence, Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists’ Residency



Norfolk, Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Painting



Summer Residency, International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Montecastello de Vibo, Italy



Columbia University thesis grant

Columbia Finalist Mortimer Hayes Brandeis Traveling Fellowship