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Cosmo Whyte

Published September 3, 2020

Assistant Professor
Department of Art


Cosmo Whyte is a multi-disciplinary artist who employs drawing and sculpture to create conceptual work that explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration—particularly migration as an unfinished arc of motion whose final resting point remains an open-ended question. Whyte’s creative process begins through the interrogation of his own (racialized as black, gendered as male) body, and the personal memories that are embedded within it. Whyte uses this archive as the entry point into collective political interrogations.


  • MFA, The University of Michigan
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • BFA, Bennington College

Research & Teaching Areas of Interests & Expertise

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Notable Accomplishments

  • Art Matters Award (2019)
  • The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2019),
  • The Working Artist Award (2018)
  • The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Fellowship (2018)
  • Artadia Award (2016)
  • The Edge Award (2010)