I am an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher. My projects merge traditional art practice with scientific materials and biological mediums. I collect living microorganisms such as fungus, bacteria, and mold from my surroundings then transfer them into a synthetic but habitable environment where I witness living organisms’ endless interactions, struggles, and conflicts across the picture surface.
 
Simultaneously natural and artificial, the synthetic environment provides a stage on which I act as creator and curator while it serves as a vivarium for microscopic organisms. While decontextualizing the microorganisms living in nature, I also make them visible to our eyes with distinct colors and forms. Once my work is completed, microorganisms shift from the microscopic world to the macroscopic world. Forming borders, divisions, and edges, I create visual and observable interactive biological landscapes.


EDUCATION
2012 MFA, Mixed Media/Installation, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2008 BFA, Intermedia, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2002 BSc, Forestry, University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2022 The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program (Upcoming in August-September)
2022 ARPA, Anne Arundel County Local Artists Support Program – Independent Artists Grant
2021 Istanbul Art Residency, Istanbul, Turkey 
2020 Remote Residency+Micro Grant, Laboratory Residency, Spokane, WA
2019 Mary Sawyers Baker Artist Award in Interdisciplinary Category, Baltimore, MD  
2018 ​Trawick Prize Semi-Finalist, Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD
2017 Fellow Artist, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Trawick Prize Semi-Finalist, Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD
2015 Trawick Prize Finalist, Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD
2014 Smack Mellon, Project Grant-Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 Trawick Prize Finalist, Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD
2012 College Art Association (CAA) Professional-Development Fellowship, NY
2012 SOFAlab, Science/Art Project Collaboration Grant,George, Mason University,Fairfax, VA 2012 Artist in Residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2012 Smack Mellon Hot Picks Artist, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Goldhaber Travel Grant, University of Maryland Graduate School, College Park, MD
2011 Artist in Resident, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2010-12 So Hamiltonian Fellowship, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC 2009
2009 Anne Truitt MFA Scholarship, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018
Anthropogenic, Open Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

2015
40 Meter 4 Walls 8 Cubical, Zorlu PSM, Istanbul, Turkey

2014
Bordered World, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Selin Balci: Microbial Growth, Sandbox Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD Arena, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC

2012
Interact and Transform, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC

2011
Organic Plasticity, The District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC
Bound, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Memories and Identities, Istanbul Art Residency, Istanbul, Turkey 
Empirical Evidence, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC  

2020 
Contemporary Istanbul, Plug-in, Istanbul, Turkey  
Growth, ArtFarm Studios, Annapolis, MD 
Just to Say, Artnivo Online Dialog Series during Covid 19 pandemic, Istanbul, Turkey

2019
In/Flux, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY 
Happening Now, during Istanbul Biennial, Artnivo, Istanbul, Turkey 
Washington Project for the Arts Collector's Night, Washington DC 
Faculty Show, Marlboro Gallery, PGCC, Largo, MD

2018
Symbiartic, during  International Congress on Biomedicine, Tech Park, Sofia, Bulgaria 
InterForms, Istanbul Design Week, Halic Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey 
Benefit Art Auction 2018, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Allllll Natural, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
Faculty Show, Cade Gallery, AACC, Arnold, MD
Scientific Methods: Art + Science, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC New Dimensions, Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington DC

2017
Istanbul Codex, Contemporary Artists from Turkey, BAM - Palermo, Italy
Umbilical Cord, Buyukdere 35, Istanbul, Turkey
Kentucky Derby Party and Art Auction, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2016
Under the Scope, Silber Art Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, MD
Contemporary Istanbul, with Artnivo artists, Istanbul, Turkey
King of the Forest: Adventures in Bio-perversity, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
CAPP at 10: The Shape of Remembering, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, MD
Kentucky Derby Party and Art Auction, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Trawick Prize 2015:Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Gallery B, Bethesda, MD
Peephole Cinema San Francisco, CA
Kentucky Derby Party and Art Auction, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Celebration and Memories, Lucca, Istanbul, Turkey

2014
Contemporary Istanbul, with Artnivo artists, Istanbul, Turkey
Faculty Show, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD Life is Flux, Boyden Gallery at St. Mary's College, MD
Wish You Were Here 13, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Download, The Sofa Hotel, Hall Arts, Istanbul, Turkey
SCOPE Art Fair NY, Rush Arts Gallery, NY
I Kan Do Dat, Rush Arts Gallery, NY

2013
SELECT FAIR MIAMI, with Rush Arts Gallery Artists, Miami, FL
Signs of Life, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Emulsion, East City Art Regional Juried Show, Gallery O, Washington, DC
Hamiltonian Artists Alumni Exhibition, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC
(e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform, Washington, DC
Transformer Gallery Auction, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Regional Juried Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Trawick Prize 2013:Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Gallery B, Bethesda, MD
The Adele H. Stamp Student Union’s Contemporary Art Collection Latest Acquisitions Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Wish You Were Here 12, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
WPA’s OPTIONS 2013, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

2012
Call Collect 2012, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC
Microscapes, The District of Columbia Arts Center. Washington, DC
Empowered, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD
Untitled no. 3, Randall Scott Projects, Washington, DC
Academy 2012, CONNERSMITH, Washington DC
Fellows Converge ‘Obstructions’, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC
VIP Art Fair, Online MFA Juried Exhibition
MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland College Park, MD
Field Work, VisArts, Rockville, MD
Conflux, The Pearl Conard Art Gallery, The Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH

2011
Mind the Gap, 5533 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking. Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC
Midpoint, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2010
SCOPE Art Fair, with Hamiltonian Artists, Miami, FL
New and Now 2010, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC Art Scouts, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

2009
Remember Your First Time, Herman Merril Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD