photo by Brendan Callahan

photo by Brendan Callahan


Iris McCloughan is a trans* artist and writer in New York City.

Their practice spans text, performance, and image-making to explore the queer body, its physical and discursive constructions, and its expansive potential.

In 2015 and 2018 Iris attended the Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition (ACRE) program. They have also participated in residencies at FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA) and The Orchard Project (Saratoga Springs, NY).

Iris is one half of No Face Performance Group, a long-term collaboration with Philadelphia-based Jaime Maseda. Since forming in 2007, the group has created more than 15 performances that have been presented in NYC (JACK, CATCH series, Ars Nova), Philadelphia (Institute of Contemporary Art, The Barnes Foundation, Philiadelphia Contemporary, FringeArts, Vox Populi), Chicago (Links Hall), Los Angeles (PURE O) and elsewhere. For a complete production history, click here.

Since 2014 Iris has collaborated with Eiko Otake as dramaturg for her solo project A Body in Places, which received a special citation at the 2016 New York Dance and Performance Bessie awards. A 2017 iteration of the project was co-commissioned by PERFORMA 17 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Iris was the winner of the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Their chapbook No Harbor was the winner of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series, administered by L+ S Press. Their poetry has appeared American Poetry Review, Juked, Lines + Stars, and decomP, among others.

iris (dot) mccloughan (at) gmail (dot) com