Lucas Murgida

b. Newburyport, MA, 1976

Current Artist-In-Residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, Orange County, CA. 03/2018-present.



UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, MFA Regents Fellow, 2021.

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, BFA, New Genres, 2002.

Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Two-Year Teacher Training Program, 2008.


San Francisco State, Guest Lecturer, 2017-present.

Conceptual Oregon Performance School (C.O.P.S), Teacher, 2010-present.

California College of the Arts, Guest Lecturer, 2010-present.

San Francisco Art Institute, Substitute Teacher and Guest Lecturer. 2004-present.

College, Moraga, CA. Guest Lecturer. 2007-present.

Stanford University, Guest Lecturer. 2004.

Current Artistic Research:

Director/Videographer/Engineer/Photographer/Production-Assistant/Editor for Cybernet MediaSF, CA, 03/10-03/18.

Locksmith for Premier Locksmith, SF, CA, 02/07-06/11.

Locksmith for Lock World, SF, CA, 01/03-02/07.

Yoga Instructor at The Yoga Garden, SF, CA, 04/08-01/10

Shows and Exhibitions:

Solo Shows:


None of this is Real, Phase #1-5, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, 07/18-09/19.


The Limerent Object, at the Google Headquarters, SF, CA, 01/15.


She Needed Some Space, at Savernack Street Gallery, SF, CA, 06/14.


Stuck, collaboration with Jennifer Locke at 937 (Fourteen30 Contemporary’s and ROCKSBOX’s summer satellite space), Portland, OR.


No Mans Land, Vooruit Center for the Arts, Ghent, Belgium, 05/10.

Grip, Grope, Grasp, and Fondle, at Portland State University’s Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR, 03/10.


Muster, at 667 Shotwell, SF, CA, 05/09

(W)hole, at The Charlie James Gallery, LA, CA, 08/09.

The Oracle, contracted by The Thing Quarterly for the San Francisco Film Societies,
Cinema by the Bay opening night celebration, 10/09.


The Lobster Trap Conundrum, at 826 Valencia St, SF, CA, 10/08.


Nature, as part of The Professionals at Queen’s Nails Annex gallery, San Francisco,
CA, 07/07

Egress, at RocksBox Contemporary Fine Art, Portland, OR, 09/07-10/07.


Code VS Decode, at The Keys that Fit Gallery, Oakland, CA, 08/05-09/05.

Unshackle, at 826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, 02/05-03/05.


The Service Show, at Amotion Studio, San Francisco, CA, 02/04-04/04.


Burdens, at The Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 03/02

Group Shows:


None of this is Real, Tijuana, for Happening Festival, Curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Tijuana, MX, 10/18.


The International Invitational Triennial of Contemporary Wind Chimes, at RocksBox Contemporary Fine Art, Portland, OR, 03/14.


Consent, for Southern Exposures 39th anniversary show called 39 Forever, SF, CA, 10/13

Salon: Small Works on Paper, Up Projects Gallery, LA, CA, 09/13.

The Locksmithing Graduate Institute of ArtPadSF, for ArtPadSF, SF, CA, 05/13

The Locksmithing Graduate Institute of Cypress College, for the show Teach-In at Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA, 04/13.


The Locksmithing Graduate Institute of The Charlie James Gallery, for Perform Now, The Charlie James Gallery, LA, CA, 08/12.


Containment, for 100 Performances from the Whole, at SOMARTS, Currated by Justin Hoover, SF,CA, 12/11.

How to Drill a Lock, for the Packard Jennings launch party, SF, CA, 10/11.

Anti-Houdini, for the Pieces of Utopia at The Lab, SF,CA, Currated by Sasha Petrenko, 08/11.

4 Artists, at The Platform Gallery, LA, CA, Currated by Toban Nichols, 06/11.

Come to Your Senses, as part of The LA Art Show, Sponsored by Timothy Yarger Gallery, LA, CA, 01/11.


Wappening #4, collaboration with Lee Walton, SF, CA and NYC, NY, 01/10.

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, at GALERIA DZIAŁAŃ, Warsaw, Poland, 05/10.

Private(s), produced for the Electrified II Exhibition at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium, 05/10.

Dust to Dust, for The Interackje Art Fair in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland, 05/10.

The Oracle, part of Perform Now, for The Charlie James Gallery, LA, CA, 07/10.


9/10, as part of the Conflux Art Festival, NY, NY, 09/08.


Unshackle: Part #2, as part of Conflux Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 09/07.

Stencils Exhibit, at The New England School of Art and Design Gallery, Boston, MA,

Fleeing, as part of Transmodernage Art Fesitival, Baltimore, MD, 04/07.

Willful Disappearance, as part of Contaminate Performance Festival at Midway
Studios, Boston, MA, 03/07.

Close Calls, at The Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA, 02/07.


Loosing Keys, as part of Excentra International Perfomance Festival, curated by
Fernando Martinez of Uruguays National School of Fine Arts , Frey Bentos,
Uruguay, 10/06.

Changing States, as part of Haunted at DISJECTA, Portland, OR. 09/06-


Form/Reform, at the Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, 08/05.


Lodged In, at Cal Arts, Valencia, CA, 04/03.


The L7 Project, performance at the Intersection of Montgomery and Market Street, SF,
CA, 11/02.

SF to Cleveland, at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, 09/02.

You Have Five Minutes to Get Out, at Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 02/02.


Fear of Touching curated by Anna Novakov, at Gallery 531, San Francisco, CA, 12/01.

The Housing Project, curated by Werner Klotz, at the North Beach Housing Projects,
SF, CA, 05/01.


Paladar curated by Tony Labat in Conjunction with The Havana Biennial, at 1560 37th
Street, Cuba, 11/00.


Berkeley Art Museum, 2010

Pam Martin Trust, 2010


Artist in Residence, Grand Central Art Center, CalState Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA, 03/18-present.

Artist Resident, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, 2015-2017.

Artist in ResidenceVooruit Center for the Artist, Ghent, Belgium, 2010.


Regents Fellowship at UC Santa Barbara, 2019-2021.

Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, sponsored residency with Grand Central Art Center, 03/18-present.

Nominated for a SECA awarded, 2010.

Co-op Bar Grant 2008, from The Collective Foundation

Recipient of Best in the Show, San Francisco Art Institute Spring Show, 05/02.

Nominated for a SECA award 2002.


What We Want is Free, 2nd Edition, SUNY Press, Ted Purves and Shane Selzer, 2014.

LA Times, Lucas Murgida at Charlie James Gallery, Holly Myers, 08/21/09.

Art Forum, Lucas Murgida, Annie Buckley, 07/31/09.

Nuke Magazine, Lucas Murgida, Joseph Del Pesco, Page 77, 01/09.

NY Times, In Brooklyn, a Confluxion Junction, Martha Schwendender, 09/18/07.

Artweek, Close Call: 2007, Mark Van Proyen, 03/07.