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.
B.A., Art-Semiotics and American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, RI
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me, Fort Gansevoort, New York, New York
Flags of No Nation, The Mistake Room at Paos GDL, Guadalajara, Mexico
Urban Inspiration: The Visions of Christopher Myers, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
Sketches for a Freak Museum, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Art from the book Harlem, Studio Museum of Harlem, Harlem, New York
Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, California
The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, “Birth As Criterion”, MGLC, Slovenia
Kochi Biennial: The Current Convening #2 Ginger Palace, Kochi, India
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
Ghost Effect in Real Time, Collaboration w/ Chitra Ganes, Tilton Gallery, New York, New York
Mei Guo, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
Check Out, Haojing Hotel, Beijing, China
Fables, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Framing the Triangle, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana
Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York
Off the Record, Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, New York
Once Upon a Picture: Caldecott Honor Books, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Legends, Folklore, and Real-life Stories, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
RESIDENCES, AWARDS & GRANTS
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List, USA
MGLC Audience Award Residency, Ljubljana, Slovenia
CCBC Choices, My Pen
Kirkus Reviews Best Book, My Pen
New York Public Library's “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, My Pen
Coretta Scott King Award – ALA, Firebird, Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, Penguin
San Art Laboratory Residency, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, H.O.R.S.E, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Egmont
Khartoum International School, Khatroum, Sudan
National Book Award finalist, Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Illustrator
National Book Foundation, Family Literacy, Author Residency
Charlotte Zolotow Award for Writing– CCBC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
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
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
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
My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Disney-Hyperion
Firebird, Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, Penguin
H.O.R.S.E, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Egmont
Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Hyperion
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
Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
Monster, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, HarperCollins
Black Cat, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
Harlem, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, Scholastic Press
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
Go Forth, Designer
Genocide Memorial Theater in Kigali, Rwanda 2016
CAC New Orleans November 6-12, 2017 CIFCET Theater Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 2017
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, March 26.
BWW News Desk. “New York Live Arts Presents Remount of Kaneza Schaal’s JACK Accompanied by Premiere of New Companion Installation”, March 14.
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, October 15.
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.
Nechvatal, Joseph. "A Slovenian Bienniel that Breaks the Mold", Hyperallergic, August 30.
Thomas, Sky Arundhati. “TBA21-Academy’s Gathering at Fort Kochi addressed Urgent Matters in Isolation", Artnet, January 10.
Beth, Citron. “Apt Pupil” Artforum, December 19.
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.
Myers, Christopher. “Reading Rocks!”, WETA Public Television, Washington D.C.
Weng, Wei. “Review”, Contemporary and Investment Magazine, April.
Epstein, Edward. “Review”, Art Papers, January/February.
Williams, Patricia J., “ ‘Lies and Other Tall Tales’: Outrageously Speaking”, The New York Times, November 13.
Cotter, Holland. “ART IN REVIEW; ‘Off the Record’ ” The New York Times, May 16.