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Theaster Gates

Artist and Director, Arts and Public Life Initiative, University of Chicago

Has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago extends the work conceived for dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. Director, The Arts and Public Life Initiative, which builds creative connections among the University of Chicago's students, faculty, staff, local artists, arts organizations and civic partners. Recipient of awards: inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics (2012); Arts Innovator of the Year, Wall Street Journal (2012); Armory Show Artist (2012).