Glenn Ligon's Biography
Glenn Ligon is an American contemporary artist best known for his text-based works. His work often focuses on issues of race, identity, and history. Born in 1960 in the Bronx, New York, he attended the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program from 1983–84 and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1984. He received his MFA from Wesleyan University in 1986. Ligon's work is held in the collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Gallery, and the Walker Art Center. In 2018, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in New York City.