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The MassArt Graduate Programs and the department of Photography are pleased to welcome Derrick Woods-Morrow as the first visiting artist of the Spring 2024 Photography Lecture Series. Please join us in the MassArt Tower Auditorium at 2pm on Tuesday, February 27.


Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Derrick Woods-Morrow makes work that reflects on his experience growing up in the Black American South and centers on the exploration of Blacksexuality and the complex journey in navigating this discovery. Woods-Morrow’s practice spans photography, film, installation, performance, and sculpture to capture and illustrate the queering of Blackness and the spaces in which this takes place. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Schwules Museum in Berlin; the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; and UIC Gallery 400, among many other institutions across the world. He has completed residencies at Center of Photography Woodstock (2023/2024), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2022), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2021), Antenna Works (2020/21), Chicago Artists Coalition (2018), the Fire Island Artist Residency (2016) and ACRE (2015).


He is the recipient of the Creative Visionary Grant from the Black ArEsts & Designer Guild (2023), 3Arts Camargo Foundation Fellowship (2023), the Rhode Island MacColl Johnson Fellowship (2023), the Uprise Grant from the Sundance Film Institute (2021), the 3Arts Gary and Denise Gardner Fund Award (2021), and the Artadia Award–Chicago (2018). Woods-Morrow holds a Schiller Family Assistant Professorship in Race in Art and Design and teaches sculpture, painting, and textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design.


*All Photography lectures are free and open to the public. 


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Image: Derrick Woods-Morrow, Frederick on Lake Pontchartrain | after Lincoln Beach,

2019, (printed 2020)


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