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Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture: Robert Pruitt

5:30 pm
School of Art, Art History & Design, (402) 472-5522,
Painter Robert Pruitt will present the next Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom.

The lecture is free and open to the public and available via Zoom at

Pruitt was born in Houston, Texas. He received his B.F.A. from Texas Southern Univeristy and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the Houston artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates.

Pruitt has had solo exhibitions at The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design; The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia; Contemporary Art Museum in Houston; McKinney Art Center in Dallas; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Bakersfield Museum of Art in California; and most recently, a solo exhibition at the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles.

Pruitt was a participating artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial. He is a recipient of the Artadia Artist Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award and Joan Mitchell Foundation award. He received a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2015 and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans in 2016.

He works in a variety of materials, but his practice is chiefly centered on rendering portraits of the human body, specifically the black body. He projects onto these bodies a juxtaposing series of experiences and material references, denoting a diverse and radical black past, present and future.

For more on his work, visit

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