Hank Willis Thomas

HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at CCA and in the MFA prograrms at Maryland Institute College of Art and ICP/Bard and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003), 30 Americans (RFC, 2008) as well as his monograph PItch Blackness (Aperture, 2008).  He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was an artist in residence at John Hopkins University as well as a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S and abroad.  Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publically at the Oakland International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco. He is an Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago Spring 2012 Fellow. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.



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2013 OPP: Other People’s Property, Haverford College Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford, PA

2012 What Goes Without Saying, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Believe It, Gallerie Pfriem, Lacoste, France
Progeny, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

2011 Strange Fruit, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Hope, Duke University John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC
Scouring the Earth for My Affinity, Samsøn Projects, Boston, MA

2010 Hank Willis Thomas, Galerie Anne De Villepoix, Paris France
All Things Being Equal…, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2009 Hank Willis Thomas, Annarumma 404, Milan, Italy
Light Text, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS
Hank Willis Thomas, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Digging Deeper, in collaboration with Willie Cole, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
About Time, Galway – 126, Galway, Ireland
Black is Beautiful, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Visionary Delusions, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Canada
Pitch Blackness, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Hank Willis Thomas, The Fabric Workshop and Museum Storefront, Philadelphia, PA
Winter In America, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Progeny, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

2006 Signifying Blackness, Sesnon Art Gallery, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
B®ANDED, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Branded, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Unbranded, Lisa Dent Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005 Bearing Witness, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Family Matters, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

2004 Hank Willis Thomas, Lisa Dent Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Trade Dress: Value Judgments, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, FL

2003 After Happily Ever, Long & Pollack Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mother to Son, Texas Women’s University, Danville, TX