Kerry Tribe was born in Boston, Massachusettes, USA in 1973. She studied art and semiotics at Brown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1997. In 1998 she received a scholarship from the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. In 2002 she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). In 2005 and 2006, she was a Guna S. Mundheim Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2012, she completed a Presidential Residency at Stanford University, USA. She has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, UCLA, CalArts, and Harvard University, and teaches regularly at ArtCenter in Pasadena. In 2012 she developed a performance for the Tate Modern and in 2013 for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally, including 2010 Whitney Biennial, New York and Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., USA, 2007 Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, 2004 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2006 Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, Norway.
Solo exhibitions dedicated to her include 2017 SFMOMA, San Francisco; 2018 The High Line, New York; 2020 Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge; 2012 The Power Plant, Toronto; 2011 Modern Art Oxford and Camden Arts Centre, London; 2006 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
The artist has received the Herb Alpert Award and the USA Artists Award. Kerry Tribe lives and works in Los Angeles.