Christopher Myers is a multimedia artist, author, and playwright from New York City born in 1974. Myers earned his B.A. in Art-Semiotics and American Civilization with focus on race and culture from Brown University in 1995. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at venues including MoMA PS1, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Mistake Room at Paos GDL, Akron Art Museum, Contrast Gallery Shanghai, Goethe-Institut Ghana, Kigali Genocide Memorial Center Rwanda, San Art Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, and The Studio Museum Harlem. Myers won a Caldecott Honor in 1998 for his illustrations in the book Harlem and a Coretta Scott King Award in 2016 for illustrating Firebird with Misty Copeland. Myers currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
1995 B.A., Art-Semiotics and American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, RI
2018 Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me, Fort Gansevoort, New York, New York
2017 Flags of No Nation, The Mistake Room at Paos GDL, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 Urban Inspiration: The Visions of Christopher Myers, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
2000 Sketches for a Freak Museum, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
1997 Art from the book Harlem, Studio Museum of Harlem, Harlem, New York
2019 Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles,
2017 The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, “Birth As Criterion”, MGLC, Slovenia
2016 Kochi Biennial: The Current Convening #2 Ginger Palace, Kochi, India
2014 Shorts Concerning Global Poverty, w/ Hank Willis Thomas, Sundance, Park City, Utah
Echo in the Bones, Prospect Biennial w/ the Propeller Group, New Orleans, Louisiana
2012 Ghost Effect in Real Time, Collaboration w/ Chitra Ganes, Tilton Gallery, New York, New York
2008 Mei Guo, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
2007 Check Out, Haojing Hotel, Beijing, China
2006 Fables, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005 Framing the Triangle, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana
Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York
2004 Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York
2003 Off the Record, Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, New York
2001 Once Upon a Picture: Caldecott Honor Books, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2000 Legends, Folklore, and Real-life Stories, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
RESIDENCES, AWARDS & GRANTS
2018 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List, USA
MGLC Audience Award Residency, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2015 CCBC Choices, My Pen
Kirkus Reviews Best Book, My Pen
New York Public Library's “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, My Pen
2014 Coretta Scott King Award – ALA, Firebird, Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, Penguin
2013 San Art Laboratory Residency, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2012 Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, H.O.R.S.E, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Egmont
2010 Khartoum International School, Khatroum, Sudan
2005 National Book Award finalist, Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Illustrator
2001 National Book Foundation, Family Literacy, Author Residency
2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Writing– CCBC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
1999 Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, Black Cat, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
National Book Award finalist, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, HarperCollins
1997 Caldecott Honor – ALA, Harlem
Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, Harlem
NAACP Measure of a Man Award, Harlem
Harlem, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, iIllustrator 1997, Scholastic Press
1996 Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program
The Studio Museum
The Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Massachusetts
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, New York
2015 My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Disney-Hyperion
2014 Firebird, Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, Penguin
2012 H.O.R.S.E, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Egmont
2008 Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Hyperion
2005 Lies and Other Tall Tales, Zora Neale Hurston, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Harper Collins
Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Illustrator, HarperCollins
2000 Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
1999 Monster, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, HarperCollins Black Cat, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
1997 Harlem, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, Scholastic Press
2018-2017 Jack &, Playwright and Designer
The Walker, Redcat November 16-18, 2018
Brooklyn Academy of Music, October 17-20, 2018 Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, 2018 Cartography, Playwright and Designer Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany, October, 2017 NYU Abu Dhabi, June, 2018 2017-2016 Go Forth, Designer
Genocide Memorial Theater in Kigali, Rwanda 2016
CAC New Orleans November 6-12, 2017 CIFCET Theater Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 2017
2019 Graeber, Claire. “6 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend”, The New York Times, September 12.
Brara, Noor. ‘There’s Nothing More Rewarding Than Making Art Accessible’: Art Production Fund Director
Casey Fremont on the Power of Public Sculpture, Artnet, September 11.
Vincentelli, Elisabeth. “Review: An Actor’s Life Story Grounds ‘Jack &’ With ‘Cotillion’ Cornell Alston In Kaneza
Schaal’s “Jack &” at New York Live Arts.” The New York Times, April 18.
“‘Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary’ at California African American Museum”, Blouin Artinfo,
BWW News Desk. “New York Live Arts Presents Remount of Kaneza Schaal’s JACK Accompanied by Premiere
of New Companion Installation”, March 14.
2018 Tancons, Claire. “Claire Tancons’ 10 Best of 2018” Artforum, Dec 5.
Sayej, Nadia. “‘All art is political’: behind America’s most ambitious public art project ever” The Guardian,
Neuendorf, Henri. “Here Are the 150 Artists Making Billboards for Every US State as Part of Hank Willis
Thomas’s Midterm Election Project”, Artnet news, October 9.
The Editors of ARTnews, “Christopher Myers at Fort Gansevoort, New York”, ARTnews, October 9.
Cascone, Sarah and Goldstein, Caroline. “Editors’ Picks: 17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This
Week”, September 10.
2017 Nechvatal, Joseph. "A Slovenian Bienniel that Breaks the Mold", Hyperallergic,
Thomas, Sky Arundhati. “TBA21-Academy’s Gathering at Fort Kochi addressed Urgent Matters in Isolation", Artnet, January 10.
2016 Beth, Citron. “Apt Pupil” Artforum, December 19.
2014 Steinhauer, Jillian. “Best of 2014: Our Top 10 Exhibitions Across the United States”, Hyperallergic, December 26. Morris, Benjamin. “Let There Be Light: The Propeller Group with Christopher Myers” Pelican Bomb, December 10.
Jones, Sam. “Global Development Short Films”, The Guardian, April 25.
Myers, Christopher. “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature”, The New York Times, March 15.
Macauley, Scott. “Sundance Shorts on Global Poverty”, Filmmaker Magazine, January 22.
2008 Myers, Christopher. “Reading Rocks!”, WETA Public Television, Washington D.C.
2007 Weng, Wei. “Review”, Contemporary and Investment Magazine, April.
Epstein, Edward. “Review”, Art Papers, January/February.
2005 Williams, Patricia J., “ ‘Lies and Other Tall Tales’: Outrageously Speaking”, The New York Times, November 13.
2003 Cotter, Holland. “ART IN REVIEW; ‘Off the Record’ ” The New York Times, May 16.