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Rico Gatson Studio, 2020, Brooklyn, NY

RICO GATSON (b. 1966 in Augusta, GA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bethel College in 1989 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale School of Art in 1991. He also completed his artist residency in 1998 at Franconia Sculpture Park, Taylor Falls, MN and in 2013 was the Ginsberg Artist in Residence at the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI.

Recent solo exhibitions include Miles McEnery Gallery (forthcoming), New York, NY; “Rico Gatson: 2007-2017,” The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; “My Eyes Have Seen,” Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY; “Power Lines,” Samsøñ Projects, Boston, MA; “Rico Gatson: When She Speaks,” Studio 10, Brooklyn, NY; “ The Promise of Light,” Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY; “Dufresne & Gatson,” Barbara Walters Art Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; “RICO GATSON: Three Trips Around the Block,” Exit Art, New York, NY and “History Lessons,” Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT.

Recent group exhibitions include “New Symphony of Time,” Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; “Historicity,” Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY; “Art + Activism: Drawing the Line,” Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY; “Jazz and Love,” La Viellie Chartie, Marseille, France; “Identity Document,” Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ; “We the People,” Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; “1967: Parallels in Black Art and Rebellion,” Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI; “Art on the Front Lines,” Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY; “Phantom,” OSMOS, New York, NY; “Accumulation: 5000 Years of Objects, Fictions, and Conversations,” Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA; “Every Five Minutes,” Columbus State University, Columbus, GA; “Language Product,” Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA; “When Artists Speak Truth...,” The 8th Floor, New York, NY and “Magic Objects” (curated by Rico Gatson), 99 Cent Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

His work is included in the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Bethel College, St. Paul, MN; The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; Denver, Art Museum, Denver CO; The Kempner Museum, Kansas City, MO; Malcolm X Institute at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; Norton Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. 

He is the recipient of many awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award for Visual Artists; Prized Pieces Video Award from the National Black Programming Consortium; Oil Bar Ltd. Award for Excellence in Sculpture from Yale School of Art and the Pew Charitable Trust Graduate Fellowship. 

Rico Gatson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.