Vaughn Spann

Vaughn Spann (b. 1992, United States) received his BFA from Rutgers University and an MFA from Yale School of Art. His choices of iconography have stimulated discussions surrounding African-American art and the black experience in the United States through a generational perspective. His Marked Man series, for instance, featuring a rigorously composed X form in the center of the canvas, draws inspiration from his experience with racial profiling as a young man. Spann was awarded an Alice Kimball traveling fellowship in 2017, and has held solo exhibitions at the Tampa museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University. He has been included in exhibitions at The Bass, Miami, Florida; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama; and North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina. His works are part of esteemed US and European private collections and are included in the public collections of the High Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, The Bass, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Perez Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech photographer Nate Palmer.