Virginia Lee Montgomery

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Born1986 (age 37–38)
Houston, Texas
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BFA
  • MFA
Alma mater
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Yale University
OccupationVisual artist

Virginia Lee Montgomery is an American visual artist working in video art, performance art, sound art, and sculpture born 1986 in Houston, Texas. She lives and works between Texas and New York. She has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Early life and education

Montgomery was raised in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin[1] (2008) for her undergraduate BFA studies and attended Yale University for her graduate MFA studies.


Virginia Lee Montgomery is a feminist artist.[2] Her artwork is known for its surrealist qualities. [3] Symbolic imagery like circles, holes, and spheres are recur in her artwork—facilitating unexpected insights about gender and visual language.[4] She states in an interview with She/Folk magazine, "[Through my art] I can survey relationships between bodies, hierarchies between objects, genders, sound or forms, and thus allow forth a message to emerge from these intersecting realms of cognitive awareness and sensorial participation. [5] In the exhibition catalog for Crash Test, Curator Nicolas Bourriaud writes, "...Virginia Lee Montgomery's works display images atomized by technology: their aim is no longer to represent the world, but to find the points through which it manifests itself and operates, the source from which it draws its morphological power, in other words its capacity to generate forms and to produce effects." [6] She has exhibited at art institutions including New Museum[7], Socrates Sculpture Park[8], Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College[9], Times Square Arts, SculptureCenter, Museum Folkwang, and Lawndale Art Center[3]. She has exhibited at galleries including Hesse Flatow Gallery, False Flag Gallery, and Meyohas Gallery. Her public monument to Yale University's particle accelerator, PORTAL, was commissioned by Yale University and is on permanent display at Wright Lab Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.


Sky loop (2020)

The Sky Loop exhibition is a video art installation exploring the artist's firsthand experience of Hurricane Harvey from a psychoanalytic perspective.[10] The installation interweaves video imagery of hurricanes and butterflies as inspired by the Butterfly Effect theory. The exhibition was commissioned by the Lawndale Art Center of Houston, Texas.[11] Montgomery was interviewed by NPR correspondent Catherine Lu about the Sky Loop video exhibition on KUHT Houston Public Media, 88.7FM radio.[12]

Pony cocoon (2019)

Pony Cocoon is a video artwork depicting a luna moth hatching from a blonde ponytail hair prop. The film conceptually interweaves themes of psychology and entomology. The Pony Cocoon video is recorded in high definition macro camera footage. The film's soundscape is original and constructed from field recordings by the artist. Pony Cocoon was exhibited at False Flag Gallery in 2019.[13]

Honey moon (2019)

Honey Moon is a public video artwork that was created for Times Square Arts in New York City. The video depicts the artist's hand holding a small model moon as honey streams over it. The artwork screened in Times Square across many large advertising screens nightly at 11:59PM during the month of February in 2019. Honey Moon was as apart of the public arts programming for Midnight Moment. [14] Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square with an estimated annual viewership of 2.5 million. [14]

Cut copy sphinx (2018)

Cut Copy Sphinx is a video artwork inspired by the Me Too Movement. The Cut Copy Sphinx video is a companion piece to the artist's public New York City sculpture, SWORD IN THE SPHINX, that was commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park for the 2018 Socrates Annual exhibition.[8] The video has been exhibited at the New Museum,[7] New Orleans Film Festival (2019), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2019).

Pony hotel (2018)

The Pony Hotel artwork documents the artist's ponytail prop inside various hotel rooms during her career traveling for Graphic Facilitator work. The video shows the artist as she animates her ponytail like a puppet inside the hotel rooms. The Pony Hotel artwork was part of a video art exhibition series shown at New York City's New Museum in 2019. Curatorial Assistant Kate Weiner wrote that the artworks, including Pony Hotel, "interrogate the relationship between physical and psychic structures."[7] The PONY HOTEL video was presented as a video installation and solo exhibition at Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany in 2019.

Water witching (2018)

The Water Witching video artwork contains archival footages from nature, divination practices, and feminist protest from the 2017 Women's March in Washington D.C., Water Witching thematically explores agency amidst ecological, spiritual, or political adversity.[15] The film's soundscape is composed of field recordings of water, wind, machines, animals, and human protest. Water Witching was commissioned by New York's Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College for the exhibition, "An unbound knot in the wind" curated by Alison Karasyk. [9]


Particle accelerator memorial project: ideation accelerator (2015-2017)

The Particle Accelerator Memorial Project, commissioned by Wright Laboratory at Yale University, is an art project by Montgomery at the Yale University physics department. The artwork is about the decommission of Wright Lab's linear particle accelerator. Montgomery created a large free-standing public sculpture outside the Yale Physics Department's building entitled, Portal (2017). The sculpture is a 9 ton, 14ft blue monument engineered from the original entrance portal of the linear particle accelerator. Portal is Montgomery's first outdoor monument. It is on permanent display at Yale University in New Haven,Connecticut.

Head stone (2016)

The Head Stone sculpture is made blue memory foam and a 100lb stone. The Head Stone sculpture has exhibited at the Center for Curatorial Studies at [9], and the Lawndale Art Center.[3]

In the media



  1. "Alumna Virginia Lee Montgomery presents new work at Socrates Sculpture Park, New Museum and Times Square". The Department of Art and Art History. The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. Rockefeller, Hall W. "A chat with the Business Witch". Less Than Half. Less Than Half. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Vogel, Wendy. "Virginia Lee Montgomery: Sky Loop". Lawndale Art Center. Lawndale Art Center. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  4. G'Sell, Eileen. "Virginia Lee Montgomery's Abject Whimsy". Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic Media. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  5. Arianne. "Interview with artist Virginia Lee Montgomery". She/Folk. She/Folk. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  6. Bourriaud, Nicolas (2018). CRASH TEST, The Molecular Turn. Montpellier, France: La Panacée, MoCo Montpellier Contemporain. p. 19. ISBN 978-2-490123-01-8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Weiner, Kate. "Screens Series: Virginia Lee Montgomery". Screens Series: Virginia Lee Montgomery. New Museum. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wilcox, Jess. "Virginia Lee Montgomery". Socrates Sculpture Park. Socrates Sculpture Park. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Karasyk, Alison. "'An unbound knot in the wind'". Hessel Museum of Art Bard College. Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard University. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  10. Huete, Betsy. "A Texas Hurricane, and Virginia Lee Montgomery's SKY LOOP at Lawndale". Glasstire: Texas Visual Art. Glasstire. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  11. Glentzer, Molly. "Artist finds the zen of Hurricane Harvey in Lawndale show". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  12. Lu, Catherine (2020-02-21). ""Sky Loop" Heals Memories of Hurricane Harvey, And American Idol's Tamyra Gray Comes To TUTS". NPR. Houston Public Media. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  13. "7 Artists To Watch in March 2019". Artspace. Artspace. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Times Square Arts. "Honey Moon". Times Square Arts. Times Square Alliance. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  15. Demers, Laura. "Virginia Lee Montgomery: Ponytails, Power Drills, and Political Action". Femme Art Review. Femme Art Review. Retrieved 15 May 2020.

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