About the Artist

Geraldine Ondrizek received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington. She is a Professor of Art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. For the last twenty years she has created architecturally scaled works that house images and forms inspired from medical and biological information. This work, often based on the minimalist grid and conceptual strategies of art making, are meant for interaction and engagement with the viewers. In 2001 after a loss of a child and research into her own genetic conditions, she began work with geneticists to gather and compose images of human cells and genetic tests that relate to ethnic identity and disease. Ondrizek’s work aim at questions of life’s origins, life cycles, and ethical issues related to genetics and the possibility to unravel genetic conditions.

Ondrizek’s work has been shown widely in galleries and museums, including 30 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. She was the recent recipient of an Oregon Council and Ford Foundation Professional Development Grant for the creation and exhibition of Chromosome Painting. Ondrizek also received the Stillman Drake Fund, the Levine Fund and Mellon Foundation Faculty Research Awards; and in 2006, won the Oregon Council on the Arts Fellowship. Reviews of her work have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Art Week, art ltd, Art News, Surface Design, Textile: a Journal of Cloth and Culture, The New York Times, The Oregonian, and the Sudduetch Zietung.

In 2012-2013 her work will travel to CalArts in LA, the University of Houston Gallery and The Johnson Space Center in Houston, The Florida International University in Miami, and Hamilton College in New York.

Learn more about Geraldine Ondrizek and view her full portfolio of work.


The Detroit Museum of Art
The Portland Art Museum
The Sheldon Museum
The Western Washington Gallery
The Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College
The IMSS Chicago
The Miller Gallery at Carnegie–Mellon University
The Hillwood Museum
PDX Contemporary Art
Pyramid Atlantic
The Holter Museum
The Wiesman Museum
The Museum of Fine Art, Baltimore


Columbia College in Chicago
Royal College of Art
Goldsmiths College in London
University of Washington, Seattle
Conference for Art and Society in Venice, Italy

Artist in Residence

CAMAC in Marnay-sur-Seine, France
Gasworks in London
Women’s Studio Workshop in New York
Kunstseminar in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Mattress Factory in Pennsylvania
Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado