b. 1979, St. Louis, Missouri

lives and works in San Francisco, California



2006 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fiber & Material Studies, Chicago, IL

2001 BA, Oberlin College, Art History & English, Oberlin, OH

2004 AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology, Textile & Surface Design, New York, NY




Both Things are True, Koppe Astner Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (forthcoming)


Josh Faught (solo presentation), Frieze London, London, England


Sanctuary, St. Mark’s Cathedral, commissioned by Western Bridge, Seattle, WA



Josh Faught (solo presentation), NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

Siyinqaba, US Embassy in Swaziland, Mbabane, Swaziland



Christmas Creep, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY

I know I came into this room for a reason, Kendall Koppe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

The Mauve Decade, Launch Pad commission, London, England



BE BOLD for what you stand for, BE CAREFUL for what you fall for, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at the Neptune Society Columbarium, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Josh Faught (solo presentation), Artissima Art Fair, Turin Italy



Longtime Companion, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY



While the Light Lasts, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY

31st Annual Betty Bowen Award Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Procedures to Reduce Contamination and Stimulate Better Living, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA



My Other Car Is A Broom, Booster and Seven, Chicago,IL




Touchstone, Koppe Astner Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

OBJECTS Redux: How 50 Years Made Craft Contemporary. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX


The Future of Craft Part I, Museum of Craft and Design, New York, NY

The Future of Craft Part II, Museum of Craft and Design, New York, NY

Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Josh Faught and Kris Lemsalu, Sadie Coles HQ/Koppe Astner Gallery, London, UK

Textile Abstraction, Casas Riegner, Bogota, Colombia

Soft Core, curated by Matt Paweski, South Willard, Los Angeles, CA



Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York, NY

Iconoclasts, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

A Line Can Go Anywhere, curated by Jenelle Porter, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Curious and Curioser, curated by Jessica Silverman, fused projects, San Francisco, CA

If I Were in Your Body, Fierman Gallery, New York, NY

Josh Faught, Katherine Vetne, and Wayne Koestenbaum, [2nd floor projects], San Francisco, CA

99 Cents or Less, curated by Jens Hoffman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Detroit, MI

Broken Language, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines

First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA

Crafting the Future, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

On Empathy, Bridget Donahue, New York, NY



Borrowed Alibis, Freymund-Guth Fine Arts, Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland

Pretty Raw, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA



Material Fix, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Static Cling 2, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Loving After Lifetimes of All This, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO (traveled to Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC)



As We Were Saying, Emily Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present, curated by Jenelle Porter, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA  (traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH and Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA)

Rites of Spring, curated by Dean Daderko, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Houston, TX



The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Where I Lived and What I Lived For, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario, Canada



The Unspecified Index, 601 Artspace, New York

Today, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY

Material Occupation, University Art Museum, State University of New York--Albany, Albany, NY



Josh Faught and William J. O’Brien, Lisa Cooley Gallery, NY

NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

Painting Expanded, Tanya Banakdar Gallery, New York, NY

Acquisitions from the New Years Project, Western Bridge, Seattle WA

Text.ure, Regina Rex, Brooklyn, NY

Living Live, curated by David Fierstein, The Center, New York, NY



Andy Coolquitt, Josh Faught, J. Parker Valentine, 2010 Armory Show, New York, NY

Made In America, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Craft, curated by Melissa Brown, Lehmann College, New York, NY



Call + Response, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

On the Pleasure of Hating, curated by David Hunt, Lisa Cooley Gallery, NY

Josh Faught, Alex Fleming, Alan Reid, NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL



Creswell Crags, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY

The Horror Show, curated by Deb and David Tolchinsky, Chicago Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL



Impossible Violence, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Josh Faught, Josh Mannis, William J. O’Brien, Second Gallery, Boston, MA

Designer, Grizzly Bear, Friend EP



2016 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Award

2016 Artadia Award

2012 SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award

2009 Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum



Loewe/Louis Vuitton Foundation

Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Oakland Museum of California

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Saatchi Collection

Kadist Art Foundation

Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation

Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington

Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida




Lord, Catherine and Richard Meyer. Art and Queer Culture (Revised Edition). London: Phaidon, 2019.

Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art. Ed., Jenelle Porter and Phaidon editors. London: Phaidon, 2019.

Wolkoff, Julia. “These Artists are Changing Expectations of What a Tapestry Can Be.” Artsy.


Harbour, Aaron. “Bay Area Now.” Journal fyi. September 7, 2018.

Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Expansive, Exciting ‘Bay Area Now 8’ Lives up to ITs Name at YBCA.” KQED Arts. September 7, 2018.

Textile Abstraction (catalogue). Bogota: Casas Riegner, 2018. 

Wise, Robyn. “Bay Area Artist Josh Faught Weaves Layered Histories.” California Home and Design.



Adamson, Glenn. “Heaven Sent.” Art in America. April 2017, pp. 90-93.

Adamson, Glenn. “Josh Faught.” Queer Threads. Ed., John Chaich and Todd Oldham. New York: Ammo Books, 2017.

Clemans, Gayle. “Seattle Cathedral Tapestry Weaves Together Gay Politics, ‘Radical Inclusion.’” The Seattle Times. March 5, 2017

Lutz, Leora. “Josh Faught: The Prose of Safe Spaces.” Surface Design Journal. Fall 2017, pp. 32-37.

Schwedender, Martha. “A Line Can Go Anywhere: review.” The New York Times. September 13, 2017: C19.



Auther, Elissa. “He is Survived by his Longtime Companion: Feeling in the Work of Josh Faught.”

Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture. Ed., Nicholas R. Bell. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2016.



Auther, Elissa. “Sloppy craft as temporal drag in the work of Josh Faught.”

Sloppy Craft: Post-disciplinarity and Craft. Ed., Cheasley Patterson, Elaine and Susan Surette. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015. pp. 4-6, 9-12, 17, 24-5, 36-7, 45-58, 62, 162-3, 197-9.

McBane, Barbara. “Queer Abstraction.” The Archive: The Journal of the Leslie-Lohman

Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. No. 53. Spring 2015. pp. 11-13.

Slenske, Michael. “The Art World’s New Material Obsession: Fiber.” The Wall Street Journal. August 14, 2015.



--------. “Goings On About Town.” The New Yorker.

--------. “Chistmas Creep, Josh Faught at Lisa Cooley.” Cover: Carpets and Textiles for Modern Interiors. December 16, 2014.

--------. “Josh Faught at Kendall Koppe.” Contemporary Art Daily. October 25, 2014.

Colucci, Emily. “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’: Weaving Queer Desire in Josh Faught’s ‘Christmas Creep.’” November 9, 2014.

Cotter, Holland. “‘As We Were Saying’: ‘Art and Identity in the Age of “Post.”’” The New York Times. October 3: C23.

Halle, Howard. “Josh Faught, ‘Christmas Creep.’” TimeOut New York. November 18, 2014.

Indrisik, Scott. “Sarah Elson’s London Launch Pad.” August 12.

Linden, Christina. “Tie a Knot in It and Hang On.” Modern Painters. March: pp. 54-55.

Parrish, Sarah. “Josh Faught.” Fiber Sculpture 1960 - Present, 2014: pp. 194.

Patel, Alpesh. “Critics’ Picks: New York, Josh Faught, Lisa Cooley.” Artforum. November 16, 2014.

Thompson, Susannah. “Josh Faught I Know I Came into this Room for a Reason.” ArtReview. December 2014.



San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SECA 2012 Art Award: Zarouhie Abdallian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson (exhibition catalogue). San Franicisco Museum of Modern Art, 2013.

Gerrity, Jeanne. “Josh Faught” (review). Art Practical. November 12, 2013.

Faught, Josh and Glen Helfand. “Light Years: Revisiting In A Different Light.” Art Practical.September 13, 2013.

Auther, Elissa. “He is Survived By His Longtime Companion: Representations of Feeling in the Work of

Josh Faught.” Live webcast and essay to be published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Renwick Gallery.

Lutz, Leora. “Review: SECA Award: Josh Faught and Zarouhie Abdalian.” SFAQ.September 24, 2013.

Frock, Christian L. “Seeking SFMOMA’s SECA Awards.” KQED Arts. September 16, 2013.

Baker, Kenneth. “SFMOMA reaches out with works in public.” San Francisco Chronicle. September 14, 2013: pp. E1-E2.

Gallagher, Lauren. “SFMOMA takes show on the road.” SF Examiner. September 19, 2013.

Fowler, Nancy. “Take Five: STL-born artist Josh Faught on ‘Snacks’ and sexual orientation.” St. Louis

Beacon. July 8, 2013.!/ content/31603/josh_faught_snacks cam_062613?coverpage=3588

Russell, Stefene. “Josh Faught at the Contemporary Art Museum--St. Louis. St. Louis Magazine. July 2013.



Adamson, Glenn. “Goodbye to Craft.” Referenced as part of October 25, 2012 lecture at University of California, Berkeley.

Stuber, Tracy. “Josh Faught.” Modern Painters. November, 97.

Benway, Nova. “Josh Faught at Lisa Cooley: Longtime Companion.” The Drawing Center, New York.

Keesling, Jamie. “The familiar and the queer.” ArtSlant.

Schaming, Corinna Ripps. Material Occupation. Exhibition catalogue. Albany: University Art Museum, University at Albany, 2012.

--, “Josh Faught” (short listed exhibition review). The New Yorker. July 14, 2012.



Roberts, LJ. “Put Your Thing Down, Flip It, and Reverse It: Re-imagining Craft Identities Using Tactics of Queer Theory.” 

EXTRA/ORDINARY: Craft and Culture in Contemporary Art. Ed. Maria Elena Buszek. Durham: Duke University Press, 243-259.

Miller, Leigh-Anne. “The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss.” Art In America. May 12, 2011.



Smith, Roberta. “Josh Faught: While The Light Lasts” (review). The New York Times. February 11, 2010.

Schwendener, Martha. “Josh Faught: While The Light Lasts” (review). The New Yorker. January 28, 2010. 

Kron, Catherine. “Josh Faught: While the Light Lasts” (review). January 22, 2010.

Adamson, Glenn. “Analogue Practices.” The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists. Eds. Grabner, Michelle and Mary Jane Jacobs, eds.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 251-258.

Farr, Kristin, “Studio Invasion: Josh Faught.” KQED interview. December 28, 2010.

Kunimatsu, Susan. “Josh Faught: Sloppy Craft.” Fiberarts. November/December 2010.

Frost, Steven. “Fiber Art: The Queer Kid on the Bus.” Art21 Blog. August 5, 2010. 



Bernstein, Amy. “Call and Response as Critical Chorus.” PORT. September 9, 2009.

Bowie, Chas. “Call + Response review.” The Oregonian. Monday June 29, 2009.

Cruz, Araceli. “The Horror Show.” The Village Voice. August 4, 2009.

Graves, Jen. “Josh Faught Wins!” The Seattle Stranger, September 17, 2009.

Graves, Jen. “Currently Hanging.” The Seattle Stranger, November 2, 2009.

Graves, Jen. “Josh Faught: Sculpture is an Imperialist Force”, podcast, The Seattle Stranger, November 10, 2009.

Kley, Elisabeth. “Gotham Art & Theater.” Artnet. July 23, 2009.

Mondloch, Kate. “The Way Things Work: A Conversation between Kate Mondloch and

Josh Faught.” Essay published in conjunction with Call and Response exhibition. 2009.



Smith, Roberta. “Creswell Crags review.” The New York Times. September 26, 2008.

Adamson, Glenn. “Sloppy Craft.” Crafts Magazine. March/April 2008.

Murray, Timothy. “Disquieting Horror: Disembodiment, Mirrorical Stain, and Electronic Disturbance.”

Cultural Chicago Magazine. February 2008.



Joshua David Riegel and Sara Stoner. “Knowing Me/Knowing You.” Essay published in conjunction with Impossible Violence Exhibition. 2007.

Gschwandtner, Sabrina, ed. KnitKnit 5, New York, NY.

McFadden, David, ed. Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting,  catalogue published in conjunction with exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design. New York, NY: 2007.

Surabhi Ghosh and Rob Hunt, eds. Bailliwik, Spring 2007.



Koppe Astner Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK


Chair of Textiles/Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, San Francisco/Oakland, CA