1996 BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
2002 MA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
2007 MFA, University of California, Berkeley, CA


2022 Tilting at Windmills: Kara Hearn & Micheál O'Connell aka Mocksim, Gallery DODO, Brighton, UK
2021 Antidote on Webster Ave., Arthøle, Port Washington, NY
Self-modulation for a new age, Temp. Files, Online Publication/Video Publishing Cooperative
2019 Present Perfect Continuous: Barb Smith & Kara Hearn, Grizzly, Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Tremendous, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
2012 Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical!, EFA Project Space, New York, NY
2010 Tremendous, Recess Activities Inc., New York, NY
  Tremendous, Tribeca Cinemas, New York, NY
2009 Hunger makes a fine sauce, Art Palace, Austin, TX
  One thing after another, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
2008 A tent in which to read The Invisible Man, MainSite Contemporary, Norman, OK
  A Problem of Courage, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
2006 Re-enacted Scenes, (selected by Harrell Fletcher, with Dana Dart-McLean), Small A Gallery, Portland, OR


2021 Experimental Pints & Pictures, The Lyric Cinema, Fort Collins, CO
2019 Antimatter [media art] Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada
  Ad Astra Per Aspera, Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition, Wassaic, NY
2018 Apparatus 2.0, Centre for Contemporary Arts Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  It’s Bedtime Somewhere, House of Performance Event, Queens, NY
2017 The Laughable Enigma of the Ordinary, Arquipélago Centro de Artes Contemporaneas, Azores, Portugal
  Antimatter [media art] Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada
  The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
  Dallas Medianale, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
  Best of Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
  Far-Sighted: Film Video Faculty Exhibition, Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
2016 Apparatus for a Utopian Image, EFA Project Space, New York, NY
  Antimatter [media art] Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada
  FELT BOOK, The Institute for New Feeling, The Internet
  Double Act: Art and Comedy, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
  Topical Breach, Mainsite Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma
  Extremely Short Film Festival 19, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
2015 Epic Stories: Forging meaning amidst memory, allegory and culture, Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA), Tulsa, OK
2014 Six of one, half a dozen of the other, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
2012 Celeste Prize Exhibition, Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy
  Recess at MoMA, MoMA PopRally, New York, NY
  You, Me, We, She, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  Concept Plus Object, Possible Projects, online project based in Philadelphia, PA
  MAD-LIB[rary], Independent Curators International, New York, NY
2011 Bloodlines, Craftswoman House, Pasadena, CA
  Land Before Skype, CS13, Cincinnati, OH
2010 It's better to regret something you have done..., Art Palace, Houston, TX
  Me, My Camera, and I, Pace Digital Gallery, New York, NY
  Two Sheets Eight Pages, Possible Projects, Brooklyn, NY
  Material & deStructure, PG Contemporary, Houston, TX
  You Can Tell a Cowboy by the Horse He Rides, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
2009 Domestic Disturbance, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  Artist as Performer, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
  Core Artist in Residence Exhibition, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  Show # 21: Protagonist, And/Or Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008 I-35 Biennial Invitational, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
  Alien Audiograph, AUX, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Playing Alive: Revisions on Reality, PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR
  Core Artist in Residence Exhibition, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  Weight of the World, Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2007 Dark Mirror, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Body Double, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  Self 2.0, Vertexlist, Brooklyn, NY
  Compass 2007, UC Riverside California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
  Fermata, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
  The Collective Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  Deadpan Exchange, Kooh-i-nor Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  We Love Cinema, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  Abstract Things, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England
2006 Open Walls #2, White Columns, New York, NY
  Immediate Futures, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Women in the Directors Chair International Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL
  Festival Tous Courts, International Festival of Cinema, Aix-en-Provence, France
2003 Women With Vision Film Festival, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2002 New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, New York, NY
  Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema, San Francisco, CA
  Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, TX
2001 Witness Short Films, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2000 Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
  New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA


Temp. Files on residing in the digital space, Creatrix Magazine (June 5, 2021).
Dabrowska, Tusia. Interview with Kara Hearn, Temp. Files (March 1, 2021).
Shaw, Shelby. An Interview with Temp. Files, Screen Slate, (March 17, 2021).
López, Wit. Kara Hearn and Barb Smith on their duo art show at Grizzly Grizzly, The Art Blog (December 6, 2019).
David Campbell and Mark Durden, Double Act: Art and Comedy, The Bluecoat (July 1, 2016).
Desi Gonzalez, "Artists and Audiences: How Can Artists Learn from the Public?," A Blade of Grass (March 21, 2013).
Angela Ashman, "Playtime: Artists go wild at MOMA," The Village Voice (November 7, 2012).
Rachel Cook, "Interview: The Transition from Firstness to Thirdness- Kara Hearn," ...might be good (September 16, 2011).
Ali Fitzgerald, "Gender (and other) Trouble," Art21 Blog (July 1, 2010).
Rachel Reese, "My Tidal Wave Dream – Interview with Kara Hearn," (June 8, 2010).
Steffani Jemison, "Artist as Performer," Art Lies (winter, 2009).
Natalie Sciortino-Rinehart, "Criticʼs Pick," (May 11, 2009).
Douglas Britt, "Light, sound, video smoke: all part of DiverseWorksʼ atmosphere," Houston Chronicle (June 6, 2008).
Garland Fielder, "Kara Hearn- A Problem of Courage," (June 10, 2008).
Andrea Liu, 2008 Core A.I.R. Exhibition, ArtUS 23 (summer, 2008).
Holly Myers, "ʼBody Double: through a lens starkly," Los Angeles Times (September 12, 2007).
David Velasco, "Criticʼs Pick," (June 12, 2006).


2021 Wassaic Artist Residency, Wassaic, New York
2018 Wassaic Artist Residency, Wassaic, New York
2010 Recess Artist-in-Residence, New York, New York
2009 Meredith Long Prize Recipient, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2009 Idea Fund Recipient, Andy Warhol Foundation
2007-09 Core Fellow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2007 UC Berkeley Eisner Award for Art 2006 Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts, sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation