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Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985 she moved to Washington, D.C. and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment and self-healing.

The lives of Stout’s imaginary characters unfold in a variety of media, including painting, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation. The recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Stout has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and in England, Russia and the Netherlands.


Solo Exhibitions
Group Exhibitions
Selected Bibliography
Grants and Fellowships
Panel Participation and Teaching Experience

All artwork, photographs and text copyright © Renee Stout. All Rights Reserved


The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The San Francisco Museum of Fine  Art, San Francisco, CA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Achenbach Collection

The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

National Museum Of American Art, Washington, DC

University Of Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, AZ

University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

The Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS

The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Saint Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, MO

The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska,   Lincoln, NE

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Moody Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

The John and Maxine Belger Foundation Collection, Kansas City, KS

Pennsylvania State University, University Park. PA

Wellesley College, MA

Allegheny Community College, Pittsburgh, PA



2007   Journal: Book One, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2006   Church of the Crossroads, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

2005   Fragments of a Secret Life, Part 2, Hammonds House Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2005   Fragments of a Secret Life, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2005   Readers, Advisors, and Storefront Churches, The Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA

2005   Fatima’s Dreams, Part 2, Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2004   Fatima’s Dreams, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2003   Eyes of Fatima, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2002   Readers, Advisors, and Storefront Churches, The Belger Center for the Arts,
          Kansas City, MO, a traveling exhibition.

2001   The Mystery and Melancholy of a Street (titled after De Chirico), David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY

2000   Monotypes and Other Works, The Beach Museum at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

1999   Ranting in the Night Studio, The Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1998   The Ranter, The David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC

1997   Dueling Dualities, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY

1996   Madam’s Secrets, The David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC

1995   Dear Robert I’ll See You at the Crossroads: A Project by Renee Stout, University
          Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA, a traveling exhibition

1993   Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout,

          The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1992   Recent Sculpture, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

1991   Recent Sculpture, BR Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, DC

1987   Chapel Gallery, Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC



2008   PICTURING POLITICS 2008: Artists Speak to Power
          Arlington Arts Cente, Arlington, VA

2008   SHE’S SO ARTICULATE: Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative
          Arlington Arts Cente, Arlington, VA

2006   The Book as Art:  Twenty Years of Artist's Books from The National Museum of  Women in the Arts,
          The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washingtion, DC

2006   Dangling, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

2006   Paper Trail: African American Works on Paper, High Museum, Atlanta, GA

2006   4 Printmakers/2 Curators, The Washington Printmakers Gallery 2006 Invitational, Washington, DC

2005   Drawn to Representation, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (Corcoran 2005 Print Portfolio Exhibition).

2004   Political Climate, Conner Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2003   Black is a Color: African American Art from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art,
          Washington, DC (traveling exhibition)

2000   The View from Here, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

          The Likeness of Being: Contemporary Self-Portraits By 60 Women, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

1999   Secular/Spiritual Identities: The Blues, The University of Florida at Gainesville, Gainesville, FL

          Locating the Spirit: Religion and Spirituality in African American Art, The Anacostia Museum,
          Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1998   The Next Word, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

          Identity Revealed: Meaning and Message in Contemporary Art, The Ackland Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

          Crossing Cultures, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

          Resonant Forms: Contemporary African American Women Sculptors, The Anacostia Museum and
          Center for African American History and Culture,  Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

          Postcards from Black America, The De Beyerd Museum, Holland, Netherlands

          Seeing Jazz, The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC

1997   Searching for the Spiritual, Depree Art Center and Gallery, Hope College, Holland, MI

          Pursuit of the Sacred: Envocations of the Spiritual in Contemporary African

          American Art, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

          Biennial Exhibition of Public Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of  New York, Purchase, NY

          Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art, The national Museum of American Art,
          Smithsonian institution, Washington, DC

1996   Wylie Avenue Juke and Effective Sight, College of Charleston, Halsey Gallery
          An installation by Renee Stout and an exhibition of paintings by Juan Logan

          My Magic Pours Secret Libations, Florida State University, Museum of Fine Arts,
          Tallahassee, FL

1995   Inside Visions/ Outside the Mainstream, Horwitch LewAllen Gallery, Santa FE, NM

          American Color, Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA

          Fetishism: Visualizing Power and Desire, The South Bank Centre, London, England, a traveling exhibition

1994   Small Works,   The David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC

          Metaphysical Metaphors, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

          Artist’s Sketchbooks, The National Museum of women in the Arts,  Washington, DC

          Free Within Ourselves, The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

          Luxor v1.0, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1993   ideo-syncretics 2: Diasporic Creolizations, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY

          Collectibles, The LewAllen Gallery, Sante Fe, NM

          Touch: Beyond the Visual, Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

1992   The LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

           The Migrations of Meaning, INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, New York, NY

          Sites of recollection: Four Altars and a Rap Opera, Williams College Museum of Art,

          Williamstown, MA, a traveling exhibition

          Houses of Spirit/Memories of Ancestors, Bronx Council on the Arts at Woodlawn  Cemetery, Bronx, NY

          Image, Object, Memory, Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

          Present Tense, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee,  WS

1991   Site-seeing: Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of
          American Art Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, NY

          Power and Spirit (Renee Stout: Spirit House #2; Fred Wilson: The Other Museum),
          The Washington Project for  the Arts, Washington, DC

          Gathered Visions: Selected Works of African-American Women Artists, Anacostia

          Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC



Owen-Workman, Michelle A. and Phillips, Stephen Bennett (four essays from Readers, Advisors,and Storefront Churches , exhibition catalogue, The Belger Center fro Creative Studies, Kansas City, MO

Oguibe , Olu, Renee Stout (essay) Fresh Cream: Contemporary Art and Culture, Commissioning editor: Gilda Williams (2000), p. 586

Goodman, Jonathan, Art in America, v.86 (January 1998), p.94

Days- Serwer, Jacqueline, American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art, National Museum of American Art, 1996, p. 11-12

Roscoe- Hartigan, Linda, Renee Stout (essay from the catalogue for American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art), National Museum of American Art, 1996, p. 52-59

Berns , Marla C. and George Lipsitz (essay), Dear Robert, I’ll See You at the Crossroads: A Project by Renee Stout, exhibition catalogue, The University Art Museum, The University of California, Santa Barbara

Harris, Michael, The art of Renee Stout, (Astonishment and Power, The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1993) exhibition catalogue

James, Curtia, Astonishment and Power, Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout, Art News, v. 92, (October 1993), p. 171

Mandle , Julia Barnes, and Deborah Menaker Rothschild, eds., Sites of Recollection: Four Altars and a Rap Opera (Williams College of Art, Williamstown, MA, 1992),  Exhibition catalogue

Plagens , Peter, Africa Meets the West, Newsweek, February 19, 1990, p. 68

Rubenfeld , Florence, Renee Stout, Arts Magazine, May 1991, p. 79

Thompson, Robert Farris, Illuminating Spirits ‘Astonishment and Power’ at the National Museum of African Art, African Arts, v. 26 (1993), p. 61-69; Betye and Renee: Priestesses of Chance and Medicine, The Migration of Meaning (INTAR Gallery,  New York, 1992), exhibition catalogue

Wardlaw , Alvia, Robert v. Rozelle, and Maureen A Mckenna, eds., Black Art, Ancestra Legacy:The African impulse in African American Art (Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, 1989), exhibition catalogue



2006   Artist-in-Residence, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason Uinversity, Fairfax, Virginia

2005   Joan Mitchell Painter’s and Sculptor’s Grant Award

2004   Artist-in-Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington

2000   Artist-in-Residence, McColl ( Tryon) Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

1999   Pollock Krasner Foundation Award

          Anonymous Was A Woman Award

1997   Mayor’s Art Award ( For excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Washington, DC)

1993   The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional

          Visual arts Fellowship (sculpture and crafts)

1993   The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

1991   The Pollock Krasner Foundation Award

1984-85 Artist in Residence, Afro-American Master Artist-in-Residency Program, Boston, MA



2008 Panel, Art School, Confidential: Rethinking Art Education, George Washington University

2007 Judge, The Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Northport, Alabama

2007   Social Justice in Art-Making: Diversity, collaboration, and exchange, Alliance of Artists Communities, Annual Conference

1999   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Visual Arts)

1998   Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1995   National Endowment for the Arts (panelist for organizations and publications)

1993-94 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Visual Arts)



Visiting Professor, The University of Georgia, at Athens, GA, Spring Quarter (April – June 1995), one undergraduate painting course and one graduate painting seminar