Bradley McCallum addresses trauma and struggle, racial identity and representation, collective history and individual responsibility. His work includes large-scale public projects, sculpture, paintings, photography, video, and self-portraiture. As the collaborative duo McCallum & Tarry, he delved deeply into the legacy of race in American culture -often incorporating profoundly engaging and personal narratives. In 1989 he founded Conjunction Arts, a nonprofit to support politically-engaged artists, connect artists and social justice organizations, and provide fiscal sponsorship for collaborative art projects.
McCallum has exhibited at art museums and international art biennials including, Burchfield Penny (Buffalo, NY), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, MD), SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), Spelman College Museum of Fine Art (Atlanta, GA), Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), Prospect 1. Biennial (New Orleans, LA), Newcomb Art Gallery ( New Orleans, LA), Wadsworth Atheneum (New Haven, CT), New York Historical Society (New York, NY), The African American Museum (Philadelphia, PA), Stony Brook University Art Gallery (Stony Brook, NY), Neuberger Museum of Art ( Purchase, NY), EVA International Art Biennial (Limerick, Ireland), Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Palz, NY).
He has had solo and group exhibitions at commercial art galleries including, Nichido Contemporary Art gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Galerie Nordine Zidoun (Paris, France), Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts (New York, NY), Canazi Gallery (Columbus, OH), Kiang Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA), Katherine E. Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago, IL), Robert Blumenthal (New York, NY).
His public art commissions include collaborations with diverse organizations, such as, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Madison Metropolitan School District, Save Our Sons and Daughters and the City of Detroit, and Two Lights State Park, Maine.
McCallum has received major support from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Gunk Foundation, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs, Detroit Arts Council, Davis Family Foundation, Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund, Greenwall Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
He is an experienced teacher having taught courses in sculpture, interdisciplinary conceptual art, public art, arts management, art and law at Yale University, the University of Southern Maine, San Francisco Art Institute, University of California Santa Cruz, Pratt Institute of the Arts, and Columbia University., respectively
McCallum was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (1966) and has an MFA from Yale University (1992). He is represented by Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg, and Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo. The artist lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Albright Knox Museum of Art, New York
Burchfield Penny Center, New York
Spelman College, Atlanta
Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, South Africa
© Bradley McCallum 2021