Sanford Biggers

Visual Arts, 2008

A Los Angeles native currently working in New York, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. His works have appeared in venues worldwide including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. Recently he has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, SculptureCenter, Mass MoCA, Ringling Museum and Massimo De Carlo Gallery, and his concept group, Moon Medicine, has performed at Art Basel and the Hammer Museum. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, Creative Capital, Creative Time, New York Percent for the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts, among others, and he is the recipient of the Greenfield Prize, the William H. Johnson Prize and the Lambent Fellowship in the Arts. Biggers is Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program and a board member of CUE Foundation.

Awards and Accomplishments


Biggers is a recipient of the 2015 Joyce Award. Biggers will partner with MOCAD to create a multi-disciplinary work titled Subjective Cosmology.


Biggers is included in Phaidon Press'
AKADEMIE X: Lessons in Art + Life 


Biggers received $25,000 from Columbia University in support of his film project, Shatter, the last part of his trilogy Shuffle, Shake, Shatter


Biggers has a solo show titled Sugar, Pork, Bourbon at Massimo de Carlo Gallery, Milan 


Columbia University's Provost's Office awarded Biggers the Junior Faculty Award


New York City Art Teachers Association selected Biggers as Artist of the Year 


 Biggers receives the Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy (to take place in 2014)


Biggers is featured on the covers of the October issues of both ARTnews and Sculpture Magazine


Biggers has concurrent solo exhibitions in New York at the Brooklyn Museum and SculptureCenter

2010: Sanford Biggers is the first visual arts recipient of the 2010 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

2010: Biggers presents the keynote speech/performance at the 5th Annual Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam


Biggers presents with Creative Capital at IdeaFestival in Louisville, KY

2008: Biggers receives NY Percent for the Arts Grant