Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric visions with songs and projected imagery, she creates cinematic music, site-responsive performances and pictorial dream worlds. Ryder performs with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram, and with the music group Dust Bowl Faeries. She is based in the New York Hudson Valley.

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A Declaration of Sentiments: group exhibit, Athens Cultural Center, Athens NY...June 3-Aug 20

Exhibit, HiLo, Catskill NY...Sep 1 - Oct 15... Opening Sep 9 with music by Dust Bowl Faeries

DUST BOWL FAERIES: Ethereal Gothic-Folk music with a Dark Cabaret Twist

June 10, DBF at Steampunk in the Catskills, E. Durham, NY

Aug 5, DBF at 0+ Festival, Pougkeepsie NY

Sep 20-Oct 7, DBF at Onelove Residency, New Orleans, LA

Oct 21, DBF at Roundlake Auditorium, Roundlake NY

Dust Bowl Faeries Website

SEED SONG - art, music & seeds, collaboration with Zoey Kroll, http://edibleoffice.wixsite.com/animaliaseeds

DREAM ALIBIS - new book by JoAnn Stevelos, illustrations by Ryder Cooley, now available via amazon.com

Album & Illustrated Book, collaboration with Dennis Herbert, coming soon!

XMALIA, Songs of Extinction Album & Illustrated Book

Xmalia albumXmalia book


Dust Bowl Faeries Album

Chronogram Review

Newstimes interview


XMALIA Times Union Review

T.U. Review

POSI+TIVE Magazine


All Over Albany


Nippertown Review

T.U. Review

Nippertown interview

T.U. Interview

Interview with Jasmine Dreame Wagner

T.U. Interview


2016 NEST MURAL - Etsy Family Room, Hudson NY 2016 (see public art page for images)

Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibit, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY,

VIDEO: Ryder & Melora Creager of Rasputina

Secret Slate, Chatham Meadows Sculpture Show, NY

Dust Bowl Faeries at O+ Festival, BSP Mainstage, Kingston NY


2015 The Collected Works of Lady Ramshackle, drawing installation & musical performance. Whitney Center, Pittsfield MA.

Blue Mountain Center Artist in Residence

Platte Clove Nature Theater, a musical odyssey by Ryder Cooley, Fredo Viola and Luis Mojica. video: https://vimeo.com/131329854

Dust Bowl Faeries at Caffe Lena with Melora Creager of Rasputina and Luis Mojica. Saratoga NY

MoonRyder Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWDtdlx2K2s&feature

2014 Road Kill, group exhibit & Dust Bowl Faeries performance, Athens Cultural Center

Ryder & Hazel performance: Body as Omen, Ortega Y Gasset Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. http://incidentmag.com/2014/07/18/body-as-omen-witness/

Animalia Animation, represented by Brill Gallery, awarded Best Video Animation of New England by Artscope Magazine. www.brillgallery109.com

2013 Group Exhibit: Cold Comfort, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY, www.kmoca.com

Rewilderment, collaborative performance-ritual series, http://rewilderment.tumblr.com/

Drawing Installation, Lavender Door Gallery, Stockbridge, MA.

Ryder & Hazel aerial performance with Jeffrey Leppendorf, La Sala, Brooklyn, NY. http://clmp.org/crush/

Circus Exhibit, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor MI. http://www.thegalleryproject.com

Others Exhibit, musical performance, Loft 594, Brooklyn.

Ten Spot, exhibit & billboard, Lichtenstein Center, Pittsfield MA

Rose, Thorn & Dark Ryder exhibit. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston NY

2012 Blue Mountain Center, Residency, Blue Mountain, NY

Biophilia Mural, Etsy Office, Cannon Ball Factory, Hudson NY

Art OMI, Music Residency, Ghent NY

Wild Vines: musical performance, Le Petit Versailles, NYC

Streetopia installation, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco

MASS Art visiting artist/performer, Studio for Integrated Media http://vimeo.com/36739915

XMALIA performance, MCLA Presents, N. Adams, MA http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/Community/bcrc/mclapresents/

XMALIA Exhibit & Performance, Silvermine Arts, CT http://silvermineart.org/events/?id=54&yrmo=2012-01

2011 XMALIA Performance, PROCTORS Mainstage, Schenectady, NY http://www.proctors.org/events/art-night-jul

Paper Quilts exhibit, Berkeley Art Center, CA http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/

XMALIA exhibit & Performance Series, DownStreet Art, N. Adams, MA http://downstreetart.org/

2008-2010 Animalia ANIMATION: http://www.vimeo.com/19738863

Fall Harbor music: s: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-fall-harbor/id301917623?i=301917657 More info: http://www.outofroundrecords.com/

The Hive, Review with Carla Bozulish <http://thehivenyc.com/?p=383>

Luggage Store Gallery, Music & Projections, San Francisco, CA http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/

2nd Floor Projects, Daughters of Houdini exhibit, San Francisco http://projects2ndfloor.blogspot.com/

Robert Wilson Watermill Center, Artist Residency & Performance http://watermillcenter.org/events/cooley

Vermont Studio Center Joan Mitchell Fellow http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/c-ryder-cooley/

Pan American Art Projects, exhibit, Miami FL Review: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-11-20/culture/no-love-for-fidel-castro/2

Albany Center Gallery, Installation & Mural http://www.albanycentergallery.org/news/2008/07/07/river-mural-by-c-ryder-cooley-and-sarah-gonek/


Los Solos Performance Series, Baltimore, MD 2009 http://baltimoreperformance.com/lossolos/

MCLA Presents, N. Adams, MA, 2009 http://www.mcla.edu/news/artthatbreathes_172/

Skybox, Brooklyn, NY 2009 http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/own-this-city/75559/see-itlearn-it

Proctors Mainstage Theater, Schenectady, NY 2008

contact rydercooley@gmail.com