Tim Portlock was born in Chicago which inspired his lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and the formation of identity. Educated primarily as a traditional visual artist Portlock has worked in the past as a community-based muralist as well as a studio painter. His current body of work is created using 3D gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the abandoned and foreclosed buildings in biking distance of his home in Philadelphia.


Select Gallery Exhibitions


“CASH_4_GOLD” Solo Exhibition, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art. San Bernardino, CA.

Philadelphia City Symphony”, Solo Exhibition, Fort Gondo, St Louis, MO.

Command – Z” , Group Exhibition, Improvised Showboat #7, New York, NY.

Panorama Festival 2015”, Group Exhibition, Main Line Art Center Haverford, PA.

Digital Cityscapes”, Solo Exhibition, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Spring Break Art Festival”, Group exhibition curated by Ellie Clark and Leigh Silver, New York, NY.

Digital Toolbox”, Group exhibition, curated by Andrea Kirsh, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University – Camden, Camden NJ.


2014 Visiting Curator Exhibition”, two person exhibition, Center for Emerging Visual Artists curated by

Cecilia Alemani, Philadelphia, PA.

Roughneck Constructivist”, Group exhibition, curated by Kara Walker, Institute for Contemporary Art,

Philadelphia PA.

Race, Love, and Labor , Group exhibition, curated by Sarah Lewis, Drosky Museum, New Paltz, NY.

Listening In: Philly Artists Speak “, Group exhibition, curated by Grizzly Grizzly, Abington, PA.

ArtNOW”, Group exhibition, Washington College, Chestertown, MD.

Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition”,Solo Exhibition, Main Line Art Center.


11th_street_city_symphony.mp4” solo exhibition, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Texas Contemporary Art Fair”,Group Exhibition, as part of the West Collection, Houston TX.

Global Conscious, Local Artists”, Group Exhibition, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Pulse New York”, Group Exhibition, as part of the West Collection. New York City, NY.

Value Added: Artists’ Perspectives on the Meaning of Worth”, Group Exhibition, College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ.

Photo/Synthesis”, Group Exhibition, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA.

Nowhere Differentiable”, Group Exhibition, State University of New York Stony Brook, Simon Center, Stony Brook, NY.


Philadgrafika Invitational Protfolio exhibition, Philadelphia, PA.

Solo Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.

“Multiplied”, exhibited by Philagrafika at Christie’s, London, UK.

Solo exhibition,Scribe Video, Philadelphia PA.

“West Collects 2012”, Group exhibition, Philadelphia City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia PA.

“The Sublime Light of Fortune”, Solo exhibition, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

“Adapt”, Broadstone Studios as part of Photo Ireland, Group exhibition, Dublin, Ireland.


“Here”, Group exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

“Staged”, Group exhibition, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA.

“Construct”, Group exhibition, the Icebox, Philadelphia, PA.

“Photo Finish”, Group exhibition, Islip Museum of Art, Islip, NY.

“Made in Woodstock”, Group exhibition, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock,NY.


“Context Ingeminate”, Group exhibition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Ghost City”, Solo exhibition, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA.

“Ghost City”, Solo exhibition Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA.

“House Warning” Group exhibition, Hopkins Hall Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

“No Soul for Sale”, Tate Modern, Group exhibition, as a member of the Philadelphia artist collective Vox Populi, London, UK.

Roy G Biv Gallery, Two-person exhibition, Columbus, OH.

“100 Covers”, Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.

“New Visions”, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

CFEVA Fellows Exhibition, Group exhibition, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.


“This is Not a Gateway”, Group exhibition of outdoor video projections, London, UK.

“eSights, eSounds”, Brandywine Workshop, Group exhibition of outdoor video projections as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Fest 2009. Philadelphia, PA.

“Ghost City”, Tennessee State University Art Gallery, Solo exhibition. Nashville, TN.

“LACDA Top 40”, Group exhibition, California Museum of Photography, Los Angeles, CA.

“Digital Graffiti 09”, Group exhibition of outdoor video projections, Aly Beach, FL.

“Top 40“, Group exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA.

“International Guerrilla Video Festival”, Group exhibition of outdoor video projections, Dublin, Ireland.


“Exploding Language” Public Art Exhibition, Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

“Interplay: The Evolution of the Artistic Process.”, Group exhibition, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY.

“AIR”, Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

“404 Digital Art Festival 2008”, group exhibition, Trieste, Italy.


“Through the Eye of International Artists”, group exhibition, Balatonfured, Hungary.

“404 Digital Art Festival 2006”, Group exhibition, Rosario, Argentina.


“Afro futurism”, Group exhibition, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN.


“Orai” ISEA 2002 (International Society of Electronic Art), juried exhibition, Nagoya, Japan.

“Version 02” Group exhibition. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.


“Super Spectacular” COSIGN (Computational Semiotics in Games and New Media Conference), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“Alive on the Grid: Super Spectacular” Virtual reality art exhibition. Ars Electronica Museum. Linz, Austria.


Betsy Meyer Memorial Award 2014

Wind Challenge Award 2012

Independence Award 2012

West Collection 2012

Pew Fellow 2011

Shuster award 2011

Center for Emerging Visual Arts Fellow 2009

PSC-CUNY grant 2005 – 2010

eSights eSounds grant 2009

Experimental Television Center Finishing funds 2006

Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, IL Fall 1999- Summer 2002.

Gdansk Millennium International Mural Competition. One of ten winners of the international mural competition, Gdansk, Poland. February 1997.

Civic Arts Award, First Prize, the Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Spring 1994.

Fellowship, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL Fall 1992- Summer 1994.


Artist Residencies

18th Street Arts Center Santa Monica, CA 2012

Center for Photography Woodstock Woodstock, NY 2009

Abrons Art Center 2005-2006 NY, NY.