Deborah Roberts was born in Austin, Texas. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. Deborah was the recipient of the Ginsberg- Klaus Award Fellowship, Presidential Point of Light Award, Syracuse University Graduate Fellow Award, and Best in Show MFA Syracuse University 2014.
2014 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 BFA, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2017 Untitled, Miami Beach, FL In-gé-nue, Fort Gansevoort, NY, November Nobody’s Darling: Women and Representation, Christian-Green Gallery, TX 2016 Coarse Coil Twist Re-Twist, Art Palace, Houston, TX Queens: Redrawing the Base of Beauty, Carver Community Cultural Center Gallery, San Antonia, TX 2014 One and Many, Art Palace, Houston, TX Domestic Disturbance, Diverse Art Gallery, Austin, TX Consensual Marks, SDCC, Dallas, TX 2013 When We Just Existed, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY 2011 Resistance Begins at Home: Rethinking Otherness, Dallas, TX 2008 Forks and Spoons, South Dallas Culture Center, Dallas, TX 2006 Bearing Witness, Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, TX Reconstructing, Rethinking, Reacting, O’Kane Gallery, Houston, TX
GROUP AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2018 Reclamation! Pan-African from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA, March 03 – September 2018 (Upcoming)
2017 Fictions, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY Your Body is a Battleground, VOLTA NY March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY 2016 I know why the caged birds sing, Carver Museum, Austin, TX 2015 Gently Fried, MACC, Austin, TX The House on Mango Street, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. 2014 The Way Out (Thesis Exhibition), Rogue Space, New York, NY 2013 Gender Is A Kind of Doing, MCCLA Galleries, San Francisco, CA 2011 The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York, NY Mirame: 21st Century Portraits for Latino/a America, Sacramento, CA 2009 Women of Color, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA Her Stories, Park School, Baltimore, MD 2007 Taking Possession, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR Counter Intuitive, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL 2006 Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom, University of Milwaukee UGA, Milwaukee, WI Boundless, Perceptions from Within, DAC, Austin, TX 2005 Juried Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL Woman Made Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL Subjective Visions, UTSA, San Antonio, TX Figure It Out, Art Palace Austin, TX 2004 Untitled, Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, IL Unmasked: A Collective Statement on Beauty, Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX 2003 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 Juried Exhibition, Center for African American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX 2002 Center for African & African American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX
AWARDS & GRANTS
2017 Artist of the Year, Austin, TX 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee, New York, NY 2014 Best in Show, MFA Exhibition, Syracuse University, NY Creative Opportunity Grant, Syracuse University, NY(also 2012 and 2013)
2011 (to Present) The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York, NY 2010 San Francisco African American Legacy Scholarship, San Francisco, CA
2008 Artist of the Year, Austin Critic Circle, Austin, TX 1991 President Point of Light Recipient, President George H. Bush
RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS
2014 Ginsberg-Klaus Award Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA 2011-14 Syracuse University Graduate Research Fellow, Syracuse, NY 2006 Coronado Studios, Austin, TX
Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, TX
2005 Ox-Bow Art Residency, Saugatuck, MI
2018 Mizota, Sharon. "Deborah Roberts' Powerful Statement of Black Female Identity," Los Angeles Times, May 29.
Miller, Ashia. “Deborah Roberts’ #EvolutionOfMimi Art Tackles Heavy Topic of Colorism”, Rolling Out, May 25.
Roberts, Deborah. "Fragile but Fixable: The Collages of Deborah Roberts", The Paris Review, May 23.
Studach, Melissa. “These 50 Artists are Shaping the Future of Contemporary Art”, Business of Home, May 17.
Miranda, Carolina A. "Essential Arts & Culture: A new Iceman Cometh to Broadway, singing the blues at the Wallis, and Paintings of History," Los Angeles Times, May 12.
Miranda, Carolina A. "Datebook: Poignant Paintings at the Autry, Powerful Collage and the Vintage Photographs of a Pot Botanist," Los Angeles Times, May 10.
“The Artsy Vanguard: Getting Their Due”, Artsy, April 30.
Sargent, Antwaun. "The Artist Changing the Face of Black Girlhood," VICE, March 6.
Binns, Tony. "Artists Work Challenges How Black Women and Girls View Themselves", Rolling Out March 1.
Henderson, Kimberly. “In Conversation with Deborah Roberts: Iconic Art for Young Black and Brown Girls”, Gallery Gurls, February 24.
Ragbir, Lisa. "Who is Threatened by Women Who Curate Political Art?," Hyperallergic, February 15.
Acosta, Christina. "McNay Showcases African American Art", La Prensa San Antonio, February 11.
Larocca, Amy. “Her Breakthrough Women A Portfolio by Multimedia Artist Deborah Roberts”
New York Magazine, February 5.
Desmarais, Charles. “In the Galleries, 3 Women’s Approach to Art and Authenticity” San Francisco Chronicle, February 2.
Johns, Myke. “Artist Deborah Roberts ‘Emancipates’ Black Girlhood In Spelman Exhibit”, NPR Atlanta, January 25.
Curiel, Jonathan. “Brutally Honest Collage Work, in Deborah Roberts’ ‘Uninterrupted’”, San Francisco Weekly, January 24.
Binlot, Ann. “The Sales and Trends of Untitled, San Francisco” Forbes, January 15. Wood, Sura.“New Year at Bay Area Art Galleries” Bay Area Reporter, January 11.
2017 Cotter, Holland. “From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year” The New York Times December 27.
“Art & Design Issue: To Do, Deborah Roberts at Fort Gansevoort,” Tory Daily, December 9.
Mitter, Siddhartha. “Deborah Roberts Conjures Black Girl Magic,” The Village Voice, December 6.
ADW Staff. "Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi," To Open at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art," Atlanta Daily World, December 5.
Halle, Howard. '“Deborah Roberts, “in-gé-nue,” ' TimeOut NY, December 4.
Dawn Graves, Cassidy. “New Exhibitions: One Artist In Two Galleries, Beautiful Soup, Native Transformers,” NY Magazine BEDFORD + BOWERY, November 6.
“9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week," ARTNEWS, November 6. Cascone, Sarah. "34 Unmissable Gallery Shows to See in New York City This December," Artnet October 26. Gipson, Amarie. "In Conversation with Deborah Roberts by Amarie Gipson," ARTS.BLACK, October.
Svachula, Amanda. "19 Emerging Artists to See at the Studio Museum in Harlem," The Cut, New York Magazine
Thackara, Tess. "The Latest in the Studio Museum's Landmark "F" Series Is a Timely Exploration of Truth and Fiction," Artsy, September 19. Mitter, Siddhartha. "At 'Fictions' in Harlem, Young Black Artists Are on Fire", The Village Voice, September 13. Twersky, Carolyn. “New Studio Museum Show,” ARTNews, August 23. Marino, Rebecca. “Q+A with Deborah Roberts,” Conflict of Interest, July 23. Scott, Andrea K. “March Madness in the Meatpacking District,” The New Yorker, April 10. Anspon, Catherine D. “Austin Gets Its Own Art Fair,” Papercity Magazine, March 30. Kamm, Rebecca. “You Can’t Deny Us: The Artists Showcasing the Power if Female Athletes,” Vice: Broadly, March 28.
Vogel, Wendy. "New York 'March Madness,'" ArtForum, March 24. “At Fort Gansevoort, March Madness takes on a new meaning,” A Hotel Life, April 23. Evans, Dayna. “What Does It Mean to Be a Woman in Sports?,” The Cut, March 20. 2016 Knudson, Rainey. “Naming and Shaming: Deborah Roberts at Art Palace”, Glasstire, November 21. Ryzin, Jeanne Claire van. “Contemporary art exhibit probes African-American identity,” My Statesmen, September 19. 2014 Huete, Betsy. “Deborah Roberts: One and Many,” Glasstire, November 29. 2006 Ward, Jeff M. “Deborah Roberts: Reconstructing, Reacting and Rethinking at O’Kane Gallery,” Fluent Collaborative, issue 79, November 17.