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Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship 2018, Toby Devan Lewis Fund & Cranbrook Academy of Art

New Beginnings Award May 2018 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Finalist, Emerging Artist Award May 2018, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Artist in Residence, Hair and Nails 2018 December, Minneapolis MN

Transformation, Detroit Artist’s Market 2019 April, Detroit MI

Solo Exhibition, Hair and Nails 2019 April, Minneapolis MN



Christopher Corey Allen (born 1985) is an  interdisciplinary artist working between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Detroit, Michigan.
CCA utilizes video installation, sculpture, performance, and experimental lectures to explore ways of viewing the body outside of a perceived finitude of development— transcending a normative understanding of the subject as bound and contained. 

Through a punk and queer theory optics he cites his work within a speculative body. It is an archetype for understanding ourselves as mentally and physically unfinished through which representation and identity are limitless.   It utilizes messiness and contradiction, where the borders of normativity and binary systems are probed. 


It resists and redefines culturally agreed value through a refusal of perfection, allowing for multiple ways of being to emerge.  

In his practice, CCA utilizes aesthetic tools such as fixation, repetition, shapeshifting and fetishization to probe the borders of normativity and binary systems.

CCA received his BA in fine arts from the University of Minnesota in 2007 and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018. He is a 2018 Toby Devin Lewis Fellow and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New Beginnings Award from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in 2018, and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation award in 2017.
Allen has exhibited nationally including Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN, Roman Susan Gallery in Chicago IL, and the Cobo Center in Detroit MI. Residencies include Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium; and Pino in Florence, Italy.

He is a co-facilitator of SpaceSpaceSpace in Detroit, an annual conference centering around alternative pedagogy, self-organizing, and exploring ways of disrupting productions of knowledge within academic structures.







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