Jefferson Pinder

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Artist and professor of sculpture and contemporary practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jefferson Pinder (b. 1970, Washington, D.C., lives and works in Chicago, IL) is an artist and professor of sculpture and contemporary practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Using materials such as neon, found objects, and time-based media, Pinder considers how race and struggle shape human identity. From uncanny video portraits associated with popular music to durational performances that place the black body in motion, Pinder’s work examines physical conditioning to provoke and reveal emotional response. Pinder has exhibited widely in numerous group and solo shows at the Shanghai Biennale (2016); The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2015); the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland (2012); Showroom Mama, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2010); the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2008); the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (2007); and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2004, 2006). Pinder is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), the Moving Image Acquisition Award (2017), and the United States Artist Joyce Fellowship (2016). In 2017, Pinder was honored at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden spring gala. Pinder holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland (1993) and an MFA in Painting and Mixed Media from the University of Maryland (2003).

Pinder’s work is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; the U.S. State Department; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Union Gallery, the University of Maryland; and the David C. Driskell Center, the University of Maryland.