Commissioners & Staff

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is the painter member of the Public Design Commission. Hank's work deals primarily with ethnicity, culture, history, and commodity culture. His work is in numerous public collections including MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Hank has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, Galerie Michel Rein in Paris, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Cleveland Art Museum. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. Hank has acted as a visiting professor in the MFA programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and ICP/Bard and lectured at Yale University, Harvard University, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Hank earned a BFA from New York University and an MA and MFA from the California College of the Arts.