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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.


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

Teaching Areas

Drawing and Painting

Select Scholarly and Creative Awards

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)