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Derrick Woods-Morrow (b.1990. Brown Summit, NC) is a multidisciplinary Chicago-based artist working in photography, sculpture, installation, and performance. His practice navigates and negotiates sexual identity by fragmenting notions of representation, exploring personhood, memories & reimagining ways to understand power dynamics as they pertain to consent and self preservation.

A recipient of the 2015 Fellowship in the Visual Arts by the College Association of Art, Carol Becker Dean's Merit Scholarship & the Graduate Dean Professional Development Award, Woods-Morrow received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 16’.

He is an Alum of the Fire Island Artist Residency 2016, Terry Plumming Scholar & Acre Residency Alum 15’, Latitude Chicago Artist in Residence 2017, and is currently a Chicago Artists Coalition 2017-2018 BOLT Resident. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photography and Teaching Artist at the University of Illinois Chicago.

His exhibition highlights include: Solo Exhibitions: Keep Record, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago,IL,  The Sand is Ours at Lesley University’s Vandernoot Gallery & Rhode Island University’s Chazan Family Gallery; Selected Two & Three Person Exhibitions: Flat Rate Shipping - Derrick Woods-Morrow & Jesse Malmed, Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL; Selected Group Exhibitions: Love The Giver, The Franklin, Chicago, IL, Ground Floor: A Biennial Exhibition of New Art from Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center; STEADY MESS, Bureau of General Services – Queer Division in Manhattan (in collaboration with the Fire Island Artist Residency); Blindspots, Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto [in collaboration with Toronto Pride]; 50 x 50 Invitational, Chicago Cultural Center; and New Work: New Art at SAIC, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 
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/// trailer for the short film, The Roach is Coming (2018). Full film available by request and for limited time on the OTV platform for June 2018.

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Last year, I proposed funding for an ambitious exhibition of my newest body of work where I intimately reconnected with a police officer, a man, who was once a young boy who I played with when I was a child. After reconnecting 15 years after we last met, the exhibition would tell our story in the form of video, sculpture, photography, performance and personal writings.  In Spring of 2018, I received funding from the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and it was announced that I was  to receive a 2018 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant to fund the exhibition the solo exhibition, Keeping Record on display @ the Chicago Artist Coalition from March 30th - April 19th -  [click here for media packet]

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Dear Branni, 

By myself in the darkness with the flashlight you once gave me I've been searching out a path where i could be both happy, and carefree and attempt to smile amidst everything that is happening in the world today. A Shelter behind closed doors. A home like you once provided.

I wanted to thank you. A few months ago I was scared and couldn't process something that happened...

 

But maybe you already know this.

I got pulled over by the cops in a dark alley. No one was there but us. I thought about how I didn't know what would come next but maybe you, my superhero, could stop what might transpire. 

... I keep thinking about the the black speedlight that usually sits a top my camera but was resting in the glove box. The one that could have been mistaken for something else as the three cops approached my car... and I was scared...but couldn't process until a few days later... and here I am now.

 

….and here I am now.

  "Me, photographing Josh, performing for me, performing my childhood, in a Chicago back alley," (2018), Photograph.

 "Me, photographing Josh, performing for me, performing my childhood, in a Chicago back alley," (2018), Photograph.

 "Adam reimagined after 15 years |photographed as if he still is, but we aren’t... | Dear Derrick, bathe him in darklight..." (2017) Photograph as postcard 5" x 7"

"Adam reimagined after 15 years |photographed as if he still is, but we aren’t... | Dear Derrick, bathe him in darklight..." (2017) Photograph as postcard 5" x 7"

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In 2017, I returned home to reconnect with Adam. He was once, like myself, a young boy on the playground, lost in the bushes - finding other boys, finding other futures. Over 72 hours, after not connecting for 15 years, we reconnected as I journeyed with him in his police cruiser, laid with him in bed and bathed him in a bathtub. My finger, rich in color, snaps a photograph... [Click here] for access to more photographs.

 
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Interview with Nicole S. Lane for Sixty Inches from the Center  - Intimate Justice with Derrick Woods-Morrow

“Intimate Justice” looks at the intersection of art and sex and how these actions intertwine to serve as a form of resistance, activism, and dialogue in the Chicago community. For this installment, we talked to Derrick Woods-Morrow in his studio about childhood romance, the inherent racism in photography, and how power operates in sex.

 

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Fire Island Archives 

 

Derrick Woods-Morrow

Transient Andy / Blindfolded on Blue Sheets #3

Pigment Print, Digital Polaroid Conversion, Edition 1 of 4 + 2AP

20 x 24 inches

2015 | 2016

Derrick Woods-Morrow

Cover Photograph

Pigment Print, Edition 2 of 3 + 2AP

45 x 45 inches

Text & Drawings

Installation: Multiple photographs, Unique Frames,  Railroad Tie, Garment, Resin, Oak tree Palette, Multiple letterpress' & corner

 

Installation

 

Derrick Woods-Morrow

OFficer E-5 First Class Bradshaw - "I've been trained to do anything asked of me" | 26 minutes & 32 seconds of courtmenship

Transluscent Vinyl, Archival Inkjet Print mounted to Dibond, Edition 1 of 3 + 2AP

36 x 50 inches 

Collaborations

Derrick Woods-Morrow

OFficer E-5 First Class Bradshaw - "I've been trained to do anything asked of me" | 26 minutes & 32 seconds of courtmenship

Transluscent Vinyl, Archival Inkjet Print mounted to Dibond, Edition 1 of 3 + 2AP

36 x 50 inches 

 

 

 

 

CV

Derrick Woods-Morrow

Chicago Artist Coalition

217 N Carpenter St.

Chicago, IL 60607

Derrickwoodsmorrow@gmail.com

Education

2016 M.F.A School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2014 P.B.C (Fine Arts) - Massachusetts College of Art & Design

2012 B.A Randolph College

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018   Keeping Record | Chicago Artist Coalition | Chicago, IL

 

2017    The Sand is Ours | Vandernoot Gallery, Cambridge, MA

            Silent Heat | Chazan Family Gallery, Providence, RI

 

Selected Group Exhibitions  

2018   Instant Gratification | Redux Contemporary Art Center | Charleston, SC

           Love the Giver | The Franklin | Chicago, IL | curated by Kristin Korolowitz

           dangerous professors | Flatland Gallery | Houston, TX | curated by ruslana Lichtzer

 

2017   Positive + | Baltimore Gallery | Curated by Darryl Terrell

Preview 7: “The whole is always smaller than its parts" | Chicago Artist Coalition |Curated by Ionit Behar | Chicago, IL

Flat Rate Shipping: Jesse Malmed & Derrick Woods-Morrow |Roots & Culture, Chicago, I

Chicago Expo | Sullivan Galleries Booth | Curated by Sadie Woods | Chicago, IL

Instant Gratification | Ain’t – Bad | Atlanta School of Photography | Atlanta, GA

Petty Biennial, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Context | Filter Photo Festival | Chicago, IL

50 x 50 Invitational, The Subject is Chicago: People, Places, Possibilities | Chicago, IL

STEADY MESS | Bureau of General Services Queer Division | New York

Precariat | Hyde Park Art Center | Chicago, IL

 

2016  Ground Floor | Hyde Park Arts Center | Chicago, IL

A Seed Don't Make a Tree | ACRE | Chicago, IL

Connect | Hyde Park | Chicago, IL

MFA Thesis Show | School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Sullivan Galleries

Patina Aorta - Photographic Work | Center on Halsted | Chicago, IL

Black @ SAIC presents The Black Experience | Leroy Neiman Center | Chicago, IL Blindspots – Selected Works | XPace Cultural Centre | Toronto,ON

De Nue | Student Union Galleries | Leroy Neiman Center | Chicago, IL

 

2015  New Work | Sullivan Galleries | Chicago, IL

Final Gathering | FNewsMagazine Virtual Space | Chicago, IL

The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show | Grunwald Gallery of Art | Bloomington, IN

 

2014  Noetica, Post-Baccalaureate Art Exhibition | MassArt | Boston, MA

Mass Art – Ass Art, North Crackatorium | MassArt|  Boston,MA

 

2012  Symposium of Artists and Scholars | Randolph College | Lynchburg, VA

Maier Museum of Art BFA Exhibition | Randolph College | Lynchburg, VA

 

Lectures

2017  The Roach is Coming: Invitation to Consent | Rhode Island College | Providence, Rhode Island

Issues of Genders/Sexualities/Culture | School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL

 

2016   Standing before Grace – Kim -- & Sara? | Fire Island Artist Residency | Fire Island, NY

 

2015  Graduate Thesis Presentation | School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL

No Oz for Tin Man | School of the Art Institute of Chicago | VCS Lecture | Chicago, IL

Illegible: White Will, a few extra inches | Acre Residency | Stueben, WI

White Will |School of the Art Institute of Chicago | MFA Photo Lecture Series | Chicago, IL

Bibliography/Publications

2018    Sixty From the Center | Intimate Justice: Derrick Woods-Morrow| interview with Nicole S. Lane

 

2017   “Footnotes For Fragments – The Translators”, Ground Floor, A Biennial exhibition of New Art  from Chicago, essay by Tempestt Hazel

 Antwaun Sargent,“ Feeling Petty About the Art World? This Biennial Is For you”, ART FAIRs, Vice   magazine

 

2016  SAIC MFA Photography Department Graduate Publication, essay by Meg Onli

Photography Department Catalogue. essay by Robert Clarke Davis

Canadian Art: Muse See This Week: June 23 –June 29th, Toronto

Bryony Stone, “the queer artist of fire island”, Vice iD

Exhibition Catalog: Volume VII, “Blindspots” essay by Dainesha Nugent-Palache

 

2015     BAD AT SPORTS | 10 shows to see Friday after expo | Stephanie Burke

 

2014   SAIC MFA Catalogue, essay by Shawn Michelle Smith

Canon: SAIC Visual & Critical Studies Publication

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Centerfold Art Showcase

 

2012  Center for International Studies: International Photography Web Publication Hail Muse: Writing and Art

Student Publication | Randolph College

 

2011     Hail Muse: Writing and Art Student Publication | Randolph College

 

Awards & Honors

2017   Newcity's Top 5 Everything 2017: Art | Top 5 Noncommercial/ Alt Shows: Roots & Culture– Jesse Malmed & Derrick Woods-Morrow

 

2016   Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts award | College Arts Association

Graduation Dean Professional Development Fellowship | School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

2015  Carol Becker Dean’s Merit Scholarship | School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Terry Plumming Scholar | ACRE Residency

 

2012   Chi Alpha Sigma

Kappa Pi Fraternity (2 consecutive years | 2011 & 2012)

Randolph College Founders Award (4 consecutive years | 2008 – 2012)

 

Residencies

2017   Chicago Artist Coalition | Bolt Resident | Chicago, IL

          Chicago Art Department Artist in Residence | Chicago, IL

Latitude Residency | Chicago, IL

 

2016   Fire Island Artist Residency | Long Island, NY 2015       

ACRE Residency | Steuben, Wisconsin

(O -) Circle Minus Residency (affiliation with ACRE Residency) | Steuben, WI

 

Permanent Collections

2016  SAIC MFA Photography Exchange Portfolio box | Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC MFA Photography Exchange Portfolio box | Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection

 

Work and Other Professional Experience

2016 - 2018  Visiting Artist & Adjunct Professor –  | Intro to Photography: Theory & Conception | Art & Art History Department | University of Illinois Chicago

 

2015   Teaching Assistant | Robert Clarke Davis | Slow Photo – Alternative Process | Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Teaching Assistant | Lewis Toby | Large Format Photography |Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago| Chicago, IL

Teaching Assistant | Giovanni Aioli | History of Photography |Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago| Chicago, IL

Teaching Assistant | Jesse Avina | Advanced Color Concepts |Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago| Chicago, IL

Teaching Assistant | Oli Rodriquez |Intro to Photography | Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago| Chicago, IL

 

2014     Teaching Assistant | Lewis Toby | Large Format Photography |Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago| Chicago, IL

 

 

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