Bio and CV

Jeff Schmuk has exhibited and completed projects at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon in Seoul, South Korea, the Goethe Institute of Cairo, Egypt, and the Bach Modern in Salzburg, Austria. In 2009, the collaborative PlantBot Genetics ( was co-founded with wife and collaborator Wendy DesChene, Recent exhibitions by Jeff and PlantBot Genetics include Foodture at the Elaine L Jacob Gallery of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and PlantBot Genetics: a Critical Contact Exhibition Series at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Takoma Park, Maryland, and artist lectures and studio visits at Long Island University in Brookville, New York.  Public projects while artists in residence at The Hafnarborg Art Center and Museum in Iceland and the McColl Center for the Arts in North Carolina gained invitations to the Landscape Laboratory at Buitenwerkplaats‏ in the Netherlands, the KulttuuriKauppila Art Center in Il, Finland as well as Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis, Missouri. 

Jeff Schmuki



TBA. University of Illinois Springfield Illinois. Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Award. Curator Allison Latcher.

TBA. Fielding Wright Art Gallery, Delta State University. Cleveland, Mississippi.      


Biophilia. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Art at Hollins University. Roanoke Virginia.

Art + Science: Mothology in the Age of Social Distancing. Richard F. Brush Gallery at St, Lawrence University. Canton, New York. 


Figuration. Pop-up exhibition at the University of Arkansas, Rome Center. Rome, Italy                                                                      

bot.tanical. Memorial Union Gallery, North Dakota State University. Fargo, North Dakota   


Vέα Oικολογία (New Ecology). Lakkos Art Center, Heraklion, Greece 

Varietà Comune. CRETA Rome. Rome, Italy

PlantBot 2.0. McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina 

Fresh Off The Farm. Field and Fork Farm. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida    

Jeff Schmuki. NYC Phoenix Art Online Invitational Guest Exhibition. 


Cross-Pollination. Neil Britton Gallery, Virginia Wesleyan University. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Adaptation. Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

MothLuck. First City Art Center, Pensacola, Florida


PlantBot Genetics: The Moth Project. Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

PlantBot Genetics: Monsantra. Seed Space. Nashville, Tennessee

PlantBot Genetics. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee 


Mothology. St Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconson

floraBotica. Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama


The Moth Project. De Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Artists Respond. Oulu Museum of Art. (Taidmuseo). Oulu, Finland

Foodture. Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
PlantBot Genetics: Monsantra. 621 Gallery, Tallahasse, Florida
PlantBot Genetics. Critical Contact Exhibition Series at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, MontgomeryTakoma Park, Maryland


Homestead. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Monsantra. The Studios of Key West. Key West, Florida 


Monsantra. The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

genAIRator. Art League Houston, Project Space, Houston, Texas

Armagardden. St. Edward’s University, Fine Arts Gallery, Austin, Texas

PlantBot Genetics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas



Ecology Revisioned. Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse. Prescott, Arizona



2021  exhibitions slated for 2020 rescheduled for 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions.  

Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community Through Art. Contemporary Craft. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    

Lost in the Weeds: Nature and Climate Change. Athens Institute of Contemporary Art. Athens, Georgia. 

Handles and Spouts: Teapots. Phoenix Airport Museum Collection. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 3, Level 1. Phoenix, Arizona.


Grey / Gray (Matters). Divisible Projects. Dayton, Ohio

Home as Situation. Bolivair Art Gallery, University of Kentucky. Lexington, Kenturcky

Contaminated. The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy and Institute for Digital Humanities. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Quarantine Zine. Issue 2: Alone and Together. Newburgh, New York.

Ostraka. ARTexchange at CAA. Hoken Gallery. Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

Tokens of Appreciation. John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Sheboygan, Wisconsin


Exposicion Artistas Internacionales. Espacio Little, Seville, Spain 

PlantBot Genetics. Lanzarote Arts Festival. Canary Islands, Spain

PlantBot Genetics. Larroque Arts Festival, Larroque, France

In Service. Concurrent exhibition during NCECA. Northern Clay Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota    

Ferment. Concurrent exhibition during NCECA, Minneapolis College Whitney Fine Arts Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lie, Cheat, Steal. Lyon College, Kesge Gallery. Batesville, Arkansas.

Collective Inaction. Memorial Union Gallery, North Dakota State University. Fargo, North Dakota

Ceramics +. Mesa Community College Art Gallery. Southern/Dobson Campus. Mesa, Arizona

Auburn University Faculty Exhibition. Ostraka (collab with Wendy DesChene). Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn, Alabama


When The Winters Were Still Really Cold (The Rhine). Useable Space. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Clay Review IV. Abernathy Arts Center. Sandy Springs, Georgia

GardenBot. Artfields, Lake City South Carolina

A Northward Migration. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia

Hambidge Art Gala. Design District, Atlanta, Georgia


Pollinate. HUBweek, City Hall Plaza. Boston, Massachusetts.     

Crossing Boundaries: Art and the Future of Energy. Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida.

STEAM2017. Art Gallery of the University of Western Florida, Pensacola, Florida.

The Art of Healthy Living. i.d.e.a. Museum. Mesa, Arizona.


Digital Culture. CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea.

RE•BOTICA. Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Garden Week. Gallery 1708. Richmond, Virginia.

Insecta. Haber Space at Central Booking, New York, New York.

Manchester: RVA Street Art Festival. Southern States Silos, Richmond, Virginia.

Methodology. East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Impending Future. Lycoming College Art Gallery. Williamsport, Pennsylvania


ESPACIO ENTER: International Festival of Creativity, Innovation, and Digital Culture. Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

AgriCULTURE.  Herndon Gallery, Antioch College. Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Turndown Service. COOP Popup Gallery at SECAC. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Maize y Mas. Legion Arts. Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Weight of the World. Traveling Exhibition: Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (GIoS), Harry Wood Gallery, Institute for Humanities                               Research(IHR).  Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Embodied Place: Observations and Notations.  Sierra Nevada College. Incline Village, Nevada.

Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint. Art Works For Change, online exhibition.


Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, PXSTL. St Louis, Missouri. 

Mediated Realities. Freedman Gallery. Albright College. Reading, Pennsylvania. 

Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation. John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Sheboygan, Wisconsin. 

Hunter/Gatherer, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, Missouri. 

Wings and Wheels. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 3, Level One.  Phoenix, Arizona. 

Entomological.  Roy C. Moore Art Gallery. University of North Georgia at Gainesville. Gainesville, Georgia. 

Sustainability. Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio. 

Art in Odd Places (AiOP): The Artifacts. Colonel's Row, Governors Island, New York, New York.


InLight Richmond. 1708 Gallery. Richmond, Virginia.

Same Difference. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 3, Level One. Phoenix, Arizona.

Shine On. Hambidge Center for Creative arts and Sciences Invited Artist. Rabun Gap, Georgia.

PlantBot ArtLab. McColl Center Environmental Artist  in Residence RECAP Intervention. Charlotte, North Carolina.

PlantBot Genetics and the 91%. AIOP 2013: NUMBER Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina.

6 Years In: The Warehouse. Salina Art Center. Salina, Kansas

PlantBot Genetics. Westobou Festival. Augusta, Georgia.

Vahki Revisited. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center. Mesa, Arizona.


Public Trust. Flux Factory, Long Island City, New York

New Country: Ruralism in Contemporary Art. Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University. Morehead, Kentucky

Sound of IT 3. Compositions In the Spirit of John Cage. Garage 4141, San Diego, California

Whale Oil to Whole Foods. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery & Greene County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Catskills, New York

Whale Oil to Whole Foods Part 2. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra, New York

Plein Air. International Group Exhibition, Airplane Gallery New York, New York
Ecologies of Food: Past, Present, Future. Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York

Bushwick Basel. Bushwick Art District Open Studios  and Galleries, Brooklyn, New York

Hydroponic/Hydrophone. Sound Art DJ Set at Creative iBar, KoPAS (Korea Performance Art Spirit), Seoul, South Korea



Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University. Hollins, Virginia


Airgentum. Seville, Spain

Northern Clay Center Visiting Artist, Minneapolis, Minnesota


CRETA Rome. Rome, Italy

Lakkos Art Center. Heraklion, Greece


Hambidge Center for Art and Science. Rapun Gap, Gerogia.


Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art.  Rock Island, Illinois.

Entomica. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Hambidge Center for Art and Science. Rapun Gap, Gerogia.


St. Norbert College. Department of Art, Artist in Residence. De Pere, Wisconsin.

The Studios of Key West.  Key West, Florida.     


KulttuuriKauppila Artist in Residence, Ii, Finland

Buitenwerkplaats Artist in Residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, Nebraska City, Nebraska

McColl Center for Visual Art Environmental Artist in Residence, Charlotte, North Carolina


The Hafnarborg Centre Artist in Residence, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

European Ceramic Workcentre CAD/CAM Residency. Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (declined)

The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York (declined)
The Prairie Center for the Arts, Peoria, Illinois




Competitive Sabbatical Award. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.

SECAC Representative for the State of Georgia


SECAC Representative 

Sustainability Fee Grant for Tiny Mural 2. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.

Tiny Mural. Georgia Southern University, Savannah Campus Science Center. Savannah, Georgia.                       


SECAC Representative for State of Georgia

Sustainability Fee Grant for Tiny Mural. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.

Faculty Service Award. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.


SECAC Representative for State of Georgia

How Design Promotional and Marketing Award for PlantBot Genetics Field Guide, Designer Jarred Elrod.

Faculty Service Award. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.


Seed Grant, ArtPrize 8. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Hooded Warbler Fellowship for the Natural Sciences. Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, Raybun, Gap, Georgia.


NEA Art Works Grant/Moth Project via St. Norbert College Department of Art. De Pere, Wisconsin


Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis Program Grant. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. St Louis, Missouri. 

Sustainability Fee Grant, The Moth Project at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Seed Grant, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia




Ostraka at Roanoake ArtsPop. Taubman Museum. Roanoake, Virginia.

Panel Co-Chair and Co-Presenter. Innovative Pedagogy in Art Education. SECAC Conference, Richmond, Virginia.

Presenter. Problem Solving Art. SECAC Conference, Richmond, Virginia.

Biophilia Lecture. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Art at Hollins University. Hollins, Virginia.

Artist Lecture. Hollins University Sustainable Architecture Class. Hollins, Virginia. 

Exhibiting Artist Lecture. St Lawrence University. Canton, New York.

Mothology for Children Lecture. St Lawrence University. Canton, New York.

Conversations on Craft and Food Justice. A 3 Part Series on Food, Agriculture, Sustainability, and Craft. Contemporary Craft Museum. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Moth Mural. Augustana College Department of Biology: College of Insect Collections. Rock Island, Illinois.


Panelist. In Service, NCECA Conference. Minneapolis Minnesota.

Lecture. Botanical Inspirations, Northern Clay Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lecture. Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE). Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

PlantBot Workshop. Augsburg University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lecture and Public Event. The Moth Project. Montevallo University, Montevallo, Alabama.

Lecture and Public Event. The Moth Project. Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

Lecture to Sculpture & 3D Classes. North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota


PlantBot Workshop and Lecture. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina     

Lecture. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center. Lake City, South Carolina

Panelist. Artist Run Spaces, Collectives, and Collaboration. SECAC Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.

PlantBot Workshop and Lecture. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida     

Panelist. Artist Run Spaces, Collectives, and Collaboration. SECAC Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.


PlantBot Building Workshop, Pulse Art and Technology Festival. Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia.

Presenter. Clean Energy Fest. Pensacola Museum Square, Pensacola, Florida.

Panel Chair. Arts and Sciences: Closer than they Think, SECAC Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Panelist. The Living Arts. SECAC Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

PlantBot Building Workshop. Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Artist Lecture. Professional Practice Class, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Artist Lecture. Crossing Boundaries: Art and the Future of Energy. Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida.


Artist Lecture. Figge Art Museum. Davenport, Iowa.

Panelist. Feeding the World: Visualizing Agriculture's Mark on the Land. SECAC Conference, Roanoke, Virginia

Moth Workshop. Longfellow Liberal Arts School, Davenport, Iowa

PlantBot Workshop. Augustana Teaching Museum, Rock Isand, Illinois         


Panelist, Soft Science. SECAC Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Artist Lecture. California University of Pennsylvania Art Department. California, Pennsylvania.

Artist Lecture. Slippery Rock University Art Department and the Department of Geology, Geography and the Environment. Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Artist Lecture. AgriCULTURE Closing and Harvesting Event. Herndon Gallery, Antioch College.  Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Artist Lecture. PlantBot Genetics. The Studios of Key West. Key West, Florida.

Artist Lecture. Towards a Better Future. College Art Association Invitation to ArtSpace. New York, New York.

Artist Lecture. Ideas in Sight Lecture Series: PlantBot Genetics. Savanna College of Art and Design (SCAD). Savannah, Georgia.

Artist Lecture. Art and Teaching. University of Houston – Clear Lake. Houston, Texas.


Artist Lecture. PlantBot Genetics. Long Island University, Long Island, New York. 

Artist Lecture. Ignite #38. Mediamatic Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Panelist, In Cahoots: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Projects. SECAC Conference, Sarasota, Florida.

Artist Lecture. Great Minds Lecture Series. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia


Artist Lecture. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia

Panelist, We Could Be Heroes: Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art Symposium. Brigham Young University Museum of Art. Provo, Utah

Panelist. How the Personal is Political: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Greensboro, North Carolina.


Artist Lecture. St. Edward’s University, Fine Arts Gallery, Austin, Texas
Artist Lecture. Auburn University at the University of Alabama’s International Program, Rome, Italy PlantBot Genetics Lecture, The New Gallery,                                      Calgary, Canada
PlantBot Genetics Workshop & Lecture. State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, Geneseo, New York

PlantBot Genetics Workshop & Lecture. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

PlantBot Genetics Workshop & Lecture. Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Panelist, Disrupt This Session, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, California
PlantBot Genetics Event, OxBow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus Georgia
Artist Lecture, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia



Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant Juror. Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Daniel Mirer: ArchitorSpace_Vancancy. Georgia Southern University Gallery, Statesboro, Georgia.  Co-Curated withMarc Mitchell: Curator & Director of  

     Exhibitions at University of Arkansas


RE: Green. Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (Essay and Catalog)




DesChene, Wendy and Jeff Schmuki. Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy and Purpose, edited by Zoe Charlton and Tim Doud, Punctum Books. Santa Barbara, California. (under  

      contract). Essay submitted in 2020, in editing process; projected publication date 2021. 

Staff Reporter. “Artists Operate Under the Guise of “PlantBot Genetics Inc”. The Roanoake Star, Feb. 28th. Web/Print.


Barnes, Katy. “Moths: Bees of the Night”. The Alabamian, Montevallo, AL. September 30, 2019. Web/Print 

EP Sevilla. “Artistas internacionales ofrecen en una exposición su "particular visión" de la Sierra Morena”. EuropaPress. June 21, 2019. Web.


Shields, Kathryn M and Sunny Spillane. Creative Collaboration in Art Practice, Pedagogy, and Research. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018) Chapter 1.2,                 Pages 33-346 and Cover Image and Color Plate 1.2. Print. 


Burr, Ty. “What’s under the Domes? Hope for a Future”. Boston Globe. October 14th, 2017.                                                                     

DesChene, Wendy and Jeff Schmuki. “Art, Science, and Moths?”. National Moth Week Guest Post, June 23, 2017. Web.                                  


Brunner, Brigitta R. Creating Citizens. (University of Alabama Press, 2016) Cover Image and Pages 117-128.

Turner, Jonathan. "Interactive Art Exhibit Tackles Moths, Plants, Nature". May 10th. Print / Web.

Scarmana, Lacy. “The Moth Project Satirically Images A World Without Pollinators”. WKIV Quad Cities.  March, 31, 2016. Radio/Web.

Cullen, Jack.  Notes @ Noon: “Our plants sing pop songs”. Quad City Times. March 30th, 2016. Print/Web.


Murphy, Michelle, M, and Baptiste Lefebvre. "Horror Plants #5." Editorial. Make8elieve: Art and Culture Magazine Oct.-Dec,   2015: 60-61. Web.

Zimmermann, Patricia R. Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (Palgrave, 2015) Print

McMahon, Todd. “Art Project Aims to Squash Myths About Moths.” Green Bay Press Gazette, Green  Bay, WI.  June 17.  Web / Print

Nemelka, Kev. “The Weight of the World: A Contemporary Art Exhibition of Affect, Reason, and Sustainability”. March 2015   Print.

Lührs, Greta. Operation Ewigkeit: Hohe Luft, Jan 1, 2015. Hamburg, Germany. P. 34-35. Print


Hodges, Micheal. "Food Art Plays Off Biotechs Scary Potential." Detroit News. Detroit. Feb 19th. 2014. Print
Losh, Lynn. "Jacob Gallery Exhibit Pokes Fun at Monsanto." The South End. Detroit. Feb 12, 2014. Print
Casinelli, Louis. "Foodture: PlantBot Genetics." Detroit Performs. Detroit. Feb 23, 2014. Print/Web      


Heekyung, Lee. Narratives Between Terra, Humanity and Environment: Ceramics: Art & Perception, issue #94. December, 2013, p. 47-52. Print          

Walker-Tome, Kara. "Plantbot Genetics Interview." GYST Interview Radio/Blog. July 18, 2013. Radio/Web.                                                                                 


Woodson, Michael. Live Interview with Artist Jeff Schmuki. Living Art. KPFT-FM Houston. August 24, 2012. Radio.

Boyd, Robert. “Grow Your Own With Jeff Schmuki”. The Great God Pan Is Dead. July 29, 2012. Web Mandybura, Cadence. “GMO thought experiments: Monster plantbots invade The New Gallery”. Fast Forward Weekly. Volume 17, No. 24. May 17, 2012. Print.

Mcdonald, Roberta. “Monster Mash”. This Magazine. July-August, 2012, p. 38-39. Print
Blair, Jenn. “New Art Exhibit Looks at GMOs.” Homestretch Alberta. Canadian Broadcasting Company. May 8th, 2012. Radio.

Mattingly, George. “Artists unleash ‘PlantBots’ on Campus.” The Houstonian, April 10, 2012. Print


Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Incheon World Ceramic Center, Incheon, South Korea Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italia
Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Safeco Corporation, Seattle, Washington
PJ Hussey and Associates Inc., Glendale, Arizona
Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi
Sara and David Lieberman, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
A.J. Edhouse and J.D Warburton, Auckland, New Zealand
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana

Sky Harbor Airport Museum. Phoenix, Arizona



M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York

B.F.A., Studio Art, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, cum laude