Deborah Roberts

Born in Austin, TX
Lives and works in Austin, TX
MFA, Syracuse University Research Fellow, Syracuse, NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, (Summer Session) Pont Aven, France
University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Solo Exhibitions

"Deborah Roberts: If They Come," Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (forthcoming)
"Native Sons: Many Thousands Gone," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Fragile but Fixable," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Uninterrupted," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi," Spelman Museum, Atlanta, GA
Untitled, Solo Booth Art Fair Miami Basel, Miami Beach, FL
"Ingenue," Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York, NY
"Nobody’s Darling: New Works by Deborah Roberts," Christian-Green Gallery, Austin, TX
"Coil, Coarse, Twist, Re-twist," Art Palace, Houston, TX
"One and Many," Art Palace, Houston, TX
"Domestic Disturbance," Diverse Art Gallery, Austin, TX
"Consensual Marks," SDCC, Dallas, TX
"When We Just Existed," Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY
"Resistance Begins at Home: Rethinking Otherness," Dallas, TX
"Forks and Spoons," South Dallas Culture Center, Dallas, TX
"Bearing Witness," Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, TX
"Reconstructing, Rethinking, Reacting," O’Kane Gallery, Houston, TX
Chicago Culture Center (South Shore) Chicago, Ill
Center for African & African American Studies, Austin, TX

Group Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (forthcoming)
"Get Up, Stand Up Now - Generations Of Black Creative Pioneers," Somerset House, London, UK
"Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage," Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
"Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary," Californian African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, CA
"Still I Rise," MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
"In the Eye of the Beholder," Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
"Go Figure," Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
"Reclamation! Pan- African from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection," Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
"Talisman In The Age Of Difference," Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
"Soul Recordings," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks," Mass Art, Boston MA
"Fictions," Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
"Your Body is Your Battleground," Volta Art Fair, New York, NY
"March Madness," Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
"I know why the caged bird sings," Carver Museum, Austin, TX
"Gently Fried," MACC, Austin, TX
"The House on Mango Street," National Mexican American Museum, Chicago, Ill
"The Way Out- MFA," Rogue Space, New York, NY
"Gender Is A Kind of Doing," MCCLA Galleries, San Francisco CA
The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York
"Mirame: 21st century portraits for Latino/a America," Sacramento, CA
"Women of Color," Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA
"Her Stories," Park School, Baltimore. MD
"Taking Possession," University of Arkansas at Little Rock
"Counter Intuitive," Chicago State University, Chicago, Ill
"Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom," University of Milwaukee UGA, Milwaukee, WI
"Boundless, Perceptions from Within," DAC, Austin, TX
Museum of Science and Industry Juried Exhibition. Chicago, Ill
Woman Made Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, Ill
"Subjective Visions," UTSA, San Antonio, TX
"Figure It Out," Art Palace Austin, TX
Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, Ill
"Unmasked: A Collective Statement on Beauty," Butridge Gallery Austin, TX
Bird Juried Exhibition, Concordia University, Austin, TX
"Our Heritage–Creating New Legacies," Juried Exhibition, Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX
Austin Bergstrom International Airport Juried Exhibition, Austin, TX
Center for African American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Grants and Awards

Anonymous Was a Woman, NY
Artist of the Year, Austin, TX
Pollock Krasner Foundation, Grantee
SU MFA Exhibition “Best in Show”
Creative Opportunity Grant, Syracuse University
San Francisco African American Legacy Scholarship
Artist of the Year, Austin, TX
President Point of Light Recipient, President George H. Bush

Fellowships and Residencies

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Captiva, FL
Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
Ginsberg-Klaus Award Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
Syracuse University Graduate Research Fellow
Coronado Studios Austin, TX
Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, TX
Ox –Bow Art Residency, MI


Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi, edited by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, GA

Selected Press

Valentine, Victoria L. "Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Susanne Vielmetter Projects Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery’s New Downtown Space," CultureType, April 23 (link)
Marcoci, Roxana. "Young Heroines: Deborah Roberts," Mousse Magazine, Spring (link)
Williams, Margaret. "People of the Year: Deborah Roberts," Tribeza Artists Curated, November 29 (link)
Sheets, Hilarie M. "A Collector Who Grew Up With Art Now Fosters Its Makers," New York Times, December 26 (link)
Roberts, Deborah. "The Lives They Lived: Linda Brown," New York Times Magazine, December 30 (link)
Greenberger, Alex. "Long-Running ‘Anonymous Was a Woman’ Grants Awarded for 2018, With Betty Tompkins and Deborah Roberts Among 10 Winners," ArtNews, December 11 (link)
Valentine, Victoria L. "Art Basel Miami Beach 2018: Select Galleries Throughout the Mega Fair are Showing Works By African and African American Artists, Here’s Where to Find Them," The Culture Type, December 6 (link)
Onyewuwnyi, Ikechukwu Casmir, "Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus," Carla, Issue 13, August. (link)
Dambrot, Shana Nys, "Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus," Art and Cake, June 10 (link)
Luke, Ben, "Artist Deborah Roberts on Yinka Shonibare exhibition and why 'black is not a colour any more," Evening Standard, June 6. (link)
Mizota, Sharon, "Roberts' powerful statement of black female identity," LA Times, May 29 (link)
Miller, Ashia, “Deborah Roberts’ #EvolutionOfMimi art tackles heavy topic of colorism,” RollingOut, May 25. (link)
Amirkhani, Jordan, "Art Review: 'The Evolution of Mimi' at Spelman Museum," BURNAWAY, April 25. (link)
Cochran, Rebecca, "Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi," Art Papers, March 17.
Sargent, Antwaun, “The Artist Changing the Face of Black Girlhood,” VICE, March 6 (link)
Feaster, Felicia, “The power and pathos of girlhood defines Deborah Roberts’ collages,” The Atlantic Journal Contribution, March 6.
Van Proyen, Mark, “Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson,” Square Cylinder, February 19. (link)
Larocca, Amy, “Portfolio: Her Breakthrough Women,” The New York Magazine, February 5 (link)
Green, Tyler, “Deborah Roberts, Anita Witek,” Modern Art Notes Podcast, February (link)
Johns, Myke, “Artist Deborah Roberts ‘Emancipates’ Black Girlhood In Spelman Exhibit,” National Public Radio, January 25 (link)
Twersky, Carolyn, “New Studio Museum Show,” ARTNEWS, August 23. (link)
Marino, Rebecca, “Q+A with Deborah Roberts,” Conflict of Interest, July 17 (link)
Scott, Andrea K. “March Madness in the Meatpacking District,” The New Yorker, April 10 (link)
Anspon, Catherine D. “Austin Gets Its Own Art Fair,” Papercity Magazine, March 30 (link)
Kamm, Rebecca. “You Can’t Deny Us: The Artists Showcasing the Power if Female Athletes,” Broadly, March 28 (link)
Evans, Dayna. “What Does It Mean to Be a Woman in Sports?,” The Cut, March 20. (link)
Knudson, Rainey. “Naming and Shaming: Deborah Roberts at Art Palace”, Glasstire, November 21 (link)
Ryzin, Jeanne Claire van. “Contemporary art exhibit probes African-American identity," Statesmen, September 19 (link)
Huete, Betsy. “Deborah Roberts: One and Many,” Glasstire, November 29 (link)
Ward, Jeff M. “Deborah Roberts: Reconstructing, Reacting and Rethinking at O’Kane Gallery,” Fluent Collaborative, issue 79, November 17 (link)

Public Collections

21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY