Bio

b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

2018

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

2010

BA, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

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

Ceremonies, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York [online]

2019

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

2017

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

Somewhere over the , Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

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

2020

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

2019

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

Ebsploitation, Martos Gallery, New York, NY

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS

2020

Art Matters Foundation Grant

Leslie Lohman Artist Fellowship

2019

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants

Investing in Professional Artist Grant, The Pittsburgh Foundation

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2013

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

2010

University Artist Award, The Pennsylvania State University

2009

Leslie P. Greenhill Photography Scholarship, The Pennsylvania State University

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

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

SELECTED FILM FESTIVALS

2018

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

2017

GLITCH Film Festival, Scotland, England

RESIDENCES

2020

Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2019

Alpha Lab Gear, Pittsburgh, PA

2018

Long Road Projects, Jacksonville, FL

2016

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2014-2018

Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

2021

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

2020

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

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

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

2020

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

2019

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

2017

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