Howard McCalebb

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Howard McCalebb (b. Indianola, Mississippi, May 13, 1947) is an African-American abstract sculptor. He received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Cornell University in 1972, and his B.A. in Sculpture from California State University, Hayward in 1970. In 1971, he participated in the Hobart School of Welding Technology, 5th Annual Sculpture Workshop in Troy, Ohio.

Howard McCalebb, Butterfly, 2008

McCalebb has taught fine art at San Jose State University in California; the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College;[1] the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey; Hunter College, Cornell University, the Graduate School of Pratt Institute, and the Parsons School of Design, in New York City.

McCalebb’s art has been exhibited internationally in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates and in numerous galleries and museums in the United States, including the San Francisco Art Museum of Art and the San Jose Museum of Art in California; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, in Ithaca, New York; and The New Museum, Exit Art, Artist Space, Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sculpture Now, Inc., and The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York City.

Howard McCalebb, Conjoined Icon, 2005

In 1993 McCalebb was a featured artist in the film Manhattan City Scape,[2] director by Steen Møller Rasmussen, a Plagiet Film, produced in cooperation with the Danish Film Institute Workshop. In 1981, he appeared in the film “Bearden Plays Bearden,” produced by the Philip Morris Corporation.

In 2000, McCalebb’s sculpture was featured in the historic “Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century” exhibition [2] at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York along with Julio González, Pablo Picasso, Anthony Caro, and David Smith.

In May 2001, he traveled to the People's Republic of China, and lectured at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and the Hangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

In April 2003, McCalebb was one of the American artists representing the United States at the Sharjah Biennial,[3] in the United Arab Emirates. He also lectured at the American University of Sharjah School of Architecture and Design.

In the summer of 2005, McCalebb he did a series of public sculpture projects in Balchik, Bulgaria; Borhaug, Norway; and Alytus, Lithuania.

In 2008 Howard McCalebb participated in the “Intrude: Art & Life 366” exhibition.[4] organized by Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art.

In 2009 Howard McCalebb founded the fine art gallery DadaPost Galerie in Berlin, Germany.[5] [6][7] The same year his essay Apoplexy: the Furor over Kara Walker was published in the art book Kara Walker No/ Kara Walker Yes/ Kara Walker ? [8]

In 2012 McCalebb published the art book Silent Pictures; The Paintings of Younhee Yang.[9]

In 2013 McCalebb published the critical theory book Autobiography as Critique.[10]


  1. ^ "UMass Amherst Faculty and Staff Collection, 1867-2008". Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ a b " biography Howard McCalebb". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Sharja Biennal Reports". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Article: About Conjoined Icon/Edifice for Impromptu Theater". 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Homepage of the DadaPost Galerie, Berlin, Germany". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Article: Talking Vernissage: A former fish factory gets a new life as a place for art". 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Berlinlist Gallery Guide". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  8. ^ Kara Walker No/ Kara Walker Yes/ Kara Walker ?. Midmarch Arts Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1877675720. 
  9. ^ Silent Pictures: The Paintings of Yang Younhee. Norderstedt, Germany: BOD. 2012. ISBN 978-3848208555. 
  10. ^ Autobiography as Critique. Berlin, Germany: DadaPost. 2013. ISBN 978-3000427916. 

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