Ken Gonzales-Day

Visual Arts, 2012

Ken Gonzales-Day lives and works in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from University of California, Irvine and an MA in art history from Hunter College in New York City. He was a Van Leer Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in studio art in New York. Fellowships include an artist residency at the Getty Research Institute from 2008-09, Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution from 2003–04 and Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy in 2002. Gonzales-Day’s first book, Lynching in the West: 1850-1935, was published by Duke University Press in 2006. His 2011 PAC Prize-winning book, Profiled, was published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: Shadowlands: a solo exhibition organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

2017: Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography 2017

2016: Works included in "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

2015: Run Up, a solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Apr 4 - May 9, 2015

2014: SARF (Smithsonian Artists Residency Fellowship) at the National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum and National Natural History Museum where Gonzales-Day photographed sculptural depictions of First Nations peoples in our Nation's capital.


Works from the Searching for California Hang Trees and Erased Lynching series to be included in Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont; The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Works from the Desert series exhibited at LAX International Airport, Terminal One, Gate One


Gonzales-Day is invited to act as American Senior Artist at the Terra Summer Residency program in Giverny, France

2012: Ken Gonzales-Day, Lynching in the West: 1850-1935, second edition published by Duke University Press

2011: Ken Gonzales-Day, Profiled (A LACMA PAC Prize book) was published