"For over a decade I've been building works with tension and compression for galleries and museums."
Jonathan Brilliant was born in 1976 in Charleston, South Carolina. Brilliant holds a B.A. in studio art from the College of Charleston and an M.F.A. in Spatial Arts from CSU San Jose. Brilliant is a recipient of an individual artist grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and is a South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow. He has exhibited his work in several groups and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. From May 2009-December 2010 he conducted his Have Sticks Will Travel: World Tour, a marathon series of site-specific installations that took place in thirteen galleries in eighteen months, in three countries, on two continents, and included a stop at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA. He has received fellowships to several artist communities including McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, The Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and The East/West Project in Berlin Germany. He has served as a visiting artist for The University of Oklahoma, Kendall College of Art and Design, University of Memphis, Minnesota State University, and Austin Peay State University among others. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the Cairns Festival, Queensland Australia, the Center for Creativity, and the arts at CSU Fresno, California, and The Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge. Recent solo exhibitions include the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke VA, and The Hickory Museum of art. He lives with his wife Brooke, son Asher, daughter Mabel and cats Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit and Mrs. Moo-cat along with 4 adorable hens: Laverne, Shirley, Hunter and Garcia in Raleigh North Carolina.