Kerry James Marshall’s paintings, installations, and public projects often draw from African-American popular culture and are rooted in the geography of his upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama and South Central Los Angeles. His work speaks to an art that is simultaneously formally rigorous and socially engaged. He has exhibited internationally in such exhibitions as Documenta X, Kassel and the traveling exhibition Postcards from Black America: Contemporary African American Art, as well as at such institutions as The Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 1997 Marshall was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. Marshal earned a BFA from the Otis Art Institute, where he also received an honorary doctorate. He lives and works in Chicago.