Jamal Cyrus

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  • Born 1973 Houston, TX
  • Lives and works in Houston, TX


  • 2008 MFA, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
  • 2004 BFA, University of Houston


  • 2011
    DKONKR, Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX
    2011 Texas Prize Exhibition, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX (upcoming)
  • 2010
    International Artist in Residence, New Works: 10.2, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
    Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009
    Landfall, Museum of London Docklands, London, UK
    Jamal Cyrus: Winners Have Yet to be Announced, The Kitchen, New York, NY
  • 2008
    After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy (with Otabenga Jones and Associates, High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2007
    Jamal Cyrus - New Works, Bryan Miller Gallery (CTRL), Houston, TX
    Lessons from Below: Otabenga Jones and Associates, Menil Collection, Houston, TX
    Alabama, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
    When The Revolution Comes, Kathleen Cullen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2006
    Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
    Emerging 2, Space 125, Houston, TX
  • 2004
    Who Goliards? Artists at the Turn of the Century, The University Museum at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
    Digital Impact: Video (R) Evolution, Station Museum, Houston, TX
    New American Talent: The Nineteenth Exhibition, Arthouse, Austin, TX
    Ain't that a Groove, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
  • 2003
    The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
  • 2002
    BFA Exhibition, Blaffer Museum, U of H, Houston, TX
  • 2001
    Urban Artists, Community Artists Collective, Houston, TX
  • 2000
    Butta Phat, Eldorado Ballroom, Houston, TX
  • 1999
    Africa, the New World and the Space in Between, Community Artists Collective, Houston, TX
  • 1997
    The Emergence of Us, TSU Art Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 1996
    Preventions, Project Row Houses/Community Artist Collective, Houston, TX
    Houston Area Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX


  • 2011
    Texas Prize finalist, Arthouse at the Jones Center
  • 2010
    Artpace - San Antonio, International Artist in Residence
  • 2009
    Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship
  • 2006
    Artadia Houston Award in the Visual Arts
  • 2005
    Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
    CACH Individual Artist Grant Recipient


  • 2011
    Bier, Charlie, Revise & Consent, Houston Magazine, April, p. 62.
  • 2010
    Merla-Watson, Catherine Josephina, Jamal Cyrus - Artpace, ART LIES, Fall/Winter 2010, p. 99.
  • 2009
    Karen Rosenberg, Jamal Cyrus: Winners Have Yet to be Announced, New York Times, May 1.
  • 2007
    Patricia Johnson, Visually Challenging Work Challenges Tradition, Houston Chronicle, October.
    Jennifer King, Lessons from Below at the Menil Collection, Art on Paper, Oct/Nov.
  • 2004
    David Fahl & Kelly Klaasmeyer, A Picture of Our Opinions on Local Exhibitions, houstonpress.com (November 4)
    Catherine D. Anspon, Digital Impact: Video (R)Evolution, ARTLIES (Fall, 2004) page 96