+KRIS GRAVES

Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Wedge Collection, Toronto; and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.
 

CURRENTLY 
Adjunct Professor, The New School / Parsons School of Design, New York

EDUCATION 2004, BFA - Visual Arts, School of Art + Design, Purchase College, New York

COLLECTIONS

Brooklyn Museum, New York
Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Wedge Collection, Toronto, Canada

RESIDENCIES
2019
Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, New York

AWARDS
2017
Anne Wilkes Tucker Young Photographers Endowment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
2017
Aperture Portfolio Prize Shortlist, Aperture Foundation, New York
2015
Juror's Selection, Center Forward 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

COLLECTIONS (publications)
Arcadia University, Landman Library, Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library, Pennsylvania
Duke University, North Carolina
Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives, New York
Maryland Institute College of Art, Decker Library, Maryland
Massachusetts College of Art, Godine Library, Massachusetts
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John M Flaxman Library Special Collections, Illinois
Stanford University, Green Library, California
Whitney Museum, Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, New York
Yale University Library, New Haven, Connecticut

SOLO / 2-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017
The Testament Project, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
The Testament Project, Art on Paper X Sasha Wolf Projects, New York, New York
2016
The Testament Project, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
The Testament Project, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Testament Project, NorteMaar, Brooklyn, New York
The Testament Project, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2013
Discovered Missing, Pocket Utopia, New York
2012 Permanence, Pocket Utopia, New York
2011 Second Nature w/ Kared Rudd, Baang & Burne Contemporary, New York
2010 A Queens Affair w/ Eric Hairabedian, Farmani Gallery, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018

All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, Sarah Surgeon Gallery, Central Washington University
All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, Pacific Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington
Disruption, Center for Photography Woodstock, New York
Legacy of the Cool, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts
2017
Three Minutes, En Foco / Hamilton Landmark Galleries, New York
The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, Brooklyn Museum
Summer Open, Aperture Gallery, New York
Unbound, Candela Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Art.Now.2017, Hearst Galleries, New York
Future Isms, Glassbox Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2016
Exchange, Rush Arts and IThou, Rush Arts Gallery, New York
The Soul of Black Art, Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Public/Private/Portrait, Deli Gallery, New York
First Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, California
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Headshots: Contemporary Photographic Portraiture, ClampArt Gallery, New York City
2015

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London
Center Forward 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 6th Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013
East of Man, Eternally in Kodak, Needles and Pens, San Francisco, California
4th Annual, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010
Perception of Character, LittleField, Brooklyn, New York
Versus, Hous Projects, New York, New York
2008
Three Photographers, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, New York
2007
Not Yet Utopic, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, New York
2006
Investigation! Contemplation! Reaction!, Local Project, New York
Far From Home, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, New York
Group Show No.3, Humble Arts Foundation, New York
New Waves 2006, Contemporary Center of Virginia

PUBLICATIONS
A Bleak Reality: NotWrong Volume 01, 2018, +Kris Graves Projects
LOST Long Island City, 2018, +Kris Graves Projects
Photo District News, August 2017 (cover photograph)
Lynching in America, Equal Justice Initiative / Google, 2017
Dear Dave, Issue 23, 2016 (cover photograph)
Public/Private/Portrait, International Center of Photography / Mossless, 2016
The Testament Project by Kris Graves, Volume 03, 2016, Bryn Mawr College
BKN Magazine, Issue Two, 2016
The Testament Project by Kris Graves, Volume 01, 2016, Blue Sky Gallery
Provisional Scenery by Kris Graves, 2015, +Kris Graves Projects
Discovered Missing by Kris Graves, 2013, +Kris Graves Projects 
Permanence by Kris Graves, 2012, +Kris Graves Projects
A Queens Affair by Kris Graves & Eric Hairabedian, 2010, +Kris Graves Projects

VISITING ARTIST + LECTURES + PANELS
Hartford University, Connecticut (visiting artist + lecture)
Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts (visiting artist + lecture)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (visiting artist + lecture)
Union Contemporary Art Center, Nebraska (panel discussion + lecture)
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (visiting artist + lecture)
International Center of Photography, New York (lectures)
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania (visiting artist + lecture)
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon (lecture)
Harvard Business School Club of New York (panel discussion + lecture)
Parsons School of Design, New York (visiting artist + lecture)
Purchase College, State University of New York (visiting artist + lectures)
The Graduate Center, City University of New York Baccalaureate, New York (panel discussion)
Bowling Green State University, Ohio (visiting artist + lecture)
American Society of Picture Professionals, New York, New York (lecture)
American Society of Media Photographers, Richmond, Virginia (lecture)
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (lecture)
MadridFoto Art Fair, Madrid, Spain (lecture)

AS PUBLISHER/ EDITOR
NotWrong Volume 01, 2018, +KGP (as publisher)
Lux Noctis by Reuben Wu, 2018, +KGP (as publisher)
Sea(see) by Jeanette Spicer, 2018, +KGP (as publisher)
LOST (10-book set), 2018, +KGP (as publisher)
A Place to Disappear by Pablo Lerma, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
Julio’s House by Orestes Gonzalez, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
A Setting Sun, Volume III by Gregg Evans, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
Blood Line by Anne-Laure Autin, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
These Americans by Mercedes Jelinek, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
all that cannot be said by Colin Stearns, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
X by Felix R. Cid, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
We Have To Carry On Somehow by Owen Conway, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
A Setting Sun, Volume II by Gregg Evans, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
Firm by Daniel Salemi, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
Bless Your Heart by Grant Ellis, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
A Setting Sun, Volume I by Gregg Evans, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
I slowly watched him disappear, by Jason Hanasik, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
Winters Berlin, by Luke Abiol, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
Journey, by MaryLynne Wrye, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
Guardians of Solitude, by Laura McPhee, 2009, Iris Editions, Ltd. (as editor)

MUSEUM/GALLERY CLIENTS
Ameringer / McEnery / Yohe
Barbican Gallery
Center for Architecture, New York
Denver Art Museum
Galerie Lelong
Hudson River Museum
Joan Mitchell Foundation
J. Paul Getty Museum
Museum of Modern Art
Pace Gallery
Paul Kasmin Gallery
PS1, Museum of Modern Art

CLIENTS
Architectural League of New York
ASH Footwear
Bureau Betak
City University of New York
Cornell University
Equal Justice Initiative
Gap, Inc.
Google, Inc.
Hiker
Jones New York
Mattel, Inc.
MTV Networks
New York Magazine
Nike
Penguin Books
Phaidon Books
Pfizer
Samsung
Sony Music Group
Vanity Fair
Watson & Company

PRESS
Kris Graves – Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner-Up, Aperture, 2017
Back to the Future, Aperture Blog, 2017
The Everyday Streets, Parks, and Shops Where Police Have Taken Black Lives, Vanity Fair (Hive), 2016
The Testament Project, aCurator, 2016
Testament, Volume I, by Kris Graves, GUP Magazine, 2016
Black Men Stage Their Own Portraits In Enpowering Photo Series, by Maddie Crum, Huffington Post, 2016
Stunning Portraits of Black Men That Accurately Portray How They See Themselves, by David Rosenberg, Behold/Slate, 2016
Kris Graves' Testament Project Sheds Light on Institutionalized Racism, by Jon Feinstien, Humble Arts Foundation, 2015
Q & A: Kris Graves, by Hamidah Glasgow, Strange Fire Collective, 2015
Bronx Contours: A Photo Essay by Kris Graves, Urban Omnibus, 2015
Intimate Distances: Kris Graves’ Cold Comfort, Hyperallergic, 2013
Some More Trees, HaberArts, 2013
Kris Graves: Permanence, Lenscratch, 2012
What’s Your Niche: Photographing Art for the Guggenheim Museum, PDN, 2011
Breaking In: Gallerist and Photographer Kris Graves, PhotoVideoEDU, 2011