Sanford Biggers

  • Matter
    Antique quilts, oil stick, spray paint, fabrics, acrylic, tar, glitter, and silkscreen
    120 x 48 inches

  • BAM
    19 x 6 x 4 inches

  • Shifter
    Antique quilt fragments, spray paint, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt
    88 x 76 inches

  • The Pasts They Brought With Them
    Antique quilt fragments, spray paint, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt
    100 x 57 inches

  • Sakura
    Antique quilt fragments, spray paint, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt
    70 x 65 inches

  • Cheshire (Guapa)
    Antique quilt fragments, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt
    76 x 75 inches

  • Incognito
    Antique quilt fragments, spray paint, oil stick, acrylic, and assorted textile on antique quilt
    44 x 45 inches

  • Untitled
    Assorted textile, oil stick, acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen on archival paper
    44 x 41 inches

  • Hoodoo
    Assorted textile, oil stick, tar, acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen on archival paper
    39 x 39 inches

  • Static
    Assorted textile, oil stick, acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen on archival paper
    38 x 48 inches

  • Untitled
    Assorted textile, oil stick, acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen on archival paper
    60 x 60 inches

  • Haute Mess
    Textiles, fabric and antique quilt fragment, double sided adhesive, treated acrylic paint, treated interior paint and spray paint on archival paper
    35 x 37 inches

  • Untitled
    Assorted textile, oil stick, acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen on archival paper
    48 x 48 inches

  • Estrellita
    Antique quilt, embroidery, fabric treated acrylic
    68 inches diameter

  • 7 Heavens
    Antique quilt, additional textile, fabric treated acrylic, spray paint
    90 x 90 inches

  • Quilt #16
    Repurposed quilt, fabric treated acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen
    94 1/2 x 78 1/2 inches

  • Quilt #15 Buddha Bless
    Repurposed quilt, fabric treated acrylic, spray paint, and silkscreen
    89 x 70 inches

  • The Cartographer’s Conundrum
    Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

  • Quilt #9
    Fabric treated acrylic, spray paint, cotton, and oil stick on repurposed quilt
    75 x 73 1/2 inches

  • Quilt #15 Harmonics 2
    Fabric treated acrylic, spray paint, cotton on repurposed quilt
    79 x 79 inches

  • Quilt #13
    Fabric treated acrylic, spray paint, cotton, and graphite on repurposed quilt
    81 x 89 inches

  • Quilt #7
    Fabric treated acrylic, spray paint, cotton, and silkscreen on repurposed quilt from 1860s
    86 x 70 inches

  • Codex
    Steel, acrylic, and braided rope
    45 x 24 x 15 inches

  • Constellation II
    Mixed media installation: polyurethane, resin, and steel
    8 x 12 x 12 feet
    Installation Harvard University’s Memorial Hall/Sanders Theatre Transept
    Anita Kan Photography

  • Cheshire (sculpture)
    Aluminum, plexiglass, LEDs, and timer
    67 x 33 x 10 inches

  • Cheshire (in situ)
    Aluminum, plexiglass, LEDs, and timer
    67 x 33 x 10 inches

  • Lotus
    Steel, etched glass, and colored LEDs
    7 feet diameter
    Courtesy Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
  • Jocko
    Three chrome-plated bronze statues
    Dimensions variable
    Edition of 5
  • Cheshire (video)
    Single-channel, outdoor video projection with sound element
    Courtesy Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
  • The Somethin’ Suite
    Multimedia performance commissioned by Performa 07, New York, NY
    Joshua White Photography
  • Prayer Rug
    Colored sand poured unfixed directly on floor
    40 x 20 feet
    Tom Powel Photography
  • Ghettobird Tunic
    Bubble jacket and bird feathers
    32 1/2 x 36 x 17 inches
    Joshua White Photography

  • Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II
    Linoleum tiles with Formica backing
    Unique sculpture with video
    Video edition 5/5

Sanford Biggers’ works integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance.  He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols.  Through a multi-disciplinary formal process, and an equally syncretic creative approach, he makes works or “vignettes” that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.


Sanford Biggers was born in Los Angeles, CA and lives and works in New York, NY.  Recent solo exhibitions include the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; the Brooklyn Museum; Sculpture Center, NY; and Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL, among numerous others. His work has been exhibited in institutions including Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London; Whitney Museum of American Art; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. The artist’s works have been included in several notable exhibitions including: Prospect 1/ New Orleans Biennial; Illuminations at the Tate Modern; Performa 07 in NY; The Whitney Biennial; and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. Biggers’ awards include The Creative Time Travel Grant; Creative Capital Project Grant; New York Percent for the Arts Commission; Art Matters Grant; New York Foundation for the Arts Award; the Lambent Fellowship in the Arts; the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award; Tanne Foundation Award; Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant; James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship. He has participated in prestigious residencies and fellowships including: Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan; and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program; the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency; the Studio Museum AIR Program; the P.S. 1 International Studio Program; and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.

Born in 1970 in Los Angeles, CA; lives and works in New York City




Masters in Fine Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL


The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME


Maryland Institute of College of Art, Baltimore, MD


Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA


Syracuse University (Department of International Programs Abroad), Florence Italy




Subjective Cosmology, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
New Work, Monique Meloche Projects, New York, NY
Sanford Biggers: the pasts they brought with them, Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL
Sanford Biggers: Laocoön, University of Louisville Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY


Sanford Biggers: Matter, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL


Sanford Biggers: Shuffle & Shake, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
3 Dollars & 6 Dimes, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Danpatsu, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Vex, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Floating World, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY


Codex, VCUarts Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
Sugar, Pork, Bourbon, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy


Codex, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL
The Cartographer’s Conundrum, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA


Sweet Funk: An Introspective Survey, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY
Cosmic Voodoo Circus, Sculpture Center, New York, NY


Moon Medicine, Contemporary Arts Forum. Santa Barbara, CA


Constellation (Stranger Fruit), Harvard OFA
Blossom. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Peculiar Institutions, Solvent Space. Richmond, VA


Sanford Biggers, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY


Blossom, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO


Freedom and Other Seldom Travelled Roads, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Notions, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, UK


The Afronomical Way, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
New Work, Triple Candie, New York, NY


Sanford Biggers, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Both/And Not Either/Or, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


Creation/Dissipation, Trafo Gallery, Budapest Hungary
Afro Temple, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Psychic Windows, Matrix Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (catalog)




The Nest, an exhibition of art and nature, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
SAIC 150th Anniversary Show, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Piece by Piece, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Wild Noise: Artwork from The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de La Habana, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
Bring in the Reality, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
Pilgrimage Dun Huang – First International City Sculpture Exhibition, Architectural Society of China, Dun Huang, China
POP Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art, 21c Durham, NC
Building a Collection, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Camera as Release, JP Morgan Chase Collection at Paris Photo, Paris, France
The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona., Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Metabolic Bodies, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL


Americana, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Soft Pictures, Fondazione Sandrette Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
The Shadows Took Shape, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Nu Age Hustle, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Missed Connection, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
Honey, I Rearranged the Collection, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY


Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
a small world… (installation on view from the permanent collection), The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Transmission LA: AV Club, Geffen Contemporary at MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD
Contemporary Mandala: New Audiences, New Forms, Emory University Visual Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
US Embassy in Tokyo Exhibition for Ambassador John V. Roos, Tokyo, Japan


The Bearden Project, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY
15 x15, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Black Sound, White Cube, Kunstquariter Benthanien, Berlin, Germany.
Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, NY
Infinite Mirror, Syracuse University Art Galleries (and traveling), Syracuse, NY
Sweetcake Enso, Village Zendo, New York, NY
2010 Grains of Emptiness, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY
Signs of Life: Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Reflection, Nathan A. Bernstein Gallery, New York, NY
Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Progress Reports – Art in an Age of Diversity, Iniva, London, UK
Spirit Up! Event Notation and the Invocation of Spirit in Contemporary Art. CCS Bard, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY


Searching for the Heart of Black Identity, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft


30 Seconds Off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Americana, New Society for Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Passages, Revisiting Histories: Sanford Biggers + Andrea Geyer & Simon J. Ortiz, Lambent Foundation, New York, NY
Intrinsic Trio: Biggers, Gilliam and Scott. Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor, Katonah Museum of Art, Bedford NY
Jack Wolgin Competition Finalists, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Carnival Within, Uferhalle, Berlin, Germany
Hidden Cities, Stephen Vittielo and Perrgrine Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Prospect 1: US Biennial. Old US Mint. New Orleans, LA
Nippon in Black, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Unknown Pleasures, Aspen Museum of Art. Aspen, CO
Into the Trees. Art Omi. Ghent, NY C
Shuffle. Schloss Solitude. Stuttgart, Germany


Illuminations, curated by Lucy Askew and Ben Borthwick. Tate Modern, London, UK
3 Day Museum, Okinawa Museum, Okinawa, Japan
Performa 07; The Performance Art Biennial. New York, NY
Pretty Baby, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, TX
For the Love of the Game, The Amistad Center for Arts and Culture. Hartford, CT
Black Light/White Noise. Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
Intelligent Design. Momenta, New York, NY
Urbanity. Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany


New York, Interrupted. PKM Gallery, Beijing, China.
The Black Moving Cube: Black Figuration & The Moving Image, The Tate Britain, London, UK
Fountains. D’Amelio Terras. New York, NY
Twisted Roots. WPA/ Corcoran & DCAC. Washington, DC.
Everybody Dance, The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts
Art Rock, Rockerfeller Center, New York, NY
Black Alphabet, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland


D’Afrique d’Asie, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY (traveling)
Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX


Join Us (Calls of Ecstasy from the Edge of Oblivion), Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO


Somewhere Better Than This Place, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Kuti, The New Museum, New York, NY
Shuffling the Deck, Princeton Museum of Art, Princeton, NJ
The Commodification of Buddhism, Bronx Museum, New York, NY
Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Family, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT


One Planet Under a Groove, Bronx Museum, New York, NY
Zoning, The Project, New York, NY
Freestyle, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Altoid’s Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY


Full Service, Kenny Schachter, New York, NY




Ten Have, Mieke. “Rewriting History: With his powerful visual language, artist Sanford Biggers takes on racial injustice through his socially charged works”, Culture Magazine, May 2016.
DeLand, Lauren. “Sanford Biggers”, Art in America, May 25, 2016.
Havens, Sara. ‘Fat Albert’-inspired controversial artwork lands at the Cressman Center on Wednesday”, Louisville Insider, May 2, 2016.
Kramer, Elizabeth. “Monumental art – in the image of ‘Fat Albert’”, Courier-Journal, May 18, 2016.
Schmidlin, Charlie. “Body Paintings and Activist Art In the Arizona Desert”, The Creators Project, May 18, 2016.
Quiles, Daniel. “Chicago Reviews: Sanford Biggers”, Artforum, May 2016.
“Nasher 10: Celebrating a Decade 2005-2015”, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2016.
Sargent, Antwaun. “16-Second Video Artwork Sums Up Police Brutality”, The Creators Project, March 9, 2016.
Heddaya, Mostafa. “Reviews In Brief: Sanford Biggers”, Modern Painters, February 2016.
El Khatib, Khalid. “Artist Sanford Biggers’ Work Needs to Be Talked About”, Paper Magazine, Feburary 25, 2016.
“New York Premiere of L’AMANT ANONYME Set for 59E59 Theaters”, Broadway World, February 18, 2016.
Bourland, Ian. “Sun Rise In Different Dimensions”, Frieze, January-February 2016.
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“NEA Awards $26 Million in Arts Works Grants”, Artforum, December 9, 2015.
Nelson, Solveig. “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago”, Artforum, November 2015.
Waxman, Lori. “’Freedom Principle’ at MCA takes on black art, music”, Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2015.
Terrill, Marshall. “While visiting ASU, Sanford Biggers explains how to embrace unplanned creativity – and unintended reaction”, Arizona State University, November 19, 2015.
Rupert, Sarah Michelle, and Michelle Weinberg, “The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.”, Catalogue, Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
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Tschida, Anne. “Miami galleries are jammed with noteworthy exhibitions,” The Miami Herald, June 20, 2014.
Artsy Editorial. “Sacred Geometry: Cultural Semiotics in the work of Sanford Biggers,” Artsy, June 2014.
McDermott, Emily. “Sanford Biggers Talks His Band, Moon Medicin.” Complex, June 2014.
“‘Black Eye’”: Impressive Gathering of Artists Aims to Defy Categorization,” ArtsOberver, May 2014.
Gilsdorf, “Metabolic Bodies”, The Miami Rail, May 2014.
Fullerton, Elizabeth. “Playing a Different Tune,” ArtNews, April 2014.
Artsy Editorial. “Hybrid Bodies and Charged Narratives at David Castillo Gallery,” Artsy, Spring 2014.
Sutton, Benjamin. “Silicon Valley Contemporary Fair Launches With Bitcoin Sales and New Media Art Aplenty.” ArtNet News, April 11, 2014.
Alexander, Andrew. “Sanford Biggers returns to Atlanta this week,” Creative Loafing, March 25, 2014.
Hirsch, Faye. “Sanford Biggers: Floating World,” Art in Print, January 2013.
Hutson, Laura. “Coded Quilt Drawings: Notes From Sanford Biggers’ Art Talk,” Nashville Scene, November 25, 2013.
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Lord, Jo. “At VCU, 2 artists interpret story of Harriet Tubman,” Richmond Times Dispatch, July 2013.
Newton, Karen. “Codes and Clouds: Artist Sanford Biggers deciphers a secret language at Anderson Gallery.” Style Weekly. June 11, 2013.
Pollack, Barbara. “The Civil War in Art, Then & Now.” ArtNews. May, 2013.
Perra, Daniele. “Sanford Biggers: Django Unchained in salsa quilt.” Artribune. April 28, 2013.
Huebner, Jeff. “Sanford Biggers manifests a new destiny with Ago.” Chicago Reader. April 26, 2013.
“Creative Commons: David Castillo.” Delta Sky Magazine, March 2013.
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Gaskins, Nettrice. “Sanford Biggers’ Conundrum: The Mothership Lands at Mass MoCA.” Art:21. June 19, 2012
Gaskins, Nettrice. “Sanford Biggers’ Codex Navigates the Past, Present, Future.” Art:21. April 24, 2012.
Gaskins, Nettrice. “Sanford Biggers: Contemporary Mandala and the Hip Hop Ethos.” Art:21. March 23, 2012
Cooke, Erica. “Sanford Biggers’s futuristic vision at Mass MoCA.” The Art Newspaper. February 6, 2012.
Smee, Sebastian. “Music, Memory, Mystery on view.” Mar 1, 2012.
Pasori, Cedar, Alex Morency and Nick Shonberger. “The 100 Most Influential Artists of the Complex Decade.”
Martinez, Alanna. “The Top 20 Shows to See in 2012.” Artinfo. December 30, 2011.
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Johnson, Ken. “Smile and Metaphor, Crossing Borough Lines.” The New York Times, October 20, 2011
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Garcia, Miki. “Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine.” Catalog by Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, March 3, 2010
Grudman, Uta, Volk, Gregory & Russ, Sabine. “Carnival Within: An Exhibition Made in America.” Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nurnber, February 28, 2010
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Sirmans Franklin. “Artistically Speaking.” Soul, September 22, 2000
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“Hanne Tierney, Marian Griffiths and Five Myles.” NY Arts Magazine, April 2000




Fellow, TED2016, Vancouver, BC
NEA Award, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Cool Culture UnGala Honoree, Phillips Auction House, New York, NY
Atlantic Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence, New Smyrna Beach, FL


Board of Governors, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany
Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts, The American Academy, Berlin, Germany
The Joyce Foundation Award, Chicago, IL
Columbia University’s Office of the Provost’s Junior Faculty Grant, New York, NY
New York City’s Art Teachers Association’s Artist-of-the-Year, New York, NY
Georgia Tech Ferst Center of the Arts Africa, Atlanta 2014 STEAM Residency, Atlanta, GA
JWT’s Differenter Committee’s Innovators of Change Award, New York, NY
Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park & Residency, Verbier, Switzerland
Residency at Georgia Institute of Technology for Africa, Atlanta, GA
BET ICON MANN 28 Men of Change Award


Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat


Harvard University Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies
Harvard University’s Office of Fine Arts’ Artist in Residence
Creative Time Travel Grant for Global Residency Project


Creative Capital Foundation Grant


New York Percent for the Arts Commission, New York, NY
Art Matters Grant, New York, NY


AIR Laboratory. Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Lambent Fellowship in the Arts TIDES Foundation grant, New York, NY
Fellow in Performance Art/Multidisciplinary Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Grant


ARCUS Project Residency, Moriya City, Japan


Art In General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange Residency Budapest, Hungary


Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant
Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, Long Island City, NY


World Views Artist in Residence, World Trade Center, New York, NY
Eyebeam/ New York City Annenberg Challenge for Arts Education, New York, NY
Studio Museum in Harlem Artists-in-Residence, New York, NY
P.S. 1 Studio Residency, New York, NY


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago James Nelson Raymond Fellowship
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Incentive Scholarship


Camille Hanks-Cosby Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME


Santa Fe Public Art Fund Grant, Los Angeles, CA


Central Metals Sculpture Competition, second place, Atlanta, GA




Conversations & Salon Talks, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Lecture, ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ
Lecture, Black Portraiture{s} II Conference; Florence, Italy
Lecture, University at Austin, Austin TX
American Academy in Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Urban Video Project, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
CoHosts, Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, MD
Art in Embassies, Delegation participant, Johannesburg, South Africa
Prompter for LaTableRonde Whitney Biennial  #3: On Art as Apparatus, Critical Practices Inc, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
AFROPUNK panel moderated by Greg Tate, Moogfest, Asheville, NC
Carrie Mae Weems: Live from the Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
In Conversation Sanford Biggers and Saul Williams moderated by Rujeko Hockley presented by Columbia University School of the Arts and The Studio Museum, New York, NY
Afropunk’s The Triptych screening panel, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Advancing STEM Through Culturally Situated Arts Based Learning, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
EXPO CHICAGO, SAIC sponsored /Dialogues: Sanford Biggers, Elysia Borowy-Reeder and José Lerma in conversation with Richard Holland and Duncan MacKenzie, Chicago, IL
Afropunk’s The Triptych screening panel, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Columbia University Visiting Artist Lecture Series, New York, NY
Sanford Biggers, Everard Findley & Marcus Samuelsson in conversation, moderated by Thelma Golden, Neuehouse, New York, NY
The Verbier 3-D Residency and Sculpture Park, Verbier, Switzerland
Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda
Now Dig This! Symposium, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


International Sculpture Center Conference Keynote Speaker, Chicago, IL
Comradely Objects: Art Against Reification Conference Speaker, The New School, New York, NY
James A. Porter Colloquium on African Art, Keynote Speaker, Howard University, Washington DC
AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Awards Ceremony Presenter, Asia Society, New York, NY
Ringling College, Sarasota, FL
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Anderson Ranch Summer Workshop Visiting Artist
Art Papers Lecture Series, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Festival of the New Black Imagination with Wangechi Mutu and Greg Tate, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Museum Conversation with Mos Def and Marcus Samuelsson
Food Republic Panel with Marcus Samuelsson, Dylan Ratigan and Eddie Chai, New York, NY
Sotheby’s Institute, New York, NY
Creative Time Global Residency Talk, New York, NY


Visiting Faculty Artist, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
MOMA, Conversations Among Friends: with Lorraine O’Grady & RoseLee Goldberg, New York, NY
Columbia University, Work in Progress: Conversation with Dr. Kellie Jones, New York, NY


Revisiting Histories: A conversation between Sanford Biggers, Andrea Geyer and Simon & Simon J. Ortiz, Lambent Foundation, New York, NY, Curated by Niels von Tomme
Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Conversation with Dr. Steven Nelson and Helen Molesworth, Cambridge, MA
Harvard University Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Cambridge, MA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
|Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO
Gelman Lecturer. Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY
Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
Pew Fellowships in the Arts Interdisciplinary Awards Panel


SkowheganTALKS presents a dialog between artists Sanford Biggers and Paul Pfeiffer
PS1 Contemporary Art Center
Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York, NY




J.P. Morgan Corporate Collection
The Studio Museum in Harlem
The Walker Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art
The Jewish Museum, New York
The Princeton University Art Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Portland Art Museum
Bronx Museum
Dayton Art Institute