Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Fall 2018 Cullen Washington, Jr.

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Cullen Washington, Jr.

New York, NY
MFA Grant recipient (2009)
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Cullen Washington Jr. (b. 1972, Alexandria, Louisiana) earned his MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and BFA from Louisiana State University. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas; Saatchi Gallery in London, UK; and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. He has been artist in residence at Amherst College (2016-17), the Fountainhead Residency (2016),The Studio Museum in Harlem (2013); Rush Arts Gallery (2012), Yaddo (2011), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2009) and a Bartlett and Montague Travel Grant (2008). His work has been written about in Art: 21 Magazine, The New York Times, The International Review of African American Art, The Boston Globe, and Art New England. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Studio Museum, Charles Saatchi Gallery, and the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana.


“In an effort to understand order, chaos, creation, and other natural phenomena, I utilize non-representational abstraction. It is an all-encompassing visual language that removes convention and identities and simultaneously integrates underlying parts that on the surface seem disparate.”


  • Od Matter S1D, 2015, collograph with black ink on white Rives Arches 250 gsm paper, 30 x 22 inches

  • Od Matter S5 Plate, 2016, printing ink, cd, plastic, canvas, tape, paper, yarn on board, 23.5 x 25 inches

  • Entropy 2, 2017, collograph with blue pigment and acrylic medium on Hahnemuhle Copperplate, 300 gsm, 63 x 62 inches

  • Entropy 3, 2017, collograph with paper, pigment, tape and acrylic medium on Somerset smooth 300, gsm paper, 78 x 168 inches

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