Deborah Roberts
“From feet to wings (Nessun Dorma Series),” 2018

Deborah Roberts
“From feet to wings (Nessun Dorma Series),” 2018

This is an artwork titled I do solemnly swear (Nessun Dorma Series) by artist Deborah Roberts made in 2018

Deborah Roberts
I do solemnly swear (Nessun Dorma Series), 2018

Deborah Roberts
“trumpet of consciousness,” 2019

Deborah Roberts
“trumpet of consciousness,” 2019

1962
Born in Austin, TX
Lives and works in Austin, TX
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
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
2019
"Deborah Roberts: If They Come," Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
"Native Sons: Many Thousands Gone," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2018
"Fragile but Fixable," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Uninterrupted," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi," Spelman Museum, Atlanta, GA
2017
Untitled, Solo Booth Art Fair Miami Basel, Miami Beach, FL
"Ingenue," Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York, NY
"Nobody’s Darling: New Works by Deborah Roberts," Christian-Green Gallery, Austin, TX
2016
"Coil, Coarse, Twist, Re-twist," Art Palace, Houston, 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
2004
Chicago Culture Center (South Shore) Chicago, Ill
Center for African & African American Studies, Austin, TX
2021
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (forthcoming)
2019
"Get Up, Stand Up Now - Generations Of Black Creative Pioneers," Somerset House, London, UK
"Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage," Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
"Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary," Californian African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, CA
"Still I Rise," MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
2018
"Sidelined," Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
"In the Eye of the Beholder," Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
"Go Figure," Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
"Reclamation! Pan- African from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection," Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
"Talisman In The Age Of Difference," Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
"Soul Recordings," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks," Mass Art, Boston MA
2017
"Fictions," Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
"Your Body is Your Battleground," Volta Art Fair, New York, NY
"March Madness," Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
2016
"I know why the caged bird sings," Carver Museum, Austin, TX
2015
"Gently Fried," MACC, Austin, TX
"The House on Mango Street," National Mexican American Museum, Chicago, Ill
2014
"The Way Out- MFA," 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
"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 at Little Rock
"Counter Intuitive," Chicago State University, Chicago, Ill
2006
"Uncle Tom to Peeping Tom," University of Milwaukee UGA, Milwaukee, WI
"Boundless, Perceptions from Within," DAC, Austin, TX
2005
Museum of Science and Industry Juried Exhibition. Chicago, Ill
Woman Made Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Chicago, Ill
"Subjective Visions," UTSA, San Antonio, TX
"Figure It Out," Art Palace Austin, TX
2004
Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, Ill
"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
2002
Center for African American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2018
Anonymous Was a Woman, NY
2017
Artist of the Year, Austin, TX
2016
Pollock Krasner Foundation, Grantee
2014
SU MFA Exhibition "Best in Show"
2012 – 2014
Creative Opportunity Grant, Syracuse University
2010
San Francisco African American Legacy Scholarship
2008
Artist of the Year, Austin, TX
1991
President Point of Light Recipient, President George H. Bush
2019
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Captiva, FL
2018
Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
2014
Ginsberg-Klaus Award Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
2011 – 2014
Syracuse University Graduate Research Fellow
2006
Coronado Studios Austin, TX
Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, TX
2005
Ox –Bow Art Residency, MI
2019
Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi, edited by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD, Spelman Museum, Atlanta, GA
2019
Grant, Colin, "Get Up Stand Up Now: Black British art’s response to the Windrush scandal," The Guardian, June 2
Brady, Anna and Margaret Carrigan, "Private view: must - see gallery shows opening this June," The Art Newspaper, May 31
Lee, Erin, "10 art exhibitions to see in July," Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, July 1
Hutton, Belle and Daisy Woodward, "A List of Great Things to Do This July," AnOther, July 1
Jansen, Charlotte. "The Artist Disrupting Perceptions of Black Youths," Elephant, June 25
Valentine, Victoria L. "Black Female Artists Are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout London," The Culture Type, July 21
Epps, Philomena. "Deborah Roberts at Stephen Friedman," Artforum, July 1
Barrie, Lita. "Deborah Roberts Explores The Fragility of Black Masculinity in Native Sons," Riot Material, June 5
Valentine, Victoria L. "Artist Deborah Roberts Joined Susanne Vielmetter Projects Los Angeles and Has an Exhibition at Gallery’s New Downtown Space," CultureType, April 23
Marcoci, Roxana. "Young Heroines: Deborah Roberts," Mousse Magazine, Spring
2018
Williams, Margaret. "People of the Year: Deborah Roberts," Tribeza Artists Curated, November 29
Sheets, Hilarie M. "A Collector Who Grew Up With Art Now Fosters Its Makers," New York Times, December 26
Roberts, Deborah. "The Lives They Lived: Linda Brown," New York Times Magazine, December 30
Greenberger, Alex. "Long-Running ‘Anonymous Was a Woman’ Grants Awarded for 2018, With Betty Tompkins and Deborah Roberts Among 10 Winners," ArtNews, December 11
Valentine, Victoria L. "Art Basel Miami Beach 2018: Select Galleries Throughout the Mega Fair are Showing Works By African and African American Artists, Here’s Where to Find Them," The Culture Type, December 6
Onyewuwnyi, Ikechukwu Casmir, "Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus," Carla, Issue 13, August.
Dambrot, Shana Nys, "Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus," Art and Cake, June 10
Luke, Ben, "Artist Deborah Roberts on Yinka Shonibare exhibition and why 'black is not a colour any more," Evening Standard, June 6.
Mizota, Sharon, "Roberts' powerful statement of black female identity," LA Times, May 29
Miller, Ashia, "Deborah Roberts’ #EvolutionOfMimi art tackles heavy topic of colorism," RollingOut, May 25.
Amirkhani, Jordan, "Art Review: 'The Evolution of Mimi' at Spelman Museum," BURNAWAY, April 25.
Cochran, Rebecca, "Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi," Art Papers, March 17.
Sargent, Antwaun, "The Artist Changing the Face of Black Girlhood," VICE, March 6
Feaster, Felicia, "The power and pathos of girlhood defines Deborah Roberts’ collages," The Atlantic Journal Contribution, March 6.
Van Proyen, Mark, "Deborah Roberts @ Jenkins Johnson," Square Cylinder, February 19.
Larocca, Amy, "Portfolio: Her Breakthrough Women," The New York Magazine, February 5
Green, Tyler, "Deborah Roberts, Anita Witek," Modern Art Notes Podcast, February
Johns, Myke, "Artist Deborah Roberts ‘Emancipates’ Black Girlhood In Spelman Exhibit," National Public Radio, January 25
2017
Twersky, Carolyn, "New Studio Museum Show," ARTNEWS, August 23.
Marino, Rebecca, "Q+A with Deborah Roberts," Conflict of Interest, July 17
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," Broadly, March 28
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," Statesmen, September 19
2014
Huete, Betsy. "Deborah Roberts: One and Many," Glasstire, November 29
Ward, Jeff M. "Deborah Roberts: Reconstructing, Reacting and Rethinking at O’Kane Gallery," Fluent Collaborative, issue 79, November 17
21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY