November 17, 2013
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his bachelor’s in fine arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his master’s in photography, along with his master’s 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 master’s programs 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 (Center for Documentary Studies, 2003) and 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. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.