Christopher Myers

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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.

EDUCATION

1995               B.A., Art-Semiotics and American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, RI

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

                                                     

GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

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

SELECTED BOOKS

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

THEATER

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

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018 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.
2017              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.
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.