Derrick Woods-Morrow

Born 1990 in Brown Summit, NC

Lives and Works in Chicago, IL


2016 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2014 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2012 B.A Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Solo, Two, and Three Person Exhibitions

2019 YCNI V: Detroit Art Week Expo, Curated by Darryl Terrell, Detroit, MI (forthcoming)

TBA, Derrick Woods-Morrow & Laura Davis, Aspect/Ratio, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)

2018 Chicago Expo Art Fair, Derrick Woods-Morrow & Leonard Suryajaya, Artadia Booth, Chicago, IL

Love the Giver: Dutes Miller, Elijah Burgher, & Derrick Woods-Morrow (tarot card readings by Alia Warson), The

Franklin, Chicago, IL (curated by Kristin Korolowicz)

Keeping Record, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017 The Sand is Ours, Vandenoot Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Silent Heat, Chazan Family Gallery, Providence, RI

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

Group Exhibitions

2019 TBA, The Floating Museum, Chicago, IL (curated by Faheem Majeed) (forthcoming)

TBA, Chicago Arts Department, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)

Photography Now 2019, Center for Photography Woodstock, Woodstock, NY (forthcoming)

The Whitney Biennial, in collaboration with Paul Sepuya studios, Whitney Museum of America Art, New York, NY

Transistors, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Chicago, IL (curated by Ariel Gentalen)

Sustained States, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (curated by Jamison Paige)

2018 GOLD, Aspect/Ratio, Chicago, IL

Local Comfort, LVL3, Chicago, IL

Thunderfoxes, Camayuhs, Atlanta, GA (curated by Eileen Mueller)

dangerous professors, Flatland Gallery, Houston, TX (curated by Ruslana Lichtzier)

2017 50 x 50 invitational, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

STEADY MESS, Bureau of General Services Queen Division, New York, NY

Positive, Baltimore Gallery, Detroit, MI

Precariat, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Preview 7: The whole is always smaller than its parts, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

Sullivan Galleries Booth, Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL

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

The Petty Biennial, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Context, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, IL

2016 Ground Floor: A Biennial Exhibition of New Art From Chicago, Hyde Parks Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Blindspots, Xpace Cultural Center, Toronto, Canada

2015 Kinsey Institute Invitational, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN

New Work Exhibition: Graduate Student Showcase, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

Film Screenings & Public Programming

2019 International Day (With) out Art Film Commission | Visual Aids Foundation (forthcoming)

Derrick Woods-Morrow in-progress, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago,IL

MULTI – CULT No.8, Body & Power, curated by Sir Lyra Hill, Los Angeles, CA

Genevieve Gaignard & Derrick Woods-Morrow in Conversation, Parlor Room, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

READINGS, Lithium Gallery,Chicago, IL

The Price of Everything, in conversation: Iris Bernblum, Jefferson Godard & Derrick Woods-Morrow, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

Art Words, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2018 The Roach is Coming, Collaboration with OpenTV, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Roach is Coming, Collaboration with OpenTV, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2017 Headmaster No.8, Artist Talk, Emmy Bright & Derrick Woods-Morrow, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

Chasing Adam, Collaboration with OpenTV, Arts Incubator, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Precariat exhibition Panel, in conjunction with Art AIDS America, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Poetics: A conversation about queer spaces of color, in conversation with Alisa Swindell, Chirstopher Audain,

Ivan Lozano, Ricardo Gamboa & Amina Ross, Latitude Residency, Chicago, IL


2018 - 2017 Chicago Artist Coalition, Bolt Residency, Chicago, IL

Chicago Artist Department, Chicago, IL

2017 Latitude Chicago – Artist in Residence

2016 Fire Island Artist Residency, Fire Island, NY

2015 ACRE Residency, Steuben, Wisconsin


2018 Chicago Artadia Awardee, Artadia Award, Chicago, IL

DCASE Cultural Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016 Professional Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts Award, College Arts Association, New York, NY

Graduate Dean Professional Development Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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

ACRE Residency Terry Plumming Scholarship, Steuben, WI

2012 Chi Alpha Sigma, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Summa Cum Laude, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Press | Publications | Articles

2019 Breakout Artists 2019: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers |

2018 Headmaster Volume # 8 |

ARTFORUM: 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards: Leonard Suryajaya and Derrick Woods-Morrow |

Windy City Times | ART Derrick Woods-Morrow, provocateur and disruptor, by design | by Andrew Davis


Chicago Tribune: In Aspect/”Ratio’s ‘Gold,” artists reclaim the precious metal | written by KT Hawbaker


a new nothing | Active Conversations | contribution by Efrem Zelony-Mindell / W.M Hunt |

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


Newcity | Top Five of everything: 2017 | Top 5 Non-Commercial / Alt Shoes | Elliot Reichert |

2016 School of the Art Institute of Chicago,Photography Department Graduate Publication, essay by Meg Onli

School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 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


Work and Other Professional Experience

2018 – 2016 Visiting Artist & Adjunct Assistant Professor – Spring | Intro to Photography | Art & Art History

Department | University of Illinois at Chicago

2015 – 2014 Teaching Assistant (Lewis Toby) Large Format Photography, (Robert Clarke Davis) Slow Photo –

Alternative Process, (Giovanni Aioli) History of Photography, (Jesse Avina) Advanced Color Concepts,

(Oli Rodriquez) Intro to Photography | Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Permanent Collections

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

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