Born 1966, 7lbs

Lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021 TEMPLATE DAYS: MAY TVEIT & AVANTIKA BAWA // UK Art Museum, Lexington, KY

2020 FIELDS, PLANES, SYSTEMS: SELF // Farm Projects, Wellfleet, MA

2019 DROP UNIT // Greenlease Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2017 UNIVERSAL BOXES // The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

2012 PRODUCT PLACEMENT: MADISON AVE. / NOSTRAND AVE. // Gridspace, Brooklyn, NY

2009 FIELD TEST // Farm Projects, Wellfleet, MA

2007 INNER PACKAGE // UCM Gallery, Warrensberg, MO

2007 INNER PACKAGE // Studios Inc., Kansas City, MO

2004 UNITED DIVIDED // United Metal Spinning Company, Kansas City, MO

2002 RETAIL THERAPY // Epsten Gallery, Village Shalom, Kansas City, MO

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 ART ON PAPER // Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC

2021 RESIDENTS EXHIBITION // Patton Mallot Gallery, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

2018, 2021 KANSAS CITY FLAT FILE & DIGITAL FILE // H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2015 BROADSHEETS // Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

2014 FROSTED FLAKES // Etherington Art, Marfa, TX

2013 RISES ZORA // Kansas City, MO - screened Product Placement, Black Friday

2012 RAPID TRANSIT // Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2012 BIG RED // Art OMI, via The Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, NY - offsite field slated for housing development

2011 AMERICA HERE AND NOW // Leedy Voulkas Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Curated by: Eric Fischl & Yosi Sergant

2011 60 SECOND TAKE: The Local Face of Globalism // H&R Block Artspace, Screened: Citizenship, Kansas City, MO

2010 CONVERSATION MATTER, Dialogue By Design: Experimental Platforms for Intimate Conversations // Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO

2010 SANCTIONED ARRAY // Whitebox Gallery, New York, NY

2010 PRODUCT PLACEMENT // Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2010 FIT // Studios Inc, Kansas City, MO - globalspeak

2009 POSTCARDS FROM THE HEARTLAND // APF LAB, Art Production Fund, New York, NY

2008 ART THE VOTE // Billboard Project, Kansas City, MO, Saint Louis, MO

2006 BETWEEN THE OBSERVER AND THE OBSERVED // Lianzhou, China

2006 AMERICAN DREAM IN QUESTION // Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO

2006 GLOBALSPEAK // Studios Inc., Kansas City, MO

2004 FANTASIES AND REVIVALS: KANSAS CITY’S URBAN FUTURE // Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2004 A SUPERMARKET OF FINE ART // UNI Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA

2003 BIG AND BEAUTIFUL // H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2003 RIVER MARKET REGIONAL // Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

2003 BIG WORKS // Arts Incubator, Kansas City, MO

2002 THREE RING CIRCUS; A CURATORIAL SPECTACLE // Leedy Voulkas Arts Center, Kansas City, MO

2002 CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION AWARD EXHIBITION // JCCC Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS, Essay by: Randy Griffey

2001 PIEROGI FLATFILES / KANSAS CITY FLATFILES // H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2001 NEWALITY // Shaw Hofstra, Kansas City, MO

2001 AVENUE OF THE ARTS / CURTAIN WALL // Kansas City, MO

1999 IN PROGRESS / CORNER // Kansas City, MO

1999 PAILS, BUCKETS, & CANS // Chalmers Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

PUBLIC PROJECTS

2014 TYPECAST RECAST // Bemis Art Center + Anti-Defamation League, Omaha, NE – finalist

2006 WYANDOTTE BRIDGE PROJECT // Kansas City, MO, 1% for ART – finalist

2005 JACKSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE // Kansas City, MO, 1% for ART – finalist

2002 KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT // Kansas City, MO 1% for ART – semi-finalist

2001 11th & OAK PARKING STRUCTURE // Kansas City, MO 1% for ART – finalist

2001 AVENUE OF THE ARTS / CURTAIN WALL // Kansas City, MO – realized

2001 ARTS IN TRANSIT // St. Louis, MO – unrealized

1999 WYANDOTTE PROJECT // Kansas City, MO – public interior / private commission

1999 TROZZOLLO PARK // Urban Memorial Park, Kansas City, MO, private commission – unrealized

COLLECTIONS

ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING // Kansas City, MO

BARKLEY // Kansas City, MO

CAPITOL FEDERAL HALL // Lawrence, KS

EMPRISE ART COLLECTION // Wichita, KS

FISHNET SECURITY // Kansas City, MO

HALLMARK ART COLLECTION // Kansas City, MO

LAWRENCE PAPER COMPANY // Lawrence, KS

MDC MUSEUM OF ART & DESIGN // Miami, FL

NATIONAL CENTER FOR DRUG FREE SPORT // Kansas City, MO

UK ART MUSEUM // Lexington, KY

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

RESIDENCIES

2021 ANDERSON RANCH // Snowmass, CO

2021 HAYSTACK // Deere Isle, ME

2020 FARM PROJECTS // Wellfleet, MA

2019 FRANS MASEREEL CENTRUM // Kasterlee, Belgium

2018 OFFICINA STAMPERIA DEL NOTAIO // Tusa, Sicily

2010 ART OMI // Ghent, NY

GRANTS / AWARDS (selected)

2018 United States Artist Award // Nominee

2018 Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, Grant // Frans Masereel Residency

2010 Andy Warhol Foundation / Charlotte Street Foundation: Rocket Grant // Product Placement

2010 Arts KC Inspiration Grant // Product Placement

2009 Arts KC Inspiration Grant // Field Test

2007 AIA American Institute of Architects // Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Award

2007 Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop // Award

2006-2010 Review Studios // Mid-Career Studio Award

2002 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship // Award

2002 Hall Center for the Humanities Creative Work Fellowship // Award

PUBLICATIONS (selected)

Provincetown Arts Magazine, Megan Hinton, All of her “Un’s”, July 2020, featured monoprint

KC Studio Magazine, Brian Hearn, Universal Boxes, Friday, January 5, 2018

NPR / KCUR, CJ Janovy, Universal Boxes, Friday, January 5, 2018

Kansas City Star, Product Placement, Rises Zora, 2014

Bad At Sports, Jamilee Polson Lacy, Rights of Passage in Kansas City: through the Labyrinth, June 7, 2013

Art Practical, Art Practical Editors, Loosed Limits and Imaginary Lines, February 27, 2012

Journal of Ideas, Durganand Balsavar Nandan, Rapid Transit/Product Placement, Channai, India, December 2012

National Mongolian Radio, Uyanga Ganchangaa, Rapid/Transit, Ulaanbaataar, Mongolia, July 2012

Kansas City Star, Theresa Bembnister, Rocket Grants propel Artistic Innovation, January 1, 2011

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Rocket Grants, June 6, 2010

Kansas City Star, Suzanne P. Cole, Color Field, October 25, 2009

Provincetown Banner, Reva Blau, Save the Bales. July 23, 2009

Architect magazine, Katie Gerfen, National Center for Drug Free Sport, July 31, 2009

Art in America, Stephen Maine, Report from Kansas City: Live-Work Options, Oct. 2008

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Where Art Works,February 6, 2008

Kansas City Star, Steve Paul, Simply Sexy Structures, November 11, 2007

Charlotte Street Foundation: 10, May Tveit, essay by Dr. Maria Elena Buszek, October, 2007

The Pitch, Dana Self, Made In......March 29, 2007

Kansas City Star, I Teresa Bembnister, Inner Package, 2007

The Pitch, Ray T. Barker, Our critics recommend these shows...American Dream: In Question, 2006

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Five Don’t-Miss Exhibits, Aug. 27, 2006

Kansas City Star, Robin Trafton, FYI Thought-provoking Art, July 8, 2006

KCUR / NPR, Up to Date, Steve Kraske, United/Divided interview with May Tveit, May 14, 2004

ljworld.com, Alice Thorson, artnotes: Artist’s installation explores work, identity, May 9, 2004

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Spotlight: May Tveit, May 14, 2004

Channel 6 news, Mindie Paget, Art a la carte, Friday, May 14, 2004

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, Attention Wall-Art Shoppers, Melody Parker, February 15, 2004

KCUR / NPR, Up to Date, Steve Kraske, Charlotte Street Fund, December 20, 2004

Review, Heather Lustfeldt, Charlotte Street Celebrates Six Years, Six Artists, November 2003

Art Papers, Heather Lustfeldt, Charlotte Street Fund Exhibition, March-April, November 2003

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Avenue Achievement, October 18, 2003

Review, Kate Hackman, High Design, Middle America & the Toilet Brush, February/March 2003

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, A Fund of Talent, December 15, 2002

Art in America, Charlotte Street Fund, November 2002

Art in America, Alice Thorson, May Tveit at Gallery at Village Shalom, November 2002

Art in America, Gallery Guide, Art in Kansas City, May Tveit at Gallery at Village Shalom, Retail Therapy, August 2002

Review, Kate Hackman, An Art Necessity, November 2002

KCUR / NPR, Lara Spencer, Big And Beautiful, September 6, 2002

Kansas City Star, Elizabeth Kirsch, Beauty and Brains, September 20, 2002

MV Times, Della B. Hardman, About Town, September 2002

Art in America, Gallery Guide, Art in Kansas City, May Tveit at Gallery at Village Shalom, Retail Therapy, August 2002

Review, Tamara Haddad, Demystifying the Public Art Process, July-August 2002

Review, Kate Hackman, Money as Material, May June 2002

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Rewarding New Ideas, March 17, 2002

Review, Hesse McGraw, America After: Bargaining for Meaning, March/April 2002

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Every Artwork Must Go!, February 8, 2002

Review, Kate Hackman, May Tveit: Retail Therapy, February 2002

Review, Kate Hackman, Three Ring Circus: A Curatorial Spectacle, February 2002

Kansas City Jewish Chronical, Retail Therapy, February 2002

KCUR/NPR, Lara Spencer, Retail Therapy, January 2002

The Pitch, Debra Di Blasi, Souls For Sale, January 24, 2002

Kansas City Jewish Chronical, Retail Therapy Opens Up at Gallery Village Shalom, January 2002

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Top 100 Moments in KC Entertainment & the Arts, Avenue of the Arts, December 2001

Greater Kansas City Business, Kate Lee, The Art of it All, September 2001

Kansas City Star, Kate Hackman, Visual Relief, July 13, 2001

Kansas City Star, Heather Lustfeld, All revved Up and Somewhere to Show, July 2001

Review, Kate Hackman, Avenue of the Arts, June 2001

119th & NO WHERE, May Tveit, The Architecture of Entertainment issue, Review Magazine, Art & Culture Periodical

KCUR / NPR, Mayor Emmanuel Cleaver, Under the Clock, Public Art Forum, May 2001

KMBC 9 news, Larry Moore, Public Art, Public Life, May 2001

KMBC 9 news, Larry Moore, Avenue of the Arts, May 2001

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Curtains Going Up on Art, April 5, 2001

Kansas City Star, Alice Thorson, Taking it to the Street Again, January 27, 2001

BOOK

1993 MAY TVEIT / MERONE PER MERONE // Author of a critical analysis of a cement industry’s intent to site an art museum within a working factory.

Progetti di Interventi Ambientali / Environmental Projects // 600 copies printed // Quaderni Aldebaran, n. 2, July 1993, Milan Italy

Text by: Sibylle Kircherer, Patrizia Scarzella, May Tveit

LECTURES (selected)

2022 PRESERVATION HALL // In the Studio, Wellfleet, MA

2021 ANDERSON RANCH ARTS CENTER // Snowmass, CO

2021 HAYSTACK // Deere Island, ME

2019 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN // Providence, RI - Printmaking Visiting Artist

2019 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS // Denton, TX - Printmaking Visiting Artist

2019 ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY // Drop Unit Round Table Discussion, Kansas City, MO

2017 NERMAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART // Johnson County, KS

2011 THE CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION // Kansas City, MO - Artist Keynote Speaker

2008 NELSON ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART // Resting, Living, Making, Being: with Michael Cross, Kansas City, MO

2008 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY // Art the Vote, St. Louis, MO

2002 JCCC GALLERY OF ART // Overland Park, KS - Charlotte Street Fellowship Award

2000 SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART // Lawrence, KS

2000 HALLMARK // Kansas City, MO

2000 PARSONS NEW SCHOOL // New York, NY - Interior Architecture Visiting Artist

2000 CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART // Bloomfield Hills, MI - Architecture Visiting Artist

1999 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN // Providence, RI

1997 KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE // Kansas City, MO

TEACHING

1999 - Present UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS // Lawrence, KS - Associate Professor

1996 - 1999 KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE // Kansas City, MO - Assistant Professor

1995 - 1996 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN // Providence, RI - Special Instructor

EDUCATION

1991 MID DOMUS ACADEMY // Milan, Italy

1989 BFA RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN // Providence, RI

1988 EUROPEAN HONORS PROGRAM, RISD ROME // Rome, Italy