EJ Hill

b. 1985, Los Angeles, California

Lives and works in Los Angeles



2013  MFA, University of California, Los Angeles

2011  BFA, Columbia College Chicago


Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2018  An Unwavering Tendency Toward the Center of a Blistering Sun, Company Gallery, New York

2017  A Subsequent Offering, Human Resources, Los Angeles

     The Necessary Reconditioning of the Highly Deserving, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles

2014  The Fence Mechanisms, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles

2013  Dear John, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles

2012  Slow Dance, Matt Austin and EJ Hill, ACRE Projects, Chicago

2011  There is no I in it, Karen Bovinich and EJ Hill, The Hills Esthetic Center, Chicago

2010  The End of One is Just the Beginning of Another, EJ Hill and Jessica Hoekstra, A+D Gallery, Chicago


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Lost Without Your Rhythm, Aspen Art Museum

     Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

2017  Rendez-Vous | 14th Lyon Biennale, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France

     Artists of Color, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles

     Future Generation Art Prize 2017, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice

     Future Generation Art Prize 2017, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv

2016  Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015-16, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2015  Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A., Curated by René-Julien Praz, PIASA, Paris

     Surface of Color, Curated by Paul Pescador, The Pit, Los Angeles

     Writing Bodies, Curated by Litia Perta, EFA Project Space, New York

     American Survey Pt: I, PAPILLION, Los Angeles

2014  Racial Imaginary, Nichols Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont

     Have At It, Curated by Laura Watts, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles

2013  Postcards From Familiar Places and Other Uncommon Sites, POPA Gallería de Arte, Buenos Aires

     Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide, Infernoesque, Curated by Geoff Tuck, Berlin

     Internal Visualizer, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn

2012  A Romantic Measure, Curated by Calvin Lee, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

     The Tipping Point of Me and We, curated by Tempestt Hazel, Little Black Pearl, Chicago

2011  Overkill, Curated by Jefferson Godard, The Mission Projects, Chicago

     One-Day Performance Event, LiVE WORK, San Francisco

2010  X-TREME Studio, A+D Gallery, Chicago


Selected Performances, Projects, Site Interventions

2014  O Captor, My Captor, Collaboration with David Bell, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn

     Signaling Through the Flames, LAXART, Art Los Angeles Contemporary

2012  Untitled, Collaboration with Collin Pressler for Industry of the Ordinary's Sic Transit Gloria
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

     Help is On the Way (for Mark Aguhar, Trayvon Martin, and the rest of Us), Monte Vista Projects, 
     Los Angeles

2011  The Mountain was a Gift, Cave, Detroit

     The Mountain was a Gift, Yes.Oui.Si., Boston

     The Mountain was a Gift, Hewn Oaks Arts Education Center, Lovell, Maine

     Corpo/Ilicito: The Post-Human Society 6.9, Collaboration with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La 
     Pocha Nostra, SOMArts, San Francisco

2010  Crawl for Your Life, Muskets and Memories Civil War Era Reenactment, Boscobel, Wisconsin

2009  This is an Imaginary Border, Chicago

     Re: Growing, A+D Gallery, Chicago


Selected Awards, Honors, Residencies

2018  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

     Mohn Public Recognition Award, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

     Los Angeles Artadia Award

     Grants to Artists Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York

2017  Art Matters Grant, Art Matters Foundation, New York

     Future Generation Art Prize (nominee), Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kyiv

     Artist-in-Residence, Praxis Studio, California State University, Dominguez Hills

2016  William H. Johnson Prize, William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles

2015  Artist-in-Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

     Fellowship for Visual Artists, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles

2014  Teaching Artist Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

2012  The American Austrian Foundation Prize for Fine Arts, Salzburg

2011  18th Annual Hokin Honors Exhibition, Fourth Place, Columbia College Chicago

2010  ACRE Residency, Steuben, Wisconsin

2009  Pougialis Fine Arts Award, First Place, Columbia College Chicago


Selected Texts, Artists Books, Published Works

2015  “An Utter Disregard of the Potential for (and the Likelihood of) Complete and Total Ruin”, 
     Nonsensical, December

2012  Forward Slash, Collaborative artists book with Matt Austin released in conjunction with Slow 
     Dance Exhibitions

2012  "Making Room", Notes on Looking, October 22

     "Selbstbildnis", Notes on Looking, August 20


Selected Press

2017  Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, “A show toying with unexpected ideas of color rises at the Underground Museum”, June 2

     Caroline Roux, The Telegraph, “Future Generation Art Prize”, May 11

     Magnus Rosengarten, Contemporary And, “Ensuring that We See Ourselves”, February 21

2016  Julia Friedman, Hyperallergic, “Painting, Performing, and Deconstructing the Body”, October

     Holland Cotter, The New York Times, “What to See in New York Galleries This Week”, September

     Tess Thackara, Artsy, “Up and Coming: EJ Hill Channels the Emotional Power of Endurance Art”

2015  Alex Greenberger, ARTnews, “Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2015-16 Artists-in-
     Residence”, June

     Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, Emerging Artists Issue, International Review of African American
Vol. 25, No. 3

2014  Alicia Eler, Artbound | KCET, “EJ Hill and the Art of Endurance”, November 13

     Claire Anna Baker, Another Righteous Transfer, “EJ Hill, Complicit and Tacit”, May 2

     Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Artsy, “Artists Aren’t Fair”, January 31

2012  Carol Cheh, Another Righteous Transfer, "New Performances…", May 7

     Julia Weeman, Chicagoist, "Review: Slow Dance at ACRE Projects", March 26

     Elly Fishman, Chicago Reader, "Dancing with Exquisite Strangers", March 22

2011  Geoff Tuck, Notes on Looking: Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles, "EJ Hill at UCLA Open 
     Studios", December 12