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

Faith Like a Rock, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

Maybe Tomorrow, Karma, New York, NY

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

A Particular Kind of Heaven, Karma, Thomaston, ME [forthcoming]
Material World (curated by Gina Beavers), Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY [forthcoming]
Fraenkenstein, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
We Make Art in Richmond, NIAD, Richmond, CA

The Place I Am, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Retinal Hysteria, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
A Growing Season,
Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
WARES! Extraordinary Ceramics and the Ordinary Home, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
Crafting Radicality: Bay Area Artists from the Svane Gift
, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Exposed, The Current, Stowe, VT
Dwelling, Canal Projects, New York, NY
What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, CA
Conversation Pieces, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Fight and Flight: Crafting a Bay Area Life, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA
Funk You Too! Humor and Irreverence in Ceramic Sculpture, museum of arts and design, New York, NY

Home/Work, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA
Strange Clay, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
A Thing for the Mind, Timothy Taylor, London, UK
On the Edge: CCA Clay, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

Our whole, unruly selves, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Clay Pop, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
We Are Here, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Day Trip, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Material Conditions, Matthew Brown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sleight of Hand
, Center for Craft, Asheville, NC
The Burdens of History, NCECA Conference, Richmond, VA
High Voltage, Nassima-Landau Project, Tel Aviv, Israel
Justice, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
(Nothing but) Flowers, Karma, New York, NY
The Essential Goods Show, Fisher Parrish, New York, NY [online]

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
Planned Obsolescence, Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San José State University, CA

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

White, Katie. “Woody De Othello Is on a Quest to ‘Simplify Sculpture.’” Artnet. April 19, 2024.
Souter, Anna. “Woody De Othello Combines Sublimation and Supplication.” Hyperallergic. April 3, 2024.
Shaw, Louise E. “Review: Old Edgefield Pottery Holds Slave Memories and Resistance at High Museum.” Arts ATL. March 26, 2024.
“In the studio with… Woody De Othello.” Apollo. March 7, 2024.

Woodard, Josef. “Uncommon Clay at Santa Barbara Museum of Art: ‘WARES! Extraordinary Ceramics and the Ordinary Home’ Is a Celebration of Summery, Witty Ceramic Art.” Santa Barbara Independent. August 7, 2023.
Felsenthal, Daniel. “Making Art Funk Again.” Frieze. May 23, 2023.
Carter, Dom. “Strange Clay delves into the weird and wonderful world of modern ceramics.” Creative Boom. October 11, 2022.
Harris, Jenny. “Woody De Othello.” Artforum. April 2022.
Walls, Jaelynn. “Woody De Othello Imbues Life into His Sculptures of Everyday Objects.” Artsy. March 28, 2022.
Furman, Anna. “Artist Questionnaire: Woody De Othello’s Extraordinary Monuments to the Mundane.” The New York Times Style Magazine, March 17, 2022.
Farr, Kirstin. “Woody De Othello: Flash of the Spirit.” Juxtapoz, March 15, 2022.
Swanson, Pili. “The Whitney Biennial Makes a Highly Anticipated Comeback this Spring.” Gotham, March 16, 2022.
Freeman, Nate. “The Week Los Angeles Ate the Art World.” Vanity Fair, February 18, 2022.
Vankin, Deborah. “Frieze Los Angeles returns, reawakening the art fair scene.” Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2022.
Frieze Los Angeles. “Woody De Othello: The Emotion of Everyday Objects.” Frieze, February 20, 2022.
Mitter, Siddhartha. “Whitney Biennial Picks 63 Artists to Take Stock of Now.” The New York Times, January 25, 2022.

Frieze in Exhibition Reviews. “Shows to See in the US This November.” Frieze, November 12, 2021.
Boas, Natasha. “Woody De Othello’s Monumnets to Everyday Life.” Frieze, November 2, 2021.
Juxtapoz. “Woody De Othello’s Looking In @ Jessica Silverman, San Francisco.” Juxtapoz, October 1, 2021.
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.



Aishti Foundation, Lebanon
Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Dallas Museum of Art, TX
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
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
Meta, Menlo Park, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA
Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL
Rennie Collection, Vancouver, B.C.
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT