Artist; and Assistant Professor, School of the Arts, Columbia University
Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts - Class of Spring 2015
A Los Angeles native working in New York City, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music, and performance. He intentionally complicates things like hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity, and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. His multi-disciplinary formal process and syncretic creative approach yield works that are both aesthetically pleasing and conceptual.
Biggers’s work within contemporary society has received solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, and Mass MoCA, and has appeared in group shows worldwide, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum, Harlem; and the Yerba Bue: A Center for the Arts, San Francisco, in addition to institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, and Russia. He has participated in a number of residencies and fellowships, including Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito; ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki; and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest. Biggers has been a fellow of the Creative Time Global Residency, Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, Studio Museum AIR Program, P.S. 1 International Studio Program, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.
Biggers’s works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Bronx Museum. His awards include the Greenfield Prize, New York City Art Teachers Association Artist-of-the-Year, 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, and Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant. He is a board member of Sculpture Center, Soho House, and the CUE Art Foundation, has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture and Expanded Media Program, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.