Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023    Goddam!, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY

2022    Liberation from the Past, NOME, Berlin Germany

2021    We’re Going to End Slavery. Join Us!, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY

2019    Dread Scott: The Power of Resistance, UNO Gallery, New Orleans, Louisanna

2017    Past, Present & Future, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, California

2016    A Sharp Divide, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, New Jersey

2013     Money, Patriotism, Death, Polls and Manifestos , Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2012      Revolutionary Archive, Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
              Postcode Criminals, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, New York

2010      Dread Scott: It’s Right to Rebel, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

2008      Dread Scott: Welcome to America, MoCADA, Brooklyn, New York

2004      Resistance is Fertile, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Six Feet Under: Make Nice, Week 7, White Box, New York, New York

2003       Lockdown, Clifford-Smith Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1990      Kinder & Gentler, Wessel O’Connor Ltd., New York, New York

Public Art Projects, Commissions & Public Performances

2021    White Male for Sale, Christie’s, New York, NY

2019    Slave Rebellion Reenactment, New Orleans, LA

2015    In Equality, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2014    On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, +Art, Brooklyn, NY
            Wanted, New York, NY

2012     Dread Scott: Decision, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM Fisher), Brooklyn, NY

2010     Money To Burn, New York, NY

2009      …Or Does it Explode?, Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA
              I Am Not a Man, New York, NY

2006      Literal Biblical Horror, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shaffer, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023    Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America, African American Art in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2022    Globalisto: A Philosophy in Flux, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint Etienne Metropol, France

2021    Stories of Resistance, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2020    This Is America | Art USA Today, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
            Mourning: On Loss and Change, Hamburger Kunsthal, Hamburg, Germany

2019    American African American, Phillips, New York, NY
            Borders, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

2018   Jenny Polak & Dread Scott: I’m Afraid of Americans, Fiendish Plots, Lincoln, NE

2017  An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
          Black Matters, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
          The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2016    For Freedoms, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
            Selling the Shadow, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa

2015     America is Hard to See, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
             Agitprop!, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2014     The Rebel City, ADN Platform, Barcelona, Spain

2013     …as Apple Pie, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2012      Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX Traveled: Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA
              It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, Austrian Cultural Forum, NY, New York, New York; Traveled: Thessaloniki Center Of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Pori Art Museum, Pori Finland

2008       That Was Then…This Is Now, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York

2006       Whitney Biennial/The Wrong Gallery: Down By Law, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2004       Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

2003       Recent Acquisitions for an American Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2002       New York, New Work, Now!, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

1999       Ozymandias, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York

1998      Postcards from Black America, DeBeyerd Center for Contemporary Art, Breda, Netherlands. Traveled: Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem, Holland

1994      Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Traveled: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

1990      Illegal America, Exit Art, New York, New York

1989      A/Part of the Whole, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Columbus Drive Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985      Illinois Photographers ’85, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

Grants, Fellowships, Residencies and Awards

2021    John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
American Academy of Arts & Letters Purchase Award
Frieze Impact Prize

2019    Open Society Soros Equality Fellowship

2018    United States Artists Fellowship

2017    Open Society Documentary Photography Project Moving Walls Grant

2016    The MAP Fund

Elected National Academician, National Academy of Design

2015     A Blade of Grass Foundation, Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

2014     Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Artist-in-Residence, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn New York

2013     Art Matters Grant
Knight Artist-in-Residence, McColl Center for Visual Art

2012     New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work

2011      Artist-in-Residence, Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2011-2012

2010      The Art Omi International Artists Residency

2009      Franklin Furnace Fund Grant

2008      Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Artists and Communities Grant

2007      Pennies From Heaven Fund/New York Community Trust Grant

2005      New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Performance Art/Multidisciplinary Work

2001      New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture
Creative Capital Foundation Grant

2000      Special Editions Fellowship, Lower East Side Printshop

1999      Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artists Fellowship

1995      Mid Atlantic\NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in Photography

Selected Bibliography

books and catalogs

Dread Scott: Welcome to America, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporian Arts
Dubin, Steven C., Arresting Images:Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions, p 102-105, 108-123, 176-177
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museump 173 illus.
Perree, Rob, Postcards from Black America, p 120, 141-142, p 120, 121, 142 illus.
Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship, Georgia State University, 8, 42-43, 97-100,113
Sholette, Gregory & Oliver Ressler, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, Pluto Press, p 126-131


2020    Simblist, Noah, “Dread Scott’s Struggle to Reclaim Collective Memory”, Art in America, June 30, 2020
2019    Laughland, Oliver, “’It makes it real’: hundreds march to re-enact 1811 Louisiana slave rebellion,” The Guardian, illus.
Lucas, Julian, “Dread Scott’s Rebellion” Vanity Fair, October 2019, p 124-129, 144, illus. 126, 128

2017    Campbell, Adrianna, “Banner Year,” Art News, Winter 2017, p 110-115, p 113, 115 illus

2016    “Artists on Politics,” Art Forum, November 2016, Cover, p 228-229, p 229 illus
Rogers, Angelica, “Does this Flag Make You Flinch,” The New York Times, July 17, 2016, p 11 illus

2015    Weaver, A.M., “Dread Scott: Radical Conscience,” Sculpture, July/August, 2015, p 24-29 illus

2014    Vartanian, Hrag, “Dread Scott Enacts the Images of Oppression,” Hyperallergic, October 8, 2014

2012    Markus, David, “It’s The Political Economy, Stupid,” Art in America, March 2012 p 117-118
Frater, Sally “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” Artforum, December Picks
English, Ron, John Law, “Interview” Juxtapoz, n142 Nov 12p 108-113 illus

2009    Barned-Smith, St. John, “Through 12 Black Boxes, Young Artists Speak” Philadelphia Inquirer

2008    Cotter, Holland, “Weekend Arts” The New York Times, 4/25/08 p. E22

2006    Bischoff, Dan,“Aljira’s ‘cool’ Exhibit Burns with Intensity”, The Star Ledger, November 24, 2006

2002    Blount-Danois, Ericka, “Prisoner of War,” One World, vol. 7 no. 3 (June/July 2002) p. 108-109

2000    Zimmer, William, “Strong Statements in a Serene Setting,” New York Times, 12/3/00, sec 14, p. E39
Smith, Roberta, “Stretching Definitions of Outdoor Sculpture,” The New York Times, 7/28/00, p E29

1994    Harrison, Helen A., “Signifyin’”, New York Times, 11/27/1994, p. 26. illus.

1991    Art In America, “On Nationality: 13 Artists,” September 1991, pp. 124-131, 145, 159

1989  Hefter, Richard, “What is the Proper Way to Display the American Flag?,” SPIN, June 1989, p. 26-27
Hess, Elizabeth, “Capture the Flag”, The Village Voice, Vol. 34, No. 14, (4/4/1989), pp. 25-31
Hochfield, Sylvia, “Flag Furor,” ARTnews, Summer 1989, pp. 43-45, P. 44 illus.

Public Collections

Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapple Hill, NC
Arkon Art Museum, Akron, OH
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Laura Lee Brown, Steve Wilson Collection, International Contemporary Art Foundation, Louisville, KY
Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, TN
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA


2021  Pratt Institute, honorary D.F.A
1993  The Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program
1989  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, B.F.A.