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River Huston


River Huston has been painting for 35 years. She is self-taught in basements, hallways, bathrooms, and several years living in a van.

She combines her artwork with her career as a poet, performer and writer. Besides both solo and group exhibits in art galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Mexico, she has shown her work at her performances which range from international conferences to a rural churches in the south.

River is the author of three books of poetry, Jesus Never Lived Here, The Bones of Susan and In Which I lost 1000 Pounds. She was awarded the Dorthea Lang/Paul Taylor award for A Positive Life: Portraits Of Women Living With HIV. She is the creator of Goddess: A New Guide to Feminine Wisdom and SEXED: Tales of a Textrix.

For 11 years River wrote a sex column for POZ magazine and currently blogs at and In 1990 she earned a BA in Health Education and Music from Hunter College and in 1995 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Albright College.

She has performed several solo shows including Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment: One Girl’s Guide to Living and Dying and SEXED in theatres, conferences and colleges nationwide. She currently lives in Mexico with a recently acquired street dog, Lucy and her geriatric poodle/terrier where she works in her studio located next to her bed.

You can see more of her artwork at and see her other work from performing to motivational speaking at


Painting is what saves me from sleepless nights, the IRS, hair in inappropriate places, east coast winters, untimely deaths, and enormous amounts of chocolate cake.


Education Background B.A. in Music and Physical Education, Hunter College Ph.D. Hon. Humanities, Albright College

Selected Exhibitions 2013 Caribbean Colour 2013 2012, Art In The Garden, St Thomas, USVI 2012 You Will Never Amount To Anything Exhibit, USVI 2011, USVI Council on The Arts Exhibit, St Thomas, VI 2011, Less Than Zero Exhibit, St Thomas, VI 2010, The Ice Gallery, St Thomas USVI 2009, Mill, New Hope, PA 2009, River Run Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 2003, No #9 Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 2000, PNC Bank, New Hope PA 1999, Positive Expressions, St Petersburg, Florida 1998, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 1997, The Gallery Café, New Hope PA

Awards 2009 Leeway Art and Transformation Award 1999 Dorthea Lange/Paul Taylor Award 1996 Poet Laureate, Bucks County 1995 Karen Sofield Award for AIDS Awareness 1994 Hyacinth AIDS Foundation Contribution Award

Lecture Topics A Positive Life Sexuality Addiction Body Image Communication

Performances Sex, Cellulite & Large Farm Equipment: One Girls Guide To Living & Dying. It Looks Like a Banana But It’s Really a Dog How HIV Made Me a Pain In the Ass The Dominatrix Next Door SEXED Publications 2011 Bucks County Poet Laureate Anthology, Making our On Light 2010-2011 blog for the 2009 blog for 1994-2007 columnist for POZ Mag 2004 In Which I Lost 1000 Pounds 1999 Goddess: The New Feminine Guide to Wisdom. 1998 The Chicago Tribune: Road Trip 1998 A Positive Life Portraits of Women Living With HIV 1997 Hand Offering God 1996 Live at Karla’s, An Anthology of Performance Poetry 1995 The Bones Of Susan by River Huston 1995 Black Oak Press Collection 1995 The Poets Attic 1994 It looks Like a Banana But It’s Really a Dog, a poetry collection 1993 North Star Bar Poetry Series 1992 Jesus Never Lived Here by River Huston

Positions 2010-2012, Director of The Alternative Arts Alliance, St Thomas, VI 2011-2012 Resident artist sevenminusseven, St Thomas, VI