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Harold Mendez

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Harold Mendez (b. 1977, Chicago; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from University of Illinois, Chicago (2007) and a BA from Columbia College, Chicago (2000). Solo exhibitions have been held at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2023); Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2023); Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2021); Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, Richmond (2021); Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2020); Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (2020); Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston (2019); Patron Gallery, Chicago (2019, 2016); and Project Row Houses, Houston (2016). Selected group exhibitions have been held at Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2022); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2021); Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2021); Bridge Projects, Los Angeles (2020); Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago (2019); Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston (2019); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2017); LAXART (2017); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017); Queens Museum (2017); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); and The Drawing Center, New York (2015). Mendez is the recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship (2014) and Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2013). He has participated in residencies at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan (2021); Light Work, Syracuse (2020); Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque (2018); Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva (2016); Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin (2014, 2012); Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2014); Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013); The Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island (2013); and Ox-Bow, Saugatuck (2001).


Mendez’s work is in the collection of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Studio Museum in Harlem; Minneapolis Institute of Art; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Colección Diéresis, Guadalajara; J.P. Morgan Chase Collection; and Chicago Transit Authority.