Woody De Othello

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Born 1991, Miami, Florida
MFA, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2017
BFA, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2013
Lives and works in Oakland, CA


Solo Exhibitions

Looking In, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Hope Omens, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Nina Johnson, Miami, FL
The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, England

Woody De Othello, Karma, New York, NY
Woody De Othello: Breathing Room, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California

Living Room, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

Lights Out Night Out, Quality, Oakland, CA
Real Life Still Life, Old New England, Berkeley, CA
Patty’s Mashed Potatoes, UFO Gallery, Berkeley, CA

It’s Going To Be Okay, Unit 1, Lake Worth, FL


Group Exhibitions

Clay Pop, Deitch Projects, New York, NY [forthcoming]
We Are Here, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (forthcoming)
Material Conditions, Matthew Brown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sleight of Hand
, Center for Craft, Asheville, NC
The Burdens of History, NCECA Conference, Richmond, VA

Roommates, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA
Planned Obsolescence, SJSU Art Gallery, San Jose, CA
33rd Ljublijana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Blow Up, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY

Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Horizon Lines, Jessica Silverman at 288 Pacific, San Francisco, CA
Kinship, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Front International Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
From the Ground Up, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
Kinder Gentler Nation, Karma, New York, NY

Working TWO Scale: New Bay Area Ceramic Sculpture, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Sonoma, CA
Matt Kleberg and Woody De Othello, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
Homo Mundus Minor, Gallery T293, Rome, Italy
30th Annual Barclay Simpson Master of Fine Arts Award Exhibition, Perry Family Event Center, San Francisco, CA
To Speak of Trees, Alter Space at Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA

All College Honors, Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Rocks and Socks, College Avenue Gallery, Oakland, CA
Ottawa Makers Market, The RIdeau Curling Club, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Clay Bodies, 7264 N. Miami Ct, Miami, FL

Grayscale, 5&J Gallery, Lubbock, TX
Possessed, Fat Village Projects, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Resident Exit Show, Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, FL

The Contenders, Unit 1, Lake Worth, FL
Monstrous Strange, Fat Village Projects, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Acid Reflux, Fat Village Projects, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Strange Ones, Unit 1, Lake Worth, FL
Southern Exposure: New Work Now, Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, FL
Outside The Box 2, White Space Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
Fluidity, Artserve, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
All Florida Ceramics Invitational, Nathan H. Wilson Center, Jacksonville, FL

Small Wonders, World and Eye Arts Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apex: Fall 2013 BFA Exhibition, Ritter Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Inferno, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
College of Arts & Letters Dean’s Reception, Northern Trust Bank, Boca Raton, FL
Red Eye Art, Artserve, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Lounge Series, Arts Council of Martin County, Stuart, FL
Arts After Darks, Arts Council of Martin County, Stuart, FL

23rd Annual University Juried Student Exhibition, Atlantic Center of The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Four Minutes, Thirty Three Seconds, Legal Art, Miami, FL


Selected Projects / Commissions

1900 Broadway Public Art Commission

CityLine Sunnyvale Public Art Commission

SFO International Terminal Boarding Area G Outdoor Terrace Commission



Toby Devan Lewis Award

Barclay Simpson Award
CCA Merit Scholarship

CCA All College Honors
CCA Merit Scholarship

Claire V. Dorst Scholarship (FAU)
Runner-up of Fine Art in Creative Quarterly
John McCoy Scholarship (FAU)
Rothenberger Endowed Scholarship for Humanities (FAU

Marvin and Eileen Reingold Contemporary Ceramics Collection

Rothenberger Endowed Scholarship for Humanities: Printmaking (FAU)



John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Liquitex Research Residency, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Old New England, Berkeley, CA

Pentaculum Resident, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
Sculpture Artist in Residence, Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, FL


Selected Bibliography

Adamson, Glenn. “Am I Blue?: Woody De Othello’s Ceramic Sculptures Give Funk Art a Musical Twist,” Art in America, September 27, 2021
Martin Cid Magazine. “Woody De Othello’s Search for ‘Hope Omens’ at Kohler Arts Center,” Martin Cid Magazine, September 14, 2021.
Martin, Hannah. “Woody De Othello,” Architectural Digest, August, 2021
ARTnews. “What I Buy and Why: Software Exec Mikkel Svane on Moving to Get More Wall Space, and Commissioning 100 Works During Lockdown,” ARTnews, August 30, 2021.

Hart Chambers, Christopher. “Woody De Othello,” Sculpture Magazine, March 4, 2020.
Moioli, Chiara. “Gravity at Play: Woody de Othello,” Mousse Magazine, January 16, 2020.

Cohen, Alina. “The Artists Everyone Talked about during Art Basel in Miami Beach,” Artsy, December 9, 2019
Rees, Lucy. “7 Standout Talents to Watch at Art Basel Miami Beach,”Galerie, December 7, 2019
Cascone, Sarah. “See Highlights From Art Basel Miami Beach’s New ‘Meridians’ Section, Where the Fair’s Biggest (and Best) Artworks Shine,” ArtNet News, December 4, 2019
Karp-Evans, Elizabeth. Woody De Othello Mixes Playful with Political,” Cultured. December 2019
Loos, Ted. “Thinking Bigger at Art Basel Miami Beach,” The New York Times. December 3, 2019
Desmarais, Charles. “Bay Area ceramics scene fired up in news ways.” Datebook. July 24, 2019.
Desmarais, Charles. “6 ceramic sculpture exhibitions not to miss.” Datebook. July 22, 2019.

Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Woody De Othello Believes in the Secret Lives of Objects.” KQED Arts. October 16, 2018.
Gerrity, Jeanne. “Critic’s Pick.” Artforum. October 11, 2018.
Fancher, Lou. “Hope, danger, humor coexist in exhibit spotlighting top SF Bay Area artists.” East Bay Times. September 20, 2018.
Desmarais, Charles. “Woody De Othello’s clay bodies at Jessica Silverman Gallery” SF Chronicle, September 18, 2018.
Guadagnino, Kate. “Funky Ceramics Are Everywhere. Including in Galleries.” T Magazine. June 14, 2018.

De Othello, Woody. “Ceramics and Preservation in the Bay” The Brooklyn Rail. November 2, 2017.



Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome, Italy
Rennie Collection, Vancouver, B.C.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA