// Born in 1958 in Junction City, KS
// Lives and works in Washington, DC
Inspired by the African Diaspora, historical and current world events, as well as everyday life in her DC neighborhood, Renée Stout creates in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, photography, and installation.
Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980 with a focus on painting.
In 1985, immediately after moving to Washington, DC, she began to explore the spiritual and cultural roots of her African-American heritage through her increasingly sculptural works, which found their early inspiration in the aesthetics and philosophy of Kongo ritual objects.
Stout’s art attracted the attention of museum curators across the United States and led to her becoming the first American artist to have a solo exhibition in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.
She has been the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Bader Fund, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Gottleib Foundation, and Anonymous Was A Woman. She was also the recipient of the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA) and the Sondheim Award from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
Stout’s work is featured in many museum and private collections, nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
Piece in the Exhibit
RENÉE STOUT // Book of Paintings, folio, 2017, acrylic on wood panel, 22 x 15 inches. (courtesy of the artist;
photograph by Yolanda Navas)
Asked again why he mingled the destruction of the army of Senaquerib with the invasion of Tarragona when nothing connects one with the other, he said: that even though the two events do not go together, he included that of Senaquerib by reason of History, like everything else in the book …