Jacolby Satterwhite

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Jacolby Satterwhite
Born1986 (age 31–32)
EducationMaryland Institute College of Art
University of Pennsylvania

Jacolby Satterwhite (born 1986) is an American visual artist who works with Video, Performance, 3D animation, Fibers, Drawing and Printmaking, currently based in New York City, NY. Satterwhite's work in dance performance draws from Voguing, martial arts, and choreographer William Forsythe's dance techniques.

Early life and education[edit]

Satterwhite was born in Columbia, South Carolina.

As a child, Satterwhite would watch Janet Jackson's video anthology VHS tape everyday after school. Music videos by Deee Lite, Björk, Janet, Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Michael Jackson and Madonna also influenced his aesthetic. He began working with technology at the age of 11 when he got his first personal computer. By the age of 13, Satterwhite spent most of his time painting, gaming, and building websites to sell pornography.[1]

Satterwhite received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. He received a MFA University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Satterwhite studied painting at both schools. It was not until graduate school at Penn that Satterwhite began combining his work in video with 3D animation tools.


His work often utilizes his mother's schematic drawings/inventions of ordinary objects influenced by consumer culture, medicine, fashion, Surrealism, mathematics, sex, philosophy, astrology, and Matrilineal concerns.[2] His series Reifying Desire was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Combining 3D animation and live action, the work explores themes of memory and personal history in a virtual dreamlike environment.[3] Satterwhite has also shown/performed in group exhibitions including MoMA PS1, The Smithsonian, The Kitchen, Rush Arts Gallery, and Exit Art.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2016 United States Artists Fellowship
  • 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant
  • 2013 Arts Matters Grant
  • 2013 - 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist in Residence
  • 2013 Recess Art, Sessions Residency
  • 2012 - 2013 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship 2nd Year
  • 2012 Headlands Center for the Arts - Artist in Residence
  • 2011 - 2012 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship 1st Year
  • 2011 Electronic Television Center Finishing Funds Grant
  • 2011 Center for Photography, Woodstock
  • 2011 Van Lier Grant, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Studio LLC program
  • 2011 Queer Arts Mentorship Fellowship
  • 2010 - 2011 Harvest Works Artist In Residence, New York, NY
  • 2010 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship
  • 2009 Cosby Fellowship to Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture
  • 2007 Grand prize winner for Driven exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute's S. Dillon Ripley Center[5]



From April 29th-September 18th, 2016, Satterwhite was in a show at the Brooklyn Museum titled Disguise: Masks and Global African Art in Brooklyn, New York. It was a continuation of the work shown at the 2015 show in Seattle, Washington of the same title.[6]


A show entitled Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Seattle Art Museum from June 18th to September 7th, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. It was a show focusing on African masquerade and how the power of the mask and costume is a proactive and playful way to engage in conversation about current social problems like class, gender, and power and to give incite into the future. The show presented contemporary and historical works from the Seattle Art Museum that worked in dialogue together and were a range of mediums from video installation to photography and sculpture.[7]

  • "WPA Hothouse Video: Jacolby Satterwhite," curated by Julie Chae, Capitol Skyline Hotel[8]
  • Solo show, OhWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Island of Treasure, Mallorca landings, Palma De Mallorca, Spain
  • Triforce, The Bindery Projects, Minneapolis Minnesota
  • Grey Lines, Recess Activities, New York, NY
  • The House of Patricia Satterwhite, MALLORCA LANDINGS GALLERY, Palme De Mallorca, Spain
  • The Matriarch's Rhapsody, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY 2013 Jacolby Satterwhite, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2013
  • Jacolby Satterwhite, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts[9]

Public collections[edit]


  1. ^ Kreutler, Kei (January 9, 2014). "Artist Profile: Jacolby Satterwhite". Rhizome. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  2. ^ Satterwhite, Jacolby. "Jacolby Satterwhite". Jacolby Satterwhite. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ "JACOLBY SATTERWHITE". Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Jacolby Satterwhite". Queer Art Mentorship. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Jacolby Satterwhite". Art 21. Art 21. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Museum". www.brooklynmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  7. ^ "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art". Seattle Art Museum. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  8. ^ "WPA Speaks with Julie Chae, Curator of Hothouse Video: Jacolby Satterwhite | Washington Project for the Arts". www.wpadc.org. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  9. ^ Satterwhite, Jacolby. "Resume" (PDF). Retrieved 6 May 2015.

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