Damon Davis, (b. 1985, USA) | damondavis85@gmail.com 



2020 Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Film

2011 St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Community Arts Trainin 

2007 St. Louis University BA Communication Tech

Solo Exhibitions

2021 All Hands On Deck, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

2021 Darker Gods at The Lake of Dreams, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland, CA

2021 Filling In The Cracks, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

2020 The Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA

2019 Sad Panther, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2019 Negrophilia, Gallery 210, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

2018 Darker Gods in The Garden of Low Hanging Heavens, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL

2018 Darker Gods in The Garden of Low Hanging Heavens, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO

2016 Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2016 All Hands On Deck, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

2021 Synesthesia, Wönzimer, Los Angeles, CA

2021 The Stranger, Art Center at Governors Island, New York, NY

2021 New Ideal, RULE Gallery, Denver, CO

2020 Abstractions of Black Citizenship: Sensing the Quiet in African American Art from St. Louis, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

2020 Proximity, The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL

2016 Dispatches, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC

2016 Truth To Power, DNC, Philadelphia, PA

2015 Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space, Drake University, IA

2015 Black Matters, artspace.com

2015 Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of Black Imagination, Schomburg Center, Harlem, NY

2015 RESPOND, Smack Mellon, New York, NY

2015 All Rise, Princeton University

2015 Manifest Justice, Los Angeles, CA


2021 Light and Water

2018 The Stranger

2018 Respect and LOVE (Score and Sound Design)

2017 Whose Streets

2013 A Story To Tell


2020-2022 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow

2021 Shorty Award for Best Immersive, Art is Revolution (ALTARS)

2020 Progressive Architecture Award for the Chouteau Greenway Framework Plan (team award)

2020 Monument Lab Fellow

2019 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Awards for Best Use of Music & Best Art Direction “The Stranger”

2017 TED Fellow

2016 MIT VR Conference Fellow

2016 25 Filmmakers To Watch, Filmmaker Magazine

2015 McArthur Foundation Awardee

2015 Sundance Film Institute Grantee

2014 Pulitzer Arts Foundation PXSTL Grant Recipient

2014 Best Hip Hop Producer, SLUMfest Awards

2013 Emmy Award Winner for Best Short Form Program “A Story To Tell”

2013 St. Louis Magazine ‘Generation Now’ 2013

2013 RFT MasterMind Award Winner

2012 Best of 2012, Dopest Layers, The Creator’s Project


2020-2021 Betti Ono Gallery Artist in Residence, Oakland, CA

2020-2021 African and African American Studies Program Artist in Residence, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

2020 Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting

2019 Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

2018 Indelibl Residency, Accra, Ghana


Smithsonian Museum of American American History, Washington DC

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Schomburg Center for African American Research, NYC

Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Grinnell College Art Collection, Grinnell, IA

Bibliography (Selected)

2017 Brody, Richard, “The Best Movies of 2017”, The New Yorker

2017 "10 Best Documentaries of 2017”, RollingStone.com

2014 Cheney-Rice, Zak, “Ferguson Now Has the Most Powerful Street Art in America”, Mic.com

2013 Levin, Sam “Damon Davis: 2013 Riverfront Times Mastermind Award Winner”, riverfronttimes.com

2009 Fowler, Nancy, “’Wailing Wall’ Bridging St. Louis’ Delmar Divide To Begin Going Scripts ‘N Screwz, “Brick”, MTV.com


2020 African and African American Studies Program Artist in Residence, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

2018 Harvard University, Black Portraiture Conference, Cambridge, MA

2018 Brown University, Providence, RI

2017 TED Conference, Vancouver, Canada

2017 Boston College, Panelist, Boston, MA

2016 Stanford University, Lecturer, San Francisco, CA

2016 Sundance Film Festival, Lecturer/Panelist, Park City, CO

2015 Drake University, Lecturer/Workshop, Des Moines, IA

2015 Art, Activism, and the Black Body, Panelist, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY

2014 Princeton University, Lecturer/Panelist, Princeton NJ


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