Danny Giles is an artist and educator based in Rotterdam. His work uses varied material and performative approaches to address the possibilities and dilemmas of representing and performing identity and to reveal hidden languages of power within mundane objects and spaces. Giles received his MFA from Northwestern in 2013 and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Giles’ work has been exhibited, performed and screened at venues including The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,  the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Evanston, IL, El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Giles serves as Course Director of the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

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Danny Giles 
dannygiles1@gmail.com 
Education
2013
MFA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME 
2011
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Selected Solo Exhibitions
(*indicates performance)
2019
The Practice and Science of Drawing a Sharp White Background, Seattle, WA 
Figura, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Thing and its Double, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2018
dead(air)*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017
Here*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Remembrancer, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
2016
Lyric, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Tufts University Art Gallery
2018
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Preview 8, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
Provocations*, True/False film festival, Columbia, MO
Cubed Luminous, Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL 
Lit and Luz*, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Eclipsing*, Links Hall, Chicago, IL
2017
Lit and Luz*, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
The 3rd Terrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
O(p)positions, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
Standards Variance, Public Access, Chicago, IL
Expanded Chicago, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
PDF Objects, Es Espectro, Mexico City, Mexico
2016
Ascend, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
PDF Objects, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
YesREMIXED*, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
Past Lives, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY
2015
The Great Good Place, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
Simplicity, Starcom Mediavest Group, Chicago, IL
Public Utility, New Capital, Chicago, IL
The Annual, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL
Listening and Making Sound, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Little Wolf, WI 
The 2ndTerrain Biennial, Terrain, Oak Park, IL
Finnocchio, The Franklin, Chicago, IL
Satellites, The Franklin, Chicago, IL
Ideal Perfection, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL
Were the Eye Not Sunlike, Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL
Direct Object/Direct Action*, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Professional Appointments
2020-Present 
Course Director/Hoofddocent, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art, Willem de Kooning Academy, Hogeschool Rotterdam
2017-2020 
Academic Director, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck MI
2020
Guest Critic, Northwestern University department of Art Theory and Practice
2015-2019 
Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2016-2018 
Faculty, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
2017
Artist-in-Residence, Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL 2016
Visiting Artist, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Visiting Artist University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts, Chicago, IL 
Curatorial Projects & Public Programming
2020
Guest Editor, Monday Journal vol. 4, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 
2019
VIOLENCE!: Illinois Humanities Festival, panel conversant, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018
Observing Power: History and Agency, panel organizer, Open Engagement conference, Chicago,IL
2017
“Thinging Bodies”, video screening, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
Writing & Publications
2020 
White Pictures, Monday journal vol. 4, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle , WA
For White Folks who Have Considered Terror When Privilege was Enuf: the Thrills of the White Gaze, by Carris Adams, Jenn M. Jackson, Danny Giles, and Jared Richardson, Portable Grey, vol. 3 no.2/ Fall 2020, Grey Center for Arts and Inquiry, University of Chicago
2016
Family History, Tide/Tithe (Alexandria Eregbu and Rami George) exhibition catalogue, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL
Residencies
2019
Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 
Black Embodiments Studio Visiting Artist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 
2018-19
BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL
2017
Sector 2337 Artist-in-Residence, Chicago, IL
Illinois State University Visiting Artist, Bloomington-Normal, IL
Bibliography 
2020
Q&A: Danny Giles, Strange Fire Collective, http://www.strangefirecollective.com/2020-features#/qa-danny-giles/
2019
Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness, by Emily Pothast, ArtPractical.com, https://www.artpractical.com/column/danny-giles-draws-a-black-frame-around-whi teness/
2018
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, exhibition catalog, edited by Risa Puleo, various contributors


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