Io Palmer was born on Hydra – a motorless Greek Island off the coast of the Peleponesse. The first seven years of her life were spent amongst the donkeys, the fishes, the clear blue Mediterranean Sea and the jazz music her parents listened to.
Through depictions of cleaning products, laborer’s garments and various other industrial and domestic forms, Io Palmer’s artworks explore the complex issues of class, capitalism and societal excess. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including fabric, steel, wood and video.
Palmer has been featured in several national and international exhibitions including the Dakar-International Arts Biennial, Dakar, Senegal; Working History, Reed College, Portland, OR and The Button Show, Rush Gallery, NYC, NY.
Select solo exhibitions at York College, CUNY, Jamaica, NY; Deluge Contemporary, Victoria, BC; University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL; Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA and a two person exhibition at the Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD.
She has participated in several artist residencies such as The Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India; The Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM and the Ucross Foundation, Clermont, Wyoming. Io most recently received a Fulbright Nehru Professional Excellence Grant to India, 2019.
Ms. Palmer holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA.