Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.F.A from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and Oates currently resides and works in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2012 Oates had a solo show at Susan Eley Fine Art in NYC and group shows at the Art in Embassies program in Muscat, Oman, Momenta Art and the Center for Book Arts in NYC and nationally at the Flash Forward Festival in Boston with the Humble Arts Foundation, the Delware Center for Contemporary Art and Susan Hensel Gallery. She has has solo shows at venues including The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, The Center for Book Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, Real Art Ways, A4L Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery and the Sol Mednick Gallery at the Philadelphia University of the Arts.
Oates has been in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Tucson Museum of Art, Flux Factory, Wave Hill, Storefront for Art, Proteus Gowanus, Nurture Art Gallery, Elizabeth Heskin Contemporary, Gallery Aferro, Metaphor Contemporary Art and internationally at the Royal Scottish Academy & Open Eye Gallery in Scotland, Open Studio Gallery and Spin Gallery in Toronto, Galerie Joella and Turku City Art Museum in Finland, Swinton Art Centre and University of Northampton Art Gallery in England and at NEME and The National Centres of Contemporary Art in Russia and Cyprus.
Oates works on paper are in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Art, The Brooklyn Museum Artist Book Collection, The British Library, The Walker Art Center Libraries, The Smithsonian Libraries and Franklin Furnace at MoMA.
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