Cox received a Tree of Life Individual Artist Grant in 2014 for the exhibition Porous.
Carolyn Cox received a BA in painting from Sacramento State University, and then lived in San Francisco from 1976-1980. During her time in San Francisco, she was a member of Amargi, a women's artist cooperative, where she helped develop a live/work exhibition space. Since moving to New York in 1980, she has shown her work nationally and completed residencies in Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Edward Albee’s The Barn; and the Clocktower in New York City. Cox received a Pollock-Krasner grant and her work was reviewed in Sculpture magazine, The New York Times, Art in America, and Hyperallergic among others. She had solo exhibitions at Another Year in LA, Los Angeles (2013), FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn (2011); Long Island University, Brooklyn (2009); and Sarah Bowen gallery, Brooklyn (2007, 2005). Cox installed projects at The Clocktower, New York City and at Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco. She has also shown in group exhibitions at Yale School of Art, Wake Forest University, White Columns, Sculpture Center and Smack Mellon. Along with Tim Spelios, Cox founded and ran Flipside, a gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from 1997-2001.
I will have a solo exhibition in 2014 (working title Porous) at Studio 10, a gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Funding from the Tree of Life foundation will help me to realize three aspects of the exhibition: a catalog that will document two projects that I have worked on for five years and that will be part of the exhibition; construction of a self-contained portable room to house my colored shadow installation; and the completion of a sculpture for the exhibition that will be 12 x 20 feet and made of 1980 black mesh components hand-sewn together with monofilament.