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Hank Willis Thomas

Conceptual Artist

Conceptual Artist

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New York, NY, USA
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Hank Willis Thomas Biography

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who works primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodities, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including at the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly, Hong Kong Arts Centre, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.

His collaborative projects include "Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth)," "The Writing on the Wall," and "For Freedoms." In 2017, "For Freedoms" was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is a recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2019), The Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (2017), Soros Equality Fellowship (2017), Aperture West Book Prize (2008), Renew Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation (2007), and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award (2006). He is also a member of the Public Design Commission for the City of New York.

In 2019, Thomas unveiled his permanent work "Unity" in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, “Love Over Rules” permanent neon was unveiled in San Francisco, CA, and “All Power to All People” in Opa Locka, FL. Thomas holds a B.F.A. from New York University, New York, NY (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004). He received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD, and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME, in 2017.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 12/23/2023.

Hank Willis Thomas Videos

  • SCAD deFINE ART lecture by Hank Willis Thomas
    This year’s Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Lecture features artist Hank Willis Thomas discussing his socially engaged practice, as well as...
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    Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New...
  • Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded | ARTIST PROFILES
    Ads, both vintage and contemporary, are a source of fascination for artist Hank Willis Thomas. In his series UNBRANDED, Thomas appropriates ads...

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Hank Willis Thomas is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Hank Willis Thomas for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Hank Willis Thomas generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Damon Davis, Alexa Meade, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall and Carrie Mae Weems. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Hank Willis Thomas for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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