A black and white photo of two hands holding a grain.

Sheldon Scott, "Eucharist, (1619)," 2019–21; archival digital print; 12 x 15 inches; ed: 5 + 2AP.

Sheldon Scott

District of Columbia
Threshold Fellowship, 2021 - 2023

A portrait of Sheldon Scott

Born and raised in Pawley’s Island in the Gullah/Geechee Lowcountry of South Carolina, Sheldon Scott now lives and works in Washington, DC. His practice is primarily based in performance, and includes sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, and film. In his work, Scott plays in the intersection of race, sexuality, and economic forces, while impugning mythologies of Black Male supernaturality.

Scott has exhibited widely, including at Delaware State University, Art Miami, Untitled Art Fair, Katzen Art Museum, David C. Driskell Center, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His work has been acquired by esteemed collections including the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has been recognized by Americans for the Arts’ Best Public Art Program and was a finalist for the National Portrait Gallery’s 2019 Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition. Scott has been a featured presenter at TEDx Mid-Atlantic, ArtTable, CreativeTime Festival, Washington Ideas Festival, and the Smithsonian Long Conversation. He currently serves on the boards of Teaching for Change, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Transformer, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and currently serves at the Global Head of Purpose at Eaton Workshop.