b. Philadelphia, PA, 1989



MFA Sculpture, Yale University School Of Art, New Haven, CT


BA, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA



grace comes violently, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Feeling the Spirit in The Dark, The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Ceremonies, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY [online]


Rude / Emergencies, Ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Imagining Flesh Through Shadows, Alexander Brest Museum & Gallery, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

The Language Must Not Sweat, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

Notes Towards Becoming A Spill, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA


This was his body / His body finally his, MAK Gallery, London, UK

Somewhere over the __, Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA



Invisible Thread, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL

When I State that I am an Anarchist, PLATO Ostrava, Czech Republic


Fetiche, Morán Morán Gallery, Mexico City, MX

A Beautiful America, Museum Dhondt – Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

The Skin I Live In, Lyles & King, New York, NY

This Is the Day, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Recent Acquisitions, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The 9th Performa Biennial, New York, NY [performance commission]

Inspirited: Coda, Redbull Arts, Detroit, MI

Imagine Otherwise, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH


Enunciated Life, The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The National, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Inspirited: Overture, Redbull Center for The Arts, Detroit, MI


From the Margins, Gallery 102 at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, Washington, DC

Ebsploitation, Martos Gallery, New York, NY


Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Block Party, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Way We Live, Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

Ultra Vivid Dreaming, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Countervisuality, Art Gallery at Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

Kaleidoscope, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Twenty Ears, MFA Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT


Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI

Open Video Call, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Brotha, The Overlook Place, Chicago, IL

Girls Who Are Boys, Who Like Boys To Be Girls, Verein Nachtschicht, Basel, Switzerland


Labor Relations, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland

Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Black Joy, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

Looking Through: Photography, Race, & Identity, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY



The Pittsburgh Foundation Exposure Artist Fellowship


Art Matters Foundation Grant

Leslie Lohman Artist Fellowship


The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants

Investing in Professional Artist Grant, The Pittsburgh Foundation


The Advancing Black Art Grant, The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Heinz Endowments


The Afro-American Cultural Center Award for Excellence in The Arts, Yale University


Interdisciplinary Arts Awards, Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, Yale University

Student Wellness Grant, Yale University

The Advancing Black Art Grant, The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Heinz Endowments


The Advancing Black Art Grant, The Pittsburgh Foundation & The Heinz Endowments


University Artist Award, The Pennsylvania State University


Leslie P. Greenhill Photography Scholarship, The Pennsylvania State University


The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn, AL

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Vermeire-Notebaert Collection, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland

21c Museum, Louisville, KY


Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Teaching Assistant, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT



Black Star Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA

In My Skin:Black Queer Shorts, Wexner Center For the Arts, Columbus, OH

Short Films Program, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Rio Festival de Género & Seexualidade no Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

BFI Flare, British Film Institute, London, UK

Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival, TIFF, Toronto, CA

CinemAfrica Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden


GLITCH Film Festival, Scotland, England



Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA


Alpha Lab Gear, Pittsburgh, PA


Long Road Projects, Jacksonville, FL


Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA


Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA



Aperture Conversations: Antwaun Sargent, Shikeith, and Naima Green on Black Queer Utopia, Aperture, New York, NY [online]


Race, Sex, & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs, BAM Brooklyn, NY


Studio Teens Lecture and Workshop, Studio Museum of Harlem, NY


An Evening with Shikeith and Rickey Laurentiis, MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NY

Art, Power, Protest: Northwestern Conference on Human Rights, Northwestern University

blackmendream, Screening and Discussion, The Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA


Photography and The Politics of Representation, The Vera List Center and Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

Women Take the Reel Film Festival, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

Blackmendream, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA


Brothas gonna work it out, University of Texas at Austin, TX

My People Film Series, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA



Conner, Allison Noelle. "Opacity and the Spill: The Photographs of Clifford Prince King, Shikeith, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya" Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles November 2022

Goodly, Nicholas. “Four Poems by Nicholas Goodly” BOMB Magazine 30 September 2022

Balogun, Emmanuel. “Reframing Black Masculinity” Elephant Magazine September 2022

Valentine, Victoria L. “New York: 5 Gallery Exhibitions Explore Work of Artists Amanda Williams, Vivian Browne, Shikeith, Alberta Whittle, Alanis Forde, and Akilah Watts” Culture Type 23 June 2022

Huxtable, Isaac. "Lost in a Moment: Shikeith's Wordless and Worldless Images of Gay Sensuality" Elephant 19 June 2022

Knoblauch, Loring. “Shikeith, grace comes violently @Yossi Milo” Collector Daily 16 June 2022

Rosen, Miss. "Shikeith's spiritual photographs of Black masculinity" Vice 13 June 2022

Heinrich, Will. “What to See in N.Y.C. Galleries Right Now” The New York Times 2 June 2022

Hopkins, Zoë. “Critics’ Picks: Shikeith, grace comes violently” Artforum May 2022

Shikeith & Crawley, Ashon T. Shikeith: Notes towards Becoming a Spill, Aperture Foundation, June 2022 [book]

Reid, Tiana. “Shikeith’s Black Uncanny.” Aperture Magazine Spring 2022


“8 LGBTQIA+ Artists on Self-Portraiture and Expressions of Pride.” Artsy Editorial, 8 June 2021

Pavlis, Preston. “Feeling the Spirit in the Dark” [review]. C Magazine, Issue 148 “Body Language.” Winter 2021

“New Talent: Shikeith.” Art in America, May/June 2021

O’Grady, Megan. “How Friendship Helps Us Transcend Ourselves.” The New York Times Style Magazine 12 April 2021

O'Driscoll, Bill. “Pittsburgh-Based Artist Shikeith Gains National Profile Exploring Black Male Queer Lives” NPR Pittsburgh 3 March 2021

Rich, Katey. “Introducing the Inaugural Silver List, Featuring 47 Exciting Contemporary Photographers Whose Work You Just Have to See.” Vanity Fair 11 February 2021

Allen, Dan. “Queer artists of color dominate 2021's must-see LGBTQ art shows.” NBC News 7 February 2021

Harrison, Mia Imani. “Shikeith Exorcises The Histories That Haunt Black Queer Men.” Frieze 21 January 2021


Sargent, Antwaun. "The Queer Black Artists Building Worlds of Desire." Aperture 8 December 2020

Soldi, Rafael. “Q&A: Shikeith." Strange Fire 12 November 2020

Harper, Daria. “Shikeith Reimagines Black Masculinity in a Euphoric New Installation.” Artsy 21 August 2020


Mizota, Sharon. “Black masculinity and an artist’s exploration of desire, intimacy and queerness.” Los Angeles Times 16 October 2019

Miss Rosen. “Artist Shikeith explores black male desire through his photography.” Dazed 2 September 2019

Tranen, Joshua Gutterman. “An Intimate Film Traces Black Masculinity From Boyhood.” Hyperallergic 31 May 2019

Smith, TK. “Notes Towards Becoming A Spill: Shikeith at Atlanta Contemporary.” Burnaway 18 April 2019


Sargent, Antwaun. “Tender Photos of Black Men That Redefine Masculinity.” Vice 22 August 2017