Rashawn Griffin

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  • Assistant Professor

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Chalmers Hall
1467 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Rashawn Griffin works in painting, sculpture, and installation. With materials ranging from fabric and tassels to paint and cookies, his practice uses poetic relationships between objects, architecture, and painting. Often pushing the boundaries between object and installation, his work challenges viewers to engage in their own past experiences when confronting his art. 

He was born in Los Angeles, California and received a MFA from Yale University. Griffin was a 2006 resident of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s AIR program. Since then, his work has been exhibited widely, including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, a two-person exhibition at the Studio Museum *with artist Senga Nengudi (RSVP), as well as “Freeway Balconies” at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany, and “THREADS:  Textiles and Fiber in the works of African American Artists” at EK Projects in Beijeng, China, curated by Collier Schorr and Lowery Stokes Sims respectively. Griffin was the subject of the solo exhibition “A hole-in-the-wall country” at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as participating in the exhibition “Minimal Baroque” at Rønnebæksholm in Næstved, Denmark.

His work is currently featured in "Lux et Veritas", a historical survey exhibition of artists of color who graduated from Yale between 2000 and 2010 at the NSU Fort Lauderdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Florida, "The Regional", a biennial of midwest based artists at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, a solo project at The Momentary entitled "We no longer recognize the backs of our hands" in Bentonville Arkansas, as well as the group show "Pushing Paper" at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS.