Dread Scott

Visual Arts, 2001

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a B.F.A. This work was denounced by President G.H.W. Bush and outlawed by Congress. His art has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston and at the Pori Art Museum in Finland. In 2012, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision. He is a recipient of a Creative Capital grant and Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum and the Arkon Art Museum. He works in a range of media including installation, photography, screen-printing, video and performance.

Awards and Accomplishments


Scott is an artist in residence at the Grand Canyon; he is working with his wife Jenny Polak on a project about the Canyon’s role in the historic effort to understand the age of the earth, in the footsteps of early photographer-geologists.



Scott receives Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)’s Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts


Scott receives a Pollock Krasner Grant 


Scott is an artist-in-residence at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn


Scott receives an Arts Matters Foundation Grant


Scott is awarded New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work


Dread Scott: Decision performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher Theatre as part of 30th Anniversary Next Wave Festival


Scott is featured in the New York Foundation for the Art's "The Artist Life" series of video profiles

2008: Dread Scott's Welcome to America is exhibited at the Museum of Contemproary African Diasporian Art

2005: Scott receives New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship


Recent Acquisitions for an American Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York