Naomi Hawksley (b. 2000) is an artist based in San
Francisco, CA and recent graduate of the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. Her practice explores the public and private viewership of femme bodies through multimedia 2-D works.

Naomi has shown at Southern Exposure, Co-Prosperity, Sulk
Chicago, Adobe Books, Solo Show, and Night Club, and is currently working as a curator at London-based label and collective odyXxey.



2018 - 2022                                    Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL


2018 - 2022                                    Presidential Merit Scholarship Recipient, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

2018                                                Youth Arts Exchange Scholarship Recipient, Organization of Women Architects, San Francisco CA


2023                                                 Hedera Helix, Sulk Chicago, Chicago IL (solo)

2023                                                 Never Change, Night Club, Minneapolis MN

2022                                                 Feed the Nest More, Adobe Books, San Francisco CA

2022                                                 Naomi Hawksley Et Daniel Zeballos, Weatherproof, Chicago IL

2022                                                 Fables, Povos, Chicago IL

2022                                                 Graphite Stew, Upper Market Gallery, San Francisco CA

2022                                                  Scratch Mag Art Show, Adobe Books, San Francisco CA

2021                                                  Nice Work, Sulk Chicago, Chicgo IL

2021                                                  Tonal Vision: A Graphite Survey, Propagate Cooperative, Chicago IL

2021                                                  Stay As You Are, Cone Shape Top, Oakland CA

2021                                                  Antidotes for Confusion, Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA

2020                                                  Chapter 2, Solo Show, Online

2020                                                  Benefit, Solo Show, Online

2020                                                 Monster Drawing Rally 2020 Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA

2019                                                 $1.25: A Ticket for the Next Generation Southern Exposure San Francisco CA

2018                                                 Lumpen Drawing Rally Co-Prosperity, Chicago IL

2018                                                 Inherited Division: Second Hand Planet Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA

2017                                                 Monster Drawing Rally 2017 Southern Exposure San Francisco CA

2017                                                 Quiet Glow Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA

Professional Experience

2020-Present                                 OdyXxey Radio Curatorial Lead, London UK

2018-Present                                 Co-Prosperity Programming Council Member, Chicago IL

2017-2019                                      Mullowney Printing Company Intern, San Francisco CA


2023                                               In Naomi Hawksley’s Drawings, Looks Can Be Deceiving, ArtReview

2022                                               Artist of the Week, LVL3

In most cases, what is at issue is not the truth or falsity of a metaphor but the perceptions and inferences that follow from it and the actions that are sanctioned by it. In all aspects of life, not just in politics or in love, we define our reality in terms of metaphors and then proceed to act on the basis of metaphors. We draw inferences, set goals, make commitments, and execute plans, all on the basis of how we in part structure our experience, consciously and unconsciously, by means of metaphor.

Metaphors We Live By
George Lakoff & Mark Johnson