DeShawn Dumas



Expected  2019 – 2024  Ph.D. Candidate in Culture & Theory, University of California Irvine

2016 MFA/MA Pratt Institute

2008 BFA Indiana University Bloomington


AICAD Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute, 2017-2019

Pratt Institute, Guest Lecturer, Brooklyn NY, 2015

School of Visual Arts, Guest Lecturer, New York NY, 2013-2014

Solo Exhibitions

2019  “Black Light” Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

2017 “Holocene Extinction” Ethan Cohen, New York, NY

2013 “Future Primitive” Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY

2011 “Say whatever you Like…Just Obey” East One Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 “People as Shapes” Aeon Logic Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


“Ballistic Testimonies” Bass and Reiner,  San Francisco, CA

“Fears of Art” Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY


Volta 14, Ethan Cohen, Switzerland, Basel

“Introductions 2018″ Trestle Gallery, New York, Brooklyn


Art Miami, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

“Orphans of Painting” Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

“The Future is Abstract” Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture

Charlotte, NC

“Art Remixed” Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY


“Different Americans” Podgorica, Montenegro

“Neo-Icon” Dukley Art Center, Kotor, Montenegro

“I saw a rib” Hozhoni Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ


Context Art Miami, Ethan Cohen, Miami, FL

“In The Cloud” Ethan Cohen, New York, NY

“Paintings in Trees” Brooklyn, NY


“BBBBBreeze” Ethan Cohen, New York, NY

“Ten-year anniversary celebration” Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY

“Triangles” Ventana 244, Brooklyn, NY


Paperazzi” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


MFA Thesis Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

“objects in the mirror are closer than they appear” Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

“Pushing Painting Paradigms” curated by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Rutgers University

“Materiality” ED. VARIE, New York, NY

“Summer Snacks” Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


“The Pratt Harlem Project” New York, NY

“View from the top” Windows Gallery, New York, NY


“Abstract Lands” Paula Barr Gallery, New York,

“Inspirational leaders” Aeon Logic Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Antagonist Art Gallery, Manhattan New York

NoHo Art walk, Manhattan New York


 2nd Year BFA Exhibition, Bloomington, IN


 1st Year BFA Exhibition, Bloomington, IN

Artist Talks
2018  San Francisco Institute of Art, Abstraction & Afro Pessimism, San Francisco CA

2015 Sarah Lawrence College, The Sacred and Profane at the intersection of land and sky/culture and militarism, Westchester NY


Collection of Peggy Copper Cafritz, “Fired Up and Ready to Go! Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art”
John Mendelsohn,  “DeShawn Dumas: Holocene Extinction”
Cameron Brinitzer “DeShawn Dumas: Interview”
Mary Negro, “The World isn’t a monochrome: In the studio with deshawn dumas,”
Howard Hurst, “No One Likes a Sunday Painter,”
Polistena, Joyce, “Straining for Order Out of Chaos: the Paintings of Deshawn Lamar Dumas,” A symposium Faith, Identity, and History: Modern and Contemporary African-American Art Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art/Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Quagliata Gail “You Can Talk About Whatever You Like Whenever or Wherever you Like Just Obey,”