MARCH 31, 1972


Gibson, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earned Fine Arts degrees from Art Institute of Chicago (Bachelors, 1995) & Royal College of Art (Masters, 1998). Notable was his 2009 production Totems for an exhibition at Sala Diaz–2 mannequins create human-like figures with a totem pole made from flower pots. Museum (Mus.) Collections include: Philbrook Mus.; Mus. of Fine Arts, Boston; Eiteljorg Mus. of American Indians and Western Art; and National Mus. of the American Indian (NMAI). Exhibitions include: NMAI, NY & Washington; National Gallery of Canada; and Institute of American Indian Arts. Awards include: MacArthur Fellowship, 2019; Smithsonian Institution Contemporary Arts Grant, 2012; and Eiteljorg Mus. Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2009. He was Artist-in-Residence at Bard College & New Museum (NY). In May 2019, his exhibition, Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture—Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other, took place at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Sources: “Jeffrey Gibson: Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House,” Trustees of the Reservation.  Retrieved 8/23/2021, 
Jeffrey Gibson: Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House - The Trustees of Reservations
“Jeffrey Gibson,” MacArthur Foundation.  Retrieved 8/23/2021, Jeffrey Gibson - MacArthur Foundation (
Photo: Sarah Stierch, 11/13/2009.   Gallery talk for the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2009. In the foreground is his work Mythmaker (2009) and in the background, behind him, is Second Nature (2006). Permissive use.